List of this Summer’s Great Maine Reads

June 5, 2018

Did you have an opportunity to listen to Maine Calling’s broadcast about Summer Reading on June 1, 2018? By all means listen! It was a great show with several Maine authors and great selections to add to your reading list.

NLS Talking Book player and cartridge mailer

It got me wondering about the many folks I might see as a Vision Rehabilitation Therapist for The Iris Network, who have not yet discovered the National Library Service Talking Books program provided through the Maine State Library (toll free 800-762-7106). In brief, if you have difficulty reading books in print from a vision loss, dyslexia, or any physical limitation, you may be eligible for this free service! A digital Talking Book player will be sent to you on loan through the mail, and you will receive digital audio cartridges of books and magazines that interest you. Did I mention, there is no cost, even the postage is paid for! The player is easy to use and if you find you need some training on it, there’s even a bit of assistance for that if you have a vision loss. Call Maine’s Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired (DBVI) at 877-594-5627 and let them know you need some training with a Talking Book player. 

After listening to the program I wondered, how many of these suggested summer reading titles were actually available through the Talking Book program? Chris Boynton, Director of Outreach Services for Maine State Library Talking Books sent the following list of titles mentioned in the Maine Calling broadcast, and which are available now, which are currently in the works, and those not yet available. No excuses! Here are some of the best books by Maine writers, and Talking Books will deliver them right to your mailbox!

Book List Compiled from Maine Calling Summer Reading List 2018

Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer,” by Barbara Ehrenreich  **IN PRODUCTION**

“House of Broken Angels,” by Luis Alberto Urea  DB 90352

“The Last Cruise,” by Kate Christensen  Not available

"Sunburn," by Laura Lippman  DB 90570

"The Devil's Highway," by Luis Alberto Urrea  DBW09395

Kate Christensen's Picks

"Trajectory," by Richard Russo  DB 88190

“Moby Dick,” by Herman Melville    DB 34184

“Kudos,” by Rachel Cusk, the final book in her "Outline" trilogy.  Not available… But we do have the first 2 books in the trilogy DB 81244, DB 87360

“Sick,” by Porochista Khakpour  Not available

“My Ex-Life,” by Stephen McCauley  **IN PRODUCTION**

Josh Bodwell's Picks, By Category

In Honor Of Father’s Day, June 17: “When I First Held You: 22 Critically Acclaimed Writers Talk About the Triumphs, Challenges, and Transformative Experience of Fatherhood,” edited by Brian Gresko  Not available

The. Best. (So Far In 2018): “Anything Is Possible,” by Elizabeth Strout  DB 87777

Must-Reads For Writers: “Draft No. 4,” by John McPhee   Not available

“The Destiny Thief: Essays on Writing, Writers, and Life,” by Richard Russo  Not available

Must-Read For Readers:

“The Book: An Homage,” by Burkhard Spinnen  Not available

Read Before You See The Movie This Summer

“The Bookshop,” by Penelope Fitzgerald,    DB 45665

“Wildlife,” by Richard Ford   Not available

“Lean on Pete,” by Willy Vlautin  **IN PRODUCTION**

In Celebration Of National Short Story Month, May: “Varieties of Exile” and “Paris Stories,” both by Mavis Gallant:  Included in DB 43750

“So Long: Stories 1987-1992” and “Where I Live Now: Stories 1993-1998,” both by Lucia Berlin : Included in DB 83703

To-Be-Read This Summer: “The Last Cruise,” by Kate Christensen,  Not available

“The Fact of a Body,” by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich,  DB 88137

“The Burning Girl,” by Claire Messud  DB 89740

“Little Fires Everywhere,” by Celeste Ng  DB 89018

Terri-Lynne DeFino's Picks

"All the Ever Afters," by Danielle Teller  Not available

"This Dark Road to Mercy" Not available

"The Last Ballad,"  DB 89501    both by Wiley Cash 

Emily Connelly's Audiobook Picks

"Lincoln in the Bardo," by George Saunders  DB 86941

"Children of Blood and Bone," by Tomi Adeyemi  DB 90928

"Give Me Some Truth," by Eric Gansworth  Not available

"The Hate You Give," by Angie Thomas  DB 87441

"Born a Crime," by Trevor Noah  DB 86608

"The Dublin Murder Squad Mysteries," by Tana French DB 66071  DB 67436  DB 72193  DB 75132  DB 79576  DB 85608

"Circe," by Madeline Miller  DB 90711 

Other Picks

"Florida," Lauren Groff    **IN PRODUCTION**

"Turtles All The Way Down," John Green  DB 89542

"Jabari Jumps," by Gaia Cornwall    Not available

"A Gentleman in Moscow," by Amor Towles  DB 85533

"Lost Empress," by Sergio De La Pava  Not available

"The Overstory," by Richard Powers  **IN PRODUCTION**

"The Fun Mover Chronicles," by Tim Fahey  Not available

"The Stand," by Stephen King  DB 56081

"Vacationland," by John Hodgman  DB 89405

"Stranded: A Story of Frontier Survival," by Matthew Mayo  Not available

"White Pine: American History and the Tree that Made a Nation," by Andrew Vietze  Not available

"Trap the Devil," by Ben Coes   Not available

"Voting Down the Rose: Florence Brooks Whitehouse and Maine's Fight for Woman Suffrage," by Anne B. Gass  Not available

"Beyond the Road," by Jt Curran  Not available

"The Believing Brain," by Michael Shermer   Not available

"Calypso," by David Sedaris  **IN PRODUCTION**

"The Swan Thieves," by Elizabeth Kostova  DB 70426

"Camulod Chronicles Series," by Jack Whyte  Not available

"Call Me American," by Abdi Nor Iftin  Not available

"When We Were the Kennedys," by Monica Wood Not available  

"Into the Raging Sea: Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of El Faro," by Rachel Slade  Not available

"Waking Lions," by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen  DB 87279

Jen Blood's K-9 series  Not available 



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