The New Year is here and you might want to start it off with a good book. Here are some titles that our staff read and found to be particularly good in 2019.
Jessikah, Head of Community Engagement:
Future of Another Timeline by Annalee Newitz
A geologist desperate to change the past and a teen rebel who has witnessed a history-changing murder are swept up in a secret historical war in a parallel-world America where time travel is possible.*
Surviving a horrific multiple homicide, a girl from the wrong side of the tracks is unexpectedly offered a full scholarship to Yale, where her mysterious benefactors task her with monitoring the university’s secret societies.*
Janice, Teen Services Librarian
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
“What happens when America’s First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales?”
After an international incident affects U.S. and British relations, the president’s son Alex and Prince Henry must pretend to be best friends, but as they spend time together, the two begin a secret romance that could derail a presidential campaign.*
Meghan, Children’s Services Librarian:
From Scratch: a Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home by Tembi Locke
An actress and TEDx speaker describes how her professional chef husband’s Sicilian family didn’t initially approve of him marrying a black American woman and the three summers she spent with them after he succumbed to cancer.*
Sharon, Head of Teen Services:
“Written as a series of ridiculous letters to her baby daughters, this is a collection of essays about dating in NYC, her travels abroad in Vietnam, being a female comedian, and how she “trapped” her husband.”
Collects the standup comedian’s humorous and heartfelt letters to her daughters, covering everything they need to know in life, like the unpleasant details of dating, how to be a working mom in a male-dominated profession and how she trapped their dad.*
Bad Feminist: Essays by Roxane Gay.
“A provocative and very honest and open look at feminism, popular culture and how we as a society can do better.”
A cultural examination of the ways in which the media influences self-perception, and discusses how society still needs to do better.*
Evelyn, Readers’ Services Librarian:
This Tender Land by WIlliam Kent Krueger
Fleeing the Depression-era school for Native American children who have been taken from their parents, four orphans share a life-changing journey marked by struggling farmers, faith healers, and lost souls.*
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
A tale set over the course of five decades traces a young man’s rise from poverty to wealth and back again as his prospects center around his family’s lavish Philadelphia estate.*
*all summaries from the publishers
We’ll be back tomorrow with more staff favorites.
We wish all our readers a very happy and healthy New Year!
-posted by Sonia, Reference Services