November Staff Picks

by Susan on 2019-11-15 12:00:00

Check out what we're reading in November! Click on the cover of a book to place it on hold. Don't forget to join us on Cyber Monday (December 2) to get gift suggestions for all the book lovers on your list!

Mara: Imagination: the Science of Your Mind’s Greatest Power by Jim Davies (2019) - This fascinating book sheds light on the inner-workings of our mind and the ways in which we can channel our imagination for a better life.




Hannah: Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery (1874-1942) - I picked this book up after it appeared in the Netflix series "Russian Doll," and I really wish I'd read it when I was younger! After her father's death, orphaned Emily is taken in by relatives to live on New Moon Farm. Emily is a little sharper and rougher around the edges than Anne of Green Gables, and even though their adventures are similar, I found myself liking Emily even more than Anne!



Emily: Ask Again, Yes by Mary Ann Keane, is a sweeping, multi-generational story that reveals the way childhood memories change when viewed from the distance of adulthood.  (2019)




Giver of Stars by Jojo MoyesSara: The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes (2019) - Set in Depression era Kentucky, this historical novel delves into the lives of five women who work as librarians on horseback. It is a fascinating look at an important part of our country's history. If you enjoy novels about strong female characters, friendship, and love, add this book to your list. It took me only a week to get through. 



A Single Thread by Tracy ChevalierAmy: A Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier (2019) -Violet Speedwell has lost the vital men in her life, her brother, and fiancé  to the war, her father right after. Stuck with a mean-spirited and bitter mother, she leaves home to take a job as a typist. Lonely, and bereft, she discovers an interest in the needlepoint cushion in the Winchester Cathedral and joins a sisterhood of embroiders who help her navigate her new world.



The Princess Beard by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin HearneRyan: The Princess Beard: The Tales of Pell by Kevin Hearne & Delilah S. Dawson (2019)…Shave the princess? Unthinkable! The hilarious bestselling authors of Kill the Farm Boy and No Country for Old Gnomes are back with a new adventure in the irreverent world of Pell.  The Princess awakes from a long slumber with an amazing amount of hair, all over the place.  She cuts off the braids to escape, but keeps the beard as an amazing disguise!



Big Little Lies by Liane MoriartyTerika: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (2015) - I traveled to Monterey, CA (gorgeous!) over the summer and after hearing the "Big Little Lies" TV show was filmed in Monterey, I decided to read the book first. The book started a little slowly, but soon became a page-turner that exposes the dark side to what otherwise appears to be "perfect families".  It is a murder-mystery with a soap opera feel.