by Katie Nedwick
March, where nicer weather is just slightly out of reach, and everyone is going stir crazy from being indoors for too long. Fear not! Try a new way of reading and experience a vacation for your mind with a series of reads that will help get you out of the house and into warmer weather and adventures.
by Cheryl Strayed
First, take a hike on the Pacific Crest Trail. In this memoir, we meet Cheryl while she is going through a particularly difficult time. Her mother died, and her marriage is over. She decides to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, which goes from Mexico to Canada, by herself. Without any background in hiking, she loads up her backpack and hits the trail. We read a very honest account about her struggles on the trail, both physically, like the pain of walking with such a heavy pack, and mentally while she works through emotional issues and comes out stronger on the other side.
We Were Liars
by E. Lockhart
Now, spend the summer on a private island. Meet the Sinclairs. Grandad Sinclair who owns the island, his three daughters who each have a house on it and the daughter’s children, also known as The Liars: Katie, Mirren, Johnny and Johnny’s friend, Gat. During summer fifteen, Katie was in an accident and now suffers terrible migraines. She remembers nothing about the accident. A couple of summers later, The Liars reunite on the island and, while no one will talk about her accident, details of that summer start to fill themselves in. You will not predict the ending of this fabulously written, young-adult book!
The Hurricane Sisters
by Dorothea Benton Frank
Next on the travel itinerary is South Carolina during the summer heat and hurricane season. This story stars three generations of women: Maisie the matriarch, who thinks she’s always right; her daughter Liz, who is working through middle-age; and her granddaughter Ashley, an artist who’s trying to make her way in the world. Liz has a strained relationship with both her mother and her daughter. It’s not that they don’t love each other, but they rarely see eye to eye. Then a hurricane of challenges comes into their lives, and it seems that the family may fall apart. The three women must lean on each other and the rest of their family to make it through.
by Emma Straub
Let’s hop on a plane and fly to Mallorca with the Post family. Husband Jim and wife Franny planned this trip for their 35th anniversary, but that was before the scandal at work that costs Jim his job. The deposit was non-refundable though, so they decide to go, and Franny uses the time to decide if they will stick together or if their marriage is over. Their 18-year-old daughter Sylvia can’t wait to get out of New York after some incriminating photos showed up on the internet. Her brother also comes along with his girlfriend who nobody likes. Rounding out the bunch is Franny’s best friend Charles and his husband, Lawrence. Franny and Charles are uncomfortably close, making everyone else feel left out. It is sure to be a trip the Posts and friends won’t soon forget.
Tasting and Touring Michigan’s Homegrown Food
by Jaye Beeler
Our last stop will bring us back home to the Mitten State. We will travel with Jaye Beeler as she goes all over Michigan showing us great local food. Each chapter is broken down by where the food comes from such as orchard, water, and barnyard. Within each chapter, Jaye and her photographer Dianne Carroll Burdick take us on a journey throughout Michigan to different farms, restaurants, and markets that grow and serve the Michigan specialties. The end of the book has recipes using local ingredients for you to make at home.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Katie Nedwick is a librarian at the Grandville branch of the Kent District Library. She loves being able to connect patrons with the books and information they want.