Staff Picks

by Shapiro, Dani

Dani Shapiro’s memoir Inheritance chronicles the author’s personal experience with family secrets. When a spit DNA test reveals that Dani herself is the family secret, Shapiro begins a quest to make sense of and unravel just who she is in light of this discovery. Shapiro pairs moving and honest prose with journalistic inquiry into her family and the questions that surround fertility, sperm donors, medical history, and privacy.

If you enjoy this book and are a fan of podcasts, be sure to listen to Shapiro’s Family Secrets podcast, a project that was spawned from the response to the book and explores family secrets of all varieties.

by Wohlleben, Peter

A fabulous book about TREES! And forests! And how it all works in amazing processes in those forests every day! Rich and beautiful photography that simply takes you to that place in the woods. Wonderfully informative insights from the Tree Whisperer, himself! It'll make a tree hugger out of you... I promise.

by Hoover, Colleen

Whose truth is a lie? Are you Team Manuscript or Team Letter? Hoover expertly leads us on a winding trail of lies and manipulation. There's some spicy parts and some violence so proceed with caution if those subjects bother you... it's a wild ride until the end!

by St. James, Simone

Recipe for a great scary read-

Combine: one creepy hotel, two parallel timelines, a small-town setting, some amateur sleuthing, a decades old cold case, a little paranormal suspense and a shivery ghost story; then stir until the spirits come floating out!

Simone St. James had me hooked with this book! A great read for fans of spooky without a lot of gore... it's an old-fashioned kind of scared! BOO!

by Ritchie, Fiona

This is a wonderful book that beautifully depicts intertwined musical traditions from radio host Ritchie. It gives a detailed look at migration patterns that promoted close connections between Appalachian and Scots-Irish ballad traditions. The book lends itself to a conversation with the authors. The illustrations and photographs make this historically complex topic easy for anyone to enjoy. Don’t be discouraged by the textbook-like layout, as it very friendly, informative and entertaining. It also includes a CD of recordings by musicians including Dolly Parton and Anais Mitchell and many more musicians with insightful approaches. Non-musicians will have no trouble appreciating this book and discerning the information. It was wonderful to both read and hear about my roots in music and my family’s Scot-Irish heritage that was brought to life.

by Bowen, Rhys

It's 1938 when art teacher Juliet Browning arrives in romantic Venice. For her students, it's a wealth of history, art, and beauty. For Juliet, it's poignant memories and a chance to reconnect with Leonardo Da Rossi, the man she loves whose future is already determined by his noble family. However star-crossed, nothing can come between them. Until the threat of war closes in on Venice and they're forced to fight, survive, and protect a secret that will bind them forever. Key by key, Lettie's life of impossible love, loss, and courage unfolds. It's one that Caroline can now make right again as her own journey of self-discovery begins. (Publisher's Summary)

by Haig, Matt

Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived, to see how things would be if you had made other choices. Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets? Up until now Nora Seed's life has been full of misery. When she finds herself in the Midnight Library, she can now undo every decision she regrets. But things aren't always what she imagined they'd be. (Publisher's Summary)

by Gabaldon, Diana

A science fiction, historical, romance set in the Scottish Highlands with a strong female lead? Yes, please.

by Serle, Rebecca

This book tackles the age-old question "Where do you see yourself in five years?" with a twist readers may not expect. This is a love and a life story, and true to both love and life, the characters' journeys are anything but straightforward. In Five Years is a fairly quick read, but you will be thinking about the book after you close its cover.

by Clarke, Susanna

Clarke's long-awaited follow-up to Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell is narrated by a deeply peculiar character who lives in an infinitely large mansion filled with strange sculptures and which seems to be slowly sinking into the sea. The world he describes is at first inscrutable but compelling, and over the course of this brief and beautiful novella becomes increasingly comprehensible (and teasingly intertextual) but stays just as dangerous and fascinating.