It’s easy, as a school librarian, to get lost in the world of Young Adult literature. Reading about estranged relationships with absent parents, the eternal search for belonging in a world you are sure was not meant for you, a dystopic fantasy future where the world has been taken over by authoritarian adults and it’s only chance for survival comes down to a small band of rebellious teenagers, love triangles, infatuations and general hormonal angst.
I’m an adult for Christ sakes.
So here’s some recommendations for adult reading from your friendly neighbourhood librarian…
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the smart, warm, and uplifting story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes the only way to survive is to open your heart.
The Dry by Jane Harper
Amid the worst drought in a century, Falk and the local detective question what really happened to Luke. As Falk reluctantly investigates to see if there’s more to Luke’s death than there seems to be, long-buried mysteries resurface, as do the lies that have haunted them. And Falk will find that small towns have always hidden big secrets.
Calypso by David Sedaris
When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And life at the Sea Section, as he names the vacation home, is exactly as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it’s impossible to take a vacation from yourself.This is beach reading for people who detest beaches, required reading for those who loathe small talk and love a good humor joke. Calypso is simultaneously Sedaris’s darkest and warmest book yet–and it just might be his very best.
And just to help us cope with the teenage angst in our lives…
- My thirteen-year-old rolls her eyes when I try to talk to her, and only does it more when I get angry with her about it. How should I respond?
• Do I tell my teen daughter that I’m checking her phone?
• My daughter suffers from test anxiety. What can I do to help her?
• Where’s the line between healthy eating and having an eating disorder?
• My teenage daughter wants to know why I’m against pot when it’s legal in some states. What should I say?
• My daughter’s friend is cutting herself. Do I call the girl’s mother to let her know?
Perhaps most important, Untangled helps mothers and fathers understand, connect, and grow with their daughters. When parents know what makes their daughter tick, they can embrace and enjoy the challenge of raising a healthy, happy young woman.
Goodreads. (2018). Retrieved from https://www.goodreads.com/ Date accessed 07 August, 2018
When we share, everyone wins – Creative Commons. (2018). Retrieved from https://creativecommons.org/Date accessed 07 August, 2018