Check It Out Category: Picks by Denise

Staff Pick: The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy Reichert

Picture of DeniseThe Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy Reichert is a summer must-read! It’s an uncomplicated and downright NICE book with likeable characters, a great setting (Milwaukee) and a simple plot that works! I haven’t been to Milwaukee in years and thanks to this book I will be making the trip and quite possibly eat the coconut cake!

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Staff Pick: The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez

Picture of DeniseA thought-provoking novel that centers around the plight of those who immigrate to the United States. Maybe a touch simplistic and definitely bit sentimental, The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez does give a vivid portrayal of the sacrifice and struggle it takes to make a new land your home. For those who prefer audiobooks, multiple narrators enhance the nuance of the text.

Staff Pick: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Picture of DeniseEverything I Never Told You is an incredibly written debut novel by Celeste Ng. On the surface, the story, which is set in the 1970’s, revolves around the mysterious death of Lydia Lee, a 16 year old honor student and favored daughter with a bright future. But the novel is so much more than a mere mystery. It is layered with such premises as racial stereotyping, homosexuality, family issues, and unfulfilled expectations. A must read!

Staff Pick- Playground: Mostly True Story of a Former Bully by Fifty Cent

Picture of DenisePlayground: The Mostly True Story of a Former Bully is a loosely autobiographical story written by rap artist 50 Cent.   He writes a realistic portrayal of teen bullying from the perspective of the bully and explores the reasons why bullies are created. You can read this in one sitting and have a whole new understanding of a topic which has become so prevalent in our society.

Staff Pick: Friendship Bread by Darien Gee

Friendship Bread book coverDenise of Fiction/AV/Teen Services recommends Friendship Bread by Darien Gee:

Friendship Bread is a heartwarming, extremely touching novel on loss, the healing power of friendship, and the tremendous gifts of sharing and forgiveness. The story centers around an Amish friendship bread that makes its way throughout the town of Avalon, Illinois. It changes the lives of five women in various stages of life, all dealing with different issues. You will feel their sorrows, revel in their successes, and love how they come together over tea and friendship bread. This novel is sweet and sentimental with a lovely ending. When you read it, you’ll want to share it with a friend, and don’t forget to add a starter packet of friendship bread!