Check It Out Category: Staff Picks

Cathleen’s Pick: It’s Not Me, It’s You by Mhairi McFarlane

Cathleen Staff Pick photoPopping the question to her boyfriend of ten years was part of Delia’s plan; seeing his panicked text to another woman that same night was…not. It’s Not Me, It’s You is a darkly comic journey of self-discovery through misadventure. Witty, sometimes wacky, but also pointedly real, Mhairi McFarlane’s story is one to cheer.

Have you taken up this summer’s challenge of Reading Takes You Everywhere? Enjoy this book for any one of the following categories:

A. Read a book written by a new-to-you author.
C. Read a book set in a different country. (England)
G. Read a romance. (of sorts)
 

Kelda’s Pick: The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

Kelda Staff Pick PhotoThere’s no denying the timeliness of Meg Wolitzer’s The Female Persuasion. It resonates with our current political climate, taking an empathetically incisive look at inter-generational feminism. With Wolitzer’s talent for prose, she captures emotion with just a single image. If a novel could be derived from the #MeToo movement, this is it.

 

Have you taken up this summer’s challenge of Reading Takes You Everywhere? Enjoy this book for either of the following categories:

O. Read a book with a character near retirement age
Z. Read a book about a world-changer

Andrea’s Pick: Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

Andrea Staff Pick photoThe Civil War… with zombies? Dread Nation by Justina Ireland combines fantasy storytelling and the dark history of racial oppression in the U.S. in this genre-blending YA novel that’s a little bit historical fiction, a little bit steampunk, and only sort of about zombies.

When the dead walked at Gettysburg, all thoughts of rebuilding the nation fell away. A new law declared that young people of color must attend combat school to learn how to defeat the dead. Fresh from combat school, Jane finds herself in the clutches of powerful enemies who see her as less than human. In the war against the dead, she never expected that the living might turn out to be her biggest danger.

Have you taken up this summer’s challenge of Reading Takes You Everywhere? Enjoy this book for either of the following categories:

Q. Read a book of fantasy or magical realism.
Y. Read a book from the Young Adult collections.

Jenny’s Pick: Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag

A young man elegantly sketches out the consequences transitioning from poverty to wealth has had upon his close-knit family in contemporary India. Quirky humor mixed with delicious Indian food descriptions mixed with musings on the role money plays in our lives makes Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag a captivating read.

Have you taken up this summer’s challenge of Reading Takes You Everywhere? Enjoy this book for either of the following categories:

C. Read a book set in a different country. (India)
E. Read a book of 150 pages or less. (118 pages)
X. Read a book translated from a different language. (Kannada)

Denise’s Pick: The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus by Sonya Sones

Denise Staff Pick photoThe Hunchback of Neiman Marcus: A Novel about Marriage, Motherhood, and Mayhem by Sonya Sones is referred to as “chick lit” in poetry format by a 50ish-year-old woman going through a tough time. I read this in two hours and had my own epiphany. Life changing? Maybe not for all, but definitely an interesting voice for those in the “sandwich generation”.

Have you taken up this summer’s challenge of Reading Takes You Everywhere? Enjoy this book for either of the following categories:

A. Read a book written by a new-to-you author.
P. Read a collection of poetry.

Donna S’s Pick: The Disappeared by C.J. Box

Donna S Staff Pick photoC.J. Box is an award-winning author whose works have been translated into 27 different languages. His Joe Picket mystery series follows the life of a game warden in the modern West. The latest one is The Disappeared, in which a female British executive disappears during a vacation at a four-star dude ranch. Was she kidnapped or just on a longer vacation?

Have you taken up this summer’s challenge of Reading Takes You Everywhere? Enjoy this book for either of the following categories:

A. Read a book written by a new-to-you author.
I. Read a book involving travel.

Cathleen’s Pick: Skin Game by Jim Butcher

Cathleen Staff Pick photoAn ideal gateway into fantasy for crime story fans, Skin Game by Jim Butcher is a thrilling heist adventure with Chicago’s only professional wizard leading the gang. Narrator James Marsters is nothing short of spellbinding in telling the smart, twisty, and witty tale of a motley crew under duress breaking into the vault of Hades for the literal Holy Grail.

Have you taken up this summer’s challenge of Reading Takes You Everywhere? Enjoy this book for any one of the following categories:

A. Read a book written by a new-to-you author.
D. Read or listen to a digital book.
L. Read a book set in the Chicagoland area.
Q. Read a book of fantasy or magical realism.

Staff Picks: Anticipated Summer 2018 Reads

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From long days reading under a hot sun to curling up in the corner of a chilly library with a new book to trying to sneak a few extra pages in while you’re in line at the grocery store, we all approach reading a little differently in the summer! However, one thing remains the same. Summer is a great time for books, especially when you can win prizes for reading through your library’s adult summer reading program! Sign-up to embark on your next reading adventure today.

 

Want ideas for your own summer reading list? Take a look at what MPPL staff is hoping to read this summer!
Emily
Circulation

The Great Believers book coverThe Great Believers
by Rebecca Makkai

Emily
Circulation

The Book of M book coverThe Book of M
by Peng Shepherd

 

Erin
Youth Services

1Q84 book cover1Q84
by Haruki Murakami

Erin
Youth Services

The Hate U Give book coverThe Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas

Mary
Registration

The Complete Sherlock Holmes book coverThe Complete Sherlock Holmes
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

 

Donna
Fiction/AV/Teen services

The Map of Salt and Stars book coverThe Map of Salt and Stars
by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar

Donna
Fiction/AV/Teen Services

The Last Black Unicorn book coverThe Last Black Unicorn
by Tiffany Haddish

 

Nancy
Fiction/AV/Teen Services

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

Nancy
Fiction/AV/Teen Services

Heads of the Colored People book coverHeads of the Colored People
by Nafissa Thompson-Spires

 

 

Cathleen
Fiction/AV/Teen Services

Kill the Farm Boy book coverKill the Farm Boy
by Kevin Hearne and Delilah S. Dawson

Cathleen
Fiction/AV/Teen Services

Dear Mrs. Bird book coverDear Mrs. Bird
by AJ Pearce

 

Taylor
Circulation

Obsidio book coverObisdio: The Illuminae Files
by Amie Kaufman

Taylor
Circulation

What the Hell Did I Just Read
by David Wong

Joyce
Fiction/AV/Teen Services

The Woman in Cabin 10 book coverThe Woman in Cabin 10
by Ruth Ware

Devin
IT Services

Legendary book coverLegendary
by Stephanie Garber

Devin
IT Services

Shelter in Place book coverShelter in Place
by Nora Roberts

Keary
Youth Services

Ghost Boys book coverGhost Boys
by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Keary
Youth services

The Parker Inheritance book coverThe Parker Inheritance
by Varian Johnson

Carol
Community Services

The Great Believers book coverThe Great Believers
by Rebecca Makkai

 

Janine
Circulation

A Little Life book coverA Little Life
by Hanya Yanagihara

Janine
Circulation

The Beauty That Remains book coverThe Beauty That Remains
by Ashley Woodfolk

Chelsea
Fiction/AV/Teen Services

Adjustment Day book coverAdjustment Day
by Chuck Palahnuik

Chelsea
Fiction/AV/Teen Services

Dread Nation
by Justina Ireland

 

 

Rosemary
Technical Services

The freedom broker book coverThe Freedom Broker
by K.J. Howe

Rosemary
Technical Services

Mississippi blood book coverMississippi Blood
by Greg Iles

 

Jenny
Fiction/AV/Teen Services

Tin Man Book CoverTin Man
by Sarah Winman

Jenny
Fiction/AV/Teen Services

There There book coverThere There
by Tommy Orange

Now it’s your turn! Share what you’re reading or hope to read on our 2018 Summer Reading Goodreads group or on Twitter using #MPPLreads.

Kelda’s Pick: Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

Kelda Staff Pick photoI appreciated the audiobook Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter because it served as a jumping off point for further reading, viewing, and listening. I became interested in reading books about the Golden Age of Hollywood, viewing movies of that era, particularly Cleopatra, and listening to more books read by the actor Edoardo Ballerini.