In the summer, we crave light, escapist reads, books we can pick up and set down or books for reading in one sitting. These thrillers really scratch that summer reading itch. Wait for heavier literary fiction until the leaves change. ;)
No author has had more success writing thrillers than James Patterson, but he didn't become a full-time author until 20 years after penning his first novel in 1976. So here is your trivia question for the week: What was James Patterson's last job before he switched to writing full-time?
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Tualatin Public Library
The library's articulated mastodon skeleton, mounted in front of an etched-glass image of a mastodon
Tualatin Public Library's mission is to empower and enrich their community through learning, discovery, and interaction. Located right on the Tualatin River, Tualatin Public Library owns more than 100,000 items and features a striking display of an articulated mastodon skeleton, unearthed right within the city limits of Tualatin!
"In Cold War-blasted 1986, African American intelligence officer Marie Mitchell battles the FBI's white, male establishment, then her own misgivings when asked to join a task force aimed at toppling real-life Thomas Sankara, the left-leaning, shining-star president of Burkina Faso."
- Aimee M., Tualatin Public Library
"After a devastating break-up with her fiancé, Geraldine is struggling to get her life back on track in Toronto. Her two old friends, Sunny and Rachel, left ages ago for New York, where they've landed good jobs, handsome husbands, and unfairly glamorous lives (or at least so it appears to Geraldine). Sick of watching from the sidelines, Geraldine decides to force the universe to give her the big break she knows she deserves, and moves to New York City." - Aimee M., Tualatin Public Library
"One of them has it all. One of them wants it all. But they can't both win." - Aimee M., Tualatin Public Library
Musician and producer by day, NASA research scientist by night, Achilles bends sound through bass, keys and other instruments, layering them to achieve another kind of sonic experimentation. This will be informative, inspiring, and loud.
50 years ago, Americans put the first man on the Moon. Learn about the hardships past, current, and future astronauts will have to overcome for a mission to Mars. Jason-Flor Sisante, PhD, MS and NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador will be presenting.
Flash Forward is a podcast about the future. Each episode takes on a possible (or not so possible) future scenario - everything from humans having night vision to what would happen if space pirates dragged a second moon to Earth. Listen >>
Well ... not quite yet. We will do our first prize drawing* next week. The prize package includes 2 tickets to a Literary Arts event, a $20 Powell's gift card, a collectible fantasy coin, a WCCLS Reads pint glass, and a WCCLS Reads book bag. Winners will be notified before being announced in the newsletter.
Have a summer reading story to share? We'd love to hear how summer reading has had an impact on your life. Tell us your story.
*Everyone who has signed up for WCCLS Reads: Summer Reading for Adults is eligible for our weekly prize drawings through the end of August. Library staff, library board members, and their immediate families are not eligible for prize drawings.
This newsletter was handcrafted by Kaitlyn, PJ, and the staff at your local library.