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February Staff Picks

What if you had made a different choice? Or were able to fix your regrets? The Midnight Library exists between life and death, containing shelves of books giving readers a glimpse into another life they could have lived. A multi-staff pick, this is an engaging story about what is truly important in life. 

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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If you liked The Midnight Library, check out these similar titles

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer 

 


Get lost in a fast-paced virtual reality with Ready Player One. You won't be able to turn the pages fast enough with this Sci-Fi read!

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan 

Ready Player Two by Ernest Kline 

Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

 

 


It's hard to know what to believe in Leave the World Behind. A suspenseful thriller that finds a vacationing couple unsure of whether to trust the unexpected knock from an older couple on their cabin door.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

 

 


Looking for a new nonfiction read? Dark Archives is an engaging book that explores some of the rarest books in history. 

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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The Lost Gutenberg by Margaret Leslie Davis

Rare Books Uncovered by Rebecca Rego Barry

The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett

 

 

 

 


A collection of stories; Somewhere in the Unknown World  uncovers the lives and stories of refugees living in Minnesota. A fascinating nonfiction read!

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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Once I Was You by Maria Hinojosa

The Ungrateful Refugee by Dina Nayeri

Mind Platter by Najwa Zebian 

 

 

 


After confessing a secret to a stranger on a train, Selena's seemingly perfect life is upended. A thrilling mystery unfolds as Selena realizes to be more careful about who she shares her secrets with. 

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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If you liked Confessions on the 7:45, check out these similar titles

The Lies That Bind by Emily Giffin 

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

 

 


Get ready for Taco Tuesday with a variety of delicious taco recipes! You'll be sure to find a recipe or two that you'll enjoy. 

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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Tex-Mex From Scratch by Jonas Cramby

Tex-Mex by Ford Fry

Ama: A Modern Tex-Mex Kitchen by Josef Centeno

 

 


Do you love cooking and history? Look no further than Delicious, a culinary historical fiction novel about Billie whose just accepted a position at Delicious Magazine, leading her to uncover the correspondence between James Beard and LuLu Swan during World War II. An unputdownable read! 

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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If you liked Delicious, check out these similar titles

The Year of Pleasures by Elizabeth Berg

Bread and Butter by Michelle Wildgen

Miss Cecily's Recipes for Exceptional Ladies by Vicky Zimmerman

 

 


Set in 1940s Japan, family secrets unravel in The Inugami Curse, spurring a series of murders. Will the Inugami's be able to identify the murderer before it's too late? 

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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Malice by Keigo Higashino 

The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah 

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

 

 

 


January Staff Picks

 

In The Husband's Secret,  everything Cecilia thought she knew was turned upside down the day she prematurely discovered a letter that was to be read after her husband's death.  As secrets unravel, Cecilia's seemingly perfect family is left hanging in the balance as she navigates the life-changing repercussions of guilt and secrecy. The pages just flew by! 

Rating: 4/5 stars 

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If you enjoyed, The Husband's Secret, check out these similar titles: 

The Mother-In-Law by Sally Hepworth

Gravity is the Thing by Jaclyn Moriarty,

Under the Influence by Joyce Maynard 

 

 


Immerse yourself in ancient wisdom with Lives of the Stoics. Holiday's latest work on Stoicism explores the core tenets (Courage, Temperance, Justice, and Wisdom) of this philosophy through mini-biographies of various stoics throughout history. From Zeno to Marcus Aurelius, this accessible work explores the fascinating history of this philosophy. 

Rating: 4/5 stars

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If you enjoyed, Lives of the Stoics, check out these similar titles:

A Field Guide to a Happy Life: 53 Brief Lessons for Living by Massimo Pigliucci

How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius by Donald Robertson

How to Be An Epicurean: The Ancient Art of Living Well by Catherine Wilson 

 


A multi-staff pick, Spoiler Alert is a cute romantic comedy that is perfect for fans of fanfiction! 

Rating: 5/5 stars 

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What You Don't Know About Charlie Outlaw by Leah Stewart

One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London

Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert 

 

 

 


Love a good mystery? Looking to start a new series? Look no further than Grainger's, An Accidental Death. Get wrapped up in ex-DCI agent Smith's case in which he puts his life in danger to uncover the truth. You won't want to stop listening to this engaging audiobook!

Rating: 4/5 stars

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Still Life by Louise Penny

The Darkest Evening by Ann Cleeves

Missing presumed by Susie Steiner

 

 

 


A perfect book for a new year, The Gifts of Imperfection is an inspiring self-help read that explores Brown's 10 tenets to living wholeheartedly. You'll be finding your courage and embracing imperfection by the end of this read!  

Rating: 5/5 stars

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Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb

Almost Everything by Anne Lamott 

 

 

 


Aaronovitch's latest Peter Grant Novel, False Value is an intricately plotted humorous urban fantasy read. You'll definitely want to check out the latest installment in this series. 

Rating: 4/5 stars

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If you enjoyed, False Value, check out these similar titles:

London Falling by Paul Cornell,

The Devil You Know by Mike Carey

Storm Front by Jim Butcher 

 

 

 


Do you enjoy psychological fiction, love triangles, and clairvoyance? Make sure to check out Leonardo's Handwriting, an engaging Russian novel that will leave you wondering until the last page. 

Rating: 5/5 stars

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If you enjoyed, Leonardo's Handwriting, check out these similar titles (Request through Interlibrary Loan):

Zuleikha by Guzel Yakhina

The Kukotsky Enigma by Ludmila Ulitskaya

Three Apples Fell From the Sky by Narine Abgaryau 

 

 


2020 Staff Picks

Darling Rose Gold is a fascinating story of a disturbing mother-daughter relationship with a satisfying outcome. 

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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The Mother-In-Law  by Sally Hepworth 

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

Sharp Objects  by Gillian Flynn 

 

 


Love a great horror read? Look no further than Devolution! This suspenseful bigfoot thriller will keep you turning the pages through this action-packed adventure that reads like a podcast.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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Bird Box  by Josh Malerman

The Hunger by Alma Katsu

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer 

 

 


Looking for a new psychological suspense read? Check out Little Cruelties!

It's amazing how the characters in this family story followed me around for days. The three brothers were terrible people in their own way but I was fascinated by how the author could describe sibling rivalry with such depth and subtlety. 

Rating: 4/5 Stars 

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Baby Teeth  by Zoje Stage

When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica 

Descent  by Tim Johnson 

 


Do you enjoy heartwarming stories with authentic characters?  Make sure to read Plainsong!  A satisfying work of domestic fiction that brings together a group of individuals combating the feelings of loneliness in small town Colorado. 

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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If you enjoy Plainsong, check out these similar titles: 

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson 

Miller's Valley  by Anna Quindlen 

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane 

 

 


 

Dear Evan Hansen is a moving story about a disturbed young man's suicide and the pervasive complications caused by his death. 

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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Fangirl  by Rainbow Rowell

I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman

Goodbye Days  by Jeff Zentner

 

 


If you love Scotland, Outlander, or just men in kilts, Clanlands: Whisky, Warfare, and a Scottish Adventure Like No Other is for you!

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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McCarthy's Bar by Pete McCarthy

The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot  by Robert MacFarlane

Castles, Follies, and Four-Leaf Clovers by Rosamund Burton 

 

 


Maybe You Should Talk to Someone is an absorbing look into a psychotherapist's own struggles with personal issues as she helps her patients navigate their own. I found the stories of the patients fascinating, and was genuinely interested in seeing the growth in their lives due to their therapy. The pages just flew! 

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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If you enjoy Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, check out these similar titles:

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis 

Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle

 


In Dear Edward,  a twelve-year old boy is the sole survivor of a plane crash that kills 182 passengers, including his parents and older brother. The story alternates between his life afterwards, in which he lives with his Aunt & Uncle as he struggles with his grief, and the hours before the crash itself. The reader gets to know some of the other passengers on the doomed flight as well. While I loved this book, it is a heart-breaking coming-of-age story with an unforgettable character in Edward.

Rating: 5/5 Stars


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The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver

One Summer by David Baldacci 

The Dependents  by Katherine Dion 


Talking to Strangers is a thought-provoking exploration into how our interactions with strangers can go wrong. Gladwell uses a variety of societal and cultural references to explain his theory in this fascinating read! 

Rating: 5/5 Stars 

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Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Todd Gilbert

Presence by Amy Cuddy

Reclaiming Conversation by Sherry Turkle 

 

 


Lady Clementine is a compelling and well-researched look into the ambitious life of Clementine Churchill and her relationship with political powerhouse Winston Churchill. Perfect for all anglophiles and  historical fiction fans! 

Rating: 5/5 Stars
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That Churchill Woman by Stephanie Brown 

The Gown by Jennifer Robson

The Queen's Secret by Karen Harper

 

 


November Staff Picks

Ng's captivating novel, Little Fires Everywhere explores the complexities of motherhood in a suspenseful character driven story set in the seemingly perfect town of Shaker Heights, Ohio. Make sure you have enough time to read this book in one sitting; you want to put it down!

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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A Good Neighborhood by Therese Ann Fowler

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung 

 

 


Castillo's latest installment in her Kate Burkholder series puts main character, Police Chief Burkholder, in contact with a fellow cop from her past in The Outsider. The two women work together to find the truth in this fast-paced and suspenseful Amish crime thriller. You'll want to read this entire series!

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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If you enjoy The Outsider, check out these similar titles:

Never Tell by Lisa Gardner

Long Road to Mercy by David Baldacci

A Bad Day For Sunshine by Darynda Jones

 

 


In need of a new Rom-com? Look no further than, The Happy Ever After Playlist! Grieving the loss of her Fiancé, Sloan takes a second chance on love when a runaway puppy and it's owner come into her life. This is a laugh-out-loud lighthearted story with wonderfully relatable characters.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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The Switch by Beth O'Leary

Moonlight Over Manhattan by Sarah Morgan

No Judgements by Meg Cabot

 

 


Upon returning to her hometown to report on a murder investigation, Camille Preaker relives her childhood as the investigation unfolds. Sharp Objects is a dark and disturbing story with a shocking ending that is perfect for fans of psychological suspense! 

Rating: 4/5 Stars 

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Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel 

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

 

 


It seemed to good to be true. Over the course of one Summer, Cecily and Grant have a whirlwind romance in The Lies that Bind. But when Grant goes missing, lies begin to unravel as Cecily uncovers his truth. While predictable, this intricately plotted latest from Giffin is a fast paced romance read!

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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Ghosted by Rosie Walsh 

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell 

 

 


Four friends form The Thursday Murder Club at their retirement village to discuss unsolved crimes until they end up working on their first real case. This likeable cast of characters works together to help the Police solve a murder in this witty and suspenseful mystery. You'll want to add this one to the top of your To-Be-Read list!

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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If you enjoy The Thursday Murder Club, check out these similar titles:

The Department of Sensitive Crimes by Alexander McCall Smith

A Murder of Magpies by Judith Flanders

Death at Breakfast by Beth Richardson Gutcheon 

 

 


The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is an engaging historical fantasy that spans centuries following the immortal life of Addie LaRue. An introspective story that reminds the reader to be careful for what you wish for.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern 

The Witch's Daughter by Paula Brackston 

 

 


Perfect for all bibliophiles! The Lions of Fifth Avenue is an engaging historical fiction read that alternates between two different time periods as a grandmother and granddaughter work to uncover missing books that were stolen from the New York Public Library. 

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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The Glass Ocean by Beatriz Williams 

The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant

The Paris Seamstress by Natasha Lester

 

 


October Staff Picks

Are you looking for a new historical fiction read? The Exiles is a fascinating history lesson.

I've always been curious about how Great Britain could possibly transport and support a convict community in far off Australia and Van Diemen's Land while dispersing the native population. Here is a glimpse of what conditions must have been like. At times the suffering is so hard to bear but the authorbrings hope to her family of characters who persevere despite terrible conditions. 

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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The Pull of the Stars  by Emma Donoghue

The Secret River by Kate Grenville 

Morgan's Run by Colleen McCullough

 


Looking for a psychological fiction read?

Everything I Never Told You  is a heart-breaking story about a family tragedy where each generation suffers the pain of being different and the inability to communicate.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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Gravity Is the Thing by Jaclyn Moriarty 

Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok

Saints for All Occasions  by Courtney J. Sullivan

 

 

 


"What would happen if you shared your truth?" One notebook containg this question brings together six strangers as they face their truths in The Authenticity Project. A heartwarming and reflective novel. 

Rating: 4/5 Stars 

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The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick

Star-Crossed by Minnie Dark 

 

 

 

 


Try Ann Patchett's, The Dutch House on audio. It's an engaging historical fiction listen! 

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout 

The Last Romantics  by Tara Conklin 

Ask Again, Yes  by Mary Beth Keane

 

 

 

 

 


Love a great mystery? You won't want to put down The Mother-In-Law. Family secrets unravel in this suspensful family drama that will keep you guessing to the last page.

Rating: 4/5 Stars.

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The Husband's Secret  by Liane Moriarty 

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell 

The Lake House by Kate Morton

 

 

 

 


In need of a new series to read? Try book one, My Brilliant Friend, in Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels. 

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton

Miller's Valley by Anna Quindlen

Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner 

 

 

 

 


This story about being a gay teenager during the start of the AIDS crisis is told through lyrical and haunting prose.

Rating: 4/5 stars

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Like a Love Story  by Abdi Nazemian 

Ziggy Stardust and Me  by James Brandon 

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

 

 

 

 


 Looking for a young adult read? Try The Fountains of Silence  for a fantastic historical fiction read. 

Rating: 5/5 Stars 

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Lovely War  by Julie Berry 

Shame of Stars  by Guadalupe Garcia McCall 

 

 

 

 

 


Love nonfiction reads? Check out Humankind: A Hopeful History. This book is just what we need in this era of division and unrest. Bregman upends many recent philosophers with his encouraging news that we can and will have a brighter future.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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If you enjoy Humankind: A Hopeful History, check out these similar titles:

Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven Pinker

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval N. Harari 

The Art of Choosing by Sheena Iyengar 

 

 

 


Iron Chef Michael Symon share his own health concerns and some delicious recipes to reduce inflammation in his cookbook, Fix it With Food. The recipes are easy to follow. My own personal favorite is the baked eggs with mushrooms, collards and onions. 

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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If you enjoy Fix it With Food, check out these similar titles: 

Help Yourself: A Guide to Gut Health for People Who Love Delicious Food by Lindsay Maitland Hunt

The Plant Paradox Family Cookbook: 80 One-pot Recipes to Nourish Your Family Using Your Instapot, Slow Cooker, or Sheet Pan by Steven R. Gundry 

Living Lively: 80 Plant-Based Recipes to Activate Your Power and Feed Your Potential by Haile Thomas 

 


Neighbors Eudora, Rose and Stanley form an unlikely friendship in this heartwarming story. You won't want to put down The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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A Man Called Over by Fredrick Backman 

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman 

Love Story of Missy Charmichael by Beth Morrey 

 

 

 

 


Love a great Romcom? Hibbert's series The Brown Sisters features strong women in funny romantic stories. You'll definetly want to give both, Get a Life, Chloe Brown and Take a Hint, Dani Brown a read. 

Rating: 4/5 Stars 

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If you enjoy this series, check out these similar titles: 

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory 

The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

 

 


Donlea's twisty thriller The Suicide House will keep you guessing until the end. A perfect October read.

Rating:  4/5 Stars

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Never Tell by Lisa Gardner

Long Road to Mercy by David Baldacci

The Late Show  by Michael Connelly 

 

 

 

 


A multi-staff pick 1Q-84 is a post-modern story with elements of magical realism. Murakami's writing style and imagery will stay with you long after you finish this intricately plotted work of literary fiction. 

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi 

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

 

 

 


Looking for a new Sci-Fi read? Make sure to check out Automatic Reload. Steinmetz combines futuristic maintenancepunk with moments of tenderness in this actionpacked read.

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

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If you enjoy Automatic Reload, check out these similar titles: 

Lock In by John Scalzi

The Warehouse by Rob Hart

Zero Sum Game by S.L. Huang