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Down-to-Read: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

*****Summer Shortlist Pick!*****

BookCover TheRosieProject 01 photoIf you’re looking for an ‘off the beaten path’ romance, I highly recommend “The Rosie Project,” #1 bestseller and first novel by Graeme Simsion.

Socially awkward genetics professor Don Tillman can’t seem to figure out women. He’s tried lots of times before, but to no avail. It’s not just women; Don has a difficult time making connections with anyone. Perhaps it’s because he’s always saying the wrong things. Perhaps it’s because his standards are too high. Perhaps it’s his extremely rigid personal schedule.

To solve the riddle, Don devises the Wife Project, an intricate and detailed questionnaire designed to filter out the wrong candidates and lead him to his perfect match. Don’s convinced he’s finally on the right path to finding a wife.

Don doesn’t know it yet, but he’s about to meet the love of his life in the form of Rosie, a mysterious woman who’s on a quest of her own: to find her biological father.

What ensues is one of the most unconventional romances. Not so much a romance at all. At times more of a comedy. But in the end the perfect book to cuddle up with on the beach this summer!

Borrow The Rosie Project from your local Vaughan library today! For more Adult Summer Shortlist titles, check out http://www.vaughanpl.info/src2014/adults.php.

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

100 Year Old Man Book CoverIt all starts on the one-hundredth birthday of Allan Karlsson. Sitting quietly in his room in an old people’s home, he is waiting for the party he-never-wanted-anyway to begin. The Mayor is going to be there. The press is going to be there. But, as it turns out, Allan is not… Slowly but surely Allan climbs out of his bedroom window, into the flowerbed (in his slippers) and makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several murders, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent police. As his escapades unfold, we learn something of Allan’s earlier life in which he was a participant behind the scenes in many key events of the twentieth century.

Light, easy and oh so funny – this Summer Shortlist pick is absolutely perfect for summer. It pairs loveable characters with an unlikely and hilarious storyline that adds a twist to the past 100 years. Check it out and bring it to the beach with you (like I did) and you won’t be disappointed.

 

Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey

Elizabeth is Missing book coverIn this darkly riveting debut novel-a sophisticated psychological mystery that is also a heartbreakingly honest meditation on memory, identity, and aging-an elderly woman descending into dementia embarks on a desperate quest to find the best friend she believes has disappeared, and her search for the truth will go back decades and have shattering consequences.

What a fantastic breakout novel by Healey. I was intrigued immediately from page one, and found myself developing my own theories about what happened to Elizabeth that changed with each new revelation. Little did I know that the recurring phrase “Elizabeth is Missing” came to mean something entirely unexpected. The twists and turns in both the past and present truly keep you guessing until the very end.

I’d highly recommend this for anyone who loved Watson’s Before I Go To Sleep.