The Book Corner: June selections from the Ruth Keeler Memorial Library


Now that school is almost over, it’s time to start thinking about summer travel. This month’s book column highlights travelogues and novels set amidst a backdrop of interesting locales. Whether you’re preparing for a grand adventure or a simple staycation, this month’s selections will uncover new places just by opening a book!

A Little Ray of Sunshine” by Kristan Higgins, a New York Times bestselling author. Set against the backdrop of the New England oceanside mecca of Cape Cod, the heartful novel follows a bookstore owner whose life is upended when the son she placed for adoption 17 years ago shows up unexpectedly.

Homestead” by Melinda Moustakis. A frost-bitten debut novel about the turbulent marriage of two unlikely homesteaders in 1950s Alaska that serves as a love letter to the Alaskan landscape.

Rise and Shine,” illustrated by Erica Harrison. This brightly-illustrated board book celebrates global and cultural awareness, featuring breakfast items from around the globe.

The Long Way Back” by Nicole Baart. A twisty, atmospheric thriller about a mother-daughter duo who travel the country in their vintage Airstream. When daughter Eva disappears without a trace on Lake Superior, mother Charlie begins a frantic search where she uncovers shocking secrets.

At the Table of LaFortezza” by Annette Joseph. Taking readers on a journey through the food and culture of the Lunigiana region of Tuscany, the book includes seasonal recipes, breathtaking photography, and highlights the people at the heart of the thriving food landscape.

“Rather Splendid London Walks.” Join YouTube star Joolz on 20 fun-packed walks around the city, to discover its top sights, sounds, secret features, and hidden gems.

Plant-Based USA: A Travel Guide to Eating Animal-free in America” by Veronica Fil. A food guidebook and directory highlighting innovative and climate-conscious dining options.

Neon Lights in Tokyo” by Ben Groundwater. A guide through Tokyo culture and its residents’ obsessions, including craft beer, coffee, baseball, and ramen noodles.

The Modern Caravan” by Kate Oliver. The airstream renovation company designer tours over a dozen tiny homes on wheels, alongside snapshots of others through storytelling, practical tips, and hundreds of color photographs.

Library Director Cathleen Sulli’s picks:

Time and Again” by Jack Finney. Si Morley is transported through time from mid-20th century Manhattan to life in 1880's New York City where he lives in the brand-new Dakota building and falls in love. Read about life in Manhattan in the 1880's and learn if Si returns to his own time period.

Miss Benson's Beetle” by Rachel Joyce. Miss Margery Benson, a school teacher and spinster, quits her job in 1950's London and sets out in search of her childhood obsession, the golden beetle of New Caledonia. She’s joined by Enid Pretty, a fun-loving, trouble-making character. Despite their many differences, the two become friends.

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail” by Bill Bryson. The author and his companion are supremely unprepared for hiking long distances, discarding food and equipment along the way to lighten their load and encountering bears. Their escapades will make you laugh!

Children’s Librarian Jen Gileno’s picks:

A Ticket Around the World” by Natalia Diaz, Melissa Owens. A young boy visits friends in 13 different countries spanning all six populated continents. The picture book introduces readers to each country’s environment and customs, and shares interesting facts about its culture, language, food, geography, and more.

Imagination Vacation” by Jami Gigot. With a little planning, a few supplies, and a touch of creativity, Sam creates an imaginative dream vacation for his busy family.

What a Wonderful World” by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss. The lyrics of Louis Armstrong’s renowned song are brought to life by children of all backgrounds performing a puppet show. Offering a message of hope, the book is sweet and positive with bright, beautiful artwork.

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