If you're on a hold list for a book on our 2020 Summer Reading Challenge for Grown-Ups, the library wants to help.
Pima County Public Library staff have created book lists inspired by each of the categories in our summer reading challenge to give you something to read while you wait for that hold.
For example, if you're waiting to get Nancy Turner's "Light Changes Everything," the library has suggestions ranging from a love story set in the Catalina Foothills to a biography of Catherine the Great.
(If you missed it, here is the link to our list of 18 books on the 2020 #ThisIsTucson Summer Reading Challenge for Grown-Ups.)
Some of the books recommended have a local connection and others will help you travel vicariously to lands (both fictional and real) outside of our region.
"Jessica Pryde, online resources and learning librarian, and I selected the books," writes Holly Schaffer, Pima County Public Library's community relations manager, in an email. "We used our knowledge as library professionals and avid readers in selecting the books. Our ongoing goal is to further not only our reading, but to help people discover new books, authors and genres."
Most Pima County branch libraries are open with limited services, including holds pickup. So even though you can't browse the shelves right now, you can still get library books you reserve. Visit library.pima.gov for more information.
Links to the library's expanded lists are below. If something calls to you, we suggest making that hold ASAP.
Prickly plates: Food
Our picks: "Food from the Radical Center: Healing our Land and Communities" by Gary Paul Nabhan and "Taste of Tucson: Sonoran-Style Recipes Inspired by the Rich Culture of Southern Arizona" by Jackie Alpers
Our picks: "Race to the Sun" by Rebecca Roanhorse and "Stargirl" by Jerry Spinelli
Go here for the library's list of inspired middle grade titles.
Go here for the library's list of inspired YA titles.
Our picks: "Such a Fun Age" by Kiley Reid and "Inland" by Téa Obreht
It came from the swamp (cooler): Dystopian / Post-apocalyptic
Our picks: "The Lightest Object in the Universe" by Kimi Eisele and "The Water Knife" by Paolo Bacigalupi
Sun and games: Sports
Our picks: "Canyon Dreams: A Basketball Season on the Navajo Nation" by Michael Powell and "The Cactus League" by Emily Nemens
Tumble(weed)ing back in time: History
Our picks: "El Norte: The Epic and Forgotten Story of Hispanic North America" by Carrie Gibson and "Light Changes Everything" by Nancy Turner
Wide open pages: Nature / garden
Our picks: "The Tucson Garden Handbook" by the Pima County Master Gardeners and "The Saguaro Cactus: A Natural History" by David Yetman, Alberto Búrquez, Kevin Hultine and Michael Sanderson
Spilling the sun tea: Memoir
Our picks: "The Road to Mount Lemmon: A Father, a Family and the Making of Summerhaven" by Mary Ellen Barnes and "In the Shadows of the Freeway: Growing Up Brown and Queer" by Lydia Otero
Throwing shade: True crime
Our picks: "The Trunk Murderess: Winnie Ruth Judd" by Jana Bommersbach and "I, a Squealer: The Insider's Account of the 'Pied Piper of Tucson Murders'" by Richard Bruns