Staff Picks


July 2021

Somebody’s Daughter; a memoir

by Ashley C. Ford

This beautifully told story of Ashley Ford’s life is filled with compelling stories and heartbreaking scenes. Raised by a volatile single mother, while her father sits in jail for a heinous crime, Ashley struggles to find her place and her voice. You will be charmed by the young, voracious reader of Ashley’s youth, and mourn for the childhood she was denied.  This page-turner is perfect for fans of memoir writers such as Roxane Gay and Lindy West.

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

Recommended by: Kara DeCarlo, Youth Services School Liaison

Posted in: Adult Biography


Curses

by Lish McBride

This magical romp is a Beauty and the Beast retelling just with the roles reversed. Merit gets cursed to live life forever as a beast after not fulfilling her obligation to marry a prince. She must agree to marry a man of her mother’s choosing before her eighteenth birthday. Tevin helps his family with their cons. As the prettiest boy in his big family, it’s his job to temp pretty rich girls away from their engagements else their parents pay him off. But when his mother runs afoul of the beast, she decided to trade Tevin in exchange for her own freedom. This is Beauty and the Beast like you have never seen it before.
Recommended By: April Balasa, Patron Services Clerk

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction


Vegetables Unleashed: A Cookbook

by José Andrés

Healthy eating has become very trendy, but something as basic as eating vegetables every day is still difficult for most people.  How do you squeeze in 3-5 servings of vegetables each day without eating the same thing repeatedly? José Andrés, popular chef and restaurant owner,  has made eating greens more fun that you can imagine.  In his popular cookbook Vegetables Unleashed: A Cookbook, Andrés gives us a plethora of ideas for making vegetables so delicious that they will become the star of the plate and not just a sad standby.  The book is organized by season for easy shopping throughout the year and even includes many articles on sustainability and agriculture. This book is sure to inspire you to try something new. So go and eat your vegetables!

Recommended by: Darnetta Bolton, Youth Services Reference Librarian I

Posted in: Adult Nonfiction


Blood Water Paint

by Joy McCullough

This book in verse takes place in the 1600’s. Artemisia Gentileschi loses her mother at age twelve. Her choice is then to live as a nun in a convent or grind pigment for her father’s paint. She chooses to become her father’s apprentice and becomes a very talented painter. But, to be a woman in Italy at that time is not easy and all the power lies with the men. McCullough weaves Artemisia’s story with the stories of the ancient heroines Susanna and Judith, who become the subjects of Artemisia’s paintings.

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

Recommended by: Becky McCormack, Youth Services Assistant Manager

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction


Where is the Taj Mahal?

by Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler

As one of the most beautiful buildings in the world, the Taj Mahal is designated as “the Jewel of Muslim Art in India”. The Taj Mahal tomb was built from a blend of Persian, Mongol and Islamic styles that includes a mosque and lovely gardens. The most interesting fact behind the reason for this magnificent building is a true love story. I suggest reading this book if you want to know more about the Taj Mahal’s history. It is a good read for ages 8 and up, as well as adults.

Recommended by: Ghada Rafati, Patron Services Clerk

Posted in: Youth Nonfiction


A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder

by Holly Jackson

Pippa Fitz Amobi never truly believed that Sal Singh was responsible for the murder of his high school girlfriend, Andie Bell.  So when Pip enrolls in a senior capstone class, she decides to make her capstone project a re-investigation of the murder even though the police, and the town, have believed the case was closed for the past 5 years.  As Pip digs deeper into her investigation, the list of suspects grows, as does the danger to herself and her loved ones.  This is an excellent read for fans of true crime.  The audiobook has a cast of performers for the various roles, bringing the story to life even more. Highly Recommend.
This book is available in the l;ibrary and on OverDrive/Libby as an ebook and e audiobook
Recommended by: Stephanie Thomas, Youth Services Preschool Services Coordinator

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction


The Lonely Heart of Maybelle Lane

by Kate O'Shaughnessy

Eleven-year-old Maybelle has been raised by a single mother. She only has a recording of her father’s voice. When she hears that same voice on the radio and discovers that her father is a DJ, she decides to go in search of him. The somewhat stiff next-door neighbor offers to drive her and the local bully hitches a ride as well to round out the diverse cast of characters.

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: Youth Fiction


Root Magic

by Eden Royce

This book begins with the funeral of twins Jezebel (Jez) and Jay’s grandmother. Soon after this the twins turn eleven years old and their uncle tells them he’s going to teach them root magic. They knew their grandmother had special powers but didn’t think they did, too. Add in a harassing police officer and a boo hag and the excitement mounts and the adventures begin.

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: Youth Fiction


The Message

Anthony Quinn, one of the greatest actors of the 20th century, plays the leading role in a film that will take you back 1500 years to the Arabian Peninsula and how Islam was born. This international film was nominated for best original score at the 50th Academy Awards. I highly recommend this movie for those who have little or no knowledge about Islam, one of the leading religions in our time with two billion followers worldwide.
Recommended by: Ghada Rafati, Patron Services Clerk

Posted in: Movies/TV


When the World Was Ours

by Liz Kessler

A heartbreaking story about 3 best friends and the different journeys they take during World War II. The story starts with the friends sharing all their time together. Slowly things begin to change as Hitler comes into power. Max’s dad gets a job working for Hitler and forbids his son from associating with Jews. Leo and Elsa are both Jewish and things start to change drastically for their families. Elsa’s family moves in the middle of the night to another country where they think they’ll be safe, but the war follows them and in the end they end up in a concentration camp. Leo’s family at first stays where they are, but when his dad is taken away by the police one night, Leo and his mother do everything they can to get to England where they have friends. Max eventually becomes part of the Hitler Youth and is influenced more and more by the Nazis and his Father. Despite being apart, the 3 friends still influence each other and in some cases meet again. If you are interested in the holocaust and WWII this is a book for you.

Recommended by: Erin Faxel, Youth Services Teen Librarian

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction


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