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Summer Reading

Challenge Your Thinking and Expand Your Mind With Books Recommended by Rian & Alyssa Heim, Owners of Big Story Bookstore

“Smile” by Raina Telgemeier

+ Graphic Novel

Smile is a graphic novel that is a delightful read for all ages. Raina Telgemeier retells her childhood stories in a nostalgic journey through the 80s and 90s. Life lessons are learned about resilience, friendship and family dynamics, through empathy and laughs. Also in the series are the titles “Sisters” and “Guts.”

“The Fountainhead” by Ayn Rand

+ Classic Fiction

Written by one of the most controversial and misunderstood authors of the 20th century, this classic good vs. evil story brilliantly follows the life of the individualist hero Howard Roark as he navigates the collectivist world of “second-handers.” For rational thinkers who struggle in our often irrational society, this book offers a liberating perspective.

“Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel

+ Fiction

Published in 2014, at a time when no one could imagine a fast-spreading, worldwide pandemic that kills most of the population. Read present day, this thought-provoking novel will keep you engaged and possibly thinking differently about our present world. Following a few different storylines, you are swept into a new world of human connection and survival.

"Trust" by Hernan Diaz

+ New Release

Bend Lifestyle Editor's Pick: In the highly-anticipated new novel by Pulitzer-Prize finalist Hernan Diaz, “Trust” provides an unusual and compelling structure of three novels within one, each challenging the life account of a fictional 1920’s Wall Street tycoon named Benjamin Rask. As the book explores wealth, intimacy, and perceptions about what we can trust, it leaves the reader to unravel truth from fiction.


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