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Staff Picks – Virtual Edition

May 28th, 2020 · No Comments · Books, City Library, Main Branch, Teens, West Branch

Hi everyone! This stretch of warm weather has got us thinking about summer and specifically what we want to READ this summer! With that in mind, some of our staff wanted to share a few of the books they have been enjoying recently. We’re calling it STAFF PICK – VIRTUAL EDITION! The library is still closed for now, but don’t worry, these books are all available online as e-books through our Hoopla, Overdrive, and Cloud Library apps:

1. Little Weirds by Jenny Slate (available from Cloud Library)

Have you ever thought to yourself, “I wish this autobiography was more like a series of freeform poems”? Look no further! Jenny Slate’s experiences with love, plants, and tiny kisses from rabbits are presented in beautiful, sweeping metaphors that sometimes lead to laughter and sometimes leave you teary-eyed late at night because you, too, would rather exist as a fresh Parisian croissant. Perfect for those days when modern life becomes too much and you develop a sudden urge to plant strawberries.

2. The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren (available from Cloud Library)

Olive is unlucky, especially compared to her identical twin Ami. At Ami’s wedding, everyone gets sick except Olive and Ethan, her archenemies. With a free honeymoon to Maui up for grabs, Olive agrees to go with Ethan, if only so he doesn’t get to enjoy it all himself. But when their time pretending to like each other starts to feel really nice, Olive isn’t’ sure what to make of it. This is a romantic comedy filled with laughs during awkward scenes that transform into heartwarming prospects. The characters are interesting and the dialog sassy and authentic. I loved this light read, as the story grabbed me from the beginning and kept my hopes up throughout.

3. The Receptionist by Janet Groth (available from Hoopla and Overdrive)

Nineteen year old Janet Groth of Iowa goes to New York City in the 60’s looking for a job, interviews with none other than E.B. White and lands a job as the receptionist at the New Yorker — for 21 years. And oh the tales she tells!   Her adventures with poets, writers, villains and eccentric boyfriends all over the world are fascinating.  It being the laid back 60’s, she had a very unconventional vacation package and flex hours which included yearly month long vacations overseas, weekly 2 hour lunches with writers, and a stint teaching at Vassar.  A coming of age story like you’ve never seen.  Highly recommended.

4. Code Girls by Liza Mundy (available from Overdrive and Cloud Library)

Recruited by the US Army and Navy from small towns and elite colleges, more than ten thousand women served as codebreakers during World War II. While their brothers and boyfriends took up arms, these women moved to Washington and learned the meticulous work of code-breaking. Their efforts shortened the war, saved countless lives, and gave them access to careers previously denied to them. A strict vow of secrecy nearly erased their efforts from history; now, through dazzling research and interviews with surviving code girls, bestselling author Liza Mundy brings to life this riveting and vital story of American courage, service, and scientific accomplishment.

5. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (available from Cloud Library, Overdrive, and Hoopla)

I’m so glad to have this series in the house during stressful times, when I find myself reaching for books I read as a kid. If you’re already familiar with Riordan’s work, it’s a great time to start a Percy Jackson reread and lose yourself in something familiar. If you’re not, then I highly recommend this dive into Greek myths through the eyes of a modern-day demigod, who just wants his dad’s side of the family to be nicer to their kids.

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