Staff Picks

All we shall know by Donal Ryan All we shall know by Donal Ryan
Melody Shee is alone and in trouble. At 33 years-old, she finds herself pregnant with the child of a 17 year-old Traveller boy, Martin Toppy, and not by her husband Pat. Melody was teaching Martin to read, but now he’s gone, and Pat leaves too, full of rage. She’s trying to stay in the moment, but the future is looming, while the past won’t let her go. It’s a good thing that she meets Mary Crothery when she does. Mary is a bold young Traveller woman, and she knows more about Melody than she lets on. She might just save Melody’s life.
This book not only left me a bit speechless, but also went immediately to the top of my favorites list! Donal Ryan is an exquisite writer. He tells the story of Melody Shee, an extremely flawed but also very real character, who is drowning in her own bad decisions and regrets. Although less than 200 pages, this novel isn't an easy read as it is written in a fairly heavy dialect at times, but it is so very worth it!
–Emily, Outreach Librarian
The exact nature of our wrongs by Janet Peery The exact nature of our wrongs by Janet Peery
On a summer evening in the blue-collar town of Amicus, Kansas, the Campbell family gathers for a birthday dinner for their ailing patriarch, retired judge Abel Campbell, prepared and hosted by their still-hale mother Hattie. But when Billy, the youngest sibling--with a history of addiction, grand ideas, and misdemeanors--passes out in his devil's food cake, the family takes up the unfinished business of Billy's sobriety.
This novel is for the fans of realistic fiction. The story centers around an elderly couple and their adult children who are each facing their own demons and regrets. Like many real families, the Campbell family is a very dysfunctional unit. Janet Peery is not only a beautiful writer, but she also has a unique ability to create empathy for characters who might otherwise be completely unlikable. I loved this book so much that I had a hard time returning it to the library.
– Emily, Outreach Librarian
Circe by Madeline Miller Circe by Madeline Miller
In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child—not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power—the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.
Published in April of 2018, Circe provides a refresher to the Greek mythology that we've all mostly forgotten. Written in a very digestible way, the novel not only tells the story of Circe, sorcerer and daughter of Helios, god of the sun, it also incorporates many of the Greek legends that we have heard before. Circe is a strong protagonist who finally receives her own voice through the beautiful writing of Madeline Miller. If you enjoy Greek mythology or even if you don't but wish you did, this book might be perfect for you
–Emily, Outreach Librarian
Pandora's Lab Pandora's Lab by Paul Offit
Seven years ago the Atargatis set off on a voyage to the Mariana Trench to film a mockumentary bringing to life ancient sea creatures of legend. It was lost at sea with all hands. Some have called it a hoax; others have called it a tragedy. Now a new crew has been assembled. But this time they're not out to entertain. Some seek to validate their life's work. Some seek the greatest hunt of all. Some seek the truth. But for the ambitious young scientist Victoria Stewart this is a voyage to uncover the fate of the sister she lost.
Into the Drowning Deep is a fantastic story of terror, with great characters, well done science and horrifying monsters that will have you avoiding the water for a while after you finish reading.
–Meghan, Youth Services
Goats of Anarchy Goats of Anarchy by Leanne Lauricella
Get ready to party--the goats are back in town! Based on the popular Instagram account, Goats of Anarchy takes you on a tour of Leanne's goat rescue farm, a place where special-needs goats can heal, grow, and butt heads to their hearts' content.
Adorable goats abound in the book based on the popular Instagram account Goats of Anarchy. Meet some of the fantastic animals that live at this sanctuary, you won't be disappointed!
-Melissa, Adult Reference Librarian
The Leaf Reader by Emily Arsenault
Marnie Wells knows that she creeps people out. It's not really her fault; her brother is always in trouble, and her grandmother, who's been their guardian since Mom took off is . . . eccentric. So no one even bats an eye when Marnie finds an old book about reading tea leaves and starts telling fortunes. The ceremony and symbols are weirdly soothing, but she knows--and hopes everyone else does too--that none of it's real.
In this young adult novel, Marnie feels that she doesn't quite fit in with other high school students. When she finds a book on reading tea leaves she decides to just go with it and starts giving readings to some of her classmates. Unbeknownst to her, the readings are more accurate then she could have ever imagined.
-Melissa, Adult Reference Librarian
Not my father's son: a memoir by Alan Cumming Not my father's son: a memoir by Alan Cumming
When television producers approached Alan to appear on a popular celebrity genealogy show in 2010, he enthusiastically agreed. He hoped to solve a mystery that had long cast a shadow over his family. His maternal grandfather, Tommy Darling, had disappeared into the Far East after WWII. Alan's mother knew very little about him--he had been a courier, carrying information between battalions on his motorbike. The last time she saw her father, Alan's mother was eight years old. When she was thirteen, the family was informed that he had died by his own hand, an accidental shooting.
In this memoir, Alan Cumming weaves the story of his childhood fraught with the violence tendencies of his father as well as embarks on a journey to delve in to his family's history and uncovers the layers of his maternal grandfather's mysterious life and consequent death. The story seamlessly flows from the author's past to present taking the reader along for a revealing journey.
-Melissa, Reference Librarian
Restart by Gordon Korman Restart by Gordon Korman
From the #1 bestselling author of Swindle and Slacker , Restart is the spectacular story of a kid with a messy past who has to figure out what it means to get a clean start.
Restart by Gordon Korman is the story of Chase Ambrose. Chase is a all star football player, an all around gifted athlete and seems to succeed at anything he tries. An all around nice guy? Not so much. After a fall gives him amnesia, Chase slowly comes to grips with the idea that he was not a very nice person prior to his accident. This take on bullying manages to be thoughtful while still very funny. I would recommend this book for kids from 4th to 6th grade.
- Danielle, Youth Services Coordinator
Flamecaster Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima
Set in the world of the New York Times bestselling Seven Realms series, a generation later, this is a breathtaking story of dark magic, chilling threats, and two unforgettable characters walking a knife-sharp line between life and death. This dazzling beginning to a new series is indispensable for fans of Cinda Williams Chima and a perfect starting point for readers who are new to her work.
This book is set in the world of the Seven Realms a generation later. Filled with magic, adventure, and intrigue this story follows the paths of Ash and Jenna as their very different lives intertwine.
–Melissa, Reference Librarian