New Year, New Staff Picks!

by Susan on 2020-01-10 12:00:00

It's time for the freshest staff picks of 2020! Check out what we're reading in pursuit of our 2020 reading goals. If anything sounds interesting to you, click the book cover or call the library to request a copy.

Ryan: Blue Moon by Lee Child (2019) - In his 24th novel, Reacher again steps in to help those who need help, this time an elderly couple from the "bad guys."  A very good novel with superb action. Two thumbs WAY UP!

Lee Child - Blue Moon cover

Emily: Big Potential by Shawn Achor (2018) highlights research that suggests happiness--both in business and in our personal lives--is best achieved by supporting the people around us. It is an encouraging read for anyone who leads a team or household.

Shawn Achor - Big Potential book cover

Sara: Virgin River by Robyn Carr (2011) - This new series on Netflix, which I binge-watched over New Year's, is about a nurse/midwife who moves to a small town for a new job. I loved the story lines and the characters, so I decided to read the book AFTER watching the series. I am doing it backwards, but looking forward to enjoying the book! 

Hannah: The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters (2009) - One hot summer in post WWII England, a country doctor is called to the beautiful old house on a giant, Downton Abbey-like estate. Dr. Faraday is shocked to find the house crumbling, with the widowed mother and her two adult children struggling to adjust to changing times. The brother says the house is haunted, but Dr. Faraday chalks it up to post-traumatic stress... or is it?  This Gothic ghost story is perfect for fans of Shirley Jackson and Edgar Allan Poe who also enjoy Downton Abbey or Outlander. Plus, it was made into a movie!

Sarah Waters - The Little Stranger cover

Susan: Notre Dame: A Short History of the Meaning of Cathedrals by Ken Follett – A short but sweet history of the massive undertaking of the building of this great cathedral.  Follett wrote this essay during the week after the fire in April, 2019 and is donating the proceeds from this book to a non-profit organization - La Fondation du Patrimoine – that is collecting donations for Notre Dame’s restoration….a great little read.

Ken Follett - Notre Dame cover

Also from Susan: Welcoming the Unwelcome: Whole Hearted Living in a Broken Hearted World by Pema Chodron (2019) – Her first new book in over seven years offers an open hearted call for human connection, compassion, and learning to love the world just as it is during challenging times.  Her books are always healing, thought provoking, and awakening.

Pema Chodron - Welcoming the Unwelcome cover