Tue, July 16

Looking for a good book to read, ask a library patron

Ilana Maletz, library volunteer and author, shares the book she wrote with Dee Chadwick. 

Ilana Maletz, library volunteer and author, shares the book she wrote with Dee Chadwick. 

If you have spent any time in the Library, you will hear patrons asking these questions throughout the year, and even more so during the adult summer reading program.

To get you ready for this year’s program, I decided to ask avid readers for their book recommendations. Some of these library patrons visit the Library every day. Others stop by two or three times a week to pick up their holds.

Tom White’s favorite author is James Lee Burke. Most of Burke’s novels are set in Louisiana. Tom lived in New Orleans, and he collects signed copies of books written by Burke. Tom highly recommends Burke’s latest book about Detective Dave Robicheaux, called “Robicheaux.”

In addition to playing bridge, Pat Jay likes to read mysteries. She said, “The Woman in the Window,” by A.J. Finn, kept her guessing and turning pages. If you enjoy reading Gillian Flynn and Tana French, this thriller is for you.

If you want book recommendations, meet Patty Swanson. On average, she reads one book a day. Patty has varied interests and a great deal to contribute during our monthly book discussions at Sedona Winds. Patty’s latest book recommendation is “To Die But Once,” the latest in the Maisie Dobbs series, written by Jacqueline Winspear.

Patty also enjoyed reading “Cha’risa’s Gift, written by local author Ilana Maletz.As a former high school history teacher, Gary Yeatts often reads about famous people in history. He recently finished “Lincoln and Churchill: Statesmen at War,” by Lewis Lehrman. He enjoyed the way the author compared and contrasted Lincoln and Churchill, two great leaders who changed the course of history.

If you are a fan of nonfiction, Janice LaDuke recommends “The Long Haul: A Trucker’s Tales of Life on the Road,” by Finn Murphy. The author dropped out of college to become a long-haul trucker. In his first book, Murphy shares stories from the road. Janice liked reading about the author’s experiences with the moving industry.

Now that you have your book recommendations, it’s time to join the adult summer reading program sponsored by Sedona Public Library (SPL). This year’s theme is Libraries Rock. The program begins with a kick-off event on Friday, June 1 at 3 p.m. at SPL. Adult summer reading ends Friday, July 27, so look for additional programs and events in the coming weeks.

Participation is easy. Just keep track of the number of pages you read and log your hours to be eligible to win prizes.

Register online at or in-person at the reference desk at SPL or Sedona Public Library in the Village. If you need assistance registering for the adult summer reading program, please call or stop by the Library.