FEBRUARY 2018 STAFF READING SUGGESTIONS

EDUCATED
by Tara Westover
(Releases February 20th)

Hands down, this is the most inspirational memoir I have ever read! After growing up with survivalist parents in rural Idaho, Westover, who has never set foot in pubic school, teaches herself enough to pass the SAT and enter BYU at age 17, where a whole new world opens up to her. Imagine learning about the Holocaust for the first time and learning about mental illness which begins to explain some of her father's behavior. As she moves forward in her new life, she struggles with holding on to her family and her past. A must read!
-Maxwell Gregory
THE GREAT ALONE
by Kristin Hannah

Kristin Hannah has beautifully captured the setting of her latest novel which takes place in the wilds of Alaska. It's the 1970's and the Allbright family has escaped conventional life to live off the land in very remote Alaska. Summers are spent preparing to hunker down for the brutal winters, Ernst is volatile and unpredictable and his wife Cora is weary of this latest adventure. Their daughter, Leni, loves her new environment but can she escape the dangers that lurk outside their door or the ones that live within?
-Laura Capstick
UNRAVELING OLIVER
by Liz Nugent

Handsome, charismatic Oliver Ryan has been devoted to his wife Alice. He seems to have everything a man could ever want. He is a successful author whose books have been selling well for many years. Thus, Oliver's very shocking, violent crime stuns his community and acquaintances. This suspenseful but very sad book held me in its grip from start to finish. The story is told by different voices and from different periods of Oliver's life. He unravels before our eyes-just like an onion being peeled. Many twists and surprises kept me turning the pages and guessing at its conclusion. My book club read Unraveling Oliver and we had a very lively and interesting discussion.
-Ann Patterson
PROMISE
by Minrose Gwin

Set in 1936 in Tupelo, Mississippi, two women fight to save their families in the devastating aftermath of an earthquake. Linked by a shared history, Dovey, a black laundress and Jo, the daughter of a judge both struggle with loss, courage, hope and race. These characters stay with you long after you turn the last page.
-Maxwell Gregory
I AM I AM I AM
by Maggie O'Farrell


Would nearly dying at age 8 change the way you live the rest of your life? It's a question Maggie O'Farrell answers for herself in 
I AM I AM I AM. Her gorgeously written memoir is dark in its close encounters with death, but beautiful in its depiction of life. Best read not as a series of near death experiences, but as bright spots which have created a life worth living.
-Beth Mynhier
HOW TO STOP TIME
by Matt Haig


So well written and not a time travel story. A man has a condition where he ages one year per decade. When the story opens, he is 450 years old. It does flip flop in time, but the premise is what do you do? How does one feel when people you love die of old age and you live on? You can feel his angst.
-Anne Allin
ONLY KILLERS AND THIEVES
by Paul Howarth

A gripping novel of race and injustice in the Australian Outback in the 1880's. A brutal coming of age, as two brothers are pulled into a revenge plot to destroy the natives that killed their family. Torn between honor and justice, Tommy, the younger brother, questions what they are doing while his older brother Billy is sucked into the power of the main landowner set to seek revenge for them. An unforgettable story!
-Maxwell Gregory
ROSIE COLORED GLASSES
by Brianna Wolfson
(Releases February 20th)

Not to be missed! This beautifully written, compelling novel will keep you turning pages until the end. Full of joy and sadness, both heartwarming and heartbreaking, compassionate and tragic, be prepared for a roller coaster of emotion as young Willow tries to make sense of her family, mostly her shining star of a mother who suddenly seems to be losing her light. A very realistic portrayal of the upset and confusion untreated mental illness can have on a family. This novel draws you in from the beginning.
-Maxwell Gregory
NOW AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK 
BEARTOWN
by Fredrik Backman

LAST HOPE ISLAND
by Lynne Olson
LINCOLN IN THE BARDO
by George Saunders


THE HEIRS
by Susan Rieger
THE PERFECT NANNY
by Leila Slimani


THE STRANGER IN THE WOODS
by Michael Finkel
THE TWELVE LIVES OF SAMUEL HAWLEY
by Hannah Tinti


THE LIGHT WE LOST
by Jill Santopolo
YOUNG ADULT & MIDDLE SCHOOL SELECTIONS
MIDDLE SCHOOL:

THE TRUTH AS TOLD BY  MASON BUTTLE
by Leslie Connor

Mason Buttle is one of the best characters I've read in a long time; socially awkward, loyal, big-hearted, loved, and sadly, the victim of the neighborhood bullies. His best, and only, friend died in a tragic accident in the Buttle's apple orchard and the detective thinks Mason knows more that he is able to communicate. You don't want to miss this tender and emotional story and the truths that Mason tells. A++++
-Di Grumhaus
YOUNG ADULT:

DOWN AND ACROSS
by Arvin Ahmadi

This funny and charming story by debut novelist Ahmadi was inspired by a Ted Talk about grit and whether it is a predictor of future success. Saaket, aka Scott, is seen by his father as lacking any stick-to-it-iveness, so while his parents are traveling in Iran he heads to Washington DC to meet with the professor who proclaims this theory. Saaket has a series of hilarious adventures and meets up with some memorable characters while trying to find his "passion". Highly recommend!
-Di Grumhaus
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