Staff Picks

Staff Picks

Staff Picks

The Library Book by Susan Orlean

The Library Book is a fascinating read about the devastating fire that destroyed the Los Angeles Public Library in 1986. Orlean describes the complicated background of the alleged arsonist while taking us through the history of library services. Interestingly, some of the ideas proposed by librarians in the early 1900s have come full circle, and are being touted as innovative in today's libraries.  The book is a must read, not only for library workers, but for those who love libraries, and especially for those who believe libraries may no longer be relevant. ~Marg, CCL

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb

In this moving and insightful memoir, Lori Gottlieb chronicles her experiences as a therapist and as a patient. I enjoyed feeling like a fly on the wall in the therapy sessions she depicts and meeting the delightfully authentic people she encounters. It was riveting to see how each patient’s story evolved from one session to the next. Sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes funny, and constantly thought-provoking, this would be a great choice for book clubs. ~Meghan B., HH

The Farm in the Green Mountains by Alice Herdan-Zuckmayer

A memoir of the author and her husband, who flee Nazi Germany during the World War II years and end up living in the mountains of Vermont and running a working farm. It's a small book, great for taking on vacation or on a trip. You will delight in reading about the farm, its house, its animals, and the ways the Austrian/German couple adapts to American New England life,  weather, and culture. It's a sweet portrait of a time and place mostly gone by, that will leave you charmed and maybe a little nostalgic, whether you ever lived on a farm or not. ~Meredith, CCL

The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth

Lucy loses her mother at a young age and longs for a maternal figure in her life. When she meets her mother-in-law, Diana, she hopes they will form a strong bond. To Lucy’s surprise, and despite her best efforts, Diana is totally unimpressed with her. Then, when Diana dies suddenly—and not of natural causes—Lucy begins to comprehend that there was more to Diana than met the eye. This domestic suspense novel is populated with vivid, relatable characters and would make a terrific beach read this summer. ~Meghan, HH

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

Is it good luck to survive a plane crash over the Atlantic? Most would think yes, but Scott Burroughs, who swims to safety with a little boy clinging to his neck, may wonder. Soon he finds himself caught between a government investigation and the media's ruthless pursuit of a story. Everyone wants to know what made the private plane go down: terrorism, a conspiracy or something else? The other passengers had plenty to hide, including offshore accounts and shady business deals and Scott will have a lot to explain when the subject of his artwork is discovered. Winner of the 2017 Edgar for Best Novel, a great read for those who like big stories about society's mishmash of beliefs, values and questionable morals. ~Barbara, HH