Pick up a new read this weekend

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOOD) The holiday weekend is the perfect chance to pick up a good book. All summer long, we’re going to be sharing “GR Reads 2014.” It’s a summer reading club for adults through the Grand Rapids Public Library.

One of them that really caught Rachael’s eye. It’s called “French Milk” by Lucy Knisley and it has so much of what she loves in it, travel, art, writing, photography and the backdrop is one of her favorite places in the world, Paris.

It really reads more like a comic book as it covers a 6-week trip the author takes with her mother to the City of Lights. The two celebrate milestone birthdays and set out to explore all that the city has to offer. They watch fireworks over the Eiffel Tower, visit Oscar Wilde’s grave, and spend a fair amount of time hanging out in cafes and preparing delicious meals. Doesn’t that sound like the perfect book to pick up for the weekend ahead?

There are also events tied to the books. In July, you can take a cooking class at El Granjero, an event tied to “Into the Beautiful North” by Luis Alberto Urrea. Join them for a bilingual demonstration on how to make El Granjero’s delicious Fresh Cactus Salad with cilantro, onions, and tomatoes. After the demonstration, stay and order dinner! Space is limited and registration is required. Register at www.grpl.org/register. The dates are July 8 and 9.

There are dozens of opportunities to take in these experiences while reading these books. We’ll be telling you about them all summer long, but the best place to go to get started is the Grand Rapids Public Library’s website. GR Reads continues through August 31.

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