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Note to Shelf: June 29th Edition

We are excited to invite you to join us for another year of Adult Summer Reading. Our theme is "It's Always Time For A Good Book" and once again, our program challenges you to explore a variety of books while earning the chance to win fun prizes. This year, you now have the option to participate in the program online or you can pick-up a game card at the Welcome Desk. More information on summer reading will be available on July 1st at darienlibrary.org/summereading.

This summer is shaping up to be an extraordinary season for new books. There is something for everyone. We were so inspired by all the new titles coming out that we created a summer buzz video to share some of our favorites we are putting in our beach bags. In further good news, on July 1st the Library will be open to the public for express service. Check out our reopening plans for more details.

We look forward to having everyone participate in this year’s Adult Summer Reading program and to seeing you in person. Remember it's always time for a good book. (Pun intended.)

Now, let’s check out what our librarians are enjoying this week. And don't forget to check out the featured booklist for our summer Staff Picks!

Nevine

I recently listened to Calypso, written and narrated by David Sedaris. Calypso is a collection of personal stories about Sedaris’s family, including his siblings and his partner. He touches on lighthearted topics such as Fitbit, vacation homes, and trips to doctors, yet also tackles more serious subjects like illness, addiction, and even death. While his memories are candid and witty, and in many instances moving and touching, sometimes they are dark, serious, and even sad. Family is a focal point of his narratives as he examines the ever-changing dynamics of his own large clan. Many can surely relate to his very human and personal observations.

With all the anguish surrounding us in today’s world, we would do well to turn to Sedaris to lighten the mood and transform some of life’s absurdities into tender moments. Calypso is a wonderful e-Audio to enjoy this summer!

Virginia

In Lucy Foley’s newest psychological thriller, The Guest List, some people will literally kill for an invitation to the exclusive wedding of media darling, Julia Keegan, to her reality TV show fiancée, Will Slater. As a trendsetter and in homage to her roots, Julia stages her wedding at an historic manor on a remote and mysterious island off the coast of Ireland. Everything has been arranged down to the last detail... the designer dress, the gourmet cake, the expensive candles. Nothing has been overlooked, and if the bride has anything to say about it, this will be the wedding of the year. As we all know, you can control the details, but you can’t control people. As the guests begin to arrive, we learn that the core members of the wedding party have secrets and resentments they would rather keep buried. The tension escalates, leading to heated exchanges between the characters, until the fateful moment when one of them is found murdered. The Guest List is a highly entertaining, atmospheric thriller that will leave you gasping in surprise at the end.

Diane

Now that we have access to our greatly missed hardcovers, you must check out Susanna Salk’s gorgeous book, At Home in the English Countryside: Designers and Their Dogs. Photographer Stacey Bewkes captures some of the most beautiful country homes and gardens in England, owned by star designers. The designers share details of how they live ever so stylishly with their photogenic dogs, from designer collars to chic napping spots. I encourage you to see more stories curated by Susanna and Stacey with a visit to their video series: "At Home With" and follow Stacey's Instagram account, "Quintessence."

Note to Shelf, Teen

Mia

Y’all, Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram tore my heart apart. The titular Darius, an average kid living in the Pacific Northwest, has never felt like he fits in. Between being bullied at school, struggling with depression, and feeling out of place in his own family, his life is tough enough already. But when he travels across the globe to Iran to visit his maternal grandparents, it is turned completely upside down. At first, Darius feels even more out of place, certain that his time in Iran will be just as bad as it is at home. But meeting Sohrab, the wonderfully sweet and caring boy-next-door, changes everything. This story of friendship and identity will make you laugh—but it will also make you cry, so make sure you have tissues handy. The best news of all is that the sequel, Darius the Great Deserves Better, comes out this August, promising more of what you’re sure to love about Darius.

Note to Shelf, Junior

Kaitlin

A great next-read for fans of Gordon Korman and Stuart Gibbs, The Island of Dr. Libris tells the story of twelve-year-old Billy Gillfoyle’s summer at a weird lake cabin. While his mathematician mom is busy finishing her dissertation, Billy is forced to entertain himself. But soon strange things start happening, and Billy discovers his own imagination is a pretty powerful—possibly even dangerous—thing.

Looking for more mysteries to solve? Check out this list of some of our favorite whodunits for children and families.

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