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Tar Heels Together Summer Reading List 2

 Tar Heels Together Summer Reading List 2

Calling all Carolina bookworms! Summer is in full effect and what better way to spend a summer day at home (or any vacation downtime)  than to check out the great books on our Summer Reading List. Thanks to University Libraries we will  provide 3 weekly book recommendations suggested by current Library staff,  all of which were written by fellow UNC Alumni.  

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See you next week, Tar Heels!

For Those Who Like Historical Fiction


 Lily King

Nicholas Graham
University Archivist

About the Book

Set between the two World Wars and inspired by a year in the life of revolutionary anthropologist Margaret Mead, Euphoria is the story of three young scientists caught in a passionate love triangle that threatens their bonds, their careers, and, ultimately, their lives.

About the Author

Lily King grew up in Massachusetts and received her BA in English Literature from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her MA in Creative Writing from Syracuse University. She has taught English and Creative Writing at several universities and high schools in this country and abroad.

Euphoria was mentioned in the The New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of 2014, Time‘s Top 10 Fiction Books of 2014, and the Amazon Best Books of 2014. Reviewed on the cover of The New York Times Book Review, Emily Eakin called Euphoria, “a taut, witty, fiercely intelligent tale of competing egos and desires in a landscape of exotic menace.” The novel is being translated into numerous languages and a feature film is underway.

For Young Adventurers

The Magic Tree House Series

Mary Pope Osborne 

"I loved this series and am really looking forward to reading it with my son when he is older!"
Katie Fanfani
Communications Program and Project Manager

About the Book

Magic Tree House is an American series of children’s books written by American author Mary Pope Osborne. The series consists of two groups. The first group consists of books 1–28, in which Morgan Le Fay sends Jack and Annie Smith, two normal children who are siblings from the fictional small town of Frog Creek, Pennsylvania, on numerous adventures and missions with a magical tree house. The second group, referred to as the Magic Tree House: Merlin Missions, begins with book 29, Christmas in Camelot. In Merlin Missions, Jack and Annie are given quests by the ancient wizard Merlin the Magician. 

About the Author

Mary Pope Osborne  is an American author of children’s books.  One of four children, Osborne moved around in her childhood before attending UNC. Following college, Osborne traveled before moving to New York City. She somewhat spontaneously began to write, with her first book being published in 1982. She would go on to write a variety of other kinds of children’s and young adult books before starting the Magic Tree House series in 1992.

She is best known as the author of the Magic Tree House series, which as of 2017 sold more than 134 million copies worldwide. Both the series and Osborne have won awards, sometimes for Osborne’s charitable efforts at promoting children’s literacy.

For Those Wanting to Know More About NC History

Wilmington’s Lies

David Zucchino

“Wilmington’s Lies just won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. This award marks the second Pulitzer for David Zucchino, a UNC grad and newspaperman for more than 40 years. With this book, he’s taken the known facts, dug up a few more, and written a great work of literary non-fiction.”
John Blythe,
Assistant Curator and Collection Development Librarian, North Carolina Collection

About the Book

By the 1890s, Wilmington was North Carolina’s largest city and a shining example of a mixed-race community. It was a bustling port city with a burgeoning African American middle class and a Fusionist government of Republicans and Populists that included black aldermen, police officers and magistrates. There were successful black-owned businesses and an African American newspaper, The Record. But across the state—and the South—white supremacist Democrats were working to reverse the advances made by former slaves and their progeny.

From Pulitzer Prize-winner David Zucchino comes a searing account of the Wilmington riot and coup of 1898, an extraordinary event unknown to most Americans.

About the Author

David Zucchino is a contributing writer for The New York Times who graduated from UNC in 1973. He has covered wars and civil conflicts in more than two dozen countries. Zucchino was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his dispatches from apartheid South Africa and is a four-time Pulitzer Prize finalist for his reporting from Iraq, Lebanon, Africa and inner-city Philadelphia. He is the author of Thunder Run and Myth of the Welfare Queen.

See the rest of our Summer Reading Lists here.

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