Staff Picks- Holiday season

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

J PAL, juvenile fiction – PL J PAL, juvenile fiction playaway – CDBK J PAL, juvenile fiction CD-book


August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. This is a juvenile book but readable for all ages.  Told from different character’s points of view, it gives a perspective on disabilities and acceptance that we don’t often get access to.



A Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith

F GAL, adult mystery – CDBK F GAL, adult audio fiction

careerofevilI just finished reading A Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling).  If you want a thriller that twists and turns and leads you down all types of paths then the latest Detective Cormoran Strike novel is for you.  It has to be one of three of these sick criminals from his past, or does it?  Of course Robyn is back to help Strike in true heroine fashion.  Will Robyn say, “I do”?  She does, but to whom?!


Call Me Home by Megan Kruse

F KRU, adult fiction


Written in a compassionate voice, Call Me Home chronicles the experiences of a family trying to escape abuse, from the viewpoint of each person. The pace is just right, the characters seem completely real. I found parts of myself through each person’s journey; both on the road, and through self-discovery.  If you like Louise Erdrich, Cormack McCarthy or Donna Tartt, you will really love this new writer and her debut novel.


The Undertaker’s Daughter by Kate Mayfield

B MAYFIELD, biography


How does one live in a house of the dead? Kate Mayfield explores what it meant to be the daughter of a small-town undertaker in this fascinating memoir evocative of Six Feet Under and The Help, with a hint of Mary Roach’s Stiff.

After Kate Mayfield was born, she was taken directly to a funeral home. Her father was an undertaker, and for thirteen years the family resided in a place nearly synonymous with death, where the living and the dead entered their house like a vapor. In a memoir that reads like a Harper Lee novel, Mayfield draws the reader into a world of haunting Southern mystique.

I really enjoyed this book!  Sometimes dark, sometimes funny, it rang with the honesty and innocence of a young girl growing up in an unusual home in the sixties.