Your Next Great Read: Pandemic Perusing
Are you curious about what your favorite library staff members have been reading these past few weeks? Check out these staff picks:
- Pandora's Lab: Seven Stories of Science Gone Wrong by Paul A. Offit, M.D.
"It is crazy and only gets crazier! Each chapter is a story/brief history about these acts of science as a sort of cautionary tales about how things can spiral out of control. The craziest example of this is the chapter about Fritz Haber's quest to end world hunger by creating a chemical fertilizer... but he ended up creating chemical explosives. He inadvertently became one of the world's most deadly scientists in history for his work in chemical warfare during World War I and creating a chemical that Hitler would later use in the gas chambers during WWII." —Jade; Reference
- The Bear by Andrew Krivak
"It is a wrenching and beautiful tale that begins with a father and daughter, the last two humans on earth, and their relationship with each other and the natural world that they inhabit. In Krivak's telling, the reader experiences a world returned to its proper equilibrium — where humans are not occupants but true inhabitants of an interconnected existence." —Mac; Reference
- The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
"It was recommended to me by a friend, and I absolutely loved it. It is a fictionalized account of the horseback librarians in rural Kentucky. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt started the Pack Horse Library Project in 1934 to aid those affected by the Great Depression. The story follows several women from different walks of life as they befriend one another, deliver books to those in need, and endure the challenges and hardships of rural life during the time period." —April; Deputy Director
- The Huntress by Kate Quinn
"The book is historical fiction that goes back and forth in time between World War II and the 1950s, and centers on three different women: Nina, a WWII Soviet fighter pilot; Jordan, a precocious photographer in 1950s Boston; and a woman known as "the huntress," a Nazi war criminal. Two Nazi war criminal hunters cross paths with these women during different time periods as they hunt for the elusive women known as "the huntress." This book is an expertly written historical thriller that is hard to put down!" —Courtney; Children's Services and Circulation
- Home Before Dark by Riley Sager
"Maggie is a young woman who inherits a house after her father's death. However, this is no ordinary house. Her father wrote a bestselling novel about how the family fled the house in the middle of the night due to terrifying paranormal phenomena, which brought infamy to both the house and her family. Maggie has always been convinced that her father fabricated the entire story. However, after Maggie returns to the house to renovate it, strange and unexplainable occurrences lead her to believe that her father may have been telling the truth. But is it that simple? Typical to Sager's signature style, twists and turns abound in this novel... and don't be surprised if it keeps you up at night! (I had to sleep with the light on for several nights in a row while reading this haunting and suspenseful tale!)" —Courtney; Children's Services and Circulation
- Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia.
"This book is a neo-feminist ode to Victorian gothic literature, as well as an homage to the work of Daphne du Maurier. Set in 1950s Mexico, the book takes readers to a remote and dilapidated mansion known as High Place, which towers over now-defunct silver mines. Strange illnesses, haunting dreams, odd mushrooms that grow on the sprawling grounds and private cemetery, and an eerie mansion that seems to be a living thing all contribute to this novel's sinister atmosphere. A fun and creepy read!" —Courtney; Children's Services and Circulation
- The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver.
"It's about a young woman whose fiance dies suddenly. She is prescribed pills to help her sleep as she goes through the first part of her grief. The strange thing about the pills is that when she takes them she is transported, as if through a portal, to an alternate life where her fiance is still alive and they are going on as normal. The novel follows Lydia as she navigates a new way of existing as a single woman while struggling at times to carry on as normal. It was a realistic portrayal of what I imagine one going through this experience might feel." —Amy; Reference