Staff Picks

  • Staff Picks: Northeaster: A Story of Courage and Survival in the Blizzard of 1952 by Cathie Pelletier

    February 9, 2023Staff Picks: Northeaster: A Story of Courage and Survival in the Blizzard of 1952 by Cathie Pelletier
    Remember when it used to snow in Maine? Reading Cathie Pelletier’s bracing account of the calamities that befell Mainers during the infamous Blizzard of 1952 ought to jog your memory. Pelletier, a novelist born and raised in Allagash, lays out the story of the storm through the lives of the ordinary people who survived it, ...
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  • Staff Picks: Notes on an Execution by Danya Kukafka

    February 2, 2023Staff Picks: Notes on an Execution by Danya Kukafka
    Literary fiction meets psychological thriller meets elements of true crime: Notes on an Execution is told through the voices of several complex women whose lives have been forever changed by a killer counting down his last hours on death row. The subject is unsettling, but the prose is gorgeous.  -Shannon, Tech Services
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  • Staff Picks: Aurora’s Anticipated Non-Fiction February

    January 26, 2023Staff Picks: Aurora's Anticipated Non-Fiction February
    Each month Reference Librarian Aurora highlights a few of her most anticipated non-fiction new releases. Northeaster: A Story of Courage and Survival in the Blizzard of 1952 by Cathie Pelletier Remember when it used to snow in Maine? Reading Cathie Pelletier’s bracing account of the calamities that befell Mainers during the infamous Blizzard of 1952 ought to jog ...
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  • Staff Picks: Other Terrors: An Inclusive Anthology Edited by Vince A. Liaguno and Rena Mason

    January 19, 2023Staff Picks: Other Terrors: An Inclusive Anthology Edited by Vince A. Liaguno and Rena Mason
    This anthology features twenty-four contemporary horror stories that center on marginalized or othered characters. Themes include, but are not limited to: generational trauma, xenophobia, gender identity, and the objectification of women. Standouts for me involved an unusual form of peer pressure coming from a water aerobics class and a grocery delivery driver with an extremely ...
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  • Staff Pick: They’re Going to Love You by Meg Howrey

    January 12, 2023Staff Pick: They’re Going to Love You by Meg Howrey
    A beautiful story that centers around the ballet scene in New York City in the 80’s and up to 2016. Carlisle’s mother was a Balanchine ballerina and her father taught at a dance school.  This is a story of acceptance and forgiveness that beautifully intertwines issues of the AIDS epidemic and how we reckon with our ...
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  • Staff Picks: Favorite Reads of 2022 (Adults)

    December 28, 2022Staff Picks: Favorite Reads of 2022 (Adults)
    Fiction: The Glassy, Burning Floor of Hell by Brian Evenson History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller The Midnight Library by Matt Haig Ice by Anna Kavan What Moves The Dead by T. Kingfisher Shit Cassandra Saw by Gwen Kirby The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune The Night Eaters Book 1: She Eats the Night by Marjorie ...
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  • Staff Picks: Favorite Reads of 2022 (Children and YA)

    December 22, 2022Staff Picks: Favorite Reads of 2022 (Children and YA)
    Picture Books: Coffee, Rabbit, Snowdrop, Lost by Betina Birkjær; illustrated by Anna Margrethe Kjærgaard Dear Mr. Dickens by Nancy Churnin;  illustrated by Bethany Stancliffe Red House, Tree House, Little Bitty Brown Mouse by Jane Godwin; illustrated by Blanca Gómez Noodle and the No Bones Day by Jonathan Graziano; illustrated by Dan Tavis Ten Owies by Tony Johnston; illustrated by Annabel ...
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  • Staff Picks: She Eats the Night: The Night Eaters Book 1 by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda

    December 15, 2022Staff Picks: She Eats the Night: The Night Eaters Book 1 by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
    From the writer/illustrator team that has given us Monstress comes the first book in the new trilogy, The Night Eaters. Unreachable, chain-smoking, and all-around unpleasant Ipo is living for a few months in Hawaii with her laid-back husband, Keon. They are staying with their twins, Milly and Billy, who are both in their early twenties and ...
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  • Staff Pick: The Wild Hunt by Emma Seckel

    December 7, 2022Staff Pick: The Wild Hunt by Emma Seckel
    Set on a small Scottish island during and after World War II, this debut by Emma Seckel is wise and eerie at the same time. The sluagh are the blackbirds of Gaelic legend that hold the souls of the unforgiven. They mass on the island when the heroine, Leigh, arrives home after her father’s fall ...
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  • Staff Pick: Hell Followed With Us by Andrew Joseph White

    December 1, 2022Staff Pick: Hell Followed With Us by Andrew Joseph White
    Benji has a lot going on in his life. The trans teen has just escaped from a destructive cult and is hiding out so that they can’t get him, or the weapon they planted within him, back. Can his new friends from a local LGBTQ+ group help keep him safe while he learns to control ...
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