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Holly's Picks

A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World
by Charlie Fletcher

Great dystopian story with a very surprising ending. It is not anything like the Hunger Games or Divergent, but a more placid look at a possible future and how people interact.

The Department of Sensitive Crimes: A Detective Varg Novel
by Alexander McCall Smith

I’ve never read any of his books, so I decided to start with this one. The story has not disappointed! A fun read for anyone that does not want a heavy story.

Kortney's Pick

Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory
by Ben Macintyre
940.54 MAC

This book is a wonderful example of narrative nonfiction. The story jumps off the page while giving facts and insights into World War II strategy and espionage.

Chinenye's Picks

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body
by Roxane Gay
616.85 GAY

Roxane Gay is one of my favorite writers. I was introduced to her by my book club reading her short stories Difficult Women. In Hunger, I appreciate Gay's honest transparency and her sophisticated yet candid voice describing her struggles with eating disorders and body image. It also opened my eyes to her insightful perspective and hardships living as an overweight person feeling unseen yet taking up space stemming from a traumatic, violent act in her adolescence.

Southern Lady Code: Essays
by Helen Ellis
814.54 ELL

This was a quick, cheeky, lighthearted read. I liked the chapter on ABC's The Bachelor/Bachelorette. I chuckled a few times and enjoyed reading these short essays.

Laura's Pick

Lagom (Not too Little, Not too Much): the Swedish Art of Living a Balanced, Happy Life
by Niki Brantmark
158 BRA

I really enjoyed this read because I am interested in the health and wellness genre and the Europeans' strong grip on the art self-care -- taking the time to relax, pursue favorite hobbies, and enjoy the simple things in life.  

Sarah's Pick

How Not to Kill Your Houseplant: Survival Tips for the Horticulturally Challenged
by Veronica Peerless
635.9 PEE 

Check this book out if your house plants are struggling.

Amanda's Pick

Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness: One-minute Tips for Decluttering and Refreshing Your Home and Your Life
by Donna Smallin
648.5 SMA 

I have been working on decluttering my home, and I like reading short and to the point tips on how to declutter, organize, and clean.

Nancy's Picks

Washington Black: A Novel
by Esi Edugyan

Historical fiction that looks at the 1830s world through the eyes of an artist, an arctic explorer, a marine biologist, an aquarium inventor, an 11-year-old slave, and hot-air balloonist all in the person of George Washington Black.

Underground: A Human History of the Worlds Beneath Our Feet 
by Will Hunt
629.19 HUN

A could-not-put-down weekend read exploring subway tunnels, mines, caves, and catacombs as well as humans’ mythologies of the little-known subterranean world.

That Good Night: Life and Medicine in the Eleventh Hour
by Sunita Puri

This lovely memoir of becoming a palliative care doctor grapples with the questions we all face as caregivers of aging relatives, medical care consumers, and pondering spiritual mortals.

The Dakota Winters: A Novel [CD recording]
by Tom Barbash

Expertly narrated by Jim Meskimen, who manages to sound like a large cast of Eighties celebrities. Barbash captures young adulthood in that era. 

Sharon's Picks

The Red Address Book
by Sofia Lundberg
A Gift From the Sea