Weekly Spotlight On…Summer Reading!

Summer reading is here!  The River Forest Public Library will be hosting its summer reading kickoff party tomorrow, Friday June 1st, and then summer reading will be in full swing.  While many people associate summer reading as a kid’s only activity, the River Forest library has summer reading for all ages.  The adult reading program is fun and easy!  All you have to do is read a book, listen to an audiobook, or watch a movie and receive an entry into our Adult Summer Reading Prize Drawing for each book/movie that you submit.  There is no limit to the number of entries, and you can win a bunch of cool prizes.  The theme for Summer Reading this year is “Reading is Delicious”.  With that in mind, here are some delectable, food themed books to get you started:

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

Book description: Discovering in childhood a supernatural ability to taste the emotions of others in their cooking, Rose Edelstein grows up to regard food as a curse when it reveals everyone’s secret realities.

Find The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake in the library catalog

Chocolat by Joanne Harris

Book description: When the beautiful and mysterious Vianne moves to Lansquenet and opens a chocolate shop across from the church, the inhabitants of the tiny village find themselves torn between the solemn law of religion and the joyful rewards of Vianne’s confections.  This was also adapted into a very well done movie starring Johnny Depp, Juliette Binoche, and Judi Dench.

Find the movie and the book in the library catalog!

Pomegranate Soup by Marsha Mehran

Book Description: Three Iranian sisters–Marjan, Layla, and Bahar Aminpour–flee the turmoil of the Islamic Revolution in their native country to seek refuge in Ireland, where they open the exotic Babylon Cafâe.

Find the book in the library catalog!

Animal, Vegetable, Mineral by Barbara Kingsolver

Book Description: Follows the author’s family’s efforts to live on locally- and home-grown foods, an endeavor through which they learned lighthearted truths about food production and the connection between health and diet.

Find it in the library catalog!

Crescent by Diana Abu-Jaber

Book description: Never married, living with an Iraqi-immigrant uncle and devoted dog, and working as a chef in a Lebanese restaurant, thirty-nine-year-old Sirine finds her life turned upside down by a handsome Arabic literature professor.

Find the book in the library catalog!


In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan

Book Description: Cites the reasons why people have become so confused about their dietary choices and discusses the importance of enjoyable moderate eating of mostly traditional plant foods.

Find it in the library catalog!


Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

Book Description: At the beginning of the 20th century, Tita, the youngest of three daughters, is expected to serve her mother for the rest of her life, but in order to show her love to Pedro, who is engaged to her sister, Tita cooks for him.

Find the book in the library catalog!

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan C. Bradley

Book Description: Eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, is propelled into a mystery when a man is found murdered on the grounds of her family’s decaying English mansion and Flavia’s father becomes the main suspect.

Find the book in the library catalog!

The summer reading fun doesn’t stop here!  For more book suggestions, visit the adult reference desk on the second floor and talk to any staff member.  We love watching people walk out of the library with a good book in hand!  Happy reading!


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