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December 18, 2020

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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February 4, 2020

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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March 28, 2019

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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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March 28, 2019

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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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March 26, 2019

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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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May 7, 2018
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.
March 27, 2018

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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February 2, 2018

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella is a book about a teenage girl dealing with crippling social anxiety who meets a boy that helps her overcome her mental illness. As mental illness is not usually the central topic dealt with by many fictional books, this was a refreshing read on a problem that exists in every day life. Recommended by Sami.

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January 2, 2018

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is an emotional read that provides insight into a difficult topic affecting America currently: police shootings. An eye-opening and honest portrayal of growing up African American and existing in two worlds, the main character Starr attends a party in her poverty stricken neighborhood for the first time only to witness the murder of her childhood friend Khalil the same night. In the aftermath of the shooting as Starr and her friends and family try to deal with the tragedy, and the media coverage of it, we learn more about coming together and speaking up for what’s right. The Hate U Give will take you on an emotional journey that you won’t soon forget. Recommended by Michele and Ty.


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December 20, 2017

Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan for Serious, Specific, and Strategic Power by Priscilla Shirer is a motivating read that stirs the spirit, while empowering and strengthening your resolve. It encourages you to create your own road map to winning everyday battles and helps to put life and personal issues/ conflicts in their proper focus. A great read for anyone who finds power in prayer, at any place in their spiritual walk. Highly recommended by Patience

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