Summer Reading 2012

Fabulous Fiction

All Woman and Springtime
Brandon W. Jones

Gi and Il-sun, orphan girls coming of age in North Korea, are sold as sex workers in South Korea and the United States, changing their lives and their friendship forever.

Algonquin Books

Every Day, Every Hour
Natasa Dragnic

The story of star-crossed Luka and Dora begins in Croatia when the two are mere children and follows them through decades of love and loss in this unforgettable debut.

Viking Books

The Orphanmaster
Jean Zimmerman

Manhattan, 1663: orphan children are disappearing and Blandine van Couvering, a young trader, is determined to find out who, or what is behind the crimes.

Viking Books

The Watchers
Jon Steele

An old cathedral in Switzerland provides an eerie backdrop for this new thriller about a series of international murders that may be the work of fallen angels.

Blue Rider Press

James Treadwell

The first in a breathtaking new trilogy, Advent introduces readers to Gavin Stokes, a 15 year old British  boy who holds the key to restoring magic to our world.

Atria Books
Available July 3

The Night Circus
Erin Morgenstern

A circus unlike anything you've imagined, where illusions are real, sets the stage for a battle between two magicians. Sworn into competition from childhood, neither realizes just how high the stakes are or how far magic--and love--can take you.
Now in paperback!
Anchor Books
Available July 3

Summer of the Superhero

A Once Crowded Sky
Tom King

Superheroes are real, or at least they were once. But can they still keep the world from harm after being stripped of their superpowers and immortality?

Touchstone Books
Available July 10

Superman: The High-Flying History of America's Most Enduring Superhero
Larry Tye

Superman has served as America's favorite hero for the past 75 years. How has the Man of Steel remained such a constant and relevant figure? Learn the full history of Superman, Clark Kent, and all the Superman friends and foes.

Random House

Christian Bale: The Inside Story of the Darkest Batman
Harrison Cheung

This summer marks the release of Christian Bale's third Batman film. He's one of more than half a dozen actors who've played the Caped Crusader, and yet he's the one we all identify as "The Batman Voice." Get the real story on the ultra-private Bale from his former publicist and assistant.
Benbella Books

Coming Soon
**These great titles may not be available just yet, but preorder your copy today!

Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
Rachel Joyce

When an old, dying colleague sends him a letter after twenty years apart, Harold Fry begins a 600-mile journey to say goodbye

Random  House
Available July 24

The Light Between Oceans
M.L. Stedman

Tom and Isabel live a quiet life as lighthouse keepers on an Australian island until a small boat washes ashore carrying a dead man and a tiny baby. Isabel insists the childless couple take the baby on as their own, believing the baby to be an answer to their prayers.

Scribner Book Company
Available July 31

The Sinatra Club: My Life Inside the New York Mafia
Sal Polisi

Sal Polisi was a member of the Colombos, one of the Five Families, during the height of the New York Mafia scene. As the mafia devolved into drugs and greed, Polisi found himself in the unlikely, and dangerous, role of FBI informant.

Gallery Books
Available July 24

A Dance with Dragons
George R.R. Martin

Now in paperback! Book 5 of the bestselling Song of Fire and Ice series finds the Seven Kingdoms in peril as Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow fight battles on multiple fronts.

Bantam Books
Available August 28

Olympic Fever
Chris Cleave

Two world-class athletes who are both friends and rivals head to the London Olympics in the showdown that will be the final Olympic competition for both women in this new novel from the bestselling author of Little Bee.

Simon and Schuster
Available July 3
Off Balance: A Memoir
Dominique Moceanu

Moceanu, the youngest U.S. gymnast to win gold and media darling of the 1996 Women's Olympic Gymnastics Team, reveals the trials and triumphs of her incredible career.

Touchstone Books

How to Watch the Olympics
David Goldenblatt

Confused about the rules of fencing? Not sure how that wrestling match was scored? This book is your ultimate guide to the rules, statistics, history, and strategy of each of the Olympic sports. Read it now before the Summer Olympics kick off July 27.

Penguin Books

Summer Cooking
**All Cooking titles recommended by Erin McGinnis, PLU Director of Dining & Culinary Services

 The Truck Food Cookbook: 150 Recipes and Ramblings from America's Best Restaurants on Wheels
John T. Edge

Over 150 recipes from the best food trucks in the country! From jumbalaya and jerk pork to tuna onigiri to macaroni and cheese sandwiches, this cookbook truly has something for everyone.

Workman Publishing

Washington Food Artisans
Leora Bloom

A beautiful tribute to Washington's local producers and chefs, Bloom's book takes a look at recipes and stories from farmers and foodies alike. Over 50 recipes abound, paired with stories of the hard work and dedication that goes into preparing, growing, selling, and cooking with local ingredients.

Sasquatch Books

Yes, Chef: A Memoir
Marcus Samuelsson

A rising star on the culinary scene, Samuelsson has come a long way. An acclaimed and accomplished chef of his own restaurant, the Top Chef Masters reflects on his life and the lessons he's learned on his journey from Ethiopia to Sweden to America.

Random House 

Pike Place Market Recipes
Jeff Thomson

You've been to the market, watched them throw fish. Now check out this beautiful new cookbook of recipes inspired by Pike Place and its diverse, fresh ingredients. Using ingredients found in specialty shops and big market stalls alike, Thomson's resulting collection is sure to be a hit with any Northwest cook.
Sasquatch Books

Swedish Desserts: 80 Traditional Recipes
Cecilia Vikbladh

An illustrated guide to 80 traditional Swedish desserts brought to you by Swedish pastry chef Cecilia Vikbladh. Why not pick up a copy and serve up some Kransekake (Swedish almond cake with icing) at your next party?

Skyhorse Publishing

Cooking From the Farmers' Market
Jodi Liano

Summer means Farmers' Market, which means great fresh food! This ambitious new cookbook includes information on identifying and choosing over 100 fruits and vegetables, plus over 200 recipes for turning those ingredients into a wonderful, fresh meal.
Weldon Owen


Sketchbook Challenge
Sue Bleiweiss

Themes, tutorials, strategies, and pages of inspiration for turning that blank sketchbook into a unique work of art.

Potter Craft
Maximum Brainpower
Shlomo Breznitz

An in-depth look at how the brain works and proven effective methods to increase your brainpower. Real-life examples combine with psychological experiments to help you maximize your mental fitness and agility.

Ballantine Books

In the Garden of Beasts
Erik Larson

Now available in paperback. The incredible true story of America's first ambassador to Hitler's Germany, William E. Dodd, and his family, who traveled with him to witness the rise of the Third Reich.

Broadway Books

A Bolt From the Blue
Jennifer Woodlief

In 2003, six mountain climbers were struck by lightning while ascending the Grand Teton in Wyoming. What followed was a daring rescue that would test even one of the country's most experienced search-and-rescue teams.

Atria Books

Get Outside!

Field and Stream Camping Guide:Camping Skills You Need
T. Edward Nickens

Before you head out on your next expedition, be sure to check out this friendly guide to all things camping. With dozens of tips and expert advice, this guide is a must-have for campers.

Weldon Owen

Moon Washington Hiking
Scott Leonard

All the best hikes Washington has to offer, all broken down into helpful categories like Easy Hikes, Weekend Backpacking Trips, and Lake Hikes. Leonard also includes tips, directions, what to pack, what to wear, and how to hike safely.

Avalon Travel Publishing

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Cheryl Strayed

At 26, Cheryl Strayed needed change and a lot of it. After spotting a book about the Pacific Crest Trail, Strayed set out on a three-month, 1100-mile solo journey from the Mexican border all the way up to Washington state.

Knopf Publishing Group

Best Easy Day Hikes: Mount Rainier National Park
Heidi Schneider

Check out this updated guide to Mount Rainier's hikes, ranging from quick and casual strolls to all-out full-day excursions. Perfect for all hikers and family-friendly, this guide is the key to your summer adventures!


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