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SIERRA VISTA — Summer is winding down but that doesn’t means spending down time reading has to stop.

Local book experts share which books shouldn’t be left on the shelf with fun in the sun dwindling. Each of the recommendations represent what has been popular in the Bisbee and Sierra Vista libraries.

Jason Macoviak, manager of the Copper Queen Library in Bisbee, recommends:

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone : A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed

By Lori Gottlieb

Gottlieb’s book is a very honest look at people, their problems, and their therapist’s problems. Engaging, funny, and brutal, this book is a must-read for readers interested in real-life characters dealing with the same problems as you and me.

Eat Mesquite and More : A Cookbook for Sonoran Desert Foods and Living

By Desert Harvesters

This cookbook proves just how much bounty our desert surroundings can produce. More than a cookbook, this volume is also a testament to wild foraging and indigenous foods. New desert dwellers and seasoned experts will both find ideas of how to make dinner from the plants outside of your window.

How Not to Die Alone

By Richard Roper

Witty, charming and quirky, Roper’s debut novel is a reminder for people that it’s never too late to risk everything to start living. Smart and darkly funny, How Not to Die Alone was inspired by an article the author read about people whose job it is to follow up after people die alone. A quick read for when you’re lounging by the pool or can’t move yourself away from the fan this summer.

Susan Abend, librarian at the Sierra Vista Public Library, recommends:

Mostly dead things

By Kristen N Arnett

Dark, uncomfortable, and weird, this is a psychological examination of a family under stress at its best. It’s about Florida, taxidermy and longing, and it is somehow both sad and a romp; both deeply strange and so very human. It forces both the reader and the characters to face the uncomfortable. It is weird to write a book where taxidermy is the main theme that reflects the dynamics of a family. It’s not pretty and most people would rather not think about the process of dissecting a creature to turn it into an object. Dissecting your relationships with your family can feel like that too.

The Wild Robot

By Peter Brown

When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island. Why is she there? Where did she come from? And, most important, how will she survive in her harsh surroundings? This is a fun book whether you’re an adult or in middle school. It is simply written but makes you think about very big questions like- motherhood, artificial intelligence, and environmental issues. Highly recommended for a personal read as well as a gift for younger readers.

On Earth we’re briefly gorgeous

By Ocean Vuong

The language in this book made me want to savor every page. It is, as the title intimates, a gorgeous books about love in many forms. The story is more than skin deep, striking at the core of who we are as people. Each paragraph is its own poem (some sentences are as well), and yet this does not read like a pro-longed prose poem. It is a novel of startling depth, power, pain and lyricism. A love letter and an elegy. Raw and luminous. Although it can be difficult to read, it is a must read.

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