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5 Cool Reads for Hot Summer Days

Not sure what book to bring with you on vacation this summer? From thrillers to business smarts, here are a few fiction and non-fiction recommendations. Look at your local library to find these or similar titles. Oh, and don’t forget to ask about e-reader options while you’re at the library.

Theft: A Novel by BK Lauren

Willa Robbins is a master tracker working to reintroduce the Mexican wolf, North America’s most endangered mammal, to the American Southwest. But when Colorado police recruit her to find her own brother, Zeb, a confessed murderer, she knows skill alone will not sustain her. This novel was written by a Colorado native who did most of the writing at the Westminster Campus library!

Just Like Us  by Helen Thorpe

Just Like Us tells the story of four high school students whose parents entered this country illegally from Mexico. We meet the girls on the eve of their senior prom in Denver, Colorado. All four of the girls have grown up in the United States, and all four want to live the American dream, but only two have documents.

Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazi and Tahl Raz

Ferrazzi’s form of connecting to the world around him is based on generosity, helping friends connect with other friends. Ferrazzi distinguishes genuine relationship-building from the crude, desperate glad-handing usually associated with “networking.” He then distills his system of reaching out to people into practical, proven principles.

How to Not Be Wrong by Jordan Ellenburg

Ellenberg pulls from history as well as from the latest theoretical developments to provide those not trained in math with the knowledge they need. Math, as Ellenberg says, is “an atomic-powered prosthesis that you attach to your common sense, vastly multiplying its reach and strength.” With the tools of mathematics in hand, you can understand the world in a deeper, more meaningful way.

But What If We’re Wrong? By Chuck Klosterman

Kinetically slingshotting through a broad spectrum of objective and subjective problems, But What If We’re Wrong? is built on interviews with a variety of creative thinkers interwoven with high-wire humor and nontraditional. It’s a seemingly impossible achievement: a book about the things we cannot know, explained as if we did. It’s about how we live now, once “now” has become “then.”

Happy reading!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Joe Grobelny is a reference and instruction librarian who focuses on collaborative, critical information literacy on the desk and in the classroom with five years of undergraduate and graduate instruction experience. He has half of a music degree, a BA in History from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and an MLIS from the University of Denver.