Staff Picks of 2017

In a dark dark wood
by Ruth Ware– Maryann B
Woman in Cabin 10
by Ruth Ware– Maryann B
Never Let Me Go
by Kazuo Ishiguro– Lindsey
Flowers for Algernon
by Daniel Keyes– Lindsey
by Teddy Wayne– Lindsey
The Leavers
by Lisa Ko– Maryann R.
Saints for all Occasions
by J. Courtney Sullivan– Maryann R.
The Last One
by Alexandra Oliva
– Laura
Down Among the Sticks and Bones
by Seanan McGuireThe second in a new series from McGuire, The Wayward Children series. The first, Every Heart a Doorway, which came out in April of 2017 and has since won a Nebula Award for best novella. The overarching plot behind the series is that there’s a group home for children dealing with the psychological fallout of being returned from various magical realms back to the mundane life on Earth they had left behind. The third book, Beneath the Sugar Sky, will be released in early 2018.

– Adam

All the Birds in the Sky
by Charlie Jane AndersA strange mix of science fiction and fantasy, this novel follows two childhood friends who’s lives take them in very different direction. And then tie them both together with the end of the world.– Adam
My Absolute Darling
by Gabriel TallentThis book was really hard to read but, most of the time, impossible to put down. It tells the story of a teenager named Turtle and her striking life with her father, grandfather, and the people she comes to know. It’s very graphic and disturbing at times, but all together tells an urgent story of survival. I thought about certain scenes for weeks after finishing reading. It’s definitely not a quick nor easy read, but absolutely worthwhile and important.– Shelly
The History of Love
by Nicole KraussThis novel is a little confusing at first, because you have to learn about several characters that span different, intersecting generations and try to figure out who knows what and who is whom throughout those relationships. However, the end result is a fabulous story that keeps you interested all the way to the final pages. I cried and read the last few chapters over before giving up the book completely. It’s a great, creative story told in a confusing but ultimately satisfying way. – Shelly
Good Bones and Simple Murders
by Margaret AtwoodThis is one of Atwood’s books of short stories and poems. Some were very interesting and easy, while others were confusing or just too strange for me. It’s a good next step for those of us who’ve read all her novels and want to try something different and quick. – Shelly
Ken PisaniWon 2nd prize for the comedy Thurber Award. (Born a Crime won first this year.) This is an original romp of a story. Odd, funny on every page and touching. – Regan

by Ty Tashiro– Sew Yeng
Dear Leader : poet, spy, escapee – a look inside North Korea
by Jang, Jin-sungAn absorbing and terrifying look at the horrific conditions that still exist in North Korea, and a chronicle of the megalomaniacal personalities that created them.– Donna
Radium Girls
by Kate Moore– Maryann R.
The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories
by Marina Keegan– Lindsey
The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter – And How to Make the Most of Them Now
by Meg Jay– Lindsey
We Are Never Meeting in Real Life
by Samantha IrbyThis book of essays is funny, sarcastic, and shows (not tells!) the real-life musings of a very interesting woman. Irby is a comedian who has something to say about everything from online dating to maintaining friendships to finding (and losing) love to just simply existing as a black woman in America. Her stories were generally light, funny, easy to get through, and taught me something new about the human experience. – Shelly
How Not to Die:
Discover the Foods Scientifically Prove to Prevent and Reverse Disease

by Michael GregerThis book was definitely skimmed in parts, but overall had a wealth of knowledge to go back to. I’m generally skeptical of listening to advice about things that are good for you (acupuncture, essential oils, salt lamps, avocados…) but the key to this book is that all his offerings are research-based medical findings. Even if you’re not going to follow all the advice in the book, the general principles and best foods/spices to add to your diet will stick with you in a way that can truly extend your lifespan. – Shelly
Born a Crime
by Trevor Noah
There’s a reason why this made so many Best Of Lists this year, it’s great. I’d never even seen him on the Daily Show but that does not matter. I read the book, apparently this is a good pick for audio since he narrates it himself. – Regan & Neera
Thinking, Fast and Slow
by KahnemanTook me a long time to get through this on audio but this is a dense, important book.  After this, one must read “the Undoing Project” by Michael Lewis. – Regan
Book of Joy
Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama
What an inspiring bo