Staff Picks: What We’re Reading this Week

PFL staff love to read! Take a look at the titles we’ve been enjoying this week.


The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing Vol. 1 The Pox Party by M.T. Anderson

Foundation by Isaac Asimov

Roots for Kids by Susan Provost Beller 

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond

The Emma Project by Sonali Dev “The fourth installment of her Rajes Series; a modern Indian – American adaptation of Jane Austen’s works. I really love this series! There’s a lot of similarities between Indian culture and Austen’s time period.”

Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris “A murder mystery with a glimpse into the Muslim culture.”

The Guest List by Lucy Foley “A really great whodunnit murder mystery that takes place on a private island during a wedding party. Foley gets an A+ for a spooky atmospheric setting.”

Oh Crap! Potty Training by Jamie Glowacki

The 1619 Project by Nikole Hannah-Jones

Bright Burning Things by Lisa Harding

Unlikely Animals by Annie Hartnett

The Essential June Jordan edited by Jan Heller Levi and Christoph Keller

Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life by Eric Klinenberg

A Crown of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah Maas

Shelter in Place by Alexander Maksik

Recitatif by Toni Morrison “A small book with a terrific introduction by Zadie Smith.  It concerns two 8 year old girls, and nowhere in the story are we told which one is white and which is black.”

The Heartstopper series by Alice Oseman

Guide to Genealogy by T. J. Resler

The Destiny Thief: Essays on Writing, Writers and Life by Richard Russo

The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb “A story about a black classical violinist, the racism present in the world of classical music, and a stolen Stradivarius.”

Today Tonight Tomorrow and See You Yesterday by Rachel Solomon

Night of the Living Rez by Morgan Talty

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