Staff Picks

Staff Picks

Staff Picks

Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker

In 1945, Don and Mimi Galvin welcomed their first child. Over twenty years, they added eleven more children to their brood. Six would become schizophrenic. A fascinating look at the Galvin family's struggles and a comprehensive study of schizophrenia and its treatment options. ~Barbara, HH

A. Lincoln by Ronald C. White

This book takes you through Lincoln’s life, from his very American Midwestern upbringing to his election to president, and explains his struggles as a political moderate. It shows his difficult personal deliberations and the heavy burden of the Civil War he bore. More than the iconic face in the stovepipe hat, he was self-educated, a calculating politician, a deep thinker, and a religious man who frequently used the Bible to guide his decisions. Along the way you also learn interesting details about Lincoln, such as the fact that his second autobiography was first published right here in the Chester County Times in 1860, and that his father’s side of the family was from Pennsylvania. ~Meredith, CCL

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

The third installment in the riveting YA series: Throne of Glass- Former assassin Celaena finds herself confronting a deeply hidden secret about her family line that has the power to change her life and the rest of the world around her. However, she faces her toughest challenge yet, how to defeat a dark force that is trying to destroy the world. If you're a fan of magic, mythical creatures, and strong female characters, you'll enjoy this wonderful series. ~Adrianna, CCL

The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta

Written in verse, Dean Atta's coming of age novel tells the story of Michael, a mixed-race, queer teen finding his place in London. He struggles with not feeling like he fits in with either of his Greek-Cypriot or Jamaican roots and yearns to find a community where he feels fully accepted. Through his poetry, the support of his college Drag Club, and the friends he makes along the way, Michael discovers his identity as "The Black Flamingo." ~Emma, CCL

A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende

A young doctor who served alongside his compatriots in fighting General Franco and his Fascists in the Spanish Civil War is forced to flee the grisly aftermath along with his brother’s pregnant young wife.  The two join 2,200 other refugees who were fortunate enough to board the SS Wininipeg, a charitable venture put together by poet Pablo Neruda, welcoming the exiles to start new lives in his homeland of Chile. However, in order to board the two young people must enter a marriage that neither of them wants. This epic novel spanning decades follows their relationship as they start over on a new continent, still facing trial after trial as they both forever long for a reunion with their home and their pasts.  This novel brings you into the disillusionment that comes in the aftermath of war, and takes a close look at the underpinnings of what it truly means to love another human being. ~Claire Michelle, HH