President & Director Andrew Medlar’s Summer Picks

Summer Reading holds a special place in my heart, because from the year I was born I was always the first kid signed up for it at my neighborhood library. As an adult, that same holds true. Working at the Library and being surrounded by so many wonderful titles, I’m often asked what’s on my reading list. While whittling down the list is difficult, here are five books I loved the most this summer.

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The Hotel Nantucket

It may be a cliché to refer to Hilderbrand as the ultimate beach read, and if so, what’s wrong with that? Count me among those who look forward to her annual escapist summer fiction and this year’s delivers with mystery, history, beautiful beach sunsets, and a ghost. You can also check out this title as an eBook on OverDrive/Libby or as eAudio on OverDrive/Libby.

Punch Me Up to the Gods: A Memoir

This is one of the most powerful and personal memoirs I’ve ever read, uniquely crafted and eternally affecting, with local roots and a phenomenal addition to this year’s Battle of the Books. This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on OverDrive/Libby, as eAudio on OverDrive/Libby, as an eBook on Hoopla, or as eAudio on Hoopla.

Smoketown: The Untold Story of the Other Great Black Renaissance

Sometimes judging a book by its cover works out wonderfully. I was initially drawn to this title because my favorite singer of all time, Lena Horne, is on the cover, and it did not disappoint as I loved both the writing and learning about not only the powerful impact Pittsburgh had on her life and work, but also the influence of our area on so many other Black artists, athletes, journalists, and beyond.  You can also check out this title as an eBook on OverDrive/Libby or as eAudio on OverDrive/Libby.