Check It Out Category: Staff Picks

What to Read from Home: More Staff E-book Picks

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Do you long for books that might quiet your mind, excite the eye, or take on real life? Available with little or no wait, this week’s staff ebook suggestions spotlight thoughtful, personal stories of different moods, and each can be checked out from the Library’s digital services. Now’s a great time to try something new!

 

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The View from Penthouse B
Elinor Lipman

Elinor Lipman writes engaging and optimistic novels that are light but also thought-provoking. In The View from Penthouse B, a unique set of roommates navigate New York City as they work through unexpected personal transitions. ~Nancy

OverDrive: ebook and e-audio
Hoopla: ebook and e-audio

 

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News of the World
Paulette Giles

There is poetry to this prose, and I wouldn’t have expected to say that about an odd-couple pairing set in the realities of the Old West. This story is rich in local color, laconic yet tough characters, and slice-of-life dialogue. Even only a few pages in, I couldn’t escape echoes of classic American authors such as Ambrose Bierce and Bret Harte. ~Cathleen

OverDrive: ebook
Hoopla: ebook

 

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You Deserve a Drink: Boozy Misadventures and Tales of Debauchery 
Mamrie Hart

Littered with 90s pop-culture references and puns, live vicariously through comedian Mamrie Hart’s over-the-top absurd adventures as she creates a fun time out of almost any situation. Includes a built in drinking game! ~Jenny

OverDrive: ebook

 

 

My Favorite Thing Is Monsters book coverMy Favorite Thing Is Monsters
Emil Ferris

Filled with B-horror movie and pulp monster iconography, the diary of ten-year-old Karen Reyes records her investigation into the murder of her upstairs neighbor Anka Silverberg, a Holocaust survivor (from NoveList) ~Chelsea

Hoopla: ebook

 

 

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Another Brooklyn
Jacqueline Woodson

August returns home to Brooklyn for her father’s funeral and explores powerful memories of growing up in the 1970s; this gorgeously written book explores family dynamics, adolescent friendship, joy, and regret. ~Nancy

OverDrive: ebook and e-audio

 

 

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Convenience Store Woman
Sayaka Murata

A lovely, quirky little book that elicits an empathetic and protective response in the reader while still offering biting commentary on society’s expectations for a fulfilling life. ~Cathleen

OverDrive: ebook and e-audio
Hoopla: ebook and e-audio

 

 

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The Best We Could Do
Thi Bui

An intimate look at one family’s journey from war-torn Vietnam to new lives in America. Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family (from publisher’s description) ~Chelsea

OverDrive: ebook
Hoopla: ebook

 

 

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Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life
Henry Cloud and John Townsend

Setting boundaries with others is a struggle for many, and people of faith have a tendency to believe saying yes no matter what is an act of service. This longtime bestseller challenges readers to acknowledge self-destructive patterns and identify healthier choices. ~Cathleen

OverDrive: e-audio (unabridged)
Hoopla: ebook and (abridged) e-audio

 

Still looking? Check out earlier installments of staff ebook and e-audio picks available from home or contact us for suggestions personalized to your mood and taste.

What to Watch from Home – Staff Digital Picks for Chilling Drama

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There are times when the most satisfying tension release is to lose ourselves in someone else’s (fictional) drama. To help escape our own strain, it can feel cathartic to be swept away in dark thrills, mystery, action, or espionage. If a flair for the dramatic sounds good to you right now, check out these staff suggestions available to watch from home on Hoopla and Kanopy with your library card.

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First Reformed

If you like dark suspense, unstable characters who are navigating their purposes in life, and those who become attracted to the opposite of what they might preach. ~Chelsea

 

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The Fall

This psychological thriller had me on the edge of my seat all season long! The story follows a serial killer and the detective intent on bringing him down. As the story progresses, the two become obsessed with each other. Will he or won’t he be caught? You’ll have to watch and find out. ~Al

 

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Down the Shore

Starring James Gandolfini. The lives of three childhood friends begin to unravel when a deadly secret from their past is revealed. ~Denise

 

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Hidden 

Who knew that Wales could hold its own against Scandinavia with moody, can’t-look-away noir? This limited series has all the hallmarks, including baggage-laden investigators and immersive sense of place. ~Cathleen

 

 

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Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace follows a veteran and his teenage daughter who live in the woods in the Pacific Northwest. It follows their lifestyle, their bond, and how unsustainable their lifestyle becomes and how both of them try to adapt. ~Chelsea

 

 

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Still Life: A Three Pines Mystery

Based on Louise Penny’s novel. Gorgeous scenery and a fascinating mystery. ~Denise

 

 

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Charade

This classic may be remembered for moments of stylish banter, but it also boasts multiple twists on whom can be trusted. Director Stanley Donen’s playful mix of light and dark is a cross-generational favorite. ~Cathleen

 

 

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Gunpowder

Who doesn’t miss Kit Harington from Game of Thrones? Get your next fix of him in Gunpowder, a historical drama set in the 1600s based on the Gunpowder plot to assassinate King James I of England. With striking visuals, a stellar score, and top-notch acting, this will surely please fans of historical fiction ~Al

 

 

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Gone Baby Gone

Expertly portraying the gritty depths and darkness of human nature, this adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s novel wisely plants the compelling bleak-yet-determined qualities of the characters at the forefront.  ~Cathleen

 

 

 

Pandemic video imageDenise recommends
Pandemic
Keeping Faith TV series imageKelda recommends
Keeping Faith
Winters Bone video imageCathleen recommends
Winter’s Bone

 
 
Still looking? Check out earlier installments of Staff Movies and TV Picks available from home or contact us for suggestions personalized to your mood and taste.

Staff Digital Picks: YA for Teens and Adults

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One of the booming arenas of publishing, YA Lit is relatable, well-paced, and offers all the feels. Many stories tackle issues squarely, but in a hopeful way, which makes them an appealing reading choice no matter if your teen years are far behind you. Choose from these hand-picked favorites available on OverDrive or Hoopla, and don’t miss previous staff recommendations for what to read, watch, or listen from home. Looking for something to match a specific mood or interest? Send a request for customized suggestions, and our expert advisory staff will be happy to make your match.

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Don’t Get Caught by Kurt Dinan
A motley group of uncool kids are set up by a secret society known as the Chaos Club, so they band together and instigate a prank war. With short chapters, high energy, and the mix of shadowy conspiracy with underdog tale, this is a winner for a variety of teen and adult readers. ~Cathleen

Available as ebook

 

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A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

For Sherlock fans: This series is a great riff off of the original tales with Sherlock as a teenage girl and Holmes a boy at boarding school. ~Emily

Available as ebook or e-audio

 

 

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Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero

Reading the pages of Gabi’s journal is a gut-punch. On the cusp of adulthood, navigating body shaming, racism, and finding her own voice along with the joys that come from learning how to celebrate yourself and what you love in life, Gabi is a character you’ll want to keep rooting for. ~Jenny

Available as ebook or e-audio

 

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Far from the Tree by Robin Benway

The story of three siblings who were taken away from their mother as young children and find each other in their teens is riveting! ~Denise  

Available as ebook or e-audio

 

 

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Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson

I love books that oscillate between different characters so I get multiple points of view. Let Me Hear a Rhyme highlights three high school students as they work to honor their murdered friend by making him a rap celebrity. Fast paced, full of secrets, and heavy with friendship.. ~Al

Available as ebook or e-audio

 

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The Berlin Boxing Club by Robert Sharenow

I usually give wide berth to stories about boxing, but this tale of a bullied cartoonist in Nazi-era Berlin taking lessons from German national hero Max Schmeling completely won me over. A crowd-pleasing underdog story against backdrop of art, history, and family. ~Cathleen

Available as ebook

 

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Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

A few kids on the edge of adulthood facing the big themes in life: death, love, and life-altering decisions. Bonus: It is set in a bookstore! ~Emily

ebook or e-audio

 

 

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Getting Over Garrett Delaney by Abby McDonald

Sadie attempts to get over her epic heartbreak over her best friend in this satisfying, humorous, uplifting read that is great for fans of Sarah Dessen! The overall hopeful tone of the book paired with Sadie’s dogged attempt to move on makes this book one of my personal favorites. ~Jenny

Available as ebook

 

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The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

A little bit of fantasy and a lot of heart and some laughs along the way. ~Denise

Available as ebook or e-audio

 

 

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After the Fire by Will Hill

Looking for a book that’ll keep you turning the pages until the very end? After the Fire is it! Not for the feint of heart, this twisty, turny, thriller escape plot will keep you engaged the entire time. ~Al

Available as ebook

 

 

Rebel with a Cupcake book coverRebel with a Cupcake by Anna Mainwaring

Endearing Jesobel presents as a young woman who knows who she is and what she has to offer, and it’s only when faced with a new crush that her self-assurance begins to erode. British teens, sassy dialogue, and friends who love enough to call each other on their stuff — this is a recipe for an entertaining read. ~Cathleen

Available as ebook

 

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The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Two teens on the verge of making huge life decisions give into a fate-filled, love-at-first-sight day in New York City. ~Emily

Available as ebook or e-audio

 

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With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Acevedo has a way with bringing her characters to life! So good!. ~Denise

Available as ebook or e-audio

 

 

 

We Were Liars book coverLaura recommends
We Were Liars
by E. Lockhart
ebook or e-audio
We Are Okay book coverChelsea recommends
We Are Okay
by Nina LaCour
ebook or e-audio
Will Grayson Will Grayson book coverLaura recommends
Will Grayson, Will Grayson
by John Green and David Levithan
ebook or e-audio
Everything Everything book coverChelsea recommends
Everything Everything
by Nicola Yoon
ebook or e-audio
Children of Blood and Bone book coverChelsea recommends
Children of Blood and Bone
by Tomi Adeyemi
ebook or e-audio

 

Staff Hoopla Picks: Music to Get You Moving

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Has being limited to home day after day left you listless? Or perhaps you find yourself vibrating with energy to burn? Either way, Hoopla has music to get you moving for your own personal dance party. Staff nominated albums that tap their toes, sway their hips, and cause their heads to bob. Each is available to you from home, so don’t hesitate to take a spin on the floor. Let’s start the music!

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Dancing on My Own: Remixes by Robyn
If you are literally dancing on your own right now, here’s 40 straight minutes of dance music to bop along to, built around Robyn’s pop single, “Dancing On My Own.” While hard to choose, the Jackwob remix was my favorite; I found it captured the fun angst of the song the best! ~Jenny

 

 

Fame Monster coverAllison L. recommends
The Fame Monster
Lady Gaga
“danceable, theatrical, likely nostalgic for many”
Back to Black coverEmily recommends
Back to Black
Amy Winehouse
“sultry tunes to dance to”
(also recommended by Kelda and Chelsea)
Racine Carree coverCathleen recommends
Racine Carrée
Stromae
“irresistible blend of genres and cultures in rhythms that bewitch”

 

80s Mixtape coverDenise recommends
80s Mixtape
“get your groove on and party like it’s 1989”

Future Nostalgia coverAbby recommends
Future Nostalgia
Dua Lipa
Gold coverLaura recommends
Gold
The Mavericks

 

Best of cover BowieChelsea recommends
Best of Bowie
David Bowie
ABBA Gold coverDenise recommends
ABBA Gold
ABBA
Wild Young Hearts coverCathleen recommends
Wild Young Hearts
Noisettes

 

Night Visions coverChelsea recommends
Night Visions
Imagine Dragons
Highwomen coverEmily recommends
The Highwomen
The Highwomen
“empowering”
Baja Sessions coverLaura recommends

Chris Isaak

 

Staff Digital Picks: Comics and Graphic Novels

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Are you longing for story but finding it difficult to sink into a full-length book? You might find what you are looking for in comics and graphic novels! Drama, action, history, humor, fantasy, memoir, and romance are all on offer in a medium that combines art and language to deliver absorbing tales. Today our readers’ advisory staff spotlight their favorite selections available to you through the Library’s digital services, so you can sample without delay. Don’t forget to visit previous staff recommendations for what to read, watch, or listen to from home, and you are enthusiastically invited to request customized suggestions for titles in OverDrive or Hoopla might be a perfect match for your current mood.

 

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New Kid by Jerry Craft
This tender-hearted graphic novel will touch anyone who has had to start over somewhere. 7th grader Jordan is forced to go to a new private school instead of art school like he so desires. During his first year at the school, he has to figure out ways to fit in, combat prejudice, and continue with art. This is a poignant, piercing story with amazing artistry, totally able to be binged in one sitting. ~Al N.  (also recommended by Kelda and Cathleen)

Available both on Hoopla as ebook and e-audio and on OverDrive as ebook and e-audio

 

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Saga by Brian K. Vaughn, illustrated by Fiona Staples

A series to get hooked on and there are plenty of volumes to keep you going. Get lost in the chase to hunt down these outlaws: a couple of star-crossed lovers (and baby makes three). Many adventures and thrills across various worlds in this literal sweeping saga. ~Chelsea

Nine collected volumes available on Hoopla or on OverDrive

 

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Sugar Falls: A Residential School Story by David Alexander Robertson, illustrated by Scott B. Henderson

A vivid narrative of abuse, survival, and resilience, this is one woman’s story of her experience with and survival of the Canadian residential schools that First Nations children were forced to attend. ~Allison L.

Access on Hoopla or on OverDrive

 

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The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Ryan North, illustrated by Erica Henderson

Unrelenting optimism, faith in the goodness of others, healthy body positivity, and a cheerful sense of duty. This series is more than a bit silly, but that’s part of its charm – and all the more welcome in days such as these. ~Cathleen

Access multiple collected volumes via Hoopla

 

 

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Super Late Bloomer: My Early Days in Transition by Julia Kaye

The succinct writing and illustrations puts a spotlight on Kaye’s vulnerability in sharing her transition in this illustrated memoir. Her focused chronicles of such a personal experience offer a chance to relate and/or bear witness to another person’s trials and happy moments during a pivotal period. ~Jenny

Access on Hoopla

 

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Backstagers by James Tynion IV, illustrated by Rian Sygh

The stories and friendships of the behind-the-scenes crew of a high school drama club with touches of magic. ~Emily

Access multiple collected volumes and single issues on Hoopla

 

 

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer by Jordie Bellaire, illustrated by Dan Mora and Matt Taylor

The scooby gang reinvented and enjoying present day thrills and the usual chills. ~Chelsea

Access on Hoopla

 

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Daytripper by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá

As one of the characters testifies, this is a story “about life…but death has a big part in it,” but don’t let that keep you away. It is fantastical, heart-wrenching, and surprisingly uplifting, and the ethereal, meditative nature needs to be experienced to be truly appreciated. ~Cathleen

Access on Hoopla

 

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Man-Eaters by Chelsea Cain, illustrated by Kate Niemczyk

One of my favorite satirical comics, Man-Eaters turns young women into cats, cats that men greatly fear. If you like satire and content that at the same time doesn’t take itself too seriously while also revealing more serious lessons about society, give this a try! ~Al N.  (also recommended by Chelsea)

Access multiple collected volumes on Hoopla

 

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Hey Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

A wonderful memoir confronting the topics of addiction in the family and using what one loves to find a way through it. ~Emily

Available both on OverDrive as ebook and e-audio and on Hoopla as e-audio

 

 

Royal City book coverRoyal City by Jeff Lemire

There are times when we read for escapism, but there is equal interest in reading to help make sense of the unexpected in life, of what doesn’t turn out as we believe it might when we are children. This is one of those stories. ~Cathleen

Access three collected volumes on Hoopla

 

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Moonstruck by Grace Ellis, illustrated by Shae Beagle and Kate Leth

Magic, cute werewolves, baristas, and more encase this bubbly book. Join for the laughs and the many pals. ~Chelsea

Access two volumes on Hoopla

 

 

Fun Home coverChelsea recommends
Fun Home
by Alison Bechdel
Archie Christmas Classics coverDenise recommends
Archie Christmas Classics
by Bob Bolling, Frank Doyle, George Gladir and Al Hartley
illustrated by Dan DeCarlo, Stan Goldberg and Bob White
March Book One coverChelsea recommends
March, Book One
by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin
illustrated by Nate Powell