Adult Readers Advisory, Summer Reading

A Universe of Stories for Adult Readers

June 12 marks the start of our summer reading program at NPL! Below are some NPL recommendations for adult readers.

About Universe of Stories

This summer we’re reading with the theme “A Universe of Stories” in mind. The theme “A Universe of Stories” was chosen by the Collaborative Summer Reading program to help inspire all ages to dream big, create their own story, and explore real and imaginary places, including Outer Space.

Astrophysics for people in a hurry / Neil deGrasse Tyson. A collection of essays centering around a number of basic questions about the universe.

The glass universe: how the ladies of the Harvard Observatory took the measure of the stars / Dava Sobel. This nonfiction book tells the story of women astronomers and their under-appreciated role in the history of science. (Audiobook)

The joy of x: a guided tour of math, from one to infinity / Steven Strogatz. A world-class mathematician explains the unexpected ways math and sceicen have contributed to, and make connections with literature, philosophy, law, medicine, art, business, and even pop culture.

The Martian: a novel / Andy Weir. A science fiction book about an astronaut stranded on mars. Also available as an audiobook.

You are the universe: discovering your cosmic self and why it matters / Deepak Chopra, M.D., and Menas C. Kafatos, Ph.D.. This philosophical work attempts answers to questions pertaining to the origin of the universe, time, space, matter and the origin and meaning of consciousness in everyday life.

The universe within: discovering the common history of rocks, planets, and people / Neil Shubin. Learn how the universe’s fourteen-billion-year history can be seen in our bodies.

An intimate look at the night sky / Chet Raymo. Star maps and insightful questions about how to look at the night sky.

Healing spaces: the science of place and well-being / Esther M. Sternberg

Pandora’s star / Peter F. Hamilton.

Red moon / Kim Stanley Robinson.

Packing for Mars: the curious science of life in the void / Mary Roach. Previews the ways to learn about space without ever leaving earth. From stories of shuttle training toilets, to crash testing NASA’s new space capsule.

Unruly places: lost spaces, secret cities, and other inscrutable geographies / Alastair Bonnett. A tour of the planet’s most offbeat, extraordinary and unique places, including moving villages, secret cities, and micro-nations.