Library staff members have been chilling with these fabulous and fascinating books this summer.

Augustown, by Kei Miller; chosen by Mary Alice Wells
Beautifully written novel with touches of the mystical about racial and socio-economic discrimination in Jamaica.

Island of the Mad, by Laurie R. King; chosen by Nan Cinnater
Once again, Mary Russell proves herself the perfect match for her husband, Sherlock Holmes, as they travel to Venice in search of a missing Bedlam inmate and end up rubbing shoulders with Cole Porter. Very fun, very feminist.

The Knowledge, by Martha Grimes; chosen by Deborah Karacozian
Latest Richard Jury novel. Explores the world of London’s cabbies with all the usual suspects–Melrose Plant, Wiggins, Marshall Trueblood.

Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng; chosen by Deborah Karacozian
A must read about two families, the differences between them, and the situations created because of those differences. Involving characters make it a story you hate to see end.

Origin Story: A Big History of Everything, by David Christian; chosen by Susan Mitchell
This is a fascinating overview of history since the Big Bang. He relates the changes in human societies to the template of how single cells evolved, keeping the scientific terms understandable for the layman. It really increased my understanding of the world, and was kind of soothing.

My Year of Rest and Relaxation, by Ottessa Moshfegh; chosen by Clayton Nottleman
I’m a sucker for a make-over, a transformation. This book lured me in with the premise that a twenty-something unnamed protagonist, fed up with her job, her life, her friends would just take a break from it all and take a year-long nap and afterward be a sparkly, revived, new person.

Is that what happens? I don’t know. And I’ve finished the book.

The book is strange. And twisted. And hilarious. And deeply sad. The writing is incredible: it’s new, it’s profound and it is shocking. You have to experience it for yourself to be “in” on it.