Staff Picks

The Power of One

The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay is an incredible book set in South Africa shortly before World War II, and following fifteen years in the life of the narrator, Peekay.  The novel is a snapshot of history in South Africa, and tale of a boy with big dreams growing into maturity. With beautiful description of the South African landscape, and excellent character development, The Power of One should not be missed. Recommended by Christa.
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Dear Ijeawele or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggests by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Dear Ijeawele, or, A feminist Manifiesto in Fifteen Suggestions

Dear Ijeawele or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a short read but very thought-provoking and so important. Chimamanda approaches a complicated topic in a light and humorous way that makes the subject accessible for anyone to begin thinking about how they can actively engage in feminism. Recommended by Juanita.

 

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Me Before You

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes is a heartbreaking romance novel showcasing the likable and realistic characters Louisa Clarke and Will Traynor. An unconventional love story between a wheel chair bound former extreme sportsman and an ordinary woman from a tiny village, two people who couldn’t have less in common, Me Before You will have you laughing and then ultimately crying. Recommended by Kate

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Children of Men

A powerful film, based off the 1992 P.D. James novel (see if the book is in) about a world where infertility is destroying all hope, and an unlikely hero must protect the most precious thing of all. You will be gripped by this movie until the very end. Recommended by Maritza

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Lilac Girls

Lilac Girls by Martha Hal Kelly is an intriguing historical fiction novel about 3 women who live during the time of WWII and is inspired by the life of a real WWII heroine. A story of love and hidden secrets, this will be a tough book to put down. Recommended by Michele.
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BAAA

BAAA by David Macaulay is children’s book with a somewhat dark and mysterious theme….
The first detail that grabs you is the cover, there is an odd, sad looking sheep, in a dark grey colored cover. One wonders if it really is a children’s book. Then you open the book, and find a dark story. It traps you right away, it is well narrated, with black and white illustrations that create tension and mystery. The end keeps you wondering, and you read the story once, twice more, still guessing. It keeps you thinking about it for days. You never know what really happened. Try to figure it out yourself… Recommended by Margarita.
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Midnight Crossroad

Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris is the first book of a new trilogy. Featuring a wide range of supernatural shenanigans in a mythic Texas town, it is written with Ms. Harris’ usual leavening of wry humor. Recommended by Kate.
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The Rithmatist

The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson is an intriguing YA book that will transport you into a new world full of Wild Chalkings, mysterious creatures and magic! Recommended by Michele.

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The Other Boy

A middle school story about acceptance and tolerance, The Other Boy is truly a wonderful read. We meet Shane, a typical middle school boy who likes hanging out with friends and playing baseball. But Shane has a secret that he is scared will get out to all his friends: he is transgender. When a classmate finds out and threatens to expose him, Shane is pleased to find that some people will love you no matter what your differences. Journey with Shane as he discovers how much courage it takes to be exactly who you are. Recommended by Ty

 

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Haunted Island: True Ghost Stories from Martha’s Vineyards

At first the book welcomes us with an eerie cover, and as soon as we get into the first story, we know the issue is not so serious. The book is filled with real life ghost stories sprinkled here and there with a sense of humor, irony, and good sense. You won’t feel goosebumps at all but you will be happy to have read it! Recommended by Margarita

 

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