Staff Picks Adult Nonfiction

« All Staff Picks

December 2020

What it’s Like to Be a Bird

by David Sibley

This guide to birds is well laid out and easy to understand.  The author is able to break down complicated parts of bird life into layman’s terms. The guide is full of wonderful and life-like illustrations.  I highly recommend it to anyone with any level of curiosity about birds.

Recommended by: Peter Tew, Adult Services Reference Librarian I

Posted in: Adult Nonfiction

November 2020

Trust: America’s Best Chance

by Pete Buttigieg

I read this book on a recommendation from a friend and I was not disappointed. Buttigieg discusses the 2020 presidential candidacy from his perspective including the end of his campaign and how he still believes the country needs to move forward. It’s a short and very timely read and includes the current state of our nation focusing on the pandemic and protests as well as the events leading up to the election. I’m not one to usually read books written by politicians, but it was the right book for the right time. I also highly recommend listening to the audiobook as Buttigieg does a fantastic job with the narration. This title is available as a physical copy as well as on OverDrive as an ebook and e audiobook.

Recommended by: Brandi Smits, Youth Services Manager

Posted in: Adult Nonfiction

July 2020

The Little Book of Hygge, Danish Secrets to Happy Living

by Meik Wiking

The word Hygge is pronounced ‘hoo-ga’ or ‘hoo-guh’ and is a Danish philosophy that places an emphasis on a person’s well-being or general happiness. This book offered a pleasant guide to assist us in the ways in we can experience Hygge. Experiences such as Hygge cooking (recipes are included), how to create Hygge lighting in your home (lanterns that are not overly bright), to a Hygge outing (such as going to a fruit orchard with the family) plus other topics are discussed. And although we all may have done some of these things, it was very interesting to read about another culture. If you enjoy being an armchair traveler, give this book a try. Also available on Hoopla and OverDrive.

Recommended by: Michelle Przekwas, Adult Services Shelver

Posted in: Adult Nonfiction

May 2020

101 Things to Do with A Tortilla

by Donna Kelly

This is more than your typical pinwheel recipe book. Tasty recipes for adults include open-face pesto quesadillas to do-it-yourself tortilla soup. Families with young children might enjoy recipes for tortilla snowflakes, tortilla elephant ears, and peanut butter s’mores wraps. This is also a great idea cookbook at a time when you might find yourself out of bread….there are always tortillas! Available on OverDrive.

Recommended by: Michelle Przekwas, Adult Services Shelver

Posted in: Adult Nonfiction

April 2020

The Ride of a Lifetime

by Robert Iger

Bob Iger’s shares the story of his professional path from a production assistant at ABC to the CEO of one of the best-known companies in the world, Disney. Mr. Iger speaks of the challenges he has faced in his positions and the chances he has dared to take. Mr. Iger is a man of integrity and honesty, while also being an extremely effective leader. His business concepts easily translate into life lessons. A great read!

Recommended by: Karen Lyvers, Youth Services Shelver

Posted in: Adult Nonfiction

The Haymakers

by Steven R. Hoffbeck

Weaves together tales of Minnesota farm lives, 1860 through 1980, for rare glimpses into American agricultural history.  This beautiful collection of family narratives, out of a bygone age, teach valuable lessons of resonance in 2020.  Those tough as nails Minnesota laboring landowners knew how to survive harsh conditions before corporate giants led to Farm Aid, and furrows of global consumption. Available on OverDrive.

Recommended by: Diane Srebro, Adult Services Assistant Manager

Posted in: Adult Nonfiction

Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street

by Michael Davis

I was delighted to find that Carol Spinney (Big Bird & Oscar) read the audio version of this book, what a treat! Michael Davis brings us through Sesame Street’s history from the idea stage to the present day. I loved that every aspect of its conception was covered. It was interesting to hear the thought & decision-making process behind the characters, both human and muppet. Sesame Street did more than teach letters, colors & numbers ~ they also taught kindness & acceptance and for that I thank them.

Recommended by: Theresa Hildebrand, Patron Services Manager 

Posted in: Adult Nonfiction

March 2020


by Beth Macy

Chronicles how a private corporation flooded the consumer marketplace with Oxycontin, using questionable techniques to convince doctors to prescribe an addictive substance for pain.  Unlike previous street drug epidemics, Oxy appeared as a potent response to injured coal miners in West Virginia in the mid 90s before making its way into urban centers.  Class action lawsuits filed against Purdue claimed that the drug caused countless overdoses and used misleading marketing practices prior to an antidote, Narcan, became available to medics.  Cautionary tale on health care, before the time of pandemics.

Recommended by: Diane Srebro, Adult Services Assistant Manager

Posted in: Adult Nonfiction

Broke Millennial: Stop Scraping by and Get Your Financial Life Together

by Erin Lowry

Author Erin Lowry tries to speak to Millennials using hashtags and familiar slang to get important points across. It’s a nice introduction to money topics—probably a little bit basic for some, but a nice, easy-to-read introduction to money and finance issues. Whether you’re facing a big-life transition like getting married and buying a house, or just trying to
figure out how to pay your bills, this book has solid financial advice about budgeting, investing, and efficiently paying down debt.

Recommended by: Kristen Holding, Graphic Services

Posted in: Adult Nonfiction

January 2020

The Feather Thief

by Kirk Wallace Johnson

How does a flutist in the London Royal Academy of Music come to steal thousands of rare bird specimens from the British Museum in one evening? Through careful planning and a bit of bravado. But why? You wouldn’t believe me if I told you. True crime, history, and science all wrapped up in one compelling book.

Recommended by: Kara DeCarlo, School Liaison 

Posted in: Adult Nonfiction

1 2