WORD recommends these books this June.
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Fiction We Love:


The Fold by Peter Clines (ebook available)
A small group of DARPA scientist are weeks away from crossing Instant Teleportation off the list of Future Technological Advances -- they simply need to convince one man that their invention works 100 percent. In The Fold, humble New England schoolteacher
 Mike Erikson is given an irresistible proposition for the summer: fly out to sunny California to audit the safety and functionality of The Albuquerque Door. Clines writes an engaging science fiction novel that’ll keep you on the edge of your seat. My must-read book of 2015 ... who needs hoverboards when you can cut out commuting all together? (Jasper)

Against Nature: The Notebooks by Tomas Espedal, translated by James Anderson
So, you are out out Knausgaard until next year. Or perhaps you think the Struggle author lacking in subtlety, or a bit crass, or long-winded? Consider Espedal, whose "notebooks" project is strikingly similar in concept to the other, more famous Norwegian's multi-volume biography-as-novel. There are differences between the two, sure, particularly on the sentence level (where Knausgaard describes a child's birthday party for eighty pages, Espedal might drop a single, heartrending sentence), but the larger goals of these multi-book projects -- that is, where the appeal in both (for me at least) lives -- are nearly identical: to describe daily experience and in doing so express, if not experience, some version of freedom. Against Nature, Espedal's second "notebook" (Against Art is the first), is a compendium of labor -- in love, in factories, and in writing -- and it is totally sad and magnificent. (Chad)

The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage by Sydney Padua (ebook available)
A graphic novel starring Ada Lovelace -- often regarded as the first computer programmer -- and Charles Babbage, the inventor of the computer. Padua supposes an alternate reality where Lovelace and Babbage build the world's first computer together, and they use it to fight crime, among other mathematical tasks. The Thrilling Adventures is unlike any graphic novel I've read before, partially due to its extensive, thoroughly researched footnotes, endnotes, and appendices. It is both smart and hilarious; Padua's talent in rendering Babbage's facial expressions kept me giggling constantly. (Emma)

The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker (ebook available)
Man, is this book gross, and that is what I love about it! The Master of Horror is back to form with the cenobites (née Pinhead to humans not in the know), Harry D'Amour, and gore galore. In fact, not only is it gross, but The Scarlet Gospels include the most engrossing depictions of evisceration I've had the pleasure of reading in years. Barker has grown as a writer, bringing the fantasy virtuosity (Abarat Series and The Thief of Always) and infusing it with the exquisite body of terror from his earlier works. The apocalypse is near, and he's happy to take us to hell. If we're lucky enough, he might deign to bring us back. (Ashanti)


A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (ebook available)
I have not yet found one person who didn't want to talk endlessly about this book with anyone else who has read it. It's the kind of book that requires a support group. It packs such a powerful emotional punch that you're not quite the same when it's over. Centered around four male college friends and following them into their fifties, A Little Life is anything but little: in length, in breadth, in impact. It's not for the weak of heart; you will be reduced to tears at several points but don't let that deter you. It's quite literally a heartbreaking work of staggering genius. (Christine)

Saint Mazie by Jami Attenberg (ebook available)
Looking for that perfect New York novel for this summer? This is it! Attenberg's new novel is based on the life of Mazie Phillips, a tough broad with a heart of gold who is navigating the world of the Bowery in early 1900s New York City. Attenberg has taken a unique approach to telling her story as most of the novel is made up of imagined diary entries by Mazie herself. But to help flush out Mazie's character, she has also included a faked autobiography and testimonies. I just loved getting to know Mazie, and, by extension, New York City. (Katelyn)

Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie, Mina Lima (Illustrator)

A boy who refuses to grow up, a gorgeous and terrifying island, and a few British children on a grand adventure! This new edition of Peter Pan is paper-over-board with gorgeous illustrations by Mina Lima. Plus it has interactive elements including maps and paper crocodile clocks; it's like a Peter Pan scrapbook! While you may have read Barrie's classic tale before, I can guarantee you've never read it like this. A perfect gift for Pan lovers or those who have yet to believe you can fly. (Emma)

The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi (ebook available)
I was a huge fan The Windup Girl so I was looking forward to getting my hands on this book. Bacigalupi's latest book portrays a tense, frighteningly realistic dystopian future where a devastating drought has virtually wiped out parts of the southwest. Access to water means power, influence, and money. Inhabiting this world are some truly interesting characters. A great sci-fi book for the summer. (Nancy)

Nonfiction We Love:


Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs by Sally Mann (ebook available)
Photographer Sally Mann is a true artist (talented, provocative, intelligent, curious, metaphorically alchemical, enduring) and to read Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs is to learn about a vanished or vanishing kind of life: regionally-specific, chemically-active (in habits and artistic processes), and historically self-aware. A southern tale, dramatic, sweeping and stumbling across generations. Likely worth a look for the photographs alone. Highly recommended. (Zach)

Patience and Fortune by Scott Sherman (ebook available) (Available June 23rd)
When real estate interests and corporate logic threatened to destroy the New York Pubic Library from within, a dedicated group of writers, scholars, and activists saved a historic institution from itself in a rare example of the public good triumphing over corporatism. Sherman (whose own reporting for The Nation was a boon to activists) examines every aspect of this controversy, from the NYPL's philanthropic roots to the present day. The result is an overdue reminder of the enduring cultural importance of libraries in the digital age. (Dylan)

The Fly Trap by Fredrik Sjöberg, Thomas Teal (Translator) (ebook available)
I am not normally interested in entomology. In fact, not really a bug fan. However, this book is so well written and so charming I found myself wanting to start my own fly collection. Sjöberg teaches you all about the hoverfly as well as a few forgotten entomologists that he admires. He also reminds us about the singular beauty of the obsessed collector and his collection. Perfect for hot summer nights as the insects sing. (Katelyn)

Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson, Veronica Chambers (With) (ebook available)
I am not a foodie, not even a little bit. My favorite foods are mac’n’cheese and sushi, whether they come from a grocery store or an upscale bistro. I dislike food shopping, and while I will prep with a will, my precision is basically non-existent. (I have never “cubed” anything in my entire life.) But Samuelsson makes me want to take a knife class and learn the mysteries of mise en place. Whether he’s reminiscing about his grandmother’s roast chicken, sharing dolma on a train, picking herbs in a Swiss resort’s kitchen garden, or wandering the markets of Ethiopia, Samuelsson makes you feel the importance of food. Through his eyes, you can see it give flavor, texture, and savor to life’s many moments, be they mundane or pivotal. I may not ever learn to properly cube anything, but after reading Yes, Chef I will spend more time thinking about the food I eat. (Jenn)

Books for Teens, Tweens, and Littles:


Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella (ebook available)
Audrey is struggling with serious social anxiety. Her therapist suggests making "eye contact" through a camera, and encourages her to document her family, complete with all their quirks and imperfections. She slowly starts to feel better, learning that recovery is not a straight line, but more of a roller coaster. This book is hilarious and relatable, perfect for anyone struggling to find some normalcy in the midst of their particular crazy. (Arielle)

Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley (ebook available)

Just when you think you don't want to put any more birds on things, along comes Maria Dahvana Headley's Magonia to show you how wrong you are. Aza Ray Boyle suffers from a mysterious illness that makes breathing -- just plain old breathing -- incredibly difficult. Her best friend is a boy named Jason who is just about to become more than a friend when everything goes sideways: Aza starts seeing ships in the sky, the birds get real weird, and Aza's illness takes a sharp turn for the worse. When she wakes up after an ambulance ride, she's no longer at home, no longer struggling to breathe -- and no longer the person she always thought she was. Headley's writing soars along with her plot, splitting the difference between dreamy and adventurous while always painting a wonderfully vivid picture of a world above the clouds. Can I have a sequel, like, yesterday? (Molly)

Archivist Wasp by Nicole Kornher-Stace (ebook available)
I can't give away too much because half the fun of Archivist Wasp is discovering the world. I will tell you that it's set in a post-apocalyptic world where a young woman named Wasp, the Archivist, hunts and studies ghosts. Every year a few "chosen" girls (called upstarts) battle the reigning archivist for her title -- it's kill or be killed and Wasp wants out. So when a ghost offers her a way out if she can track down his dead "colleague." If you couldn't tell already, nothing in this world or the underworld, where Wasp ventures to search for the missing ghost, is as it seems. And Kornher-Stace isn't giving anything away. Archivist Wasp is a gripping, intense read with an unexpectedly satisfying ending. (Emma)

Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older (ebook available) (Available June 30th)
In a Caribbean immigrant community in the heart of Brooklyn, our heroine Sierra has just learned of a long-hidden familial and cultural history of Shadowshaper magic. Something is amiss, her grandfather's friends keep disappearing, and tapping into the talent that her own mother shunned may be Sierra's only hope of helping. It's fun to walk around Brooklyn after living in Older's world -- each painted wall has the possibility of spirit and breath. (Emily)



Something Extraordinary by Ben Clanton (ebook available)
Ben Clanton's adorable illustrations and inspiring words pair together to make this awesome book about a little boy who wishes and wishes for incredible things (to fly! for the rain to come in 7 different flavors! for 100 magical pets!) but really, all he wants is something ... real. (Arielle)

The Baby-Sitters Club: Kristy's Great Idea by Anne M. Martin, Raina Telgemeier (Illustrator) (ebook available)
I loved the original series growing up so I was curious about the graphic novel version and I really enjoyed it! I thought Telgemeier did a great job telling the story in this form. I enjoyed experiencing the story more visually and her
 illustrations of the characters and their facial expressions were spot on! This is a great coming-of-age story about a group of girls in middle school starting a baby-sitting business while dealing with school, friendships, families, etc. (Lydia)

The Book of Languages by Mick Webb
This is a great book to introduce your child to a diverse amount of languages. Each language comes with a short history, greetings, common phrases and pronunciation points. I love that they include a map and that the alphabet runs down the sides of the pages. Also, the Korean alphabet is one of the easiest to learn -- give it a go! (Alyssa)

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