Winter Reading Staff Picks

Adult Fiction

West With Giraffes

An emotional, rousing novel inspired by the incredible true story of two giraffes who made headlines and won the hearts of Depression-era America.

The Last Graduate

A budding dark sorceress determined not to use her formidable powers uncovers yet more secrets about the workings of her world.

The Book of Lost Names

Escaping from Paris in 1942 after the arrest of her father, a Polish Jew, a graduate student finds refuge in a small mountain town, where she forges identity documents to help hundreds of Jewish children flee the Nazis.

The Man Who Died Twice

After their recent real-life murder case, the members of the Thursday Murder Club are looking forward to some peace and quiet at their posh retirement village, until an unexpected visitor arrives.

They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us

In an age of confusion, fear, and loss, Hanif Abdurraqib uses music and culture as a lens through which to view our world, so that we might better understand ourselves.

The Invisible Life of Addie Larue

In a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets. The extraordinary life of Addie LaRue is a dazzling adventure.

Adult Nonfiction

Between Two Kingdoms

An Emmy Award-winning writer and activist describes the harrowing years she spent fighting leukemia and how she learned to live again while forging connections with other survivors of profound illness and suffering.

Laundry Love

To Patric Richardson, laundry isn’t just fun – it’s a way of life. After years of running a laundry camp, he’s ready to share his tips and tricks–bringing surprise and delight to this commonly dreaded chore.

Crying in H Mart

An unflinching, powerful memoir by Michelle Zauner about growing up Korean American, losing her mother, and forging her own identity.

Teen Fiction


Queen Bitterblue of Monsea has been rebuilding her kingdom for nearly five years when she learns about the magical land to the east where people and animals perform feats greater than even the most impressive Grace.

Grasshopper Jungle

Austin Szerba narrates the end of humanity as he and his best friend Robby accidentally unleash an army of giant, unstoppable bugs and uncover the secrets of a decades-old experiment gone terribly wrong.

Who Put This Song On?

Morgan finds her crew of fellow outcasts, blasts music like there’s no tomorrow, discovers what being black means to her, and finally puts her mental health first.

Youth Fiction

Don’t Hug Doug

Doug prefers not to be hugged, but there are a variety of other ways his loved ones can show him affection.

Beasts and Beauty

Bestselling author Soman Chainani respins old stories into fresh fairy tales for a new era and creates a world like no other. Twelve dangerous tales of mystery, magic, and rebellious hearts.

Dear Librarian

Dear Librarian is a thank you to anyone who has offered a child love and support during a difficult time. Enjoy this warm story as Lydia and the librarian discover a world beyond their walls, one that sparkled with spectacular joy.