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by Madeline Miller

Jaime says,

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.

The Glass Hotel
by Emily St. John Mandel

Amelia says,

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. (more…)

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing
by Hank Green

Steve says,

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 Other Americans
by Laila Lalami

Meghan says,

More than just a mystery about a deadly hit and run, this book delves into the ties that bind a family and the impact of their choices. Told with alternating narrators, character’s motivations and inner lives are slowly revealed. A few loose threads might leave you wanting more, but the story is none the less enjoyable and will tug at your heartstrings.

Code Name: Lise
by Larry Loft

Jim says,

A spy story set in World War 2, it highlights the challenges, dangers and drudgery of a woman spying for Britain against the Nazis. Ilse has a family with children, and her story begins with training in the skills needed, continues with the dangerous courier missions and rescues that she gets involved in. (more…)

The Starless Sea
by Erin Morgenstern

Erin says,

This book was so much fun and perfect for any library worker and/or book lover. The story mostly follows Zachary, a grad school student who feels shy and awkward and somewhat of a loner. He comes across an old and uncatalogued book in the university library one day and looks to see what is inside. (more…)

The Wicked King
by Holly Black

Courtney says,

This was the sequel to Cruel Prince which was the first book in the Folk of Air Series. The novel picks up about six months after the finish of Cruel Prince where Jude is now the King’s right hand and has King Cardan under her control through the binding pact they made in the first novel. (more…)

Once More We Saw Stars
by Jayson Greene

Sydney says,

A really beautifully written, but painful book to read. At times it was so raw and so close – I wonder what another year or two’s time and reflection would have done to his story. But this was up close and personal on a parent’s grief of losing a child and I’m better for having read it. (more…)

Say Nothing
by Patrick Keefe

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.

Finding Dorothy
by Elizabeth Letts

Stephanie says,

If you are a fan of the “Wizard of Oz”, you will enjoy this novel based on the lives of Maude and L. Frank Baum, the author of the Oz books. The plot alternates between the beginnings of their marriage and, after Frank’s death, the filming of the movie.