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Summer Reading, 2015

by Jul. 31, 2015, 2:36 PM

Looking for a good summer read? Try these titles written by alumni


The New Neighbor (2015, Touchstone) by Leah Stewart, BA’94New-Neighbor_cover

Ninety-year-old Margaret Riley’s curiosity is piqued by her new neighbor, Jennifer Young, who is on the run from her old life. In Jennifer, Margaret sees both a potential companion in her loneliness and a mystery to be solved. But Jennifer refuses to talk about herself, her son, his missing father or her past. Frustrated, Margaret crosses more and more boundaries in pursuit of the truth, threatening to unravel Jennifer’s new life while revealing secrets of her own.


CocktCocktails-on-Tap_coverails on Tap: The Art of Mixing Spirits and Beer (2015, Stewart, Tabori & Chang) by Jacob Grier, BA’04

Cocktails on Tap brings together two major trends—craft cocktails and craft beer—with more than 50 recipes for mixed drinks that feature beer. Beer has become a favorite ingredient for top bartenders around the world, and this book features the best of these contemporary creations alongside vintage classics.


Bone-Bridge_coverThe Bone Bridge: A Brother’s Story (2015, Dagmar Miura) by Yarrott Benz, BS’76

All of us wonder if we would do the right thing if called upon, even if it meant risking our own lives and sense of self. In this memoir, author Benz relays his harrowing account of being trapped together with his teenage brother in a dramatic medical dilemma—a modern miracle and a modern nightmare. This true story unfolds over 13 years as the two brothers navigate through their enmeshed lives with all they feel for each other: hatred and love, rejection and acceptance, disdain and respect.


The WThe-Word_coverord (2015, Serpentine Books) by Hubert Crouch, BA’73

In this legal thriller Ezekiel Shaw and his fanatical followers preach a gospel of hate, picketing the funerals of fallen soldiers and praising God for sending America’s soldiers back in body bags. But when they disrupt the funeral of 2nd Lt. Lauren Hanson, a West Point graduate killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, hard-charging Fort Worth, Texas, trial attorney Jace Forman becomes determined to put an end to their crazed crusade no matter the cost.


Murder bMurder-by-Minutes_covery the Minutes: A Piper O’Donnell Social Lite Mystery (2015, Cozy Cat Press) by Jennifer Vido, BS’90

Piper O’Donnell, the newest library board of trust member in Woodlawn, Ohio, is busily securing her social status by organizing the library’s premiere event of the season—the Booklovers’ Ball. Unfortunately, Piper’s dreamy vision of pink panache vanishes into thin air when she stumbles over a dead body in the library director’s office.