~ by Elizabeth E., Cataloging Librarian

As summer vacation approaches, consider these new absorbing Recreational Reading titles to fill a few leisure hours. Includes fiction, nonfiction, humor, mystery/suspense, biography/memoir, science fiction/fantasy, graphic novels, and Wisconsin authors.

Audition : a memoir / Barbara Walters.                                                                                 REC Walters
After more than forty years of interviewing celebrities, the most important woman in television journalism has turned her gift for examination onto herself, revealing the forces that shaped her extraordinary life.

Being caribou : five months on foot with an Arctic herd / Karsten Heuer.             REC Heuer
In April 2003, newlyweds Karsten Heuer and Leanne Allison embarked on a five-month research journey to migrate more than 2,000 miles with a herd of 120,000 Porcupine Caribou.

Dead hot shot / Victoria Houston.                                                                                           REC Houston
The charming resort town of Loon Lake, Wisconsin is once again rocked by murder as retired dentist and fly fisherman Doc Osborne is deputized to help investigate the death of an heiress whose body washes ashore on Thanksgiving morning. *Wisconsin author*

Dead until dark / Charlaine Harris.                                                                                          REC Harris
Sookie Stackhouse is a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana who has the ability to read minds. Then along comes Bill, a vampire with a bad reputation, and Sookie can’t hear a word he’s thinking.

Dewey : the small-town library cat who touched the world / Vicki Myron.           REC Myron
This is the charming story of Dewey Readmore Books, the beloved library cat of Spencer, Iowa.

Dune / Frank Herbert.                                                                                                                   REC Herbert
Set on the desert planet Arrakis, this is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Muad’Dib. 40th anniversary edition.

Fun home : a family tragicomic / Alison Bechdel.                                                             REC Bechdel
Through a graphic novel narrative that is alternately heartbreaking and fiercely funny, we are drawn into a daughter’s complex yearning for her father.

Garden spells / Sarah Addison Allen.                                                                                     REC Allen
Two gifted sisters draw on their talents to belatedly forge a bond and find their separate ways in life.

I am America (and so can you!) / written and edited by Stephen Colbert.             REC Colbert
From the host of television’s hilarious punditry satire “The Colbert report” comes the book to fill the other 23 hours of your day.

A lion among men / Gregory Maguire.                                                                                  REC Maguire
Civil war looms in Oz as an ancient oracle named Yackle prepares for death. But before she can die, the Cowardly Lion arrives seeking knowledge about Elphaba Thropp. Volume 3 of The Wicked Years.

Me talk pretty one day / David Sedaris.                                                                                                REC Sedaris
David Sedaris’s caustic gift has not deserted him in his fourth book, which mines poignant comedy from his peculiar childhood in North Carolina, his bizarre career path, and his move with his lover to France.

My point, and I do have one / Ellen DeGeneres.                                                                               REC DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres shares her hilarious take on everything from our most baffling human foibles to fashion trends, being a celebrity, and her secret recipe for Ellen’s real Frenchy French toast.

Night sisters : a novel / Sara Rath.                                                                                            REC Rath
Nell Grendon never thought about communing with the dead until a chance visit to a spiritualist camp brings her face-to-face with the elderly medium Grace Waverly. *Wisconsin author.*

Our dumb century / edited by Scott Dikkers.                                                                      REC Dikkers
The Onion has quickly become the world’s most popular humor publication, misinforming half a million readers a week with one-of-a-kind social satire both in print and online from its remote office in Madison, Wisconsin.

Peony in love : a novel / Lisa See.                                                                                            REC See
In seventeenth-century China, in an elaborate villa on the shores of Hangzhou’s West Lake, Peony lives a sheltered life.

Shortcomings / Adrian Tomine.                                                                                                                REC Tomine
In this graphic novel, Ben Tanaka has problems. In addition to being rampantly critical, sarcastic, and insensitive, his long-term relationship is awash in turmoil.

The story of Edgar Sawtelle : a novel / David Wroblewski.                                           REC Wroblewski
This novel follows speech-disabled youth Edgar, who bonds with three yearling canines and struggles to prove that his sinister uncle is responsible for his father’s death. *Wisconsin author.*

Three cups of tea / Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin.                                       REC Mortenson
The story of one man’s campaign to build schools in the most dangerous, remote, and anti-American reaches of Asia.

Watchmen / Alan Moore, writer ; Dave Gibbons, illustrator/letterer.                    REC Moore
This stunning graphic novel chronicles the fall from grace of a group of superheroes plagued by all too human failings.

Wishful drinking / Carrie Fisher.                                                                                              REC Fisher
Carrie Fisher comes clean (well, sort of) with the crazy truth that is her life, in her first-ever memoir.