If you're looking for a good book, or just something to peruse, check out all the recommendations below.  By clicking on the book cover you will be redirected to the catalog where you can put the item on hold.


CHRISTMAS MYSTERIES

Ah Christmas – such a cozy time of year what with fire places, hot cocoa, and good cheer.  Why not add a little murder to the celebration?!?  Check-out these cozy mysteries with a Christmas theme.  Grab some egg-nog, one of these books, and curl up by the fire.  It’s the most wonderful time of the year…..for murder!


DEAR DIARY

Novels written in diary form feel at once intimate and true. They allow narrators to speak freely, and who doesn’t love the idea of discovering a secret diary and digging in? 


AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER

Infidelity is a certainly controversial topic. It’s certainly one that has informed some of our most captivating literature, From David and Bathsheba to Lancelot and Guinevere to Othello and Desdemona, illicit love (or suspicion of it) drives some of the very greatest works ever written.


A NOVEL LIFE IN A SMALL TOWN

Small towns have a mythic quality all over the world, a place where life seems simpler, friends and family closer.  This provides a juicy setting for many great novels, and honestly, we can't get enough!


Ladies who worked the crown and owned the throne

The popularity of The Crown and Victoria has revived interest in some of the women who shaped our modern world while managing their own personal dramas behind palace doors. Celebrate the lives of some of history’s most compelling leaders with these recommended books.


Wanna transport yourself to Hawaii?  Try these novels!

Eager to escape to sunny shores? Steer them to these books set in the beautiful Hawaii.


Writers speak out on school shootings

In times of tragic shootings, readers often look to literature for answers, even when they know that some things are beyond explanation. 


TRAPPED IN THE NEST: TALES OF FAMILY DYSFUNCTION

Readers who relish reading about other families’ foibles will enjoy these clever takes on domestic disharmony.


BELIEVE IN LOVE: ROMANCES

 

We all know that romance novels are fun, sexy and incredibly popular.  Not sure where to start? Here we've taken some of the guesswork out of the equation.


THAT GIRL IS POISON: BOOKS ABOUT POISONS AND FOUL PLAY

 

Agatha Christie and Elizabeth Peters are marvelous company on a rainy day.  They say poison is a tricky art, and some of today's fiction (and nonfiction) writers are at the top of their game.


DEEP IN THE HEART OF TEXAS

Read all of these books set in Texas and you just might find yourself learning something new about the Lone Star State.


GET UP ALL UP IN MY GRILL: BBQ'ING COOKBOOKS

Is there anything more divine than a juicy rack of ribs, steak or chicken fresh off the grill?  


THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMISH

Learn a little more about the Amish culture in some Nonfiction and read up on some of these popular “bonnet books” for a novelization of Amish life.


TRUE CRIME: TRUE STORIES OF LAW AND ORDER

“Truth is stranger than fiction,” or so the saying goes. There’s nothing better (or more mind-blowing) than reading an incredible book, not wanting it to end, and then finding out it was based on something that really happened.


REAL LIFE HEROES AND VILLAINS

History has produced some of the most admirable figures, and infamous ones.  Read up on true life heroes and villains.


WHAT IF? ALTERNATIVE HISTORY

There’s a ton of great historical fiction out there, but it’s always fun to ask “What if?” What if the American Revolution never happened? What if the Axis Powers won World War II?Alternate history books are a great way to explore these questions.


WHAT YOU CAN DO IN A YEAR

525, 600 minutes.  365 days.  2017 is flying by.  Have you thought about doing something new this year?  Check out some of the amazing things these authors have done in a year.  What would you do if you had the chance?


CLIMATE CHANGE IN FICTION

Often called “cli-fi,” the genre, in short, explores the potential, drastic consequences of climate change.  Instead the pivotal themes are all about Earth, examining the impact of pollution, rising sea levels, and global warming on human civilization.


SHORT CLASSICS

Since we know all of you are extremely busy, we’ve compiled a list of short, classic works, some novels and some novellas, that are all under 200 pages (We bet you didn’t know The Great Gatsby was only 180 pages).


LOVE YOUR BODY: BOOKS ABOUT THE BODY POSITIVE MOVEMENT

You know why body positive books are so important? They prove that this isn’t all in our heads. All the overwhelming insecurities, all the daily battles with our reflections, are hard to deal with. Well guess what? Here are some of the books in our collection that will help you battle those thoughts and help you realize you are perfect just the way you are.


DO NOT THROW AWAY YOUR SHOT: BOOKS IF YOU LIKED "HAMILTON"

“Alexander Hamilton. My name is Alexander Hamilton.  And there’s a million things I haven’t done, but just you wait, just you wait.”  

Obsessed with the Broadway Sensation “Hamilton” as I am? Well, now you can get your fix on all things A. Ham, A. Burr, Lafayette and the gang.  There’s even some fiction books thrown in there that can relate to the themes told in Hamilton.


STEAMPUNK

I’m a librarian by profession, and a scholar by inclination, so when I got involved with the amazing confluence of ideas that was steampunk.  As a cure I suggest the reading titles below to see some of the most creative works of late twentieth century speculative fiction, the novels that defined steampunk.


MONUMENTAL READS: BOOKS OVER 400 PAGES

As someone whose job entails reading at least one book a week (usually it’s more), I have good cause to regard any novel of more than 400 pages with trepidation. Nevertheless, this winter I positively reveled in long books.  Here are some of my favorites.


NO LONGER HIDDEN FIGURES: UNSUNG HEROES OF SCIENCE

History doesn't have to be the stultifying grind you remember from high school. It can be shocking, and funny, and sad — and even if you don't remember all the dates and faces, it can leave you knowing more about the world and those behind some of the greatest discoveries of mankind.


IT'S RAINING CATS AND DOGS: STORIES ABOUT OUR FAVORITE ANIMAL FRIENDS

Lions and tigers and books — oh my! Whether you like cats or dogs, YA, nonfiction, or anything else, we've got the perfect book for you.


FLAVORS OF THE EAST: THE BEST ASIAN COOKBOOKS

Sushi restaurants in every mall, noodle houses on every block, and Asian condiments like sambal, gochujang, and curry paste on supermarket shelves: The prominence of Asian cooking in the American appetite is astounding. Our recipe-testing of Asian cookbooks was an eye-opening pleasure.


BOOKS TO INSPIRE WANDERLUST

If you suffer from acute wanderlust, no matter where the wind blows you, it’s good to bring a good book along for the ride — one that will inspire you, challenge you, and make you even more excited about every new adventure.


LEARNING ABOUT ISLAM

Islam worldwide has 1.8 Billion followers.  Get to know what Muslims believe and an they're fascinating history with these books!


A DAY AT THE TRACK: HORSES AND HORSERACING

My family watches the Kentucky Derby on TV every year with festive food and drink in hand (we love us some Kentucky Hot Browns and Derby Pie!). But I credit the books I read about horses as a child with stoking that initial desire; even when the horse in the book didn’t actually go to the Derby, the Derby still seemed to encapsulate the mark of true horse greatness. 


SPORTS STORIES FOR FANS OF 30 FOR 30

Whether it’s live events like the Superbowl or reports of games from years ago, that passionate quest to achieve a goal is the essence of great storytelling. The biographies of these amazing athletes and coaches will engage readers who draw inspiration from stories of sacrifice and surprise.


THE ROSE GARDENER

Roses have a long and fascinating history. Learn more from these knowledgeable authors about rose breeding, and pick up their expert tips on how to grow the best plants.


HONORING OUR MILITARY THIS MEMORIAL DAY

Memorial Day is meant to give Americans a time to remember the veterans and fallen soldiers of our many wars. These essential books about American fighters include novels and nonfiction, some stories absurd, others painful.