Staff Picks for November 2019

Robin recommends:

The Bully Pulpit by Doris Kearns Goodwin.  About Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft

A Delicate Touch by Stuart Woods

Franklin and Winston by Jon Meachem.

Justin recommends:

Just read Guts by Raina Telgemeier.  Highly recommend.  Telgemeier is the author of several best sellers including Sisters, Smile, and DramaGuts is based on her childhood with the storyline focusing on conquering your fears as a teenage child.

Nina recommends:

I picked up Ambush by James Patterson at the Library tonight.

Staff Picks April 2018


Dear Martin by Nic Stone

It was really good, but definitely for teens. About two buddies trying to get scholarships. it’s racially balanced, coming of age book. A good way to get inside the mind of a teenager, especially a guy. #harshlanguage

Vanessa C.

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff

In one of the most controversial political books of our time, Michael Wolff gives us his interpretation of the actions (and inactions) of those cohorts working inside the Trump campaign and White House during the past year.  The closest analogy is a group of puppet masters fighting over which one is allowed to control Donald Trump at any given time.  Most useful to the reader is a description of the various influential figures in the White House, their philosophies, and how they came to be there.  Obviously, those with a left-leaning point-of-view will applaud Wolff’s description of the chaos, perhaps be troubled by the revelations; those on the right will justify and deny the possibility that Trump’s White House could be that bad.  Certainly, this book only adds fire to the fury of the current political climate in Washington.

Robin H.

I just read The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian.  It kept my interest although it was a difficult read as it was a novel about sex trafficking

Cheri S.

The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce. A feel-good tale that has the love of music ringing throughout without the snarkiness of High Fidelity. I like how the author takes her time unveiling the protagonist’s character, keeping you guessing about the plot until the end. For fans of British fiction, feel good stories, men and women relationships fiction. A light read.

Jenneffer S.

Leonardo, da Vinci, by Walter Isaacson, is a masterpiece about a master artisan.  I am listening to the CDBK read by Alfred Molino.  It’s a large amount of information about the famous Leonardo yet flows easily from one life event to the next and you find yourself waiting for more.  It’s interesting and fascinating just like Leonardo himself.

Sandra Y. 

August Young Adult Picks

Young Adult picks? We’ve got them:

A New Darkness A New Darkness
by Joseph Delaney

Entertaining follow-up to the Spook’s Apprentice series, featuring a new twist on the original with a female apprentice!

ScorpionThe House of the Scorpion
by Nancy Farmer

Matt lives as the prized clone of drug lord Matteo Alacran, but is hated by most everyone else. As he begins to suspect his fate, Matt realizes escape from the opium farm may be his only chance for survival.

The Winner's CurseThe Winner’s Curse
by Marie Rutkoski

An aristocratic girl who is a member of a warmongering and enslaving empire purchases a slave, an act that sets in motion a rebellion that might overthrow her world as well as her heart.

I Am The Messenger I Am The Messenger
by Markus Zusak
By the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Book Thief, this is a cryptic journey filled with laughter, fists, and love.

Ed Kennedy is an underage cabdriver without much of a future. He’s pathetic at playing cards, hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey, and utterly devoted to his coffee-drinking dog, the Doorman. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery.

That’s when the first ace arrives in the mail. That’s when Ed becomes the messenger. Chosen to care, he makes his way through town helping and hurting (when necessary) until only one question remains: Who’s behind Ed’s mission?


June Young Adult Picks

Summer Reading is just getting started! Check out these great Young Adult books to keep you reading:

Frozen Frozen
by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston

More than a century after a catastrophic disaster wiped out most of humanity and covered much of the earth with ice, sixteen-year-old Nat yields to the voice in her head urging her to embark on a dangerous journey across a poisoned sea to the mythical land, the Blue.


Body Finder The Body Finder
by Kimberly Derting

Violet has two secrets dominating her junior year: her ability to sense echoes from murder victims and her growing crush on childhood friend Jay. Can she keep it together as Jay helps her hunt for a serial killer? For those who like a bit of romance mixed in with their suspense novels, this is the book for you. The first in a series.

Talon Talon
by Julie Kagawa

The dragons of Talon have been hiding in human forms to save themselves from being hunted. Ember and Dante Hill are the only brother and sister dragons. Ember wants to experience being a teen before fulfilling her destiny in Talon; however, she is being pursued by Garret St. James, whose task is to destroy all dragons but only when he is certain about his prey. And he is not quite certain about Ember.

Read Between the Lines Read Between the Lines
by Jo Knowles

Does anyone ever see us for who we really are? Jo Knowles’s revelatory novel of interlocking stories peers behind the scrim as it follows nine teens and one teacher through a seemingly ordinary day.

Liars Inc. Liars Inc.
by Paula Stokes

Max forms a professional lying service with his friend Preston and girlfriend Parvati to make extra cash. But when Preston disappears the police see Max as the prime suspect. Can he escape his web of lies?

May Young Adult Picks

Looking for your next Young Adult read? We’ve got you covered!

Knife of Never Letting Go The Knife of Never Letting Go
by Patrick Ness

Pursued by power-hungry Prentiss and mad minister Aaron, young Todd and Viola set out across New World searching for answers about his colony’s true past and seeking a way to warn the ship bringing hopeful settlers from Old World.

Dorothy Must Die Dorothy Must Die
by Danielle Paige

Dorothy found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

The Raven Boys The Raven Boys
by Maggie Stiefvater

Though she is from a family of clairvoyants, Blue Sargent’s only gift seems to be that she makes other people’s talents stronger, and when she meets Gansey, one of the Raven Boys from the expensive Aglionby Academy, she discovers that he has talents of his own–and that together their talents are a dangerous mix.


Wish You Were Dead Wish You Were Dead
by Todd Strasser

The day after anonymous blogger Str-S-d wishes the popular girl would die, Lucy vanishes. The students of Soundview High are scared and worried. Especially frightened and wracked with guilt is Madison Archer, Lucy’s friend and the last person to see her the night she disappeared. As days pass with no sign of the missing girl, even the attention of Tyler, an attractive new student, is not enough to distract Madison from her growing sense of foreboding. When two more popular students disappear after their names are mentioned on Str-S-d’s blog, the residents of Soundview panic.

Rebel Rebel
by Amy Tintera
Having broken free of HARC, seventeen-year-old Wren and Callum escaped north but the Reboot Reservation is preparing to wage all-out war on the humans and the two are torn about their loyalties until Micah commits the ultimate betrayal and their choice is made.

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B
by Teresa Toten

It is hard enough being a teenager but being a teenager with obsessive compulsive disorder is an even bigger challenge. Adam Ross joined an OCD support group and immediately falls for a fellow group member. Adam seems to be able to help everyone in the support group but with his crazy family life he finds his compulsive routines escalating. I found this book to be both funny and sad and an insightful look into mental illness.

March Young Adult Picks

Spring into these Young Adult Favorites!

The Naturals The Naturals
by Jennifer Barnes


Cassie, who has a natural ability to read people, joins a team of criminal-profiling teens at the FBI investigating cold cases. The plot starts off a bit slow but builds to an exciting conclusion. First in a series.

Skinny Skinny
by Donna Cooner


Hopeless. Freak. Elephant. Pitiful. These are the words of Skinny, the vicious voice that lives inside fifteen-year-old Ever Davies’s head. Skinny tells Ever all the dark thoughts her classmates have about her. Ever knows she weighs over three hundred pounds, knows she’ll probably never be loved, and Skinny makes sure she never forgets it.

Body in the Woods Body in the Woods
by April Henry


While helping the Portland County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue to seek a missing autistic man, teens Alexis, Nick, and Ruby find, instead, a body and join forces to find the girl’s murderer, forming an unlikely friendship, as well.

Skink No Surrender Skink No Surrender
by Carl Hiaasen


Classic Malley—to avoid being shipped off to boarding school, she takes off with some guy she met online. Poor Richard—he knows his cousin’s in trouble before she does. Wild Skink—he’s a ragged, one-eyed ex-governor of Florida, and enough of a renegade to think he can track Malley down. With Richard riding shotgun, the unlikely pair scour the state, undaunted by blinding storms, crazed pigs, flying bullets, and giant gators.

All the Bright Places All the Bright Places
by Jennifer Niven


Violet and Finch meet atop a tower on the campus of their high school, both contemplating suicide. They form an unlikely friendship as Violet is dealing with the death of her sister and best friend and Finch is considered a “freak” by his classmates. A great read dealing with loss, friendship, depression, recovery and survival.

American Born Chinese American Born Chinese
by Gene Yang


This book alternates interrelated stories about three characters: a Chinese American trying to fit into popular culture, a Chinese folk hero attempting to be worshipped as a god; and a teenager ashamed by his Chinese cousin’s behavior. Each of these characters cannot help himself alone, but how can they possibly help each other? They’re going to have to find a way—if they want fix the disasters their lives have become.

February Young Adult Picks

Here are some more of those great YA books you’re looking for!

Obsidian Obsidian
by Jennifer Armentrout


Katy notices strange things in the WV town where she has recently moved. How does the hot neighbor who hates her move so fast and why is he always trying to talk to her, especially when he has forbidden her quite rudely to stay away from his twin sister?

Mango A Mango-shaped Space
by Wendy Maas


Mia Winchell appears to be a typical kid, but she’s keeping a big secret—sounds, numbers, and words have color for her. No one knows, and Mia wants to keep it that way. But when trouble at school finally forces Mia to reveal her secret, she must learn to accept herself and embrace her ability, called synesthesia, a mingling of the senses.

Obsidian The Sky is Everywhere
by Jandy Nelson


Lennon “Lennie” Walker’s older sister/best friend dies very suddenly. This is a beautifully written story of grief, love, family, forgiveness and finding the courage to keep putting one foot in front of the other and learning to laugh and live again. Jandy Nelson is my favorite YA author!

Seconds Seconds
by Bryan Lee O’Malley


Katie is a chef who uses magic mushrooms to fix her mistakes and escape the consequences of her actions. Unfortunately all of her second chances lead to increasingly undesirable outcomes in O’Malley’s great followup to the “Scott Pilgrim” series.