Autumn’s Staff Picks
“The Secret History of Twin Peaks” by Mark Frost
A must-read for any Twin Peaks fan! This cross between a novel and a coffee table book is a fun, fascinating history of how the town fits into a larger story of conspiracies and government secrets. Frost was a co-creator of the cult classic show, and he continues to tell its story here.
“Don’t Call Me Princess” by Peggy Orenstein
This thought-provoking essay collection covers everything from pink ribbons to the effects of princess-y girl culture. It is an examination of how the culture impacts women and girls and provides guidance on how that landscape can be bettered. This is a book you’ll want to take notes on.
Tina’s Staff Picks
“The Humans” by Matt Haig
I was drawn to read this book since I enjoyed Haig’s “The Midnight Library” so much. This book is very different but gives great insight into his mind and how creative he is. An alien from an advanced planet is sent to earth when an impossible-to-prove mathematical theory is solved by an arrogant, greedy, self centered mathematician. Believing all humans are this way, destruction of earthlings is sure to follow but no, the story takes a different path. A very humorous, tongue-in-cheek look at our own human foibles and self centeredness. Very entertaining!
“The Mysterious Disappearance of Aidan S. (as told to his brother)” by David LevithanTina
This is a sweet and mysterious story about the 6 days that Aidan just….disappears and the story that he tells seems near impossible to believe. A story geared toward middle graders, it underscores the importance of telling the truth and celebrates the special bond that siblings can have between one another. Rather than focusing on where Aidan was, it focuses on the aftermath and how those important in his life respond to his disappearance. A very engaging read.
Robin’s Staff Picks
“Odd and the Frost Giants” by Neil Gaiman (children’s fantasy). Odd is a 12 year old book who lives in a Norwegian village. Odd is well, odd! His father died during a Viking expedition and his mother remarried to a drunken oaf with many children. Odd feels forced out of the family. His village is experiencing a never-ending winter, which has made all the villagers grumpy and mean. You would think that Odd is also unhappy, but he is always optimistic and looking at the bright side. One morning, he rose earlier than anyone else, dressed in extra warm clothes, and steals off with half a smoked salmon. In the woods he meets magical animals who have tales to tell. They say that the reason for the never-ending winter are evil frost giants. Odd realizes that he alone can save the village. Written beautifully with Gaiman’s usual rich warmth, imagination, and cleverness. The book, inspired by Viking mythology, is brilliant. Five stars from me!
“The Scent of Distant Worlds” by W. D. County (YA sci-fi) Exobiologist Cassie Clearwater gets an opportunity to explore a planet called Obsidian. Other scientists have concluded that it has all the components necessary to sustain human life. Her colleagues want to plunder the planet, but she had other ideas. We get both Cassie’s point of view and are introduced to the the society that might get plundered. This book is pure science fiction and is for anyone who thinks that we are not alone. Very well written. Dark and mysterious, magical and imaginative. I enjoyed reading it very much. 4 stars.