March into Spring with These Staff Picks!

by Susan on 2021-03-05 12:00:00

Check out what the library staff have been reading this month. If something sounds good, click on the link in the title or contact the library to request a copy for yourself! 

Have you noticed a particular staff member tends to like books you've enjoyed? Call the library to see if they have anything else to recommend! 

Hannah: Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (2019)  

Harrowhark Nonagesimus, Reverend Daughter of the Ninth House and bone witch extraordinaire, has been summoned into action. The Emperor has invited the heirs to each of his loyal Houses to a deadly trial of wits and skill. If Harrow succeeds she will become an all-powerful immortal, but no necromancer can ascend without their cavalier. Without Gideon's sword, Harrow will fail, and her House will die. Unfortunately, Gideon - Harrow's childhood nemesis - is a foul-mouthed goofball whose mind is always in the gutter. Can the two find enough common ground to work together and save the Ninth? Part space odyssey, part bone-chilling horror, and part comedic romp, this is a wild and unconventional tale that is not for the faint of heart.

This is the funny, powerful start to a trilogy. The second book, Harrow the Ninth, came out in 2020, and the final volume is expected in 2022.

Terika: The 2021 Caldecott Medal Winner — We Are Water Protectors, illustrated by Michaela Goade, written by Carole Lindstrom

In an appropriately forceful and inspirational call to action, Carole Lindstrom’s lyrical picture book about defending Earth’s natural resources is a must-read regardless of age. It was inspired by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe pipeline protests.

Darci: Faithless in Death by J.D. Robb (2021)

This is the 52nd full-length installment of her In Death series, featuring New York police lieutenant Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband Roarke.  A cult with international reach and revolting tenets is uncovered due to a brutal murder. Eve, her extended team, the FBI and Interpol work doggedly to bring them down.

Cindy: The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles (2021)

The star of this novel is the American Library in Paris and the heroes who let it remain open during the German occupation of Paris and throughout World War II.  The author worked at the American Library in Paris and based this story on historical research.  The novel will leave you wanting to know more about the history of the library and the bravery of the staff determined to embody the library motto 'After the darkness of war, the light of books'.

Steve: The Color of Magic - Terry Pratchett (2013)

Terry Pratchett Discworld series is a fun adventure filled with odd humor that made me laugh aloud. The story moves fast but is purposely disjointed to create surprises that sometimes get resolved in later books. It is an introduction to a fantastic world that evolves, and the writing seems to get better and better along the way. 

Susan: Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson (2019)

This little jewel of a book is quiet and peaceful but strangely quite a page-turner. If you are looking for something gentle but compelling that will make you think about your own life even if it’s not quite what you expected when you were young, READ THIS BOOK.  Brought together by a shared fascination with the Tollund Man, subject of Seamus Heaney’s famous poem, two people begin writing letters to one another.  From their vastly different worlds, they find they have more in common than they could have imagined.

Bea: Under a Sky on Fire by Suzanne Kelman (2020)

This book does an excellent job of interweaving the historical reality of London during the horrific bombing by the German air force, which went on for nine months, with the lives of three young women living in London during this period. These women each take on a challenging role in the war effort, and through their lives we gain insight into what it was like to live and work there, under near constant threat of death. Contact the library to request this book.

Ryan: The Midnight Library: A Novel by Matt Haig (2020)

Have you ever wanted to change your life?  Or, made a wrong decision along the way somewhere? The Midnight Library is a place filled with books providing you with the chances at lives you never had access to. 

“A beautiful fable… It’s a Wonderful Life for the modern age.”  Jodi Picoult