Staff Picks

Staff Picks

Staff Picks

Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

This delightful series starter is a must read for those that love fantasy and Jane Austen!  Set in a Regency era England where magic exists, but is only supposed to be practiced by men, the controversial black Sorcerer Royal needs to find out why magic is fading from England.  He crosses paths with the mysterious and magically gifted Prunella, who has set out on a quest of her own.  This book won me over with its wit, fascinating characters, and great world-building. ~Jessie, CCL

Milk Street Tuesday Nights by Christopher Kimball

The cookbook is beautifully illustrated with a photo for every recipe.  The recipes are fairly simple to execute and for the most part do not require many ingredients. ~Beverly, CCL

Good and Mad by Rebecca Traister

A remarkable examination of the role women’s anger has played throughout history (straight through to the present day) in effecting cultural change.  Whether it be in the home, at work, or the halls of government, women’s anger has been recognized as a threat to the power-structure of white, male-dominated society, and as such has often been demeaned, belittled and/or ignored.  Progress toward freedom and equality has been slow and painful, but as the author illustrates, the march forward goes on, and with an especially strong new wave of energy given the Women’s March of 2017 and the #MeToo movement.  Loaded with facts and driven forward by an expedient message, this is an important read for men and women alike.  The audiobook, read by the author herself, is an especially powerful experience. ~Claire Michelle, HH

Notes from a Public Typewriter by Michael Gustafson and Oliver Uberti

Here’s a quick read-in-an-hour book that is guaranteed to put you in a good mood. Notes from a Public Typewriter is all about the Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor, Michigan in which the owners set up an old typewriter for customers to use. Their typing station soon became a place for people to bare their souls. This book is the combined story of these typed messages. From confessions and affirmations to marriage proposals and humorous ditties, readers are treated to the best of the best. When you finish, you’ll feel a little more connected with the world. ~Barbara, HH

I Am Dynamite by Sue Prideaux

A rare endeavor:  a true chronological biography of the controversial philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900).  Most of the tomes devoted to him are overloaded on the philosophy.  Prideaux's estimable work provides insight not only into her subject but his possessive sister Elizabeth, who distorted his life and work after his death; Richard Wagner, whom he admired but whose German-first worldview came to disgust him; Lou Salome, the temptress who replaced Cosima Wagner in his affections.  Prideaux corrects the widely-held view of Nietzsche as an anti-human nihilist. ~Kim, CCL