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SUMMER READING GUIDE

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HoyPoloi 

Chasing Dreams
by Kobi Yamada

The words in this adorable all-ages picture book are here to awaken the dreamer in all of us. They are reminders of the magical way dreams create opportunities, stretch horizons and give us a glimpse into our vast potential.
 

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Field Museum

The Ocean: The Ultimate Handbook of Nautical Knowledge

Filled with more than 200 enlightening and evocative illustrations, this beautiful ocean book features short-subject deep dives on topics like science, sailing, kayaking, surfing, diving, survival and more. In addition to thousands of hours of original reporting, authors Chris Dixon and Jeremy K. Spencer also gathered wisdom from dozens of experts, athletes, scientists, explorers and more to craft an authoritative and captivating guide to all activities involving the sea.

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Barbara’s Bookstore

I Have Some Questions For You
by Rebecca Makkai 

Award-winning author Rebecca Makkai has crafted her most irresistible novel yet: a stirring investigation into collective memory and a deeply felt examination of one woman’s reckoning with her past, with a transfixing mystery at its heart. Timely, hypnotic and populated with unforgettable characters, I Have Some Questions for You is a compulsive page-turner and a literary triumph.

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She’s Not Sorry
by Mary Kubica

Meghan Michaels is trying to find a balance between being a single mom and working full-time as an ICU nurse when a patient named Caitlin arrives in her ward with a traumatic brain injury. They say she jumped from a bridge and plunged over twenty feet to the train tracks below. When a witness comes forward with new details about Caitlin’s fall, everything they know is questioned. 

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Home Is Where the Bodies Are
by Jeneva Rose

This is a tense and harrowing story of family tragedy, lifelong secrets and unresolved childhood jealousies. Rose’s deep insight into the complexities of human nature and gorgeous prose carried me along in a single, breathless read. 

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The Great Divide
by Christina Henríquez

An epic novel about the construction of the Panama Canal, The Great Divide casts light on the unsung people who lived, loved and labored there. Searing and empathetic, it explores the intersecting lives of activists, fishmongers, laborers, journalists, neighbors, doctors and soothsayers — those rarely acknowledged by history even as they carved out their course.

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The Hard Parts
by Oksana Masters

A memoir of courage and triumph from medal-winning Paralympian and Air Chicago cover subject, Oksana Masters. Read her inspirational story about being born in Ukraine with severe physical challenges, being adopted and raised by an American woman, representing Team USA and winning multiple medals in multiple sports in the Paralympic Games.

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My Favorite thing Is Monsters Vol 2
by Emil Ferris

Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of late ’60s Chicago, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters Book Two is the eagerly awaited conclusion to the most acclaimed graphic novels of the past decade. It is presented as the fictional graphic diary of 10-year-old Karen Reyes as she tries to solve the murder of her beloved and enigmatic upstairs neighbor, Anka Silverberg, a Holocaust survivor, while the interconnected stories of those around her unfold.

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