Adult Recommendations

"Born to run" By Christopher McDougall

Removing the myth that running requires special exercises and equipment, author McDougall argues, running is at the heart of what it means to be human.  We follow the amazing Tamarahura tribe runners in Cooper Canyon to ultra marathoners; all end up in a race of fifty-miles through the heart of Tarahumara country, pitting the tribe against an odd band of Americans racers.  Fun page turning! 

"The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Frye" by Rachel Joyce

Harold Fyre is retired, henpecked, and indifferent to life.  Then he receives a letter from a elderly friend who is dying.  Rather than mail her correspondence Harold decides to walk 600 miles to deliver his message in person.  His trek is peppered with fascinating characters who help unlock Harold's buried spirit and renew his sense of life. 

"Shine Shine Shine" by Lydia Netzer

This debut novel centers around a woman born with no hair, her husband who is a prize winning robotics scientist and their autistic son.  As the characters work through a set of unusual circumstances, the main character is reminded that her quest for conventional American “normalcy” has eroded away the things that matter most to her.  This novel is beautifully written and reveals their story in surprising ways.  An extremely engaging book, it ultimately poses the question of whether autism is truly a disorder or an evolution of intellect and adaptation.

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