Not sure what book to bring with you on vacation this summer? From mystery to history to adventure, here are a few recommendations for everyone. Look at your local public library to find these or similar titles.

 1. Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson

The story alternates between two main characters: Daniel H. Burnham who is visionary architect committed to build the world’s greatest fair and Henry H. Holmes, a sadistic serial killer who uses the fair as cover for his crimes. This is a book you will stay up late to finish, all the more because it’s a true story.

2. Gone Girl by Gillian Fly

On the day of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick returns home to find his wife Amy is gone. As the book unfolds, the reader learns more about Nick and Amy’s marriage. Reality is not what it first appears in this gripping story. But what happened to Amy? Find out in one of the most popular books of the last two years.

3. Searching for Captain Zero by Allen Weisbecker

In 1996 Allen Weisbecker packed all of his possessions and his dog in his truck with two objectives in mind: locate his enigmatic friend Patrick who disappeared in Central America a few years previous, and surf as much as possible. Along the way Weisbecker meets a lively variety of people along with a few close calls.

4. The Watchmen by Allen Moore and Dave Gibbons

This classic DC Comic rarely stays on the library shelf for long. In an alternate world, the presence of superheroes has changed history. Forced into retirement, a small group of superheroes reemerges after one of their own is murdered. However, the line between vigilantism and crime is thin and leads us to ask the famous question “Who watches the watchmen?”

5. Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis by Timothy Egan

In the late 1890s Edward Curtis became consumed with photographing Native American tribes, whom he saw as already regulated to the past. Backed by J. P. Morgan, Curtis’s work changed his own life, his marriage and finances. Read the adventurous story of one artist with an overwhelming obsession, and learn how his work changed our views of Native American history.


Happy reading! What are some great summer reads that you would recommend? Oh, and don’t forget to ask about e-reader options while you’re at the library.


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