Staff Picks

King of Scars
liked it
An uneven but engaging entry into the Grishaverse.
The 19th Wife
it was ok
Brigham Young had too many wives and this book had too many pages.
Space Heart: A Memoir in Stages
really liked it
An introspective, elegiac story of a particular place at a particular moment in time, and those effects of locale and history on body and persona.
The Witch Elm
it was amazing
Evocative and highly topical. French's best yet.
A Simple Favor
liked it
I had really hoped there would be a final twist.
Winter's Bone
really liked it
It's really 4.5 stars. Almost 5, but sometimes the writing is a little awkward. Ree is the best protagonist that's come my way in a long time. This book is sad but it is hopeful.
This Is What It Feels Like
it was amazing
An intensely felt story of friendships, families, and first loves, perfect for music lovers and fans of Sarah Nicole Smetana and Nina LaCour.
Vox
liked it
Vox
This book portrays a near future America where women and girls are allowed to speak only 100 words a day. They are also prohibited from working outside the home. The country is ruled by a weak president and a very popular, very religious...
Northland: A 4,000-Mile Journey Along America's Forgotten Border
liked it
The descriptions of scenery were lovely. The history section of each border area varied; some were interesting, while some read like a dumping ground to show off all the author's research. My real problem with the book was with the portr...
Circe
it was amazing
Miller retells the Greek myth of Circe, a daughter of Helios (the sun god). Zeus banishes her to a small island once the shows she is a witch. Her life adventures include human warriors, mythological creatures & powerful gods. Circe tell...
The Rules of Magic
really liked it
"The Rules of Magic" is a prequel to the 1995 novel "Practical Magic". It tells the stories of three siblings (Franny, Jet and Vincent) as they realize they are different and their Aunt Isabelle introduces them to who they really are. As...
My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton
it was amazing
This is a masterful work of historical fiction that covers the life of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton as a young teen living on the frontier, helping wounded soldiers during the war and supporting her husband as he fought for his ideals in an i...
Educated
it was amazing
Tara Westover tells the deeply moving, disturbing and tenacious will to survive her childhood growing up with a survivalist family in Idaho. Her parents kept her from school, doctors, her larger community and forced her to work in her fa...
We Were Liars
really liked it
The Sinclair family owns a private island off of Martha's Vineyard. Cadence tells the story of her childhood on the island with her mother, two Aunts and her grandparents. She spends each summer with her two older cousins, Johnny and Mir...
Out of the Clouds: The Unlikely Horseman and the Unwanted Colt Who Conquered the Sport of Kings
really liked it
A fascinating glimpse into America between the wars through the lens of a great racehorse and his trainer. Upper Hudson Library System members, reserve a coy of this book here.

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