Even More Staff Picks

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

A socially awkward, routine-oriented loner teams up with a bumbling IT guy from her office to assist an elderly accident victim, forging a friendship that saves all three from lives of isolation and secret unhappiness.—Baker & Taylor

"This is a book that is sad and funny at the same time. I thought it was well written and emotional at times as Eleanor is quite the quirky character."—Submitted by Julie K., Senior Information Assistant

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Gail Honeyman
Honeyma

A socially awkward, routine-oriented loner teams up with a bumbling IT guy from her office to assist an elderly accident victim, forging a friendship that saves all three from lives of isolation and secret unhappiness.—Baker & Taylor

"This is a book that is sad and funny at the same time. I thought it was well written and emotional at times as Eleanor is quite the quirky character."—Submitted by Julie K., Senior Information Assistant

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Giver of Stars

Volunteering for Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library in small-town Kentucky, an English bride joins a group of independent women whose commitment to their job transforms the community and their relationships.—Baker & Taylor

"I really enjoyed how this book focused on the importance of books, literacy and the need for libraries during a time when many people were unable to have access to a library."—Submitted by Julie K., Senior Information Assistant

Giver of Stars

Jojo Moyes
Moyes

Volunteering for Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library in small-town Kentucky, an English bride joins a group of independent women whose commitment to their job transforms the community and their relationships.—Baker & Taylor

"I really enjoyed how this book focused on the importance of books, literacy and the need for libraries during a time when many people were unable to have access to a library."—Submitted by Julie K., Senior Information Assistant

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The Travelling Cat Chronicles

An ode to kindness, sacrifice, and the power of small things traces the experiences of adventurous Nana the cat and his owner, Satoru, as they embark on a road trip across Japan to visit three old friends.—Baker & Taylor

"Told from the perspective of a cat, this is a beautiful and bittersweet story of the cat and his human."—Submitted by Tressa R., Materials Handler

The Travelling Cat Chronicles

Hiro Arikawa,
Arikawa

An ode to kindness, sacrifice, and the power of small things traces the experiences of adventurous Nana the cat and his owner, Satoru, as they embark on a road trip across Japan to visit three old friends.—Baker & Taylor

"Told from the perspective of a cat, this is a beautiful and bittersweet story of the cat and his human."—Submitted by Tressa R., Materials Handler

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Running with Sherman

When the author decides to train his rescue donkey to run one of the most challenging races in America, he calls upon the wisdom of burro racers, goat farmers, Amish running club members and a group of female long-haul truckers, showing us the life-changing power of animals, nature and community.—Baker & Taylor

"A heartwarming story about how a family rescues a neglected donkey by training him for burro racing."—Submitted by Tressa R., Materials Handler

Running with Sherman

Christopher McDougall
636.182 Mcd

When the author decides to train his rescue donkey to run one of the most challenging races in America, he calls upon the wisdom of burro racers, goat farmers, Amish running club members and a group of female long-haul truckers, showing us the life-changing power of animals, nature and community.—Baker & Taylor

"A heartwarming story about how a family rescues a neglected donkey by training him for burro racing."—Submitted by Tressa R., Materials Handler

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East of Eden

Set in the rich farmland of California's Salinas Valley, this sprawling and often brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families—the Trasks and the Hamiltons—whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.—Penguin Putnam

"This book shook me to my core when I was 18, and I've read it pretty much every year since then. I'm still grappling with some of the questions this book asks."—Submitted by M., Teen Services Librarian

East of Eden

John Steinbeck
Steinbe

Set in the rich farmland of California's Salinas Valley, this sprawling and often brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families—the Trasks and the Hamiltons—whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.—Penguin Putnam

"This book shook me to my core when I was 18, and I've read it pretty much every year since then. I'm still grappling with some of the questions this book asks."—Submitted by M., Teen Services Librarian

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Castoff: The Strange Adventures of Petra De Winter and Bram

It’s 1663 and there is an extra passenger on board a Dutch merchant ship setting sail for the East Indies. Twelve-year-old Petra has stowed away to escape her abusive father. But she quickly realizes that surviving for months at sea will be impossible without help. So when Bram, the half-Dutch/half-Javanese son of the ship’s carpenter, finds her hiding spot, Petra convinces him to help her stay hidden . . . and help disguise her as a boy.—Penguin Putnam

—Submitted by Kevin M., Teen and Digital Creativity Strategist

Castoff: The Strange Adventures of Petra De Winter and Bram

Eve Yohalem
J Yohalem

It’s 1663 and there is an extra passenger on board a Dutch merchant ship setting sail for the East Indies. Twelve-year-old Petra has stowed away to escape her abusive father. But she quickly realizes that surviving for months at sea will be impossible without help. So when Bram, the half-Dutch/half-Javanese son of the ship’s carpenter, finds her hiding spot, Petra convinces him to help her stay hidden . . . and help disguise her as a boy.—Penguin Putnam

—Submitted by Kevin M., Teen and Digital Creativity Strategist

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The Murderer's Ape

Possessing a rare ability to completely understand human language, gorilla Sally Jones dresses in human clothing and silently moves among unknowing humans during a lucrative job with a cargo boat captain whose wrongful imprisonment for murder prompts Sally's quest for justice and survival.—Baker & Taylor

"If Indiana Jones was a boat engineer gorilla, this would be that book! Mystery, adventure, travel, and the Fado music of Portugal have me loving this book every time I reread it!"—Submitted by Kevin M., Teen and Digital Creativity Strategist

The Murderer's Ape

Jakob Wegelius
Y Wegeliu

Possessing a rare ability to completely understand human language, gorilla Sally Jones dresses in human clothing and silently moves among unknowing humans during a lucrative job with a cargo boat captain whose wrongful imprisonment for murder prompts Sally's quest for justice and survival.—Baker & Taylor

"If Indiana Jones was a boat engineer gorilla, this would be that book! Mystery, adventure, travel, and the Fado music of Portugal have me loving this book every time I reread it!"—Submitted by Kevin M., Teen and Digital Creativity Strategist

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In Full Color

Seen by the media in 2015 as a white woman who had knowingly been passing as black, the author shares her nuanced and complex story, from being a child of white evangelical parents to an NAACP chapter president and respected educator and activist who identified as black, forcing readers to reconsider race and identity"—NoveList

In Full Color

Rachel Doležal
921 Dolezal Dol

Seen by the media in 2015 as a white woman who had knowingly been passing as black, the author shares her nuanced and complex story, from being a child of white evangelical parents to an NAACP chapter president and respected educator and activist who identified as black, forcing readers to reconsider race and identity"—NoveList

"I wanted an explanation as to why a White woman would pretend to be a woman of color. Her explanation was plausible even though her deceptive actions were wrong. I found the book to be enjoyable because I like hunting for answers to questions like, 'Why did they do that?'"—Submitted by Burl C., Senior Information Assistant.

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

One of the most important and enduring books of the twentieth century, Their Eyes Were Watching God brings to life a Southern love story with the wit and pathos found only in the writing of Zora Neale Hurston. Out of print for almost thirty years—due largely to initial audience's rejection of its strong black female protagonist—Hurston&;s classic has since its 1978 reissue become perhaps the most widely read and highly acclaimed novel in the canon of African-American literature.—HarperCollins

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Zora Neale Hurston

One of the most important and enduring books of the twentieth century, Their Eyes Were Watching God brings to life a Southern love story with the wit and pathos found only in the writing of Zora Neale Hurston. Out of print for almost thirty years—due largely to initial audience's rejection of its strong black female protagonist—Hurston&;s classic has since its 1978 reissue become perhaps the most widely read and highly acclaimed novel in the canon of African-American literature.—HarperCollins

"I was totally transfixed. It is an epic adventure of self realization and romance."—Submitted by Casey M-T., Master Control Operator, CATS

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