What Are Your Librarians Reading?

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We don't just work in libraries because we love books, but it's certainly a big plus!

Here's a sneak peek at what some of your librarians are reading this month.


Justin Racz
Call Number: 817 Rac
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 19, 2019
Tanya Huff
Call Number: FIC Huf
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 19, 2019
Daniel Abraham
Call Number: FIC Abr
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 19, 2019
Peter L Bernstein
Call Number: 368 Ber
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 19, 2019
Mark R. Levin
Description: Levin explores the philosophical basis of America's foundations and the crisis that the government faces today.
Call Number: 320.973 Lev
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 19, 2019
Nnedi Okorafor
Description: "Binti, a young Himba girl with the chance of a lifetime: to attend the prestigious Oomza University. Despite her family's concerns, Binti's talent for mathematics and her aptitude with astrolabes make her a prime candidate to undertake this interstellar journey. But everything changes when the jellyfish-like Medusae attack Binti's spaceship, leaving her the only survivor. Now, Binti must fend for herself, alone on a ship full of the beings who murdered her crew, with five days until she reaches her destination. There is more to the history of the Medusae--and their war with the Khoush--than first meets the eye. If Binti is to survive this voyage and save the inhabitants of the unsuspecting planet that houses Oomza Uni, it will take all of her knowledge and talents to broker the peace. Collected now for the first time in omnibus form." -- publisher's description.
Call Number: FIC Oko
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 19, 2019
Julie Chase
Description: "Grandeur and opulence are everything in the famed New Orleans Garden district, where pets are family and no bling is too big. Opening Furry Godmother, pet boutique and organic treat bakery, is Lacy Marie Crocker's dream come true. After returning home following a nasty breakup with her (now ex) fiance, Pete the Cheat, it's exactly the fresh start she needs, despite her old money mother's disapproval. Full of peanut butter pupcakes and bacon-infused pawlines, and displaying sparkly Shih Tzu tutus and swanky cat headscarves, Lacy's pink-and-green, chandeliered shop is a pet lover's paradise. That is, until a man attacks her in her shop only to turn up dead the next morning- with her glitter gun as the murder weapon. And Lacy becomes public enemy #1."
Call Number: FIC Cha
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 19, 2019
Julie Schumacher
Description: Jason Fitger is a beleaguered professor of creative writing and literature at Payne University, a small and not very distinguished liberal arts college in the Midwest. His once-promising writing career is in the doldrums, as is his romantic life, in part as the result of his unwise use of his private affairs for his novels. His life is a tale of woe and that tale is told in a series of letters of recommendation that Fitger is endlessly called upon by his students and colleagues to produce, each one of which is a small masterpiece of high dudgeon, low spirits, and passive-aggressive strategies--Excerpted from book jacket.
Call Number: LP FIC Sch
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Mar 19, 2019
Caisey Quinn
Description: "Music is my everything. After my parents died when I was a kid, moving into my grandparents' ramshackle house on a dirt road in Amarillo seemed like a nightmare. Until I stumbled upon my grandfather's shed full of instruments. My soul lives between the strings of Oz, my secondhand fiddle, and it soars when I play. In Houston, I'm a typical college student on my way to becoming a classically trained violinist headed straight for the orchestra pit. But on the road with my band, Leaving Amarillo, I'm free. We have one shot to make it, and I have one shot to live the life I was meant to. Leaving Amarillo got into Austin Music Fest and everything is riding on this next week. This is our moment. There's only one problem. I have a secret...One that could destroy everyone I care about. His name is Gavin Garrison and he's our drummer. He's also my brother's best friend, the one who promised he'd never lay a hand on me. He's the one person I can't have, and yet he's the only one I want. One week. One hotel room. I don't know if I can do this. I just know that I have to"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Qui
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 19, 2019
Agatha Christie
Description: "Miss Marple receives a postcard from the recently deceased Mr. Jason Rafiel, a millionaire whom she had met during a Caribbean holiday and who had been her greatest ally in solving a murder. He has left instructions for investigating an unspecified crime after his death. If she succeeds in solving it, she will inherit £20,000. Mr. Rafiel hasn't provided her with any details, but he has left her instructions to go on a vacation he has planned for her with a tour group traveling by bus through England and visiting historic homes and gardens. Now, Miss Marple is faced with the ultimate crime - murder. Someone is quite determined that the past should remain buried. In Nemesis, Miss Marple must solve a crime that not only has no body, no weapon, and no suspects, but no evidence that a crime has even been committed. All she has to go on is one single word: nemesis." -- from publisher's website.
Call Number: LP FIC Chr
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Mar 19, 2019
Angie Thomas
Description: As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time--and has massive shoes to fill. She's been labeled a hoodlum at school, and the fridge at home is empty after her mom loses her job. So Bri pours her anger and frustration into her first song, which goes viral --for all the wrong reasons. Portrayed by the media as a menace, Bri makes a choice--and becomes the very thing the public has made her out to be. The odds are stacked against her, and freedom of speech isn't always free. -- Adapted from jacket
Call Number: YA FIC Tho
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 19, 2019
Eric Klinenberg
Description: Eric Klinenberg, sociologist and author, makes the provocative case that the future of democratic societies rests not only on shared values but also on shared "social infrastructure": the libraries, childcare centers, bookstores, coffee shops, pools, and parks that promote crucial, sometimes life-saving connections between people who might otherwise fail to find common cause.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 307.76 Kli
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 19, 2019
David Mitchell, Thomas Judd, Tânia Rodrigues
Description: Down the road from a working-class British pub, along the brick wall of a narrow alley, if the conditions are exactly right, you'll find the entrance to Slade House: a surreal place where visitors see what they want to see, including some things that should be impossible. Every nine years, the house's residents--an odd brother and sister--extend a unique invitation to someone who's different or lonely: a precocious teenager, a divorced policeman, a shy college student. But what really goes on inside Slade House? For those who find out, it's already too late.
Call Number: FIC Mit
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Mar 19, 2019
Zen Cho, Jenny Sterlin, LLC Recorded Books
Description: The Royal Society of Unnatural Philosophers, one of the most respected organizations throughout all of England, has long been tasked with maintaining magic within His Majesty's lands. But lately, the once proper institute has fallen into disgrace, naming an altogether unsuitable gentleman--a freed slave who doesn't even have a familiar--as their Sorcerer Royal, and allowing England's once profuse stores of magic to slowly bleed dry. At least they haven't stooped so low as to allow women to practice what is obviously a man's profession. At his wit's end, Zacharias Wythe, Sorcerer Royal of the Unnatural Philosophers and eminently proficient magician, ventures to the border of Fairyland to discover why England's magical stocks are drying up. But when his adventure brings him in contact with a most unusual comrade, a woman with immense power and an unfathomable gift, he sets on a path which will alter the nature of sorcery in all of Britain--and the world at large.
Call Number: FIC Cho
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Mar 19, 2019
Rob Schmitz
Description: A portrait of individuals who hope, struggle, and grow along a single street cutting through the heart of China's most exhilarating metropolis. Modern Shanghai: a global city in the midst of a renaissance, where dreamers arrive each day to partake in a mad torrent of capital, ideas, and opportunity. Marketplace's Rob Schmitz is one of them. He immerses himself in his neighborhood, forging deep relationships with ordinary people who see in the city's sleek skyline a brighter future, and a chance to rewrite their destinies. There's Zhao, whose path from factory floor to shopkeeper is sidetracked by her desperate measures to ensure a better future for her sons. Down the street lives Auntie Fu, a fervent capitalist forever trying to improve herself with religion and get-rich-quick schemes while keeping her skeptical husband at bay. Up a flight of stairs, musician and cafe owner CK sets up shop to attract young dreamers like himself, but learns he's searching for something more. As Schmitz becomes more involved in their lives, he makes surprising discoveries which untangle the complexities of modern China: A mysterious box of letters that serve as a portal to a family's--and country's--dark past, and an abandoned neighborhood where fates have been violently altered by unchecked power and greed. A tale of 21st century China, Street of Eternal Happiness profiles China's distinct generations through multifaceted characters who illuminate an enlightening, humorous, and at times heartrending journey along the winding road to the Chinese Dream. Each story adds another layer of humanity and texture to modern China, a tapestry also woven with Schmitz's insight as a foreign correspondent.--From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 951.132 Sch
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 19, 2019
Barack Obama
Call Number: LP 320.973 Oba
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Mar 19, 2019
Kay Marshall Strom
Call Number: FIC Str
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 19, 2019
Elif Shafak
Description: Ella Rubenstein is forty years old and unhappily married when she takes a job as a reader for a literary agent. Her first assignment is to read and report on Sweet Blasphemy, a novel written by a man named Aziz Zahara. Ella is mesmerized by his tale of Shams's search for Rumi and the dervish's role in transforming the successful but unhappy cleric into a committed mystic, passionate poet, and advocate of love. She is also taken with Shams's lessons, or rules, that offer insight into an ancient philosophy based on the unity of all people and religions, and the presence of love in each and every one of us. As she reads on, she realizes that Rumi's story mirrors her own and that Zahara-like Shams-has come to set her free.
Call Number: FIC Sha
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 19, 2019
Lauren Owen, Simon Slater
Description: London, 1893: James Norbury is a shy would-be poet, newly down from Oxford and confounded by the sinister, labyrinthine city at his doorstep. Taking up lodging with a dissolute young aristocrat, he is introduced to the drawing rooms of high society and finds love in an unexpected quarter. On the cusp of achieving a happiness long denied to him, he vanishes without a trace. In Yorkshire, his sister Charlotte--only in her twenties but already resigned to life as a rural spinster--sets out to find her brother. Her search for answers leads her to one of the country's pre-eminent and mysterious institutions: The Aegolius Club, whose members include the richest, most ambitious men in England. Trying to save James--and herself--from the Club's designs, Charlotte uncovers a secret world at the city's margins.
Call Number: FIC Owe
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Mar 19, 2019
Chris Bohjalian
Description: Parallel stories of a woman who falls in love with an Armenian soldier during the Armenian Genocide and a modern-day New Yorker prompted to rediscover her Armenian past.
Call Number: LP FIC Boh
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Mar 19, 2019
Claire Wahmanholm
Call Number: 811 Wah
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 19, 2019
Geraldine Brooks
Description: This historical novel is based on the true story of Eyam, the "Plague Village," in the rugged mountain spine of England. In 1666, a tainted bolt of cloth from London carries bubonic infection to this isolated settlement of shepherds and lead miners. A visionary young preacher convinces the villagers to seal themselves off in a deadly quarantine to prevent the spread of disease. The story is told through the eyes of eighteen-year-old Anna Frith, the vicar's maid, as she confronts the loss of her family, the disintegration of her community, and the lure of a dangerous and illicit love. As the death toll rises and people turn from prayers and herbal cures to sorcery and murderous witch-hunting, Anna emerges as an unlikely and courageous heroine in the village's desperate fight to save itself.
Call Number: FIC Bro
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 19, 2019
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50 Jobs Worse Than Yours
Justin Racz
817 Rac
Palaces For The People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, And The Decline Of Civic Life
Eric Klinenberg
307.76 Kli
A Confederation Of Valor: Valor's Choice ; The Better Part Of Valor
Tanya Huff
FIC Huf
Slade House [Audiobook]
David Mitchell, Thomas Judd, Tânia Rodrigues
FIC Mit
A Shadow In Summer
Daniel Abraham
FIC Abr
Sorcerer To The Crown [Audiobook]
Zen Cho, Jenny Sterlin, LLC Recorded Books
FIC Cho
Against The Gods: The Remarkable Story Of Risk
Peter L Bernstein
368 Ber
Street Of Eternal Happiness: Big City Dreams Along A Shanghai Road
Rob Schmitz
951.132 Sch
Ameritopia: The Unmaking Of America
Mark R. Levin
320.973 Lev
The Audacity Of Hope: Thoughts On Reclaiming The American Dream [Large Print]
Barack Obama
LP 320.973 Oba
Binti: The Complete Trilogy
Nnedi Okorafor
FIC Oko
The Call Of Zulina
Kay Marshall Strom
FIC Str
Cat Got Your Diamonds
Julie Chase
FIC Cha
The Forty Rules Of Love
Elif Shafak
FIC Sha
Dear Committee Members [Large Print]
Julie Schumacher
LP FIC Sch
The Quick: A Novel [Audiobook]
Lauren Owen, Simon Slater
FIC Owe
Leaving Amarillo
Caisey Quinn
FIC Qui
The Sandcastle Girls: A Novel [Large Print]
Chris Bohjalian
LP FIC Boh
Nemesis [Large Print]
Agatha Christie
LP FIC Chr
Wilder
Claire Wahmanholm
811 Wah
On The Come Up
Angie Thomas
YA FIC Tho
Year Of Wonders: A Novel Of The Plague
Geraldine Brooks
FIC Bro