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Hot CFL Summer 2023

August is one of the hottest months in Grand Forks. Beat the heat by kicking back with a book from our popular reading collection! Your intrepid CFL librarians found the most popular reads in libraries across the country* to recommend only the best additions to your hot CFL summer.

*The last line of each recommendation notes which public library this book was the most popular at.


Link to the Chester Fritz Library catalog record for Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

Lessons in Chemistry: A Novel

By Bonnie Garmus

physical book at CFL, eBook and audiobook through Libby

Chemist Elizabeth Zott would be the first to point out that there is no such thing as an average woman. But it’s the early 1960s and her all-male team at Hastings Research Institute takes a very unscientific view of equality.

But like science, life is unpredictable. Which is why a few years later Elizabeth Zott finds herself not only a single mother, but the reluctant star of America’s most beloved cooking show Supper at Six. But not everyone is happy because as it turns out, Elizabeth Zott isn’t just teaching women to cook. She’s daring them to change the status quo.

New York Public Library

Link to the Chester Fritz Library catalog record for Book Lovers by Emily Henry

Book Lovers

By Emily Henry

eBook and audiobook through Libby

Nora Stephens’ life is books and she is not any type of heroine. In fact, the only people Nora is a heroine for are her clients, for whom she lands enormous deals as a cutthroat literary agent, and her beloved little sister Libby.

Which is why she agrees to go to Sunshine Falls, North Carolina when Libby begs her for a sisters’ trip away. But Nora keeps bumping into Charlie Lastra, a bookish brooding editor from back in the city. It would be a meet-cute if not for the fact that they’ve met many times and it’s never been cute.

New York Public Library

Link to the Chester Fritz Library catalog record for The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

The Four Winds

By Kristin Hannah

audiobook through Libby

Texas, 1921. A time of abundance. The Great War is over, the bounty of the land is plentiful, and America is on the brink of a new and optimistic era. But for Elsa Wolcott, deemed too old to marry in a time when marriage is a woman’s only option, the future seems bleak. Until the night she meets Rafe Martinelli and decides to change the direction of her life.

By 1934, the world has changed; millions are out of work and drought has devastated the Great Plains. Farmers are fighting to keep their land and their livelihoods. In this uncertain and perilous time, Elsa must make an agonizing choice: fight for the land she loves or leave it behind and go west, to California.

Boston Public Library

Link to the Chester Fritz Library catalog record for The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by VE Schwab

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

By V.E. Schwab

audiobook through Libby

France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world. But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.

Boston Public Library


Link to the Chester Fritz Library catalog record for Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

By Lori Gottlieb

eBook through Libby

One day, Lori Gottlieb is a therapist who helps patients in her Los Angeles practice. The next, a crisis causes her world to come crashing down. Enter Wendell, the quirky but seasoned therapist in whose of­fice she suddenly lands. With his balding head, cardigan, and khakis, he seems to have come straight from Therapist Central Casting. Yet he will turn out to be anything but. With startling wisdom and humor, Gottlieb invites us into her world as both clinician and patient, examining the truths and fictions we tell ourselves and others as we teeter on the tightrope between love and desire, meaning and mortality, guilt and redemption, terror and courage, hope and change.

Seattle Public Library

Link to the Chester Fritz Library catalog record for An Immense World by Ed Yong

An Immense World

By Ed Yong

physical book at CFL

The Earth teems with sights and textures, sounds and vibrations, smells and tastes, electric and magnetic fields. But every animal is enclosed within its own unique sensory bubble, perceiving but a tiny sliver of an immense world. This book welcomes us into a previously unfathomable dimension–the world as it is truly perceived by other animals. Yong tells the stories of pivotal discoveries in the field, and also looks ahead at the many mysteries which lie unsolved.

Chicago Public Library

Link to the Chester Fritz Library catalog record for Read Dangerously by Azar Nafisi

Read Dangerously

By Azar Nafisi

audiobook through Libby

What is the role of literature in an era when one political party wages continual war on writers and the press? What is the connection between political strife in our daily lives, and the way we meet our enemies on the page in fiction? How can literature, through its free exchange, affect politics? In this galvanizing guide to literature as resistance, Nafisi seeks to answer these questions. Drawing on her experiences as a woman and voracious reader living in the Islamic Republic of Iran, her life as an immigrant in the United States, and her role as literature professor in both countries, she crafts an argument for why, in a genuine democracy, we must engage with the enemy, and how literature can be a vehicle for doing so.

Chicago Public Library

Link to the Chester Fritz Library catalog record for His Name is George Floyd by Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa

His Name Is George Floyd

By Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa

physical book at CFL

This biography of George Floyd shows the athletic young boy raised in the projects of Houston’s Third Ward who would become a father, a partner, a friend, and a man constantly in search of a better life. In retracing Floyd’s story, Washington Post reporters Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa bring to light the determination Floyd carried as he faced the relentless struggle to survive as a Black man in America. Placing his narrative within the larger context of America’s deeply troubled history of institutional racism. Drawing upon hundreds of interviews and extensive original reporting, Samuels and Olorunnipa offer a poignant and moving exploration of George Floyd’s America, revealing how a man who simply wanted to breathe ended up touching the world.

Ramsey County Library


Link to the Chester Fritz Library catalog record for All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir

All My Rage

By Sabaa Tahir

physical book at CFL

Salahudin and Noor are more than best friends; they are family. Growing up as outcasts in the small desert town of Juniper, California, they understand each other the way no one else does. Until The Fight, which destroys their bond with the swift fury of a star exploding. Now, Sal scrambles to run the family motel as his mother Misbah’s health fails and his grieving father loses himself to alcoholism. Noor, meanwhile, walks a harrowing tightrope: working at her wrathful uncle’s liquor store while hiding the fact that she’s applying to college so she can escape him–and Juniper–forever. When Sal’s attempts to save the motel spiral out of control, he and Noor must ask themselves what friendship is worth–and what it takes to defeat the monsters in their pasts and the ones in their midst.

West Des Moines Library

Link to the Chester Fritz Library catalog record for The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Inheritance Games

By Jennifer Lynn Barnes

physical book at CFL

Avery Grambs has a plan for a better future: survive high school, win a scholarship, and get out. But her fortunes change in an instant when billionaire Tobias Hawthorne dies and leaves Avery virtually his entire fortune. The catch? Avery has no idea why — or even who Tobias Hawthorne is.

To receive her inheritance, Avery must move into sprawling, secret passage-filled Hawthorne House, where every room bears the old man’s touch — and his love of puzzles, riddles, and codes. Unfortunately for Avery, Hawthorne House is also occupied by the family that Tobias Hawthorne just dispossessed.

Vancouver Island Regional Library

Link to the Chester Fritz Library catalog record for The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

The Cruel Prince

By Holly Black

physical book at CFL

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King. To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences. As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

Vancouver Island Regional Library

Link to the Chester Fritz Library catalog record for We Deserve Monuments by Jas Hammonds

We Deserve Monuments

By Jas Hammonds

physical book at CFL

Avery Anderson is convinced her senior year is ruined when she’s uprooted from her life in DC and forced to Bardell, Georgia, and into the hostile home of her terminally ill grandmother, Mama Letty. The tension between Avery’s mom and Mama Letty makes for a frosty arrival and unearths past drama they refuse to talk about. Avery finds friendship in unexpected places: in Simone Cole, her next-door neighbor, and Jade Oliver, daughter of the town’s most prominent family– whose mother’s murder remains unsolved. As the three girls grow closer, the sharp-edged opinions of their small southern town begin to hint at something insidious underneath.

Galesburg Public Library