What to read next

Are you stumped on what to read next? The library staff can help you discover that next great book.

To help you get started with your choices for browsing, here are the librarians top book picks at the moment:

Lisa recommends:

  • Tallgrass by Sandra Dallas - A novel about a young girl growing up near a Japanese internment camp.
  • Still Summer by Jaqueline Mitchard - From the author of Deep End of the Ocean and others, this is a page-turner about a vacation gone bad.
  • The Messenger and The Secret Servant by Daniel Silva - Two fast-paced, riveting novels about the war against terror.
  • Magic Hour by Kristin Hannah - A novel about  a so-called "wild girl" who shows up in a tree one day, and the people who care enough to keep her safe, teach her, and learn from her as well.
  • When Madeline was Young by Jane Hamilton - The unique story of a family shaped, torn, and brought together by an untimely accident.
  • Skylight Confessions by Alice Hoffman -  A new novel about how a death in one family haunts everyone in its midst.
  • The Thirteenth Tale by - A truly original fairy tale that will keep you guessing and strengthen your true love of books.
  • A Million Little Pieces by James Frey - Despite the lies and the bad publicity, still a one-of-a-kind book that will help readers understand drug addiction a little better by delving into the mind and thoughts of a real addict.

Parenting books that saved my life:

  • Raising Your Spirited Child by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka - The first of its kind to really address the issues of temperament and how to understand when your own flesh and blood is just not like you.
  • Healthy Sleep Habits, Healthy Child by Marc Weissbluth - Baby not sleeping?  Mom and Daddy going crazy?  This book changed my life, got me a good night's sleep, and taught my child to become a self-soother who goes to bed like a charm (even after 6 years!).

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