Staff Picks - September 2019

    • Benjamin Franklin
      Walter Isaacson

      It was fascinating learning about what took place in this country before the Declaration of Independence. - Laura

    • Finding Dorothy
      Elizabeth Letts

      Letts fictionalizes the true story of Maud Baum and her meeting Judy Garland as she prepared to become immortalized as Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz. It shifts between the film production and Maud's life as a suffragette’s daughter, a famous author’s wife, and a force in her own right. I found myself rooting for this woman as she takes on everything from movie executives to South Dakota weather, and I think you will too. - Sarah L.

    • Girl in the Blue Coat
      Monica Hesse

      I am big fan of both young adult novels and historical fiction, so this book set in 1943 Amsterdam was perfect for me. The mystery of what happened to the girl in the blue coat made this story a page turner. – Alicia H.

    • Good and Mad
      Rebecca Traister

      From the author of All the Single Ladies comes an exploration into the transformative power of female anger and its ability to transcend into a political movement. With eloquence and fervor, she tracks the history of female anger as political fuel from the suffragettes onward. It offers a glimpse into the galvanizing force of women's collective anger, which, when harnessed, can change history.

    • The Great Alone
      Kristin Hannah

      An ill-equipped family, led by a psychologically damaged Vietnam veteran, travel to Alaska looking for a new start in a wilderness setting. Bestselling author Hannah provides numerous plot twists that keep the reader guessing at every turn. – Kevin

    • Growing Things
      Paul Tremblay

      A chilling collection of psychological suspense and literary horror from the author of The Cabin at the End of the World and A Head Full of Ghosts. From global catastrophe to the demons inside our heads, Tremblay illuminates our primal fears and darkest dreams in startlingly original fiction.

    • King of King Court
      Travis Dandro

      From a child’s-eye view, Dandro recounts growing up with a drug-addicted birth father, alcoholic step-dad, and overwhelmed mother. It is a revelatory graphic autobiography that examines trauma, addiction, and familial relations in a unique and sensitive way.

    • Let's Call It Doomsday
      Katie Henry

      Ellis Kimball is preparing for the end of the world, much to her parents’ dismay. When she meets Hannah, a girl who claims to have visions of the apocalypse, they team up to interpret her dreams. Slightly irreverent and darkly funny, this teen book is a good reminder that life is meant to be lived. – Gen

    • Maid
      Stephanie Land

      A true, gutsy story of low paid domestic help working for upper class employers. Land, a single mother with a young daughter, finds it hard to live on her salary and deal with her daughter's separation anxiety. I liked this topic, as it truly shows us what many people face every day and their will to make a better life. – Luann

    • Parable of the Sower
      Octavia Butler

      I just finished this book and Butler both intrigued and scared me as she described a world that could easily become the modern America. Very eerie. - Mary

    • The Paragon Hotel
      Lyndsay Faye

      I really enjoyed this historical fiction novel. The protagonist is fleeing her past in Mafia-riddled Harlem only to find herself in a more precarious situation at an all-black hotel in Portland, Oregon. Set in the 1920s, Prohibition-era tales blend with accounts of extreme racism in an idealized city.

    • The Right Sort of Man
      Allison Montclair

      Two women work together in post-WWII London as matchmakers despite their differences. Their fledgling enterprise is endangered when one of their clients is arrested for the murder of another. To save the business (and their client) they must prove he didn’t do it. I loved the witty banter, the wonderful historical detail and resourceful main characters. A bit lighter than the Maisie Dobbs or Maggie Hope series but equally enjoyable.

    • Searching for Sylvie Lee
      Jean Kwok

      This was a mystery that kept me guessing until the very end. Just when I thought I figured out "whodunit", another twist was added to this tale of sibling jealousy and family secrets.

    • The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep
      H.G. Parry

      Charley Sutherland can bring characters from books out into the real world, an ability that can be a blessing or a curse, but always a nuisance to his responsible brother Rob. This book is a ton of fun, and I recommend it for bibliophiles of all types. I loved seeing characters from favorite classic novels come to life in a new way, and on top of that, this book is heartwarming, witty, and full of adventure. - Carrie

    • Wanderers
      Chuck Wendig

      This is a huge book at 782 pages but it’s very interesting. It deals with a group of people who suddenly start sleepwalking, and those who investigate the mysterious epidemic. Where will their journey lead?