It probably won’t surprise you that, as people who chose to work surrounded by books every day, we really love books. Really REALLY love books. Here are a few that our staff have loved the most lately.
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“This novel is about a man who discovers abuse at one of Ireland’s Magdalene Laundries. Even though this was a quick read, I found it very moving. The characters were well-developed and the writing was elegant. A great pick for readers looking for emotionally resonant historical fiction. This one stayed with me for a long time.”
“This paranormal reimagining of The Scarlet Pimpernel - the classic tale of a foppish Englishman sneaking French aristocrats out of a blood-soaked Revolutionary France — has a new twist … VAMPIRES! A fun, fast, and well-researched read, this book kept me awake until I finished it. I’m super-thrilled about this new series from the author of the Invisible Library books.”
“In 1943 Rome, an Irish priest risks everything to smuggle refugees and escaped POWs out of Italy through the Vatican. When we order new books for the library, I keep an eye out for possibilities for my family’s book club. This novel got a big thumbs up from all of us, including my mom, who generally prefers thrillers to historical fiction.”
“I’m in love with Ross Macdonald’s classic novels about private investigator Lew Archer. The Instant Enemy opens with Archer on the hunt for a 17-year-old who’s run off with her psychotic boyfriend. Things get complicated when they kidnap a wealthy businessman, and then somehow even more complicated as the crusading Archer proceeds to uncover the damage done by decades of familial dysfunction. Macdonald’s writing is compact, his dialogue is punchy, his plotting is satisfyingly gnarled, and I can’t wait to start reading another one.”
“This book is for people who like barbecue, history, and learning about the origins of food culture. I’m from South Carolina and my spouse is from Memphis, so we don’t always agree on barbecue, but we both enjoyed (and learned something from) this book.”