Summer is great for a lot of things – barbecues, baseball, blockbuster movies, vacations, fireworks, nice weather, flip flops, swimming… the list could go on and on. For a lot of people, the summer is also a great time to get wrapped up in a few good books.
Each Concordia Independent Living location – three buildings in Cabot and one in South Hills – has a number of enthusiastic readers who were happy to offer their summer reading suggestions. Feel free to add to the list by leaving a comment at the bottom of the page!
Eileen R., Concordia Haven I – Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
Excerpt from Amazon.com description: “When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships… Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards . . . and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven.”
Betty M., Concordia Haven II – A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Excerpt from Amazon.com description: The beloved American classic about a young girl’s coming-of-age at the turn of the century, Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a poignant and moving tale filled with compassion and cruelty, laughter and heartache, crowded with life and people and incident. The story of young, sensitive, and idealistic Francie Nolan and her bittersweet formative years in the slums of Williamsburg has enchanted and inspired millions of readers for more than sixty years. By turns overwhelming, sublime, heartbreaking, and uplifting, the daily experiences of the unforgettable Nolans are raw with honesty and tenderly threaded with family connectedness — in a work of literary art that brilliantly captures a unique time and place as well as incredibly rich moments of universal experience.”
Norma L., Concordia Haven I – Hawaii by James Mitchner
Excerpt from Amazon.com description: “America’s preeminent storyteller, James Michener, introduced an entire generation of readers to a lush, exotic world in the Pacific with this classic novel. But it is also a novel about people, people of strength and character; the Polynesians; the fragile missionaries; the Chinese, Japanese, and Filipinos who intermarried into a beautiful race called Hawaiians. Here is the story of their relationships, toils, and successes, their strong aristocratic kings and queens and struggling farmers, all of it enchanting and very real in this almost mythical place.”
Doris H., Concordia of the South Hills – Bel Canto by Anne Patchett
Excerpt from Amazon.com description: “Somewhere in South America, at the home of the country’s vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honor of the powerful businessman Mr. Hosokawa. Roxane Coss, opera’s most revered soprano, has mesmerized the international guests with her singing. It is a perfect evening – until a band of gun-wielding terrorists takes the entire party hostage. But what begins as a panicked, life-threatening scenario slowly evolves into something quite different, a moment of great beauty, as terrorists and hostages forge unexpected bonds, and people from different continents become compatriots…”
Joann J., Concordia Haven III – Friends Forever by Danielle Steel
Excerpt from Amazon.com description: Five children meet on the first day of kindergarten. In the years that follow, they become friends and more than friends. Together, they will find strength, meet challenges, face life’s adventures, endure loss, face stark realities, and open their hearts. In this moving novel, #1 New York Times bestselling author Danielle Steel traces their unforgettable journey – full of tests and trials – as three boys and two girls discover the vital bonds that will last a lifetime.
Lucy B., Concordia Haven I – Always Dakota by Debbie Macomber
Excerpt from Amazon.com description: Buffalo Valley, North Dakota, has become a good place to live – the way it used to be. People here are feeling confident about the future again. Stalled lives are moving forward. People are taking risks – on new ventures and lifelong dreams. On happiness. And one of those people is local rancher Margaret Clemens, who’s finally getting what she wants most. Marriage to cowboy Matt Eilers. Her friends don’t think Matt’s such a prize, but Margaret’s aware of his reputation and his flaws. She wants him anyway…”
In anticipation of Concordia of the South Hills’ (CSH) Fall Fundraiser, Independent Living residents, including the CSH book club members, are reading the novel Aftertaste by Mt. Lebanon resident Meredith Mileti.
Mileti will be the featured speaker at the CSH Fall Author’s Luncheon on September 20 at the Crowne Plaza, Pittsburgh South. Aftertaste is a novel of food, love and moving on. Enjoy this summer read and then meet the author at the fundraiser. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased by contacting CSH Director of Community Life Ina Silver at 412.294.1306 or Director of Public Relations Shirley Freyer at 724.352.1571, ext. 8266.