Staff Picks

  • Staff Pick: Warrior Girl Unearthed by Angeline Boulley

    December 4, 2023
    For fans of Angeline Boulley’s debut Firekeeper’s Daughter, her this title is her follow-up; Warrior Girl Unearthed. Set ten years later, it is populated with some familiar characters of the Sugar Island Ojibwe community as well as new characters, including the endearingly brash protagonist, Perry Firekeeper-Birch, who stirs up trouble as a summer intern at ...
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  • Staff Picks: Yellowface by R.F. Kuang

    November 15, 2023Staff Picks: Yellowface by R.F. Kuang
    Yellowface traces the story of a woman who steals her dead friend’s novel and has it published to great success.  But the original writer is Asian and our antiheroine is not.  So even without knowing she is posing as the author, people begin to question her appropriation of identity.  We see her living in dread ...
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  • Staff Picks: What We’re Reading

    November 9, 2023Staff Picks: What We're Reading
    We’re closed for Veteran’s Day, so we’re stocking up on books!  Here’s what PFL staff is reading this weekend:   Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology by David Abram Our Crooked Hearts by Melissa Albert Warrior Girl Unearthed by Angeline Boulley O Pioneers! by Willa Cather Pet by Catherine Chidgey Astor: The Rise and Fall of an American Fortune by Anderson Cooper Vita Nostra ...
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  • Staff Picks: Mister Magic by Kiersten White

    November 2, 2023Staff Picks: Mister Magic by Kiersten White
    White’s newest book seems at first to be a frightening and heartbreaking deep-dive into those odd, early-morning, public access children’s shows some of us used to stumble upon as kids (anyone else watch Mr. Dressup on CBC at 5 am?). A reunion of the cast of a mysterious children’s show leads to increasingly disturbing realizations ...
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  • Staff Picks: Aurora’s Anticipated Non-Fiction: October True Crime Terrors

    October 25, 2023Staff Picks: Aurora's Anticipated Non-Fiction: October True Crime Terrors
    Lay Them to Rest by Laurah Norton At the heart of the story is a severed head. Found by two girls in a lakeside Illinois park in 1993, the head would languish in anonymity for almost thirty years, the woman to whom it had rightly belonged banished to the realm of generic Jane Does. Popular podcaster Laurah ...
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  • Staff Picks: It Looks Like Us by Alison Ames

    October 19, 2023Staff Picks: It Looks Like Us by Alison Ames
    This tribute to The Thing and Aliens gives us the xenomorphic gore/loathing of tech billionaires mash-up we didn’t know we needed. When Riley accepts an opportunity to collect ice samples in Antarctica, she forces herself out of her comfort zone and joins several other teens who have also arrived at an isolated station. The teens ...
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  • Staff Pick: Camp Sylvania by Julie Murphy

    October 12, 2023
    Middle schooler Maggie can’t wait to go to summer camp with her best friend and is devastated when her parents let her know, last minute, that they’re sending her to a fat camp instead.  Camp Sylvania turns out not to be so bad, especially since Maggie immediately makes some great new friends, but what’s up ...
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  • Staff Picks: The Skull: A Tyrolean Fairytale by Jon Klasson

    October 5, 2023Staff Picks: The Skull: A Tyrolean Fairytale by Jon Klasson
    Abandoning his theme of animals making questionable decisions about hats, Klassen’s newest book is an adaptation of a Tyrolean folktale. The Skull is first and foremost a folktale, but it has some definite Halloween crossover potential due to the disembodied skull and his fear of a headless skeleton who tries to steal him every night. ...
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  • Aurora’s Anticipated Non-Fiction: September

    September 27, 2023Aurora's Anticipated Non-Fiction: September
    How to Fall in Love with Tofu by Emma de Thouars As an occasional vegan propagandist, one of the rebuttals I hear most often, besides strident assertions of the impossibility of a life without cheese, is, “But I hate tofu!” Although it is a myth that vegans subsist exclusively on blocks of tofu, it is a versatile ...
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  • Staff Picks: The Mostly True Story of Tanner and Louise by Colleen Oakley

    September 21, 2023Staff Picks: The Mostly True Story of Tanner and Louise by Colleen Oakley
    A funny take off of Thelma and Louise, only this time it is an 84 year old woman and her 21 year old caregiver. They drive a dark green Jaguar across country to run away from finally being arrested for a crime the older woman committed 50 years ago. -Mary Ellen, Interlibrary Loan This title was featured ...
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