Cozy Up with Our December Staff Picks!

by Susan on 2020-12-04 12:00:00

It's the perfect time of year to curl up with a good book! Check out our suggestions for what to snuggle up with next. Read on to discover the West Bend Library's Staff Picks for December 2020, and click the links to request a copy for yourself!

Terika: 

About Your Father and Other Celebrities I Have Known: Ruminations and Revelations from a Desperate Mother to Her Dirty Son (2020)

This non-fiction book is written by Peggy Rowe, mother of Mike Rowe (of Discovery Channel's Dirty Jobs fame). She is a comedic writer, and her short stories will give you some laughs - especially if you are a golden ager (or a Golden Girl at heart). 

Marnie: 

Devolution:  A First Hand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre by Max Brooks (2020)

This new book is fiction but reads like a true story.  Part survival narrative and part bloody horror tale, you can barely put it down.  It is an awesome book to read if you are stuck in your house with nowhere to go…assuming you like horror.   

Emily: 

House of Correction by Nicci French (2020) 

Tabitha the town outcast is accused of murdering her former teacher.  With everyone seemingly against her, Tabitha decides to get to the truth of what happened by representing herself at trial.  This witty yet dark thriller is densely plotted, and is similar in style to Ruth Ware. 

Mara: 

Magic: A History: From Alchemy to Witchcraft, from the Ice Age to the Present by Chris Gosden (2020) 

This book gives readers a broad overview of magic over time and throughout the world, and is full of fascinating tidbits about magical beliefs, practices, and religion.  Gosden is a professor of European archaeology at the University of Oxford so the book is written primarily from that point of view.  It is a fascinating exploration of magic’s hold on the human imagination. 

Susan: 

Bread Therapy: The Mindful Art of Baking Bread by Pauline Beaumont (2020) 

This sweet little book contains simple and easy to follow bread recipes running in tandem with inspirational words and pointers on how we can help ourselves to take more control of our own wellbeing and lives.  “This delightful meditation on the intrinsic power of baking will fill your stomach and calm your mind”. 

Hannah: 

Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater (2019)  

While all his friends head off to college, Ronan Lynch is stuck on the family farm. Not out of any sense of obligation, or taking care of a relative, or anything - Ronan has the rare ability to bring things out of his dreams, and since he can't always control it, it's best to be isolated on the farm, where his dreams can't hurt anyone. But when a secretive group starts hunting dreamers, believing they will bring about the end of the world, Ronan's life turns even more upside-down than usual. I love Stiefvater's writing style; if you want, you can start with her Raven Cycle series, but this book does a good job of branching off on its own. Look for a sequel in 2021! 

Cindy: 

His & Hers by Alice Feeney (2020) 

A mystery/thriller told from two points of view.  The reader does not really know who is telling the truth until the very end.    “There are two sides to every story: yours and mine, ours and theirs, His & Hers. Which means someone is always lying.” 

Bea: 

Life and Other Inconveniences by Kristan Higgins (2019) 

This touching book is about a woman and her child who make it through the woes of life and still come out on top.  It is a heart-wrenching page-turner told with warmth and humor and a rich testament to the power of second chances.