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Groundbreaking Reads

Looking for books to read for the Summer Reading Program? Check out these Groundbreaking Reads.

  • Watership Down by Richard Adams: Chronicles the adventures of a group of rabbits searching for a safe place to establish a new warren where they can live in peace.
  • The River Wife by Jonis Agee: When the earthquake brings Annie Lark’s Missouri house down on top of her, she finds herself pinned under the massive roof beam, facing certain death. Rescued by French fur trapper Jacques Ducharme, Annie learns to love the strong, brooding man and resolves to live out her days as his “River Wife.”
  • Blind Descent by Nevada Barr: Park ranger Anna Pigeon is enjoying the open spaces of Colorado when she receives an urgent call. A young woman has been injured while exploring a cave in New Mexico’s Carlsbad Cavern Park. Before she can be pulled to safety, she sends for her friend Anna. Only one problem: a crushing fear of confined spaces has kept Anna out in the open her whole life.
  • Silent Spring by Rachel Carson: First published by Houghton Mifflin in 1962, Silent Spring alerted a large audience to the environmental and human dangers of indiscriminate use of pesticides, spurring revolutionary changes in the laws affecting our air, land, and water.
  • Richter 10 by Arthur Clarke: At the age of thirty-five, Lewis has devoted himself to the study of the most powerful force on Earth: earthquakes.  He is the foremost expert in the field of seismology; and when he predicts a gigantic quake, everyone prepares for disaster.  But to his relief and dismay, the quake never occurs, and suddenly Crane is the subject of ridicule from scientists around the world.  Then he discovers a mistake in his calculations, and realizes that the “Big One” is just around the corner.  The clock is ticking as he attempts to convince the world that this time, catastrophe is certain.
  • The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri: Dante Alighieri’s poetic masterpiece is a moving human drama, an unforgettable visionary journey through the infinite torment of Hell, up the arduous slopes of Purgatory, and on to the glorious realm of Paradise—the sphere of universal harmony and eternal salvation.
  • Strong Motion by Jonathan Franzen: Louis Holland arrives in Boston in a spring of ecological upheaval (a rash of earthquakes on the North Shore) and odd luck: the first one kills his grandmother. Louis tries to maintain his independence, but falls in love with a Harvard seismologist whose discoveries about the earthquakes’ cause complicate everything.
  • Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman: Richard Mayhew is a young man with a good heart and an ordinary life, which is changed forever when he stops to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk. His small act of kindness propels him into a world he never dreamed existed. There are people who fall through the cracks, and Richard has become one of them. And he must learn to survive in this city of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels, if he is ever to return to the London that he knew.
  • After the Quake : Stories by Haruki Murakami: The six stories in Haruki Murakami’s mesmerizing collection are set at the time of the catastrophic 1995 Kobe earthquake, when Japan became brutally aware of the fragility of its daily existence.
  • The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker: On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray.
  • All Clear by Connie Willis: When three Oxford historians become unexpectedly trapped in 1940, they struggle not only to find their way home but to survive as Hitler’s bombers attempt to pummel London into submission. Meanwhile, in 2060 Oxford, the historians’ supervisor and seventeen-year-old Colin Templer are engaged in a frantic and seemingly impossible struggle to find them.

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