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April 2024

Legends and Lattes

by Travis Baldree

Viv is ready to put her adventuring days behind her. After her last quest to retrieve a mythical stone, she’s ready to take on a new adventure….the food and beverage industry. But what does an orc barbarian know about running a coffee shop? Viv makes friends and discovers her softer side while slinging lattes and pastries to the citizens of her new home. Baldree has created a story for a super niche genre reader which combines the fantasy elements of a Dungeons and Dragons campaign with a cozy relationship story.

This book is available in the library, on OverDrive/Libby as an e audiobook, and on Hoopla as an e audiobook.

Recommended by: Brandi Smits, Youth Services Manager

Posted in: Adult Fiction


February 2024

Lincoln Highway

by Amor Towles

A story of camaraderie and adventure spanning ten days and told from multiple points of view, a multilayered tale of misadventure and self-discovery, populated by an eclectic cast of characters, from drifters who make their home riding the rails and larger-than-life vaudevillians to the aristocrats of the Upper East Side.

This book is available in the library and on OverDrive/Libby as an ebook and e audiobook

Recommended by: Chris Schultz, Graphics Information Clerk

Posted in: Adult Fiction


The Women

by Kristin Hannah

An amazing book about the powerful and horrific sacrifices of American Military nurses who served in Vietnam and the many challenges they faced when they returned stateside.  It is a wonderful novel of friendship and the commitment that so many of these women showed to their country. This book brought tears to my eyes and brought back memories of the POW bracelet I wore as a child during the war.  It is truly an overdue tribute to these remarkable women and I would highly recommend it!

This book is available in the library and on OverDrive/Libby as an ebook and e audiobook.

Recommended by: Denise Mitchel, Patron Services Clerk

Posted in: Adult Fiction


December 2023

1913: Seeds of Conflict

This documentary movie, offers an illuminating look into the history of Palestine. Starting from the year 1913, historians are sat down and interviewed about different aspects of Palestinian civilization and how it changed during the waves of Jewish immigration to the region. The interviews are accompanied by brief re-enactments of important discourse, by notable leaders and residents, that led to the ongoing situation as we see it today.
Recommended by: Ghada Rafati, Patron Service Clerk

Posted in: Adult Nonfiction, Documentary


November 2023

Dear Me عزيزي أنا Because the way you talk to yourself matters

by Ola Dayoub

Dear Me, is a very sweet bilingual book. Each page is just a cute advice. While I was reading this book, I felt like I’m eating my favorite chocolate cake, it’s a book filled with inspirations you need to live happy. A guide to self-improvement, filled with valuable insights and practical advice that will resonate with readers seeking to make positive changes in their lives.

Recommended by: Ghada Rafati, Patron Services Clerk

Posted in: Adult Nonfiction


September 2023

The Hearts Invisible Furies

by John Boyne

We follow Cyril’s life told in 7 year spans from 1945 through 2015. Cyril is a wonderful character who makes some shocking mistakes along the way but does good things too. I loved his sense of humor, especially in the face of the ignorance and stupidity he had to put up with. We journey with him as he deals with his peculiar adoptive parents, sexuality, unrequited love, indecision, shame, tragedy, identity, and redemption.

This book is available in the library and on OverDrive/Libby as an e audiobook

Recommended by: Chris Schultz, Graphic Information Clerk

Posted in: Adult Fiction


Bandit Queens

by Parini Shroff

One may not think it, but there are perks to being a societal outcast. If you’re not so sure, come along for the ride that is Bandit Queens. Taking place in a remote village, engulfed in traditional values, the story focuses on Geeta, a woman who unintentionally moves through life against the grain. While the story is written with delicious bursts of humor, Shroff delivers a reflective look at female expectations and duty in a world where choice is not much of an option. Suspenseful, entertaining, thought-provoking, and contemporary, there is little to find at fault with this ride of story.

This book is available in the library and OverDrive/Libby as an ebook.

Recommended by: Helen Kametas, Adult Services Reference Librarian

Posted in: Adult Fiction


The Greatest Beer Run Ever

by John Donohue

A wonderful story. Well written. Chickie Donahue showed his love & respect for his friends serving in Vietnam during the war by bringing them a beer from New York. His adventures that turned what he thought would be a 3 day trip into a much longer adventure makes for a wonderful read.

Recommended by: Chris Schultz, Graphics Information Clerk

Posted in: Adult Nonfiction


Ava’s Man

by Rick Bragg

Ava’s Man is the story of Charlie Bundrum, Mr. Bragg’s grandfather, who died before he was born. It is a living story though, vibrant and powerful, showing why Charlie Bundrum is a legend in his own family, but also showing his flaws.

Recommended by: Chris Schultz, Graphics Information Clerk

Posted in: Adult Biography


Before We Were Yours

by Lisa Wingate

There are two storylines going on in this novel, one in 1939 and one is present day. They slowly unravel and come together. This novel follows the lives of the five Foss siblings who grow up living on a Mississippi River shanty boat with their parents in 1939. They have a unique and wild childhood with parents who shower them with love and affection in unconventional ways.

This book is available in the library and on OverDrive/Libby as a ebook and e audiobook.

Recommended by: Chris Schultz, Graphics Information Clerk

Posted in: Adult Fiction


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