Employee Picks

Looking for some great reads? Our employees have fallen for the following titles. Check back often as new items are added regularly. 

Adult Fiction

All The Ways We Said Goodbye
By Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig & Karen White

If you enjoy historical fiction this book is a gem for you. Alternating between WW1, WW2, and the 1960's, life stories are entwined with the Ritz Paris as the focal point. "If only walls could talk, they sure would have fascinating tales."
- Review by Candy

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I Let You Go
By Clare Mackintosh

Mackintosh's first book is a must-read for fans of psychological thrillers who love excellent plot twists. It has just the right amount of suspense, is told from multiple points of view, and the moment where the meaning of the title is revealed hits like a ton of bricks. Bonus: this story is available as an eBook and audiobook (with a great narrator!).
- Review by Katie D.

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Lovecraft Country
By Mark Ruff

This book has a little bit of everything: horror, fantasy, sci-fi and historical fiction. Set in Chicago in the 1950s, Lovecraft Country deals with life in Jim Crow America within a supernatural frame. Following an African American family, through episodic narrative, we see the racist world confronting Black Americans.
- Review by Nicole B.

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Little Darlings
By Melanie Golding

I love creepy fiction -- and this books has it in spades. Lauren is plagued by the feeling that her newborn twins are not as they seem. With plot twists aplenty, this psychological thriller, mixed with an eerie supernatural vibe, will keep you reading into the night.
- Review by Brenda P.

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Moon of the Crusted Snow
By Waubgeshig Rice 

I couldn't put this book down! It falls in the post-apocalyptic thriller genre but with some unconventional twists. When the whole world goes dark, an isolated Anishinaabe community is completely cut off from other communities and food supplies. 
- Review by Heather E.

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Son of a Trickster
Eden Robinson 

This is a coming-of-age novel about Jared, a 16-year-old who deals pot cookies, smokes, drinks and also cares enough to help out his elderly neighbor and his down-on-his-luck Dad. And, oh yeah, on top of troubles at school and figuring out girls, he also hears talking ravens, has an over-the-top scary mom and a grandma who insists that he’s really the son of a trickster. Just like Jared’s life, this book is more than it seems by Canadian author Eden Robinson.
- Review by Kerrie F.

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This Is How You Lose the Time War
By Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

This is fantastic science fantasy as well as a fabulous and inspiring love story. Red and Blue are agents fighting on opposite sides of the Time War who begin a battle of words that gradually turns into something more. If you like vivid, evocative language and surprise twists and turns, this book may be for you.
- Reviewed by Neil J.

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Beloved
By Toni Morrison 

This novel is set after the American Civil War and follows a family who are dealing with the trauma of slavery. This novel won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1988 and continues to be a relevant narrative in today's BLM movement. It is a heartbreaking and horrifying tale that is inspired by a true story and all too true history.
- Reviewed by Clare

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Murder at the Mena House
By Erica Ruth Neubauer

This book reminded me a lot of my favourite movie, The Mummy, with the setting, time period, and the with main characters being American and English. The book is set in 1926 Egypt and is centered around the murder of a self absorbed socialite. With the help of the mysterious Mr. Redvers, Jane Wunderly takes it upon herself to solve the murder when all signs start to point to her involvement. 
- Reviewed by Salina

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The Invisible Library
By Genevieve Cogman

The library is a mysterious organization that collects one-of-a-kind books from alternate realities. Librarians will do anything to "rescue" these books as leaving them could shatter the balance between Order (The Dragons) and chaos (The Fae)  Thankfully, Librarians have a superpower, The Language, which allows them to magically tell locks to open, and people to perceive that they aren't really stealing. There are six books in the series so far.
- Reviewed by Cheryl

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Young Adult Fiction

Graceling 
By Kristin Cashore

An amazing young adults (YA) fantasy set in a unique world, wherein there are the graced, a  group of people with particular skills that they can do incredibly well. Reminiscent of The Hunger Games in the strong female protaganist Katsa, but set in a world of kingdoms and monarchies.
- Reviewed by Moraya

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Fire 
By Kristin Cashore

The second book in this series, Fire is set in a parallel world, and a prequel to Graceling. Battles, magic, romance, these books have it all. Kristin Cashore has that impeccable elegant style of writing that you don’t always find in young adult materials. I highly recommend these books. 
- Reviewed by Moraya

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Non-Fiction

Hidden Valley Road: inside the mind of an American family 
By Robert Kolker

The fascinating but tragic story of the Galvin family, who become the object of scientific study as 6 of the 12 (!) children develop schizophrenia. Through the Galvins' individual struggles, we learn the history of schizophrenia research and treatment. The book is a compassionate, elegantly-written biography of a family and a disease.
- Reviewed by Theressa

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