Our first suggested reading list of the summer comes from our friends at McIntyre’s Books in Fearrington Village. We know Our State fans and friends love to read and we’re pleased to provide you with book suggestions all summer long!
These list of recommended reading comes from staff members at McIntyre’s. Scroll down for more information about McIntyre’s Books and leave your own reading list suggestions in the comments section at the end of this page. Click here to sign up to receive email alerts when new summer reading lists are available.
These suggestions come from staff members at McIntyre’s. Learn more about McIntyre’s at the end of this list.
The Watery Part of the World by Michael Parker
Michael Parker is one of my favorites, and his latest did not disappoint me. I read this novel in two sittings. Parker takes the a kernel of the story about the disappearance of Aaron Burr’s daughter, Theodosia, off the Outer Banks and runs with it. Perfect beach read! (Recommended by Keebe Fitch, store manager at McIntyre’s)
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The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
A raw, honest story about losing a loved one, the grief that follows and the day to day tasks of living, healing, and figuring out how life goes on without the person. Despite the subject matter, this is a comforting book that I return to again and again, gaining a greater appreciation of the story each time. (Recommended by Jaime Herndon, McIntyre’s staff member.)
Mentor by Tom Grimes
While at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Grimes connected with his professor, the famed author Frank Conroy, starting a friendship of sorts that would last until Conroy died. This is a wonderful tribute to the bonds between individuals, the writing life, and the people we adopt as our chosen family. (Recommended by Jaime Herndon.)
Accidental Birds by Marjorie Hudson
Local author, Marjorie Hudson, in Accidental Birds of The Carolinas marvelously captures “home”/the Southern part of heaven” for so many of us who have migrated to NC from afar. You feel the morning mist, smell the pungent woods and hear the sweet birdsong. This is a love song sung by a variety of human birds-each with a distinct, pure voice. Wonderful collection of stories! (Recommended by Katherine Pinard, staff member at McIntyre’s.)
One Hundred Names For Love by Diane Ackerman
Diane Ackerman’s One Hundred Names For Love is a memoir and a love story extraordinaire! Brilliant use of language describing the relationship between 2 wordsmiths, Diane Ackerman and husband, Paul West, after he has a stroke and the resulting global aphasia. Beautiful and heart rending: wonderful reflections on language, care giving, healing and rehabilitation. Awesome book! (Recommended by Katherine Pinard.)
The Snowman by Jo Nesbo
Jo Nesbo is the best writer of crime fiction in the world today! And if you’ve never tried him before, the creepy good Snowman is the perfect introduction to him and his antihero, police inspector Harry Hole. Set in the cold climes of Norway, this is also the perfect book to read during a heat wave. (Recommended by Pete Mock, book buyer and book seller extraordinaire at McIntyre’s.)
The Floor of Heaven: A True Tale of the Last Frontier and the Yukon Gold Rush by Howard Blum
Very good narrative non-fiction featuring a Pinkerton detective, a self-aggrandizing crime boss, and a young prospector who all find themselves in the same small Alaskan town just before the Yukon gold strike. Think John Krakauer crossed with Erik Larsen and you’ll have a good idea how engaging this book is. (Recommended by Pete Mock.)
This is Just Exactly Like You by Drew Perry
This jaded cynic’s heart melted while reading this touching novel about a father and his autistic son learning to cope together after mom declares she needs a break and moves out. Humorous and quirky without being sappy, this is one book I give to people who like to smile while they read. (Recommended by Pete Mock.)
Blood, Bones & Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton
What a terrific memoir! Think what Anthony Bourdain would have written if he had a MFA and a soul. Gabby Hamilton is a deglossed chick chef who can write as well as she cooks in her James Beard nominated restaurant in NYC. (Recommended by Keebe Fitch.)
The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens
Looking for a new, middle-grade fantasy series? This one is amazing! Take a dash of classic children’s literature (the characters are at an orphanage after all), a pinch of some of your favorites Snicket, Potter and Narina, add a splash of humor, sprinkle with time-travel and stir. Absolutely one of my favorites of the year. (Recommended by Christie Kimsey, staff member at McIntyre’s.)
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
A beautifully written, eye-opening read about a 15 year old Lithuanian girl and her family who are taken by the Soviets to a Siberian gulag. Sometimes heartbreaking, this books should still not be missed for its realistic account of this often forgotten aspect of the WWII era. (Recommended by Christie Kimsey.)
About McIntyre’s Books
McIntyre’s Books is an independent bookstore offering a wide selection with special emphasis on cooking, gardening and books by local authors – a collection that aptly reflects Fearrington itself. In addition to fiction and non-fiction works, we also have an extensive mystery section. McIntyre’s offers an English library setting with a fireplace, upholstered chairs and cozy rooms perfect for browsing. We’re also pleased to host one of the largest author and poet events programs in the South.
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2000 Fearrington Village Center
Pittsboro NC, 27312
Just minutes from Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, N.C.
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