Staff Picks

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse

by Charlie Mackesy

Charlie Mackesy offers inspiration and hope in uncertain times in this beautiful book, following the tale of a curious boy, a greedy mole, a wary fox and a wise horse who find themselves together in sometimes difficult terrain, sharing their greatest fears and biggest discoveries about vulnerability, kindness, hope, friendship and love. The shared adventures and important conversations between the four friends are full of life lessons that have connected with readers of all ages.

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The Name of the Wind

by Patrick Rothfuss

Kvothe, a legendary hero and villain whom is presumed dead, recounts the story of his life and shares the dark secrets that have shaped his life and forced him to take up a lonely existence in a land of strangers.

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The Way of Kings

by Brandon Sanderson

A new epic series by the best-selling writer of Robert Jordan’s final Wheel of Time novels introduces the world of Roshar through the experiences of a war-weary royal compelled by visions, a highborn youth condemned to military slavery, and a woman who would save her impoverished house.

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Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice

by Nikki Grimes

Lightly framed as a conversation between a girl and her mother, this comprehensive picture book biography follows formative events in the life of former presidential candidate and “lawyer, prosecutor, Senator” Kamala Harris. Though each page is information-dense, lyrical prose makes the text effortlessly readable (“Right away, Kamala was like clay/ her parents molded for action…./ chewing on her pacifier/ and words like ‘peace’ and ‘justice’ ”). In multitextured digital art, Freeman succeeds in creatively capturing a range of Harris’s expressions and experiences, exemplified by a layered portrait of her life and legacy. Notably, Grimes covers Harris’s presidential run and withdrawal, leaving young readers with an uplifting message of perseverance and agency: “Kamala Harris is still writing her American story. And so are you.”


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Name of the Wind

by Patrick Rothfuss

Name of the Wind, also called The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day One, is a heroic fantasy novel written by American author Patrick Rothfuss.

Reccomended by David

Rothfuss is heralded as the next Tolkien, he truly knows how to weave a tale and no matter how many times I read this book I discover something new.

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Many Lives, Many Masters

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By: Brian Weiss

Psychiatry and metaphysics blend together in this fascinating book based on a true case history. Dr. Weiss, a well-respected graduate of Columbia University and Yale Medical School, who was once firmly entrenched in a clinical approach to psychiatry, finds himself relunctantly drawn into past-life therapy when a hypnotized patient suddenly reveals details of her previous lives. During one hypnosis session his patient introduces the spirit guides who have nee her soul therapists in between lives. This is when the story really takes of for Weiss, who discovers that these guides have specific messages about his dead son as well as Weiss’s mission in life. After this book Dr. Weiss became an enormously popular speaker, author, and leader, in the field of past-life therapy, writing another half dozen books on the theme. Recommended by Margarita.

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The Witch Elm

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By: Tana French

Charming, easygoing Toby surprises burglars and then is badly beaten. Just as he is coming to terms with the idea that his life will never be the same, a discovery at his childhood refuge, where he has gone to care for his dying uncle, forces him to suspect that his entire past is not what he thought, and that his family is not what he thought, either. Recommended by Kate.

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The Rosie Project

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By: Graeme Simsion

If you’re in the mood for a light-hearted read that will engage you from the first page to the last, this is the perfect book! It tells the story if quirky and socially-inept genetics professor Don Tillman, who launches The Wife Project: a mission to find a perfectly compatible female life partner. Armed with a lengthy and intricate questionnaire to weed out unsuitable candidates, Don is prepared for anything! And then…enter Rosie. Disorganized, messy, impulsive, and charming Rosie. The two form an unlikely partnership, each helping the other on their personal quests. Recommended by Cassie

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Furiously Happy

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson is an autobiography that will have you laughing and crying throughout. Lawson is unapologetic and her stories have the ability to remind people that they are not alone, while remaining unique and unlike anything you’ve read before. Recommended by Katryna.
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Golden Hill

Golden Hill by Francis Spufford is about life in pre-revolutionary New York. But be sure to check your expectations because it wasn’t like you thought it was. A mysterious young man from England with a very large letter of credit in his pocket intrigues and upsets both the Dutch and English factions. Follow this man through a series of page turning plot twists that will keep you guessing until the end. Recommended by Kate.

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