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Our staff weigh in on books they’ve loved recently.
September is already here (how is this possible?), and our staff have selected five more titles they’re loving lately. See any that appeal? Click on a title to place a request, or five.
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“Imagine a James Bond story if the protagonist was a Black mathematician on the autism spectrum. And working for the super-villain. You’ll find yourself frequently cackling at Everett’s prose and his delightfully sardonic narrator. It’s a mischievous read with vividly drawn characters who react to enormous plot machinations in truthful and unexpected ways. I’m eager to dive further into the canon of such an inventive and prolific novelist!”
“Set in post-Spanish Civil War Barcelona, this gothic mystery follows Daniel Sempere, son of a bookshop owner, during his coming-of-age years. Daniel discovers secrets and intrigue surrounding a remarkable book and its mystifying author. A story within a story. Atmospheric and romantic. A novel I have read and re-read. The perfect book for book lovers.”
“Eco, the master of the cerebral thriller, never fails! He does what Dan Brown dreams of doing. This book has it all: conspiracy theories, Freemasons, Knights Templar, Grail mythology, history, theology. Enjoyable as a main course, with a side of encyclopedia and dictionary, if history and esoterica are your thing. This was my most recent read and probably one of my favorites thus far.”
“The multispecies crew of the Wayfarer has been given the dangerous task of tunneling a wormhole through space to reach a distant, war-torn planet. The book follows Rosemary as she joins this lovable assortment of oddballs and finds her humanity in the company of non-humans. Chambers is able to build a universe of her own, complete with diverse and fully realized characters, without ever making the reader feel overwhelmed with lore. If you love cozy sci-fi and intricate world-building, you will love this book.”
“This novel follows French author George Sand and Polish pianist Frédéric Chopin along their infamously terrible 1838 winter vacation in Valldemossa, Mallorca — told through the lens of our narrator, Blanca, a 14-year-old ghost from the 1400s. Stevens’ prose beautifully describes the haunting melodies of Chopin’s works, while being quite literally haunted. This character-driven novel has so many things to love, combining a notorious moment in both musical history and literary history with a desperately lonely ghost in love.”