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June 2022

Project Hail Mary

The future of the Earth is on shaky ground as a newly discovered alien species is eating away at the sun. Junior High science teacher Ryland Grace is tapped to help create a solution due to a research paper he wrote long ago. Now he finds himself alone, on a spaceship far from Earth with no memories, including his own name. As his memory slowly starts to return, he realizes that he is the Earth’s only hope for survival. This science fiction adventure story is told through dual timelines where the reader only knows what Grace remembers. A must-read that will hook you immediately.

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

Recommended by: Brandi Smits, Youth Services Manager

Posted in: Adult Fiction


It’s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree

by A.J. Jacobs

Loved it! Speaking as a genealogist with a good three decades of hunting under her belt, it was refreshing to find myself intrigued to dig deeper. As a librarian, I love a book that makes me stop to jot down resources, authors, book titles, websites. Almost couldn’t decide whether to keep reading or jump online & start searching. A.J. gave me a different perspective when it comes to linking into the bigger trees, this is something that I used to shy away from but now I’m ready.
This book is available in the library and on Hoopla as an e audiobook.
Recommended by: Theresa Hildebrand, Patron Services Manager

Posted in: Adult Nonfiction


May 2022

The Diamond Eye

by Kate Quinn

The Diamond Eye is the newest novel by acclaimed author Kate Quinn. This piece of historical fiction is based on the life of Lyudmila ( Mila) Pavlichenko who became the first female sniper for the USSR during WW2. When war breaks out Mila Pavlichenko is compelled to volunteer in order to help preserve freedom for her young son. While most American and European women are quickly volunteering to work as nurses, Mila realizes that her recently acquired skills as a marksman would be a valuable asset to her country. Although she had to put her dissertation and dream of being a historian on hold to fight, Mila is unknowingly shaping history.
With over 300 kills she becomes known as Lady Death to many around the world. This well researched novel will have your heart pacing as if you were right in the trenches with Mila and her troops.
This book is available in the library and on OverDrive/Libby as an ebook.
Recommended  by: Darnetta Bolton, Youth Services Reference Librarian

Posted in: Adult Fiction


March 2022

150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids: The Very Best and Easiest Playtime Activities

by Asia Citro

Looking for something to do with your kids? Then check this book out! It is packed with science based ideas and play recipes that will keep you and your little ones active all year long. There’s slimes, doughs, sensory bins and more!

Recommended by: Erin Faxel, Youth Services Teen Librarian

Posted in: Adult Nonfiction


Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life

by Richard Louv

Looking for a way to connect to nature? Then this book is for you! It has over 500 activities for adults and children to get you out and about in the natural world. This book will help boost your mental acuity and creativity, promote wellness, and overall help you have a great time outside.

Recommended by: Erin Faxel, Youth Services Teen Librarian

Posted in: Adult Nonfiction


February 2022

The Love Hypothesis

by Ali Hazelwood

Olive is a third year PhD candidate dedicated to completing her studies. When she breaks up with her boyfriend and realizes her best friend wants to now date the guy but won’t in deference to Olive she knows she has to do something. But, what? In a rash moment she says she’s dating someone new. In another rash moment, Olive kisses the first guy she sees who turns out to be a faculty member. Surprisingly he agrees to fake date her in order to keep Olive’s ruse going. You may know what ultimately happens, but getting there is so much fun.

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

Recommended by: Becky McCormack, Youth Services Assistant Manager 

Posted in: Adult Fiction


December 2021

The Nature of Fragile Things

by Susan Meissner

In this historical fiction book, Sophie Whalen becomes Mrs. Martin Hocking after answering his ad for a wife in the newspaper. Sophie, an Irish immigrant, is disillusioned with life in New York City and relishes the chance to start over in San Francisco. She’s especially excited to be stepmother to widower Martin’s young daughter. As the marriage progresses many things in Martin’s life don’t seem to make sense. Right when Sophie starts to piece everything together, the devastating earthquake of 1906 happens. Left homeless, Sophie and her stepdaughter continue to search for the truth.

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

Recommended by: Becky McCormack, Youth Services Assistant Manager

Posted in: Adult Fiction


Malibu Rising

by Taylor Jenkins Reid

For close to 20 years, Mick Riva has been the biggest name in the music industry. But he isn’t the star of this story. Instead, Reid focuses on his four children: model Nina, surfer Jay, photographer Hud, and the youngest, Kit. Reid tells the tale of the Mick and the Riva children in alternated timelines, jumping from the introduction and marriage of Mick and June Riva to 1983 in Malibu. Prepare for a taste of the 80s as the Riva siblings prepare to host the biggest party of the year.

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

Recommended by: Brandi Smits, Youth Services Manager

Posted in: Adult Fiction


October 2021

The Lincoln Highway

by Amor Towles

An incredible read by the author of A Man in Moscow.  In June, 1954, Emmett is released from a work farm ready to pick up his little brother, Billy, and head to California to restart his life. Unknown to him, Duchess and Woolly, a fast talker and a neurodivergent, have hidden themselves in the trunk. Soon, they find themselves heading to New York City instead for various spoken and unspoken reasons. The subplots are deftly woven together to make a story that covers a variety of human emotions, wants, and needs.

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

Recommended by: Joan Stoiber, Youth Services Reference Librarian I

Posted in: Adult Fiction


September 2021

Help, I’m Drowning: Weathering the Storms of Life with Grace and Hope

by Sally Clarkson

We can all acknowledge that 2020 was a difficult year . We hoped the fog would begin to clear in 2021, yet it still lingers. Among others mothers and caregivers have had an extremely challenging time managing the home and childcare during the pandemic.  Sally Clarkson’s timely book, Help, I’m Drowning: Weathering the Storms of Life with Grace and Hope provides practical tips for women who feel the darkness starting to take hold as they navigate the various storms of life. Each chapter provides anecdotes from Sally’s life as well as biblical references that aim to provide the reader with encouragement and hope that they can make it safely to the other side of their storm. Find this and many of Sally Clarkson’s other books on Hoopla Digital.

Recommended by: Darnetta Bolton, Youth Services Reference Librarian I

Posted in: Adult Nonfiction


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