The Mermaid From JejuMore Staff Picks +
This story drew me in and made me feel like I was alongside the characters. I got to be part of the heartbreak, the confusion, the perseverance, the loyalty, and the love of Goh Junja and it made me want to know more about her story and the story of others in Korea during the war. Very interesting and eye-opening read. I highly recommend reading the author's note at the end as well.
A Deadly EducationMore Staff Picks +
A Deadly Education is set at Scholomance, a school for the magically gifted where failure means certain death (for real) — until one girl, El, begins to unlock its many secrets. There are no teachers, no holidays, and no friendships, save strategic ones. Survival is more important than any letter grade, for the school won’t allow its students to leave until they graduate… or die! El is uniquely prepared for the school’s dangers. She may be without allies, but she possesses a dark power strong enough to level mountains and wipe out millions. It would be easy enough for El to defeat the monsters that prowl the school. The problem? Her powerful dark magic might also kill all the other students.
This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends: The Cyberweapons Arms RaceMore Staff Picks +
You see cyberattacks on the news so frequently that it almost doesn't register as a threat anymore. After reading this book, you will know just how dangerous and out of control the underground world of cyberterrorism has become. Author Nicole Perlroth's 10 years of investigative reporting culminates in this eye opening book of a hidden arms race that has left the modern world on the precipice of total disaster. A must read for anyone living in the digital age.
One Last StopMore Staff Picks +
Cynical twenty-three-year-old August, moves to New York to finish college and escape her mom. Soon she’s waiting tables at a 24-hour pancake diner and moving in with too many intriguing roommates. But then she meets Jane on the Q train, an open, electrifying young woman who seems too good to be real. As little clues start to pile up, August begins to wonder if it is too good to be true. One Last Stop leans into friendship, found families, and unexpected love as well as humor, banter, and pop culture references. I especially love the LGBTQ+ representation! One Last Stop is truly a magical, unforgettable heart-warming romance!
Shuggie BainMore Staff Picks +
A novel set in the tenement housing projects of Glasgow, Scotland in the 1980's, this novel follows Shuggie, an introverted young boy and his family. The weight of Shuggie's world is heavy, he is bullied constantly at school, his mother floats in and out of alcoholism, and his father is a self-involved taxi driver who is either absent or aggressive. However, despite it all, there is a wonderful beauty that exists between Shuggie and his mother, both painfully co-dependent and radically loving. I wept throughout this whole book at the dark reality of a life affected by poverty.
Finding WondersMore Staff Picks +
Questioning superstition and tradition, Maria Merian, Mary Anning, and Maria Mitchell changed science forever. Written in verse, this book gives readers an insight into the great discoveries and social challenges that these scientists faced. Recommended for fans of novels in verse.
King and Kayla: Case of the Missing Dog TreatsMore Staff Picks +
Kayla (human) has wrongly accused King (her dog) of stealing the dog treats she made! Can King prove his innocence? This mystery series-starter is great for kids just beginning to read chapter books and a fun read aloud for those not yet reading but interested in listening to chapter books.
This Little EnvironmentalistMore Staff Picks +
A board book about environmentalists? No way. YES. Colorful, engaging illustrations coupled with simple but informative text will inspire you and your environmentalist-in-training.
The Heiress: The Revelations of Anne de BourghMore Staff Picks +
For all BBC Pride and Prejudice fans (and just Pride and Prejudice fans in general)!!! You will recall the sickly Miss Anne de Bourgh that Elizabeth Bennet (played by GODDESS Jennifer Ehle) smirks at as a fitting future mate to Mr. Darcy. Well, this book is HER book, Anne's story, and it is poetic and lovely and beautiful and progressive (YEP!) and you will fall in love with Anne, seeing her in a wonderful and new light. You might even find a smidgeon of pity for Lady Catherine de Bourgh, but only the barest smidgeons. This is fan fiction done in just the best way! Enjoy!
NomadlandMore Staff Picks +
The summary of this movie (based on the book by Jessica Bruder) needs to be given some more love. I really don't think that one can sum up all of the moving parts of this narrative by simply stating it's about van life or being nomadic. Lead actress McDormand crafts an unforgettable character as Fern, who may or may not have been running from things her whole life. Fabulous cinematography and you will recognize some of these places and how important they are for migrant and seasonal labor. Highly recommend.