Book Chat with Library Staff, Part Four
Members of our staff join Allyson and Becca to share what they have been reading, listening to, and enjoying recently.
2020 by Quinn, Kate KaryusGet this item
It’s a superhero twist on the old Freaky Friday trope. You will absolutely root for the characters. This book is perfect for middle grade and junior high readers, as well as adults who enjoy a well done, relatively stress-free, superhero romp. Recommended by Caitlin.
2020 by Hughes, KikuGet this item
This is kind of a time travel book, deeply rooted in generational memory. We so often hear that we need to learn history so it doesn’t repeat itself. However, I think that is impossible to do if our history classes and books don’t acknowledge the horrible deeds of the past. This book will definitely help you with that. The illustrations perfectly set the tone of this book. Recommended by Allyson.
2020 by Coe, AlexisGet this item
Although this book's title may sound like a romance, it’s actually a biography of George Washington that tells you what the other books about our first president don’t. Coe presents her research with chic and wit, while clearly presenting the facts and busting myths. Recommended by Allyson.
2018 by Walden, TillieGet this item
This graphic novel hits on all the things I really love about a book: a coming-of-age story, romance, great sci-fi, it's visually striking, and there’s a lot of LGBTQ+ representation. I come back to this book again and again because it’s such a sweet and moving story. Recommended by Ly.
2013 by Adichie, Chimamanda NgoziGet this item
This sprawling story is about social commentary, Black experience, Black immigrant experience, and love. It really is awesome. It also has a lot of really good food in it, so if you like recipes, or learning about food in different places, this might really be a great book for you. Recommended by Angela.
2019 by Rowell, RainbowGet this item
If you’re a fan of fall, and you have your sweater, your cup of tea, and your decorative gourds out, it’s a great way to celebrate pumpkin season. It's a lovely, sweet, light story. As an adult, I fully enjoyed every bit of this young adult graphic novel. Recommended by Becca.
2020 by Bregman, RutgerGet this item
I read this book recently and it's really stuck with me. I was left with a sense that, even if humanity isn’t somehow innately good, there's no need to despair, and that there is something here worth fighting for; which is, I think, a very important message for the times we live in. Recommended by Andrew.
2020 by Fram, JohnGet this item
I personally love reading horror, especially as the nights get longer. This book is a good pick for fans of Stephen King in particular, because it has a great mix of both supernatural horror and scary humans. It is a horror novel, it is graphically violent, so there's a little content warning. Recommended by Leah.
2018 by Ireland, JustinaGet this item
It’s a zombie novel, but not quite in the way that you might normally think about a zombie novel. The writing is fantastic; the world-building is really cool, it’s our history but not, and it’s imagining an alternate history. It's very compelling, and it also goes in a totally different direction from where I thought it was going to go. Recommended by Becca.
2018 by Wilkinson, LaurenGet this item
It’s a thrilling spy novel. It has the danger and the political machinations, but it’s also just a beautiful character study of a woman who’s navigating the complicated obstacles of sexism, race, and family—and all of the lies that people tell, especially when you’re a spy. I also love the audio performance of this book. Recommended by Allyson.
2020 by Goldfarb, BruceGet this item
Frances Glessner Lee basically was the person who changed forensics and what it means in America—and beyond, really. She created miniature death scenes that detectives could use to look at, evaluate, and learn forensics. Not to mention, she was also an amazing feminist figure in history that not a lot of people know about, and so I just wanted more people to be aware of her. Recommended by Becca.