Five titles our staff have read and loved recently.
Happy October! Fall is officially here, and our staff have selected five of their recent favorites to add to your to-be-read piles. If one or more piques your interest, simply click on a title to place a request.
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“This was a thoroughly enjoyable read. Kennedy and Callas were two of the most talked-about women of their day. Yet, what and who were in their hearts? How could a former First Lady and an opera singer have anything in common? While some may believe this book is more fiction than history, I would say otherwise. There is a perfect balance of the facts we know and a magical weaving of storylines the public has not been privy to. Gill Paul does an excellent job of grafting stoicism with passion and flash with introspection.”
Bobbi Lynne says:
“This book is superbly funny. Seriously, the first six words that open this tragicomedy – from precocious nine-year-old Swiv, in a letter to her absent father – made me giggle. As the title indicates, there’s definitely some grief and pain that Swiv’s pregnant mother and her absurdly wise grandmother have had to endure and fight mightily through. But having arrived at this happily dysfunctional, loving, and independent place in their lives, sharing a tiny apartment in Toronto, this tight-knit family hilariously gives new meaning to the phrase “Live to fight another day!””
“Tacos are my favorite!! The brown paper bag feel of this book’s pages reminds me of grade-school lunches and swapping pudding cups for flautas. And of the taqueria that shoves all of your foil-wrapped tacos into one bag, leaving grease stains at the bottom. (That’s how you know they are going to be the tastiest.) I appreciate Holtz’s inclusion of history, pop culture food posters, and the delicacies of Mexico’s many states. Within these tortilla-filled pages, you will learn ALL about tacos and why they are my fave.”
“This atmospheric noir thriller is set in Mexico City in the early 1970s. The narrative unfolds from the perspective of two flawed but sympathetic protagonists who become involved in the search for a missing woman. Lushly written, exciting and evocative, I could hardly put it down.”
“Do you want to understand more about the “Hot Labor Summer” of 2023? This book covers the history of the American labor movement from the Atlanta washerwoman’s strike of 1881 to the Amazon warehouse strikers of today. Journalist Kim Kelly focuses on the lesser-known participants in the movement, including disability rights, sex workers, and LGBTQ+ activists. I learned so much about the often bloody fight for workers’ rights across multiple industries — the chapter on incarcerated workers was especially enlightening. Prepare to be infuriated and inspired.”