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Staff Pick: H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

Picture of NancyH is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald is a deeply personal memoir about grief, falconry, and T. H. White.  A unique combination for sure, but Macdonald masterfully blends these threads into an engrossing work of art.  I highly recommend listening to the audiobook narrated by the author herself for a particularly mesmerizing experience. It’s also available on Hoopla!

Staff Resolution Feature: Trying Graphic Novels for the First Time

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One feature of this year’s Adult Winter Reading is that you decide your own reading resolutions. Whether your goals are modest or ambitious, we’ll cheer you on! To help inspire and spark ideas, we’ll be sharing resolutions here every week, so keep checking back to see what other resolute readers are striving to achieve!

Picture of AnneWho: Anne from Research Services

What is one of your reading resolutions?

My resolution was pretty simple–to read a genre other than mystery or general historical fiction. I’ve read graphic novels before but thought I’d try another one. The Exile by Diana Gaboldon caught my eye. The illustrations were dazzling and detailed and the story swept me into a Scotland centuries in the past. It was a good experience; I will keep trying different graphic novels just to have a more cinematic reading experience.

Why did you choose that?

I thought I was getting in a rut in my reading experience. I see so many books in my work at the Library and I find I do not read as widely as I’d like. I thought I’d change that a little this year.

What are you thinking of reading to complete your other resolutions?

I may try reading a science fiction or fantasy novel. To balance that I’ll read a non-fiction book, perhaps a biography. There is so much to choose at MPPL!


Now it’s your turn!
Share your reading resolutions on the MPPL Facebook page, on Twitter, or in person at the Fiction/AV/Teen Services Desk.

Fiction: Beautiful by Christina Lauren

Beautiful Book CoverPippa, brokenhearted from her boyfriend having an affair, is on her way from London for a trip with her friends in America. Jensen is a serious and overworked businessman whose sister is trying to get him to relax. A chance encounter between the two mid-twenty-year-olds sets the tone for the beginning of a new adventure that turns both of their lives upside down.

In Beautiful, fans of Christina Lauren’s series and new readers alike will find a mix of steamy romance, self-discovery and humor along with all of the hi-jinks of friends vacationing together.

Staff Resolution Feature: Finishing a Trilogy and Scratching a Serial Itch

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One feature of this year’s Adult Winter Reading is that you decide your own reading resolutions. Whether your goals are modest or ambitious, we’ll cheer you on! To help inspire and spark ideas, we’ll be sharing resolutions here every week, so keep checking back to see what other resolute readers are striving to achieve!

Who: Cathleen from Fiction/AV/Teen Services

What are some of your reading resolutions?

This is the season that I will a) make time to finish the third audiobook of a fascinating trilogy and b) finally try a recommended book for fans of the first season of the podcast Serial.

Why did you choose those?

The first two books of Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy repeatedly took my breath away — both for the what-is-happening story beats and for the exceptional performances of the audio narrators. I delayed the third, Acceptance, only because I wanted time to reflect and ready myself for where it takes me next. It seems prime timing to indulge before the first movie adaptation (with Natalie Portman and Gina Rodriguez!) is released later this year.

I miss the addictive true crime storytelling of Serial‘s first season, and one of the aspects that hooked me was the reporter’s shifting dynamic with the story she was investigating. We’ve recommended The Journalist and the Murderer by Janet Malcolm as an earlier work that examines that same phenomenon, and it’s time I experienced it firsthand.


Now it’s your turn!
Share your reading resolutions on the MPPL Facebook page, on Twitter, or in person at the Fiction/AV/Teen Services Desk.

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