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Library staff summer reading lists


What Library staff is reading and recommending


With the Library closed for renovation, the Library staff, like many of our members, gathered many books that they wanted to read over the summer holidays. Here are the reading lists of some Library staff members who will be enjoying these books from their different locations during the summer. 

Abigail Altman, reference and collections librarian

  • Delicious Foods by James Hannaham
  • The Paris Librarian by Mark Pryor
  • The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie 
  • The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma
  • A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
  • You Could Look it Up: The Reference Shelf from Ancient Babylon to Wikipedia by Jack Lynch
  • Rethinking Library Technical Services by Mary Beth Weber

Charles Trueheart, director

  • Looking for The Stranger: Albert Camus and the Life of a Literary Classic by Alice Kaplan
  • Midnight at the Pera Palace: The Birth of Modern Istanbul by Charles King
  • The Georgetown Set: Friends and Rivals in Cold War Washington by Gregg Herken
  • Losing My Cool: Love, Literature, and a Black Man’s Escape from the Crowd by Thomas Chatterton Williams
  • The Travels of Daniel Ascher by Deborah Levy-Bertherat
  • John Paul Jones by Evan Thomas
  • The Tears of Autumn by Charles McCarry (re-reading)
  • The Feud: Vladimir Nabokov, Edmund Wilson, and the End of a Beautiful Friendship by Alex Beam 

Ed Aguila, assistant director

  • Golf Digest (US)
  • Golf Magazine (French)
  • Last Night in Twisted River by John Irving
  • Kobra by Deon Meyer

Celeste Rhoads, children and young adults’ services manager


  • H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald (on OverDrive)
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne (on World Book Online)

Kirsty McCulloch Reid, assistant children and young adults’ services librarian

  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • The Graduate by Charles Webb
  • The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
  • Two Years, Eight Months, and Twenty-Nine Nights by Salman Rushdie
  • The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
  • More Than This by Patrick Ness

Grant Rosenberg, programs manager

  • Zero K by Don Delillo 
  • Black Panther (#1, #2, #3) by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • What Language Do I Dream In? by Elena Lappin

Pauline Lemasson, external relations manager

  • Any Human Heart by William Boyd
  • Shakespeare & Company, Paris: A History of the Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart edited by Krista 
  • The Fellowship: The Untold Story of Frank Lloyd Wright and the Taliesen Fellowship by Roger Friedland and Harold Zellman
  • The Vegetarian by Han Kang
  • The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • Gjelina: Cooking from Venice, California by Travis Lett

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