Book Chat with Library Staff, Part Six
Becca and Allyson lead regular sessions during which staff learn about what everyone is reading or watching. Enjoy some of our latest recommendations.
2020 by Bethencourt, KahranGet this item
This is a coffee-table photography book by a husband and wife duo. They are the proprietors of CreativeSoul Photography out of Atlanta, Georgia. I’ve followed their Instagram for a while, and their photos are unbelievably gorgeous. Once you see this beautiful book, you’ll want to follow them on all of their social media, just so you can get more of their photography every day. Recommended by Becca.
2021 by Shusterman, NealGet this item
This is a little bit science fiction in the sense that Ash, the main character who is on a football team, can enter new dimensions when he tackles people—and he's able to see things from their perspectives. The story has an innovative approach and the narration is powerful: it gives you a broad sense and bridges the gap between Ash‘s perspective and what the actual situation may be. Recommended by Jimmy.
2017 by Reid, Taylor JenkinsGet this item
This is one of those books where I thought it was gonna be one thing—historical fiction based in Hollywood—but it was so much more than that. When I got to the end, I was like, “This cannot be fiction!” It feels so real, I want to go watch Evelyn Hugo’s films—it's the beauty and the magic of this particular story. I highly, highly recommend it. Recommended by Becca.
2020 by Atta, DeanGet this item
This quick read is perfect for fans of Jason Reynolds, Elizabeth Acevedo, and Kwame Alexander; all of them are amazing novelists-in-verse. But this coming-of-age story in particular—the way the character’s language evolves as he grows older was not lost on me—I thought was really beautiful and profound. Recommended by Becca.
2020 by Evans, DanielleGet this item
This book is Megan's favorite book of 2020. She suggests reading the novella by the same name as the collection first, and then follow it up with a short story called "Alcatraz." But still, all the stories blew her away and comfortably wedged themselves in her memory. Recommended by Allyson and Megan.
2017 by Burns, V. M.Get this item
This book was suggested by Sharon, and she says, “This is the first book in the series for which the author received an Agatha Award nomination, as well as a starred review from Library Journal. The characters are likable, fun, and often feisty. It has everything that fans of cozy mysteries love.” We think it’s just perfect for any time of year. Recommended by Allyson and Sharon.
2010 by Jemisin, N. K.Get this item
It usually takes me a little while to get hooked into a fantasy novel, but this book had me from the get-go. Jemisin does such a great job with world-building. A lot of times in fantasy, I feel like I get bogged down in the details, but Jemisin’s writing just keeps the pages turning. It also has a strong female heroine and a court intrigue. I love it! Recommended by Allyson.
2011 by Donoghue, EmmaGet this item
The reason I love this book is because of how the main relationship is portrayed. It feels realistic. I really get to know the characters and I’m rooting for them. A little spoiler: it has a happy ending, but it’s not without its problems—there are some ups and downs. I’ve read it multiple times now and listened to the audiobook as well. It’s just such a fantastic book. Recommended by Louise.
2021 by Walker, DavidGet this item
This graphic novel engagingly and provocatively covers a lot of ground. The art perfectly depicts the emotions and tension of the time. I’ve learned a lot and I found myself rethinking and examining my own perceptions of the Black Panther Party, including the ‘why’ behind my seemingly preconceived notions. Recommended by Allyson.
2020 by St. James, SimoneGet this item
If you are a fan of the My Favorite Murder podcast, this is a book for you. It goes between two different points of view and two different time periods. Part of the beauty of this book comes from the twists and the turns and the surprises of it. It also has a what’s-going-on, dark, dingy, creepy and, “What’s the history here? How did we get here?” kind of feeling to it. It's super compelling. Recommended by Becca.