December Staff Picks

by Susan on 2019-12-13 12:00:00

Ryan:  The Illustrated History of the Snowman by Bob Eckstein (2018) -

This is a wonderful book about the history of the story of the snowman, going from its colossal present day to its humble beginning. Two thumbs up!

Emily: Sadie by Courtney Summers

This is a realistic whodunit written in short chapter form with varying character perspectives. It is suspenseful from beginning to end (2018).

Mara:  Duchess at Home: Sweet and Savory Recipes from My Home to Yours by Giselle Courteau (2019) –

A cookbook of delectable, comforting, French-inspired fare for home cooks and Francophiles everywhere, it is filled with thoughtful writing, stunning photos, and fail-proof recipes.

Darci:  The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim M. Richardson (2019) –

Inspired by the true story of blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the dedicated Kentucky Pack Horse library service of the 1930’s, this is a story of courage, strength, and one woman’s belief that books can carry us anywhere!

Susan:  True Happiness by Pema Chodron (2005) –

Available only as an eaudio book on Libby, this was well worth the wait.  Her calming, reasonable, and humorous voice of wisdom focuses on a quote by a Zen master, “Knowing life is short, enjoy it day after day, moment after moment.”  If you want to “find true, solid happiness which is unshakable,” listen to this book.

Hannah:  Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik (2018) –

This grown-up retelling of Rumpelstiltskin follows three young women whose destinies overlap in surprising ways. When it falls to Miryem to provide for her family, she finds she has an eye for a good investment; people start to say she can turn silver into gold. That catches the attention of the icy fae king who lives in the woods, and wants to trap her in his kingdom to serve him forever. Can Miryem, Wanda, and Irina save themselves and the world before a supernatural battle freezes their home in unending winter?

Terika:  The Repeat Year by Andrea Lochen (2013)

Another great book by local author (West Bend native) Andrea Lochen! "An intriguing premise and some surprising twists make this an engaging, satisfying read that explores friendship, love and who we really are when it truly matters…a debut novel that offers a fascinating glimpse into one woman's opportunity to rewrite her past and change her future."-Kirkus Reviews