Summer Binge Reading List From Third Place Books

June 19, 2019 11:44am

We recently announced that Seattle Greenlaker is launching a binge worthy Summer Reading List  based on picks from local experts. Two weeks ago we chatted with Green Lake Branch librarian Andrea Gough about her picks. This week we give you Sam Kaas’ picks from Third Place Books, one of Green Lake’s closest independent bookstores. Happy reading!

Rough Magic: Riding the World’s Loneliest Horse Race by Lara Prior-Palmer ( 978194822619, Catapult)At nineteen years old, bored and unsure where to direct her energies, Lara Prior-Palmer learned about the Mongolian Derby – a 1000-kilometer endurance horse race across the Mongolian Steppe – and, largely on a whim, entered. With limited experience and virtually no training, she simply hoped to finish, but she ended up becoming the youngest competitor – and the first woman – ever to win.  Rough Magic is her raw, windswept, day-by-day account of the race, but it’s also a near-magical paean to the strange pleasures of solitude and restlessness, and to the pull of the unknown. You’ll only want to put this down long enough to go enter an extreme endurance race of your own.

Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patirck Radden Keefe (9780385521314, Doubleday)
This intimate and fastidiously-researched history of the IRA – told through the lense of a still-partially-unsolved disappearance in Belfast in 1972, at the height of The Troubles – was the first book this year I stayed up into the wee hours to finish. Those interested in the history of Northern Ireland will appreciate Keefe’s careful, engaging reporting, and those who are looking for their next great True Crime read will want to set aside a full day to tear into this gripping story.

Stay and Fight by Madeline Ffitch ( 9780374268121, Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux)***AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW; publishes July 9, 2019***Madeline Ffitch’s characters – bombastic, tragic, triumphant, flawed, hopeful, insufferable, and hilarious – had become like family to me before I really knew what was happening, and her crackling live-wire of a debut is a loud, proud rallying cry for love and freedom in all forms. Full of joy and pain, humor and vitriol, and a cast of unforgettable personalities, Stay and Fight may be one of the summer’s must-read novels.

The Electric Hotel by Dominic Smith ( 9780374146856, Sarah Crichton Books)From the Paris exhibitons of the Lumiere brothers to the early film studios of New Jersey, from the trenches of WWI to the eccentric glory of 1960s Hollywood, Dominic Smith’s sweeping historical novel questions, again and again, how love and truth and creative vision play out in 24 frames per second. If you loved Jess Walter’s Beautiful Ruins, this book is your next summertime read.