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On the Hunt: Our 2022 Summer Reading List

It’s June. We managed to survive the longest day of the year and the first day of Summer. Half the year has already flown by. If you live in the Southeast like me, then you’re already accustomed to the sweltering heat and muggy humidity. Don’t sweat the small stuff, though! SUMMER IS HERE! It’s time to start planning beach vacations, spending the weekends at the pool, barbecuing and playing catch in the backyard.

As you travel for work, to visit grandparents or just to get away, we want to make sure that our loyal readers are well equipped for a summer full of fun and expanding our intellect! Therefore, we thought we should make it a little more fun and encourage you to get out of the house and go on a scavenger hunt- a Summer Reading Scavenger Hunt!

So, How Does It Work?

It’s super simple! To participate, print out this list of our carefully compiled, exciting and well researched Summer Reads, take it with you to your local bookstore and see how many books you can find from this list. If they don’t have the book you want in stock – no worries, simply go check out another local bookstore and see what you can find!

How many books from this list can you find?

Please feel free to share your book hunt with us on our social media pages and use the hashtag:  #DomtarSummerReads

Not only are you supporting your community by shopping locally at bookstores rather than online, but you are also further developing your intellect through reading! How awesome is that?

The Scavenger Hunt List

The Evolution of Useful Things: How Everyday Artifacts-From Forks and Pins to Paper Clips and Zippers-Came to be as They are

by Henry Petroski 

How did the table fork acquire a fourth tine?  What advantage does the Phillips-head screw have over its single-grooved predecessor? Why does the paper clip look the way it does? What makes Scotch tape Scotch?

Henry, Petroski takes a microscopic look at artifacts that most of us count on but rarely contemplate, including such icons of the everyday as pins, Post-its, and fast-food “clamshell” containers.  At the same time, he offers a convincing new theory of technological innovation as a response to the perceived failures of existing products—suggesting that irritation, and not necessity, is the mother of invention.

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The Wish

by Nicholas Sparks  

#1 New York Times bestselling novel about the enduring legacy of first love, and the decisions that haunt us forever.

By 2019, Maggie is a renowned travel photographer. She splits her time between running a successful gallery in New York and photographing remote locations around the world. But this year she is unexpectedly grounded over Christmas, struggling to come to terms with a sobering medical diagnosis. Increasingly dependent on a young assistant, she finds herself becoming close to him.

Book Description Source: Nicholas Sparks The Wish


by Will SmithMark Manson

#1 New York Times bestseller & Winner of the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Achievement

Will Smith’s transformation from a West Philadelphia kid to one of the biggest rap stars of his era, and then one of the biggest movie stars in Hollywood history, is an epic tale—but it’s only half the story.

This memoir is the product of a profound journey of self-knowledge, a reckoning with all that your will can get you and all that it can leave behind. Written with the help of the best selling author, Mark Manson,  “Will” is the story of how one person mastered his own emotions, written in a way that can help everyone else do the same. Few of us will know the pressure of performing on the world’s biggest stages for the highest of stakes, but we can all understand that the fuel that works for one stage of our journey might have to be changed if we want to make it all the way home. The combination of genuine wisdom of universal value and a life story that is preposterously entertaining, even astonishing, puts Will the book, like its author, in a category by itself.

Book Description Source: WILL by Will Smith with Mark Manson

Cloud Cuckoo Land – Sept. 2021

by Anthony Doerr

Instant New York Times Bestseller & Finalist for the 2021 National Book Award, longlisted for the 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal

Set in Constantinople in the fifteenth century, in a small town in present-day Idaho, and on an interstellar ship a decade from now, a story about children on the cusp of adulthood in worlds in peril, who find resilience, hope—and a book. In Cloud Cuckoo Land, Doerr has created a magnificent tapestry of times and places that reflects our vast interconnectedness—with other species, with each other, with those who lived before us, and with those who will be here after we’re gone. Dedicated to “the librarians then, now, and in the years to come,” Cloud Cuckoo Land is a beautiful and redemptive novel about stewardship—of the book, of the Earth, of the human heart.

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The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek Library Binding – Aug. 2019

by Kim Richardson

The hardscrabble folks of Troublesome Creek must scrap for everything except books ― thanks to Roosevelt’s Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project and traveling librarian Cussy Mary Carter. Last of her kind, Cussy’s skin is a shade of blue unlike most anyone else. Not everyone is keen on her family or the Library Project, and a Blue is often blamed for any trouble. To bring the joy of books to hill folks, Cussy must confront prejudice as old as the Appalachian mountains and suspicion as deep as the holler. This is a story of raw courage, fierce strength, and one woman’s belief that books can carry us anywhere ― even back home.

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Billy Summers – Aug. 2021

by Stephen King

#1 New York Times Bestseller

A thrilling new novel about a good guy in a bad job– Billy Summers is a man in a room with a gun. He’s a killer for hire and the best in the business. But he’ll do the job only if the target is a truly bad guy. And now Billy wants out. But first there is one last hit. Billy is among the best snipers in the world, a decorated Iraq war vet, a Houdini when it comes to vanishing after the job is done. So what could possibly go wrong? How about everything.

This spectacular can’t-put-it-down novel is part war story, part love letter to small town America and the people who live there, and it features one of the most compelling and surprising duos in King fiction, who set out to avenge the crimes of an extraordinarily evil man. It’s about love, luck, fate, and a complex hero with one last shot at redemption.

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Anna: The Biography – May 2022

by Amy Odell

Bloomberg’s 10 Most Compelling Books to Put on Your Reading List This Spring

This definitive biography of Anna Wintour follows the steep climb of an ambitious young woman who would—with singular and legendary focus—become one of the most powerful people in media. Based on extensive interviews with Anna Wintour’s closest friends and collaborators, including some of the biggest names in fashion, journalist Amy Odell has crafted the most revealing portrait of Wintour ever published. Weaving Anna’s personal story into a larger narrative about the hierarchical dynamics of the fashion industry and the complex world of Condé Nast, Anna charts the relentless ambition of the woman who would become an icon.

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Ugly Love: A Novel

By Colleen Hoover

A heart-wrenching love story that proves attraction at first sight can be messy.

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she doesn’t think it’s love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her:
Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

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Things We Never Got Over – January 2022

by Lucy Score

Bearded, bad-boy barber Knox prefers to live his life the way he takes his coffee: Alone. Knox doesn’t tolerate drama, even when it comes in the form of a stranded runaway bride.

Too bad for Naomi her evil twin hasn’t changed at all. After helping herself to Naomi’s car and cash, Naomi’s evil twin sister Tina leaves her with something unexpected. The niece Naomi didn’t know she had. Now she’s stuck in town with no car, no job, no plan, and no home with an 11-year-old going on thirty to take care of.

There’s a reason Knox doesn’t do complications or high-maintenance women, especially not the romantic ones. But since Naomi’s life imploded right in front of him, the least he can do is help her out of her jam. And just as soon as she stops getting into new trouble he can leave her alone and get back to his peaceful, solitary life.

At least, that’s the plan until the trouble turns to real danger.

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Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future Paperback – Illustrated, January 2017

by Ashlee Vance

New York Times and International Bestseller, Named One of the Best Books of the Year by The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Audible and Amazon, More than 2 million copies sold

Elon Musk spotlights the technology and vision of Elon Musk, the renowned entrepreneur and innovator behind SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity, who sold one of his Internet companies, PayPal, for $1.5 billion. Ashlee Vance captures the full spectacle and arc of the genius’s life and work, from his tumultuous upbringing in South Africa and flight to the United States to his dramatic technical innovations and entrepreneurial pursuits.

More than any other entrepreneur today, Musk has dedicated his energies and his own vast fortune to inventing a future that is as rich and far-reaching as the visionaries of the golden age of science-fiction fantasy.
Thorough and insightful, Elon Musk brings to life a technology industry that is rapidly and dramatically changing by examining the life of one of its most powerful and influential titans.

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Collective Illusions: Conformity, Complicity, and the Science of Why We Make Bad Decisions – February 2022

by Todd Rose 

National Bestseller

Drawing on cutting-edge neuroscience, behavioral economic, and social psychology research, acclaimed author, former Harvard professor, and think tank founder Todd Rose reveals how so much of our thinking about each other is informed by false assumptions that drive bad decisions that make us dangerously mistrustful as a society and hopelessly unhappy as individuals. The desire to fit in is one of the most powerful, least understood forces in a society.

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Zconomy: How Gen Z Will Change the Future of Business ― and What to Do About It – Sept. 2020

by Jason R. Dorsey & Denise Villa 

The most complete and authoritative guide to Gen Z, describing how leaders must adapt their employment, sales and marketing, product, and growth strategies to attract and keep this important new generation of customers, employees, and trendsetters.

The companies that quickly and comprehensively adapt to Gen Z thinking will be the winners for the next twenty years. Those that don’t will be the losers or become extinct.  Zconomy is the comprehensive survival guide on how leaders must understand and embrace Generation Z. In Zconomy, Dr. Villa and Dorsey answer: Who is Gen Z? What do employers, marketers, and sales leaders need to know? And, most importantly, what should leaders do now?

This is the critical moment for leaders to understand and adapt to Gen Z or become irrelevant. Gen Z is already reshaping the world of business and this change is only going to accelerate. Zconomy is the definitive manual that will prepare any executive, manager, entrepreneur, HR or marketing professional to successfully unlock the powerful potential of this emerging generation at this pivotal time.

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The Soul of A New Machine – June 2000

by Tracy Kidder

“Fascinating…A surprisingly gripping account of people at work.” –Wall Street Journal

Tracy Kidder’s “riveting” (Washington Post) story of one company’s efforts to bring a new microcomputer to market won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award and has become essential reading for understanding the history of the American tech industry.  Computers have changed since 1981, when The Soul of a New Machine first examined the culture of the computer revolution. What has not changed is the feverish pace of the high-tech industry, the go-for-broke approach to business that has caused so many computer companies to win big (or go belly up), and the cult of pursuing mind-bending technological innovations.
The Soul of a New Machine is an essential chapter in the history of the machine that revolutionized the world in the twentieth century.

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Don’t forget to share with us how many books you found and give your local book store a shout out by letting us know where you found them!

The reader with the most books will receive a special paper surprise! For more printspiration, check out our blog page!

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