You love walking in to your local branch and seeing our Staff Picks displays, right? Now you can get suggestions for great reads from wherever you are! Here are this month's Staff Picks:
The Book of Polly by Kathy Hepinstall (Audio) (2017) This novel is well-written by Hepinstall and well-narrated by Jenna Lamia. A humorous story that looks at family and life from the perspective of a 10-year-old who is obsessively fearing the death of her mother, who had her in her late 50s. The narrator does a superb job of portraying the colorful characters in this intriguing novel.
Snow & Rose by Emily Winfield Martin (2017) A whimsical take on a classic fairy tale that is good for kids and adults alike, especially when read together. Lovely illustrations and story.
Safekeeping by Abigail Thomas (2000) A deft memoir that hits all the right spots--youth, marriage, loss, children, creativity, aging. When I reached the last page I started again at the beginning. Heartbreaking and funny in the very best ways.
Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaugh, Cliff Chiang (Illustrator), Matthew Wilson (Illustrator) (2016) Following a gang of Cleveland Preserver paper deliverers in 1988 as the group gets wrapped up in what turns out to be a time-traveling mystery that brings them face-to-face with sleazy teenage boys, oversized monsters, and their future selves, wielding only their trusty bikes and field hockey sticks for weapons. Despite the prominence of preteens, this is still very much an adult comic, and as you might expect, the perfect thing to read once you have finished both seasons of Stranger Things.
Regina Renee's Pick:
Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone by James Baldwin (1968) Meet Leo Proudhammer. A man struggling to become himself as he juggles multiple identities--as a black man, bisexual, and artist. Leo is a public figure who suffers a heart attack on stage. In the aftermath of the crisis, readers learn about the choices that have made Leo who he is. This is a passionate, character-driver novel for fans of Baldwin's non-fiction and for those who find their curiosity piqued by the complex lives of the famous.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid (2008) This first person (fictional) account of a young Pakistani man's journey from Princeton to a top job in NYC to recounting the unraveling of his life after September 11 to an American stranger at a cafe in Lahore is haunting and thought-provoking.
The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead (1999) Whitehead's first novel centers on Lila Mae Watson, the first Black female elevator inspector, embroiled in scandal and secrets. The world building is immersive and the social commentary is cutting.