Spring stories: South Lake Tahoe Library provides the top books you should read this season
Spring has officially sprung — now is the time to leave your cozy spot in front of the fireplace and return to your favorite outdoor reading post. With flowers starting to bloom and the additional amount of sunlight, the season marks the start of the time it’s pleasant to read outside.
Provided by the South Lake Tahoe Library, here are the books you should read this season.
“California Spring Wildflowers; From the Base of the Sierra Nevada and Southern Mountains to the Sea” by Philip A. Munz — Munz’s “California Spring Wildflowers” series is designed for the person with minimal botanical training, but who spends time in nature and wants to learn more about the surrounding environment. Perfect to take on a hike.
“Chasing Spring” by Ernest Wertheim — In his memoir, Wertheim writes how his relationship with plants helped him throughout his childhood as a Jewish boy living in Nazi Germany, fleeing to America and while he served his new country during World War II. The book also touches on his eight-decade career as a landscape architect and garden center designer.
“In the Sierra” by Kenneth Rexroth — Known as a great American poet and figure of the San Francisco Renaissance, Rexroth’s poetry and prose paints scenes of the High Sierra like a true Californian experiences them.
“Leaves of Grass” by Walt Whitman — In the mid-19th century, Whitman released a collection of 12 poems heavily influenced by the transcendentalist movement. His free-verse writing focuses on nature and the human body, and was groundbreaking for his time.
“The Enchanted April” by Elizabeth von Arnim — The British-American writer released this novel in 1922 after vacationing in the Italian Riviera for one month. It’s focused on four women, strangers to one another, who rent lodging for a Portofino vacation, making it the perfect story for those dreaming of getting away.
“A Room with a View” by E.M. Forster — Forster’s comedy takes place in Italy and England and follows Lucy Honeychurch as she fights against social arrogance and falls in love while on vacation. Although the story debuted in 1908, the observations still hold some weight today.
“The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir” by Jennifer Ryan — The book, released just over one month ago, follows a village choir during the height of World War II. Read through the lives of five female choir members who encounter battles on their home front that range from romance to matters of life and death.
“Celine” by Peter Heller — Known for “The Dog Stars” and “The Painter,” Heller’s latest story is full of suspense: Celine is a private eye who concentrates on bringing families back together, and her next case involves someone who wants the file to remain closed.
“The Dry” by Jane Harper — Harper’s debut novel finds its focus in a small town that hides big secrets. After his best friend passes away, Federal Agent Aaron Falk finds himself back in his hometown for the first time in 20 years. While there, he gets wrapped up in a murder investigation that dates back equally far.
“The Stranger in the Woods” by Michael Finkel — If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to live alone in the woods for nearly three decades, this book is for you. Finkel tells the story of 20-year-old Christopher Knight, who in 1986 traveled from Massachusetts to Maine, where he lived in the woods and didn’t talk to another person for 27 years.
“Rebel Mother; My Childhood Chasing the Revolution” by Peter Andreas — Andreas’ mother, Carol, lived in Kansas as a housewife in the ‘50s before she became a radical feminist and Marxist revolutionary. For two decades she moved constantly (there were stints in three states and five countries), taking Peter with her along the way. Hear his story of being raised by a radical during a time that was just as profound.
“Dodge City; Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson and the Wickedest Town in the American West” by Tom Clavin — Dodge City, Kansas is essentially synonymous with cowboys, violence and the Wild West. In this book Clavin examines lawmen Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson through their attempts to bring justice to the tumultuous town.
“When Spring Comes” by Kevin Henkes — Follow along as winter transforms into spring. Leaves unfurl, flowers bloom and green grass emerges as the snow melts. Henkes teams up with his wife, Laura Dronzek, to produce a book that you can feel, smell and hear.
“Spring Is Here” by Will Hillenbrand — Hillenbrand’s book is all about two friends: Mole and Bear. As winter comes to a close, Mole is tasked with waking up Bear in this story that blossoms with creativity.
“The Penderwicks in Spring” by Jeanne Birdsall — One of the stories in Birdsall’s series of classics about the Penderwick family, “The Penderwicks in Spring” is full of astonishing events. As spring arrives on Gardam Street, the family’s plans fall apart with each new surprise.
Graphic Novels for Teens
“Legendary Star-Lord Vol. 1; Face It, I Rule” by Sam Humphries — Get ready for the next “Guardians of the Galaxy” film with this Peter Quill story. He fights the Badoon, saves an orphanage and is taken by a bounty hunter — what more could you need?
“C.O.W.L. Vol. 1; Principles of Power” by Kyle Higgins — Chicago Organized Workers League is the world’s first-ever superhero labor union, and after battling a band of villains it is set up against a disillusioned public. The organization must now fight to protect itself.
“Wolverines Vol. 1; Dancing with the Devil” by Charles Soule and Ray Fawkes — There is no better time to read about the X-Men than in the wake of the franchise’s newest film, “Logan.” In this graphic novel, Logan is dead and the battle over his remains (which are surrounded by Adamantium) has begun.
These books are all available through the South Lake Tahoe Library, which is located at 1000 Rufus Allen Blvd. and open Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.