May Staff Picks

Circe
By Madeline Miller

From Jaime Gonzalez-Vicker, using Cloud Library

Circe takes a very accurate approach to the immortal life of Circe, the witch who is most notably one of the main antagonists in the Odyssey. While she is mostly presented as an outcast in her early life, she develops herself and her skills to become a notable and powerful force among the gods and mythological creatures.

Song of Achilles
by Madeline Miller

From Jaime Gonzalez-Vicker, using Cloud Library

Song of Achilles takes a well-developed approach to the complex story of Achilles and Patroclus around the antebellum and during the Trojan War. While most stories focus on the war itself, this novel takes a more detailed approach to two of the most significant people of this mythic battle.

From Time To Time

From Jim Young, using Hoopla

Great spooky time travel ghost story, from description: “Tolly is sent to stay with his estranged Grandmother in their ancestral home. There he discovers he can mysteriously travel between the two worlds and begins an adventure that unlocks family secrets laid buried for generations. He must solve these mysteries to safeguard their future and reunite the family once again.”.

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing
by Hank Green

From Steve Kline, Programming Librarian, using Libby

A lighter, fun book about societal change and how our current systems make us completely unable to tackle major upheavals. Future historians will read this one to learn what it was like in the age of information overload.

The Glass Hotel
by Emily St. John Mandel

From Amelia Kmiec, Circulation Associate

This book is very different from the dystopian civilization presented in her previous story, “Station Eleven”, which is now being adapted into an HBO series. A large glass hotel, in the midst of a small island in Canada, is the victim of a crime. This is the background for the history of the many people who inhabit the hotel, their connections and associations, under the influence of their owner, an investor in a lucrative scheme. Very compelling and engaging, it truly has been one of the only “serious” books I’ve wanted to read during these uncertain times.

Say Nothing
by Patrick Keefe

From Steve Kline, Programming Librarian, using Libby

A true accounting of The Troubles in Ireland and the legacies of those involved. This book is accessible, full of suspense, mysteries, complex people, and details a major period in recent history. The audiobook is read by Matthew Blaney, a native of Belfast.

Hoopla Movies

From Jim Young, Library Page

The Do-Right
by Lisa Sandlin

From Betsy, Circulation Associate, using cloudLibrary or Hoopla

It has a great premise and two cool protagonists: Delpha Wade spends 14 years in jail for murdering one of her rapists (the other got away). She needs a job and needs to stay spic & span while on parole. Tom Phelan, a former oil rig worker and Vietnam Vet, is looking for a new start as a P.I. and needs a secretary.

The small town of Beaumont, Texas, has more than its share of secrets during the steamy summer of 1973 as Delpha and Phelan use their street-smarts to get to the bottom of them. I enjoyed this southern noir/private-eye/mystery that is like a slow burn with characters and a memorable setting that draw you in. I didn’t want it to end. And great news, it doesn’t… “The Bird Boys” is the sequel that I will be starting soon.

The Holdout
by Graham Moore

From Sydney, Circulation Associate, using Libby

From the author of The Last Days of Night (an incredibly well researched historical fiction telling of Edison, Tesla & Westinghouse and the invention of electric light) and the screenwriter of The Imitation Game, this is a totally different genre. A legal thriller – young ambitious attorney is suddenly faced with murder charges related to a jury she was the lone holdout on 10 years prior.

Maid
by Stephanie Land

From Stephanie Gonzalez Diaz, Circulation Associate, using Libby

In a book about a working, poor single mother who makes a livelihood by cleaning homes, Stephanie cares for her daughter and herself with the help of government assistance programs and explores how difficult it can be to become self-reliant when an increase in income can mean a loss of child care and food assistance benefits. Maid is a story of resilience and is but one of many stories on the working poor and systemic poverty. If you enjoyed reading Educated or Nickel and Dimed, then you will surely enjoy this book as well.

Akin
by Emma Donoghue

From Sydney, Circulation Associate, using Libby or cloudLibrary

A retired New York professor and widower’s life is thrown into chaos when he takes a newly-found young great-nephew to the French Riviera, in hopes of uncovering his own mother’s wartime secrets. Great characters – loved watching their burgeoning relationship, with the backdrop of a great historical fiction story.

Wilder Girls
by Rory Power

From Katie Cangelosi, Head of Circulation, using Libby to read

The Wilder Girls is about a group of girls who live on an island where a disease mutates their bodies – a few girls set out on the adventure to figure out why they are stuck there and what is really going on! This novel is dark and creepy and mysterious!

The Island of Sea Women
by Lisa See.

From Sydney, Circulation Associate, using Libby or cloudLibrary

In case you missed this book club pick from last year, this is such a powerful female story! Great historical fiction about Korea leading up to the Korean War, as well as the female divers, but the real star of this story is the relationships between these women and the power that holds.