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Summer Learning: Family Reunion

Family standing on a beach

Did you know that you can sign up for Summer Learning no matter how old you are? Adults can join in on the fun too! Make sure to sign up for Summer Learning and log your reading to win prizes. Not sure what to read? We've got a list just for adults to inspire your reading this summer. Check out our Summer Learning: Family Reunion staff picks booklist, full of great fiction and non-fiction titles to kick off your summer reading list.

Here are a just few of our favorites...


Summer Learning Staff Picks: Family Reunion

Crazy Rich Asians, book cover

Crazy Rich Asians Kevin Kwan

New Yorker Rachel Chu didn't know what she was in for when she agreed to accompany her boyfriend Nicholas Young to a family wedding in Singapore. She quickly learns he is one of the country's most eligible bachelors and she is not as welcome as she thought. The gossip in the Young family moves at lightning speed while this hilarious book follows Rachel, Nicholas, and his numerous relatives. Read the book, see the movie, and enjoy.

The Nest, book cover

The Nest Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

This book follows the lives of the dysfunctional Plumb family, who only seem to come together to discuss the future of their $2 million inheritance. Told from the perspective of the siblings, Leo the reckless older brother, Melody an uptight mother, Jack a broke antiques dealer, and Bea a once promising and now washed up writer. The Nest follows the siblings through the ups and downs of life. This book examines the things that tie us together and those that tear us apart.  

The Yellow House, book cover

The Yellow House Sarah M. Broom

Winner of the 2019 National Book Award for non-fiction, this memoir examines over one hundred years of a family history with the backdrop of their complicated times in New Orleans. The Yellow house examines race, class, and inequality, as it follows the lives of author Broom and her siblings, as well as the realities of life in often mythologized New Orleans. The house itself plays a central role, as the reader follows it from purchase and through its destruction during Hurricane Katrina. A well written, thought provoking memoir that is deserving of all its accolades.

Check out other great recommendations on our Staff Picks Page. If you're looking for more ways to participate in Summer Learning, leave a book review on Beanstack (the site that powers our Summer Learning program). There is a chance we may feature your review in an upcoming blog!

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