Renee Brown, Minnetonka
I recommend “So Long, Betty and Veronica” by Lou Ferreri. His memoir is thoroughly engaging, captivating, funny and poignant. He has a remarkable gift for merging deep reflection and keen perception with humor and wisdom. Ferreri blends the innocence and adventurousness of a boy coming of age with the wisdom and affection of a man in his 60s, looking back at an era that has long passed. This book makes for a great summer read.
Lynn Leibowitz, New York, N.Y.
I would like to recommend “One Good Dog,” by Susan Wilson.
Vicki Anthofer, Northfield
This summer, I want to read the Sherlock Holmes stories in preparation for the new “Sherlock” season next year. I love what they’ve done with the various stories so far, and I think it would help to have a reminder of the original stories. They are spinning them in interesting ways.
I also want to read some of the big tomes that I haven’t been able to get to yet: “Bring Up the Bodies,” by Hilary Mantel (I know, not exactly a beach read); the rest of the “Divergent” series (have read only book one), and “The Luminaries,” by Eleanor Catton.
If a book is really good, there’s nothing like sitting on the deck reading on a nice day.
Linda White, St. Paul
I recommend “Prospice” by Karen Kelly. Great summer read, nicely paced for relaxing by the lake. A well-written love story with descriptive settings. The characters are relatable, even though the story takes place more than 60 years ago. You will love this book.
Margie Sandor, Stillwater
This summer I’m going Up North to the cabin — my imaginary cabin that looks more like a south Minneapolis front porch with a second-story roof above, hanging plants, wind chime and a large wooden rocking chair. At 76, I pulled out Mary Ann Mattoon’s “Jung and the Human Psyche” to help me understand what I’ve been through and Bart Astor’s “Roadmap for the Rest of Your Life” to help me get through more, maybe better. “The Wind Blows, the Ice Breaks: Poems of Loss and Renewal by Minnesota Poets” will be a good start. I hope to get cabin cozy with “Up at Butternut Lake” by Mary McNear and while there, to keep me on my toes and add some mystery, take on William Kent Krueger’s “Windigo Island,” a Cork O’Connor mystery, and Ellen Hart’s “The Old Deep and Dark,” a Jane Lawless mystery. Who needs a cabin? I’ve got imagination and good books.
Carol Cochran, Minneapolis