Recommendations

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Melmoth Melmoth

by Sarah Perry

Lean, mean, and packed full of psychological dread. In true Gothic fashion, Perry pens a symphony of prose and perturbation as we follow Helen Franklin, an Englishwoman working in Prague under self-imposed exile. When Karel, a colleague of Helen's, goes missing after researching the folk legend of Melmoth the Witness, she finds herself despairing over his abandoned documents to discover the truth… Continue

Kenny Tymick Recommended by Kenny Tymick Adult Services Librarian, February 06, 2019
Census Census

by Jesse Ball

Full of wisdom and compassion, Census is deeply thoughtful and affecting. The story follows a widowed father with a terminal illness, worried over the fate of his son once he is gone. Father and son depart on a journey together visiting households and serving dubiously as census-takers, witnessing, listening, and reflecting on poignant accounts of the human experience. It holds within it an… Continue

Kenny Tymick Recommended by Kenny Tymick Adult Services Librarian, January 29, 2019
Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World

by Penelope Bagieu

Spanning the globe and the ages, Brazen, is a graphic novel that illustrates 29 stories of women who have dared to live life by their own rules. Subjects range from ancient Chinese Empress Wu Zetian, who founded the Zhou Dynasty, to astronaut Mae Jemison, the first black woman in space. Bagieu portrays each woman’s life with clear visual story-telling and a sense of humor. These… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services January 29, 2019
Finding Langston Finding Langston

by Lesa Cline-Ransome

Langston must move from Alabama to Chicago, Illinois with his father after his mother's death in 1946. Langston is lonely in his new surroundings, and to make things worse, he's tormented by bullies. However, one thing provides a refuge: the library that allows and celebrates all people. It also introduces him to another Langston, poet Langston Hughes. Hughes' poetry allows Langston to keep his… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services January 29, 2019
Cherry Cherry

by Nico Walker

This semi-autobiographical fiction work gives readers a chance to discover a story that is as difficult to read as it is to put down. A young man leaves his home in Cleveland to join the Army and fights in the Iraq war. He then battles the aftermath of post-traumatic stress disorder and opioid addiction and robs banks for drug money. Fans of Kurt Vonnegut may appreciate that Nico Walker's unnamed… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services January 16, 2019
Puddin' Puddin'

by Julie Murphy

Following the Dolly Parton-loving, pageant-subverting book, Dumplin’, this companion novel focuses on Millie Michalchuk. In Dumplin’, Millie stole hearts as the sweet pageant hopeful with the can-do attitude. In Puddin’ we learn that every summer, Millie’s mom sends her to “fat camp.” This year Millie wants to go to journalism camp instead. Fate brings Millie… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services January 16, 2019
Bea Garcia: Tale of a Scaredy-Dog Bea Garcia: Tale of a Scaredy-Dog

by Deborah Zemke

Bea Garcia is an artist who draws anywhere and everywhere, but mostly in her own notebook. She especially loves to draw pictures of her dog, Sophie. When Bea’s teacher makes her visit the Garcias’ neighbor, Bert, Bea brings Sophie along for extra security. Things get bad when Bert’s terrible cat attacks and Sophie runs straight out the door. Bea searches the neighborhood, but… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services January 16, 2019
Learn with Lynda Learn with Lynda

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Chuck Johnson Recommended by Chuck Johnson Digital Services Manager, January 16, 2019
Deadly Gamble Deadly Gamble

by Linda Lael Miller

When Mojo was five, her parents were murdered and her stepbrother went to prison for the crime. Kidnapped by her babysitter to keep her safe, Mojo lived on the run for years and grew up with an assumed name. Adult Mojo now lives above a biker bar and avoids serious relationships. When her shady uncle re-enters the picture, things turn deadly for Mojo who has to use her psychic skills (including… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services December 03, 2018
Stephen McCranie's Space Boy. Volume 1 Stephen McCranie's Space Boy. Volume 1

by Stephen McCranie

Amy is a high school student with the unique gift of synesthesia, a neurological condition where the brain mixes up senses. To Amy, everyone has a flavor. Her mom is the flavor of mint and her dad is like chocolate. She's never met anyone who didn’t have a flavor. Then, she moves to Earth and meets Space Boy, who is flavorless. Space Boy is filled with nothingness. Something tragic made… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services December 03, 2018
100 scientists who made history 100 scientists who made history

by Andrea Mills and Stella Caldwell

Masters of innovation have revolutionized our society! Through their life stories, children will learn about 100 trailblazing thinkers and how they based their research on observation, logic and reason. Learn about the history of scientific progress and put human faces to things we take for granted in everyday life. Aspiring scientists will love this book! Recommended for grades 3 and up.

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services December 03, 2018
Maisie Dobbs Maisie Dobbs

by Jacqueline Winspear

Motherless at 14, young maid Maisie is discovered reading in the library of her employer, progressive aristocrat Lady Rowan, who sets her up with a tutor and mentor. Maisie’s studies are interrupted when she enlists as a Red Cross nurse in World War II and falls in love with an army medic, but an exploding shell destroys their future together. Post-war, Maisie opens a detective agency… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services December 03, 2018
Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel

by Val Emmich

The Tony award-winning musical is now a novel! Anxiety-ridden Evan Hansen finds himself in an odd situation when he lies about being best friends with suicide victim, Connor Murphy. Connor’s family cling to Evan as they grieve the loss of their son, and Evan finds he is pleasantly pleased to feel a part of the Murphy family. A single lie leads down the rabbit hole to complex truths in this… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services December 03, 2018
Counting Thyme Counting Thyme

by Melanie Conklin

11-year-old Thyme moves all the way from California to New York City with her mom, dad, older sister and younger brother. Trying to survive the change, Thyme tells herself it is only temporary. The doctors just need to make her brother well again and then they can all go home, to her real home in California. However, over the minutes, days and weeks Thyme has been counting up, she comes to the… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services December 03, 2018
Bluebird, Bluebird Bluebird, Bluebird

by Attica Locke

Texas Ranger Darren Matthews holds so dearly the values of truth, justice and equity. He is a Ranger first and foremost, but his high standards and ideals are continuously challenged and tested as he attempts to solve two seemingly linked murders in a close-knit community that has many secrets. Racial discrimination and tension, and violence and hatred are embedded in the town of Lark, Texas, but… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services October 18, 2018
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Boruto: Naruto Next Generations

by Masashi Kishimoto

You may already know the story of Naruto, a young shinobi (or ninja). As a teen, he went through many trials to eventually become the most powerful ninja in his village called Hagata. Now Naruto has a son, Boruto. Boruto is not very happy that his dad is Hagata because it means his dad works a lot and is not around very much. He even misses important occasions like birthdays. But when Boruto… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services October 18, 2018
Pashmina Pashmina

by Nidhi Chanani

Teenager Priyanka has many questions about her family but her mom refuses to answer. Pri especially wants to know why her mother left her home in India—and Pri’s father—before she was born. The subject seems permanently closed until Pri finds a mysterious pashmina tucked away in an old suitcase. When she puts it on, she is transported to the colorful India of her imagination,… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services October 18, 2018