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View Poll Results: What hot story will we read in July?
I Never Had it Made by Jackie Robinson 6 46.15%
The Greengage Summer by Rumer Godden 3 23.08%
The Summer Book by Tove Jansson 5 38.46%
Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury 8 61.54%
The Return of the Soldier by Rebecca West 3 23.08%
The Go-Between by L.P. Hartley 6 46.15%
Atonement by Ian McEwan 5 38.46%
Long Summer Day by R.F. Delderfield 3 23.08%
A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams 1 7.69%
A Man's Got to Have a Hobby: Long Summers with My Dad by William McInnes 4 30.77%
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Old 06-07-2018, 08:20 AM   #1
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Vote for July 2018 • Some Like It Hot: Summer


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I Never Had it Made by Jackie Robinson [Dazrin, issybird, CRussel]
Amazon US $7.99 | Amazon CA | Amazon UK (paper only) | Kobo CA $9.99
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Before Barry Bonds, before Reggie Jackson, before Hank Aaron, baseball's stars had one undeniable trait in common: they were all white. In 1947, Jackie Robinson broke that barrier, striking a crucial blow for racial equality and changing the world of sports forever. I Never Had It Made is Robinson's own candid, hard-hitting account of what it took to become the first black man in history to play in the major leagues.

I Never Had It Made recalls Robinson's early years and influences: his time at UCLA, where he became the school's first four-letter athlete; his army stint during World War II, when he challenged Jim Crow laws and narrowly escaped court martial; his years of frustration, on and off the field, with the Negro Leagues; and finally that fateful day when Branch Rickey of the Brooklyn Dodgers proposed what became known as the "Noble Experiment"—Robinson would step up to bat to integrate and revolutionize baseball.

More than a baseball story, I Never Had It Made also reveals the highs and lows of Robinson's life after baseball. He recounts his political aspirations and civil rights activism; his friendships with Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, William Buckley, Jr., and Nelson Rockefeller; and his troubled relationship with his son, Jackie, Jr.

Originally published the year Robinson died, I Never Had It Made endures as an inspiring story of a man whose heroism extended well beyond the playing field.
320 pages

The Greengage Summer by Rumer Godden [Bookpossum, bfisher, Bookworm_Girl]
Kobo: $US9.89, $C12.09, £6.47, $A2.99 | Amazon US $8.99
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Soon after the end of the terrible Great War, Mrs. Grey brings her five young children to the French countryside for the summer in hopes of instilling in them a sense of history and humility. But when she is struck down by a sudden illness and hospitalized, the siblings are left to fend for themselves at the lovely, bullet-scarred hotel Les Oeillets, under the suspicious, watchful eyes of its owner, Mademoiselle Zizi.

The young ones find a willing guide, companion, and protector in charming Englishman Eliot, a longtime resident at Les Oeillets and Mlle. Zizi’s apparent paramour. But as these warm days of freedom, discovery, and adolescent adventure unfold, Eliot’s interest becomes more and more focused on the eldest of the Grey children, sixteen-year-old daughter Joss. The older man’s obsession with the innocent, alluring, heartbreakingly beautiful woman-child soon threatens to overstep all bounds of propriety. And as Eliot’s fascination increases, so does the jealousy of his disrespected lover, adding fuel to a dangerously smoldering fire that could erupt into unexpected violence at any moment.

Told from the point of view of Cecil, Joss’s sharp-eyed younger sister, The Greengage Summer is a beautiful, poignant, darkly tinged coming-of-age story rich in the sights, smells, and sounds of France’s breathtaking Champagne country. It remains one of the crowning literary achievements of Rumer Godden, acclaimed author of beloved classics Black Narcissus, The River, and In This House of Brede.
196 pages

The Summer Book by Tove Jansson [Bookworm_Girl, Bookpossum, gmw]
Amazon US $8.99 | Amazon UK £3.79 | Amazon CA $6.29 | Amazon AU $6.15 | Kobo | Overdrive
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In The Summer Book Tove Jansson distills the essence of the summer—its sunlight and storms—into twenty-two crystalline vignettes. This brief novel tells the story of Sophia, a six-year-old girl awakening to existence, and Sophia’s grandmother, nearing the end of hers, as they spend the summer on a tiny unspoiled island in the Gulf of Finland. The grandmother is unsentimental and wise, if a little cranky; Sophia is impetuous and volatile, but she tends to her grandmother with the care of a new parent. Together they amble over coastline and forest in easy companionship, build boats from bark, create a miniature Venice, write a fanciful study of local bugs. They discuss things that matter to young and old alike: life, death, the nature of God and of love. “On an island,” thinks the grandmother, “everything is complete.” In The Summer Book, Jansson creates her own complete world, full of the varied joys and sorrows of life.

Tove Jansson, whose Moomintroll comic strip and books brought her international acclaim, lived for much of her life on an island like the one described in The Summer Book, and the work can be enjoyed as her closely observed journal of the sounds, sights, and feel of a summer spent in intimate contact with the natural world.
170 pages

Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury [latepaul, gmw, astrangerhere]
Amazon UK £3.99 | Kobo US $12.99 | Kobo Aus $5.99 | Overdrive
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The summer of '28 was a vintage season for a growing boy. A summer of green apple trees, mowed lawns, and new sneakers. Of half-burnt firecrackers, of gathering dandelions, of Grandma's belly-busting dinner. It was a summer of sorrows and marvels and gold-fuzzed bees. A magical, timeless summer in the life of a twelve-year-old boy named Douglas Spaulding—remembered forever by the incomparable Ray Bradbury.
338 pages

The Return of the Soldier by Rebecca West [astrangerhere, Catlady, CRussel]
Free: Manybooks | Gutenberg | LibriVox (Audio)
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Writing her first novel during World War I, West examines the relationship between three women and a soldier suffering from shell-shock. This novel of an enclosed world invaded by public events also embodies in its characters the shifts in England's class structures at the beginning of the twentieth century.
The book's events take place almost exclusively during the summer months, and there are some beautiful descriptions of the weather and countryside.
110 pages

The Go-Between by L.P. Hartley. [latepaul, issybird, Bookworm_Girl]
Amazon UK £4.99 | Kobo US $10.99 | Kobo Aus$14.99 | Overdrive
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When one long, hot summer, young Leo is staying with a school-friend at Brandham Hall, he begins to act as a messenger between Ted, the farmer, and Marian, the beautiful young woman up at the hall. He becomes drawn deeper and deeper into their dangerous game of deceit and desire, until his role brings him to a shocking and premature revelation. The haunting story of a young boy's awakening into the secrets of the adult world, The Go-Between is also an unforgettable evocation of the boundaries of Edwardian society.
344 pages

Atonement by Ian McEwan [Catlady, issybird, Bookpossum]
Amazon U.S. $11.99 | Kobo U.S. $11.99 |Amazon UK £4.99 | Kobo UK £4.99 | Amazon Ca $12.99 | Kobo Ca $12.99 | OverDrive | Scribd
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Ian McEwan’s symphonic novel of love and war, childhood and class, guilt and forgiveness provides all the satisfaction of a brilliant narrative and the provocation we have come to expect from this master of English prose.

On a hot summer day in 1935, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis witnesses a moment’s flirtation between her older sister, Cecilia, and Robbie Turner, the son of a servant and Cecilia’s childhood friend. But Briony’ s incomplete grasp of adult motives–together with her precocious literary gifts–brings about a crime that will change all their lives. As it follows that crime’s repercussions through the chaos and carnage of World War II and into the close of the twentieth century, Atonement engages the reader on every conceivable level, with an ease and authority that mark it as a genuine masterpiece.
370 pages

Long Summer Day by R.F. Delderfield [CRussel, bfisher, Dazrin]
AmazonUK £4.99 | KoboUK | AmazonAU $12.99 |AmazonCA $5.99 | KoboCA | Overdrive | Kindle Unlimited
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1902-1911 An age of innocence and hope. Before the storm clouds roll over Europe. As Paul Craddock recovers from his Boer War injuries, he starts to plan a new life. As soon as he is able he invests all he has in a remote but beautiful estate in Devon, determined to make something wonderful of the place and to be at the heart of what is most real and most important. Then he meets Grace, beautiful and passionate, and mistress of the land he has so quickly grown to love. Equals in spirit and honour, their attraction to each other is undeniable, but she too has ambitions - and they may not be compatible with his. As Paul gains knowledge, contentment and stature in Shallowford it is at the price of heartbreak and bittersweet lessons learned.
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[quote=Amazon.com]A great read for fans of PBS’s Poldark and Downton Abbey—first in the saga of a man returning from battle to an estate in the pre-WWI English countryside.

After serving his country in the Boer War, injured Lieutenant Paul Craddock returns to England to resume civilian life. But things have changed since he joined the Imperial Yeomanry three years ago. His father has died, leaving Paul as heir to a scrap metal business he has no intention of continuing. Instead, he purchases an auctioned-off thirteen-hundred-acre estate in a secluded corner of Devon. Neglected and overgrown, Shallowford becomes the symbol of all that Paul has lost—and a reminder of the gentle place his homeland once was. And here, on this sprawling stretch of land, he will be changed by his love for two women: fiercely independent Grace Lovell, and lovely, demure Claire Derwent.

Set in the English countryside in the first part of the previous century—from the long “Edwardian afternoon” following the death of Queen Victoria, to the gathering storm of World War I—Long Summer Day is the story of a man, his family, and a people struggling to adapt to life in a new world.
688 pages

A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams [Catlady, bfisher, orlok]
Amazon U.S. $11.99 | Kobo U.S. $11.99 | Amazon UK £3.99 | Kobo UK £3.99 | Amazon Ca $8.99 | Kobo Ca $8.99 | Amazon Au $3.99 | Kobo Au $9.99 | OverDrive | Scribd
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As the 1938 hurricane approaches Rhode Island, another storm brews in this New York Times bestseller from the author of The Secret Life of Violet Grant and Along the Infinite Sea.

Lily Dane has returned to Seaview, Rhode Island, where her family has summered for generations. It’s an escape not only from New York’s social scene but from a heartbreak that still haunts her. Here, among the seaside community that has embraced her since childhood, she finds comfort in the familiar rituals of summer.

But this summer is different. Budgie and Nick Greenwald—Lily’s former best friend and former fiancé—have arrived, too, and Seaview’s elite are abuzz. Under Budgie’s glamorous influence, Lily is seduced into a complicated web of renewed friendship and dangerous longing.

As a cataclysmic hurricane churns north through the Atlantic, and uneasy secrets slowly reveal themselves, Lily and Nick must confront an emotional storm that will change their worlds forever...
369 pages

A Man's Got to Have a Hobby: Long Summers with My Dad by William McInnes [gmw, Dazrin, orlok]
Amazon US $10.99 | Amazon UK £4.49 | Amazon CA $11.99 | Amazon AU $11.99 | Kobo US $10.99 | Kobo UK £4.49 | Kobo CA $11.99 | Kobo AU $11.99
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A tail-end baby boomer, William McInnes recalls summer holidays that seemed to go on forever, when he and his mates would walk down to fish in the bay, a time when the Aussie battler stood as the local Labor candidate and watched out for his mates, and a time when the whole family would rush into the lounge room to watch a new commercial on TV.

He writes about his father—a strong character who talks to the furniture, dances with William’s mother in the kitchen, and spends his free time fixing up the house and doing the best for his family. In William’s writing you can hear his father speaking, listen to his mother singing, and his sisters and brothers talking in the yard.

This is a book about people who aren’t famous but should be. It’s about cane toads and families, love and hope and fear, laughter, death and life. Most of all, it is a realistic, down-to-earth book by a man who had a great time growing up. His warmth and humour come through on every page.
288 pages
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Old 06-08-2018, 11:37 AM   #2
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Looks like folks are in a vintage sci-fi mood...
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I don't think of Dandelion Wine as sci-fi, it's essentially straight fiction influenced by memoir and magic realism, IMO. I loved it and I'm no sci-fi fan.
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I don't think of Dandelion Wine as sci-fi, it's essentially straight fiction influenced by memoir and magic realism, IMO. I loved it and I'm no sci-fi fan.
Touche. I think of magical realism as a sub-genre, but one that I enjoy immensely. But, then again, I also categorize most Murakami as MR, and he is one of my favorite authors.
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This list is fantastic! It was difficult to vote because I could read them all. In the end, I went with my usual method to vote for half. Oddly I didn't vote for the 3 that I already own! I picked the ones that captured the essence of summer that I'm in the mood to read.
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Yes, I think we'll have fun reading the final winner, and also several of the others in the list. And, in my case, at least one that never got nominated, but that the discussion highlighted. A good month for discovery!
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Well, I've just read A Hundred Summers over Memorial Day weekend. And, I've got The Summer Book on hold at the library. So I'm already on my way to reading more than one in the list this month!
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This list is fantastic! It was difficult to vote because I could read them all. In the end, I went with my usual method to vote for half.
That's my method, too.
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And Dandelion Wine it is. I'll get a (closed) thread going in a while for a visual reminder.
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And Dandelion Wine it is. I'll get a (closed) thread going in a while for a visual reminder.
Ooooh! That's on my TBR list. I might just have to join in anyway, even though I didn't nominate or vote .
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Ooooh! That's on my TBR list. I might just have to join in anyway, even though I didn't nominate or vote .
I love it when that happens.
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Ooooh! That's on my TBR list. I might just have to join in anyway, even though I didn't nominate or vote .
Oh, good!

Just when you thought you were out, we pulled you back in!
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There is no escape! That’s good news and I hope you have enough time to enjoy it, orlok.
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And Dandelion Wine it is. I'll get a (closed) thread going in a while for a visual reminder.
I have the audiobook on cassette. I'll have to see if my Walkman still works.
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