Staff Picks: Favorite Staff Reads of 2023

It was a great year for reading!  Here are some of the PFL Staff’s favorites from 2023.


Pet by Catherine Chidgey

Cursed Bunny by Bora Chung

A delightfully unnerving collection of wild and genre-defying short stories. -Sarah, Reference and Children’s Room

The Body in Question by Jill Ciment

Spare by Prince Harry

Audio is a must! -Gia, Children’s Room

Wellness by Nathan Hill

The Queens of Animation: The Untold Story of the Women Who Transformed the World of Disney and Made Cinematic History by Nathalia Holt

Starve Acre by Andrew Michael Hurley

An unsettling novel of a couple’s s grief after the loss of a young son. – Sarah, Reference and Children’s Room

Pathogenesis: A History of the World in Eight Plagues by Jonathan Kennedy

Fascinating history of how germs have shaped our history from the rise of humans to the present. -Meredith, Children’s Room

Stolen by Ann-Helén Laestadius

An unflinching look at the political and environmental struggles experienced by the Sámi people of Northern Europe. -Sarah, Reference and Children’s Room

Mexican Gothic, Gods of Jade and Shadow, Certain Dark Things, Signal to Noise, all by Sylvia Moreno-Garcia

Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

My #1 favorite read of the year. The characters in this story were so fleshed out I felt bereft once I closed the book from knowing I had to say goodbye to them. -Gia, Children’s Room

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

Watership Down graphic novel adaptation of Richard Adams’ novel by James Sturm and James Sutphin

For fans of the classic novel, or rabbits, or both. -Sarah, Reference and Children’s Room

Palestine and Footnotes in Gaza by Joe Sacco

Invaluable for gaining more understanding of the conflict. -Sarah, Children’s Room

You Could Make This Place Beautiful by Maggie Smith

Such heartbreaking (and then hopeful) prose from my favorite poet. -Gia, Children’s Room

Eight Billion Genies by Charles Soule

The Woman in Me by Britney Spears

Cinema Speculation by Quentin Tarantino

Pluto by Naoki Urosawa

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson

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