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#AskALibrarian - Thursday, July 26

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Are you looking for your next great read and want a personalized recommendation?

Look no further!

On Thursday, July 26 from noon until 1 pm, our expert team will be recommending books to you based on what you’ve read, or what you like to read, via Twitter #AskALibrarian.

Follow us at @opl_bpo to view the recommended titles, and join in on the conversation!

We would love to answer your book-related queries, or anything Library-related!

In the meantime, here are some of our top summer reads (as selected by OPL’s Readers’ Advisory Community of Practice).


Summer Reads 2018 from the OPL Readers’ Advisory Community of Practice by LectureOttawaReads

Wherever you find yourself this summer (by the beach, on a lake, in the backyard, on a balcony, or simply on a terrasse sipping something cool), we hope you dig into something juicy from OPL’s collection. Here are some of our recent favourites! #staffpicks #summerreads

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    Sex and the City and Us

    How Four Single Women Changed the Way We Think, Live, and Love
    By Armstrong, Jennifer Keishin
    A nostalgic look into the creation and evolution of the iconic television show to correspond with its 20th anniversary. Armstrong provides a fun behind the scenes look at the show, as well as also an examination of the cultural implications and critiques of the series
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    Tell Me Lies

    A Novel
    By Lovering, Carola
    A story of toxic love, obsession, and the one she’ll never forget…. Told in the alternating voices of Lucy and Stephen, the novel explores the relationship between the two as they attend college and after, the dangerous nature of their ‘connection,’ and the secrets that they both harbor.
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    Two Steps Forward

    By Simsion, Graeme C.
    Take the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage with Zoe and Martin, in on separate journeys of self-discovery, and ultimately a little romance, in Two Steps Forward by Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist. Told by a husband and wife, the narrative bounces back and forth, giving a taste of the different reasons to walk the Camino, and the individual methods to completing the journey. Fun, heated, exhausting, mad-cap – lots to entertain, AND walk without effort!
  • Image: The Dictionary of Animal Languages
    A reading experience comparable to Ondaajtje’s best – Sopinka writes beautifully of a female artist in Paris in the 1930s and through the war, of love and emotion, of science and sound and precision – and Ivory Frame’s long life looking back at it all. Immersive, poetic writing but very accessible, and one for beach or backyard deck, plane or train: travel with a book that will transport you.
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    The Light We Lost

    By Santopolo, Jill
    On those hot summer evenings, why not lose yourself in the epic love story by Jill Santopolo, The Light We Lost. Soon to be turned into a movie, Santopolo tells the story of two people and their desire to be together in a world that tears them apart.
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    Barefoot at the Lake

    A Boyhood Summer in Cottage Country
    By Fogle, Bruce
    A nostalgic and touching memoir of the author’s magical childhood summers spent at the lake in the 1950s (and of growing up).
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    By Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi
    Americanah follows the two main characters, and lovers, Ifemelu and Obinze, through their high school, university and adult lives. They are both from Nigeria, but Ifemelu’s life leads her to the US to finish her schooling, and Obinze has a short stint in the UK as his visa to the US was denied. The book describes their trials and tribulations away from their home country, trying hard to find their place in their new surroundings, but also goes over the reconciliation of their feelings and impressions when they return home. Adichie is a fantastic fiction writer. The reader gets completely absorbed in the character’s life. Definite page-turner!
  • Image: Anatomy of A Scandal
    British courtroom drama, intrigue, #MeToo
  • Image: Everything Here Is Beautiful
    Family drama, mental illness, immigration and hope.
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    The New Yorker

    While summer offers lots of time for long lazy days reading a novel, sometimes your reading time comes in short gaps between jumping in the pool or diving off the dock. So I always include the latest copy of the New Yorker along with my summer novel.