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Warm weather means more opportunities to catch up on recreational reading out in the sun. There are so many good books to choose from, so members of the MRU Library team created a list of recommendations to keep you busy during the spring/summer months. Many of the books listed are currently available in our collection and can be requested using the Contactless Pick Up Service for MRU students and employees. The rest have been ordered and will be available soon. Happy reading, and let us know if there is a book that you would recommend!
Alice Swabey (Chair, Subject Librarian) The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish (on order) King Leopold’s Ghost by Adam Hochschild "I am reading The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish – it’s set partly in 17th century London, so a nice distraction from my home office. I’m also reading King Leopold’s Ghost, a history of the Belgian exploitation of Congo in the 19th century."
Bailey Gingras-Hamilton (Co-op Communications Assistant) Gator A-Go-Go - Tim Dorsey (on order) “This fast-paced murder mystery transports you into the madness of Florida spring break, definitely recommend it!”
Cari Merkley (Subject Librarian) Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade (on order) Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman (on order) “These are two books that provided some moments of relaxation in recent months. Thursday Murder Club is a cosy British mystery featuring a team of elderly crime solvers in an assisted living facility and Spoiler Alert is a romance featuring a geologist heroine who writes fan fiction.”
Courtney Montgomery (Outreach Lead) Return of the Trickster by Eden Robinson "I’m about to begin reading Eden Robinson’s Return of the Trickster, the third and most recent release in her Trickster trilogy. I’m excited to see where this book takes Jared!"
Edith Koprek (Information Assistant) Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan (on order) "Recently finished Becoming Mrs. Lewis: The Improbable Love Story of Joy Davidman and C. S. Lewis by Patti Callahan. She captured his heart, however they had an intellectual friendship which informed and inspired some of his writings. Got a thumbs up from my book club."
Genista Kippin (Emerging Technologies Assistant) Women Talking by Miriam Toews "I’ve just started reading Women Talking by Miriam Towes and I’m fascinated so far!"
Geoff Owens (Subject Librarian) Byron: Life and Legend by Fiona MacCarthy “My pick is Byron: Life and Legend, a man described as 'mad, bad and dangerous to know.'"
Isha Thompson (Content and Communications Coordinator) Halfbreed by Maria Campbell "I have only just started this book but I am already taken with the storytelling and understand why it is often included on many book lists."
Jane Roberts (Serials Specialist) Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil de Grasse Tyson "I read Astrophysics for People in a Hurry and loved it! (Neil de Grasse Tyson, in Rec Reading). I recommend it because it made me focus on things completely apart from the pandemic."
Julia Gunst, Audio Production and Audiovisual Equipment The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa (on order)
Katharine Barrette, Associate Dean of Public Services Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro (on order) Think Again: the Power of Knowing What You Don't Know by Adam Grant (on order)
Tara Fitzpatrick, Public Services Assistant Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins “This is a prequel to The Hunger Games trilogy by the same author. I would recommend it to anyone who read and enjoyed that trilogy, and wants to know more about President Snow and the early days of The Hunger Games.”