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New Books for Every Taste

‘Tis the season for curling up under the covers with a hot beverage and a book!

I’ve actually had a hard time getting into books lately; either they’re too complicated or too mindless, too serious or too sugary-sweet. I finally broke my reader’s block with “Daisy Jones and the Six” (2019) by Taylor Jenkins Reid, a gripping book about a fictional 1970’s rock group, written in the style of a music documentary – I highly recommend it to my music lovers out there! We also have a great selection of new books that just hit the shelves, from popular fiction to former Presidential memoirs…it’s a great time to start reading!

There are a ton of new mystery/suspense books by best-selling authors. While most of them have a waiting list we also have “Express” copies available, which are non-holdable and can be checked out for 7 days. Check out Janet Evanovich’s “Fortune and Glory”, Michael Connelly’s “Law of Innocence”, David Badacci’s “Daylight”, or Mary Higgins Clark’s “Piece of My Heart” – all brand new, and also available in Large Print of Audiobook format!

Memoirs are one of our most popular collections, and there were some really great additions this month. Barack Obama’s new memoir, the first in a planned 2 volume series, is entitled “A Promised Land”. Released on November 17th, it’s already setting sales records (and even beating a few set by Michelle Obama for “Becoming)! Chasten Buttigieg, husband of former presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, also released a bestselling memoir: “I Have Something to Tell You”. If you’re looking for something to inspire, I would recommend “One Life” by soccer star Megan Rapinoe. And for literary fans, try “This Time Next Year We’ll be Laughing” by Jacqueline Winspear, author of the acclaimed Maisie Dobbs’ series.

This year has brought us some truly amazing poetry collections. “The Tale of a Niggun” is a heart wrenching narrative poem by Elie Wiesel, beautifully illustrated by award-winning artist Mark Podwal. Though Wiesel died in 2016, the poem was unearthed from an out-of-print collection of essays originally published in 1978. Margaret Atwood, perhaps best known for “The Handmaid’s Tale”, also released a new collection of poems entitled “Dearly”.

My “to-read” list this month is a bit eclectic, which is not unusual. I don’t read a lot of fiction, but I’m looking forward to “The Sun Collective” a novel by one of my favorite authors, Charles Baxter. As a cat lady, I feel compelled to read “A Cat’s Tale” by Dr. Paul Koudounaris and his feline commander, Baba. As a librarian, I’m interested in “A Place for Everything: The Curious History of Alphabetical Order” by Judith Flanders. And, finally, as a fan of Scottish accents, I’m listening to the audio version of “Clanlands: Whisky, Warfare, and a Scottish Adventure Like No Other”, a humorous travelogue by Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish, stars of the “Outlander” TV series.

Check out these and more in our New Book collection!


By Cassie Skobrak, Reference Librarian