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This Summer's Hottest Reads, Hand-Picked by Your Friendly Neighborhood Librarians

Posted: 06/07/2012 7:10 pm

By Central Library Librarians Joyce Cooper, Christa Deitrick, and Mary McCoy

It's summer reading club time at your local public library, but why should the kids get to have all the fun? Along with the holidays, it's the time of year when we're most likely to carve time out of our schedules to read for pleasure. With time at a premium, who wants to spend it reading a dud?

Here at LAPL, we've been combing our shelves for this summer's best reading -- we hope you'll find your next pool, patio, or plane book here.

The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
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Historical fiction based on a factual detail in the life of iconic silent screen star Louise Brooks. Set in 1922, the story unfolds as Cora Carlisle, a 36-year-old matron, escorts 15-year-old Louise to New York City, where the latter has been invited to study with the celebrated Denishawn dance company. The characterizations are finely drawn -- especially petulant, precocious Louise -- but the lion's share of the story belongs to the seemingly mundane Cora, who turns out to be anything but.
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