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--Staff Picks Teens

Messy Roots

This coming of age graphic memoir tells how Laura Gao immigrated to Texas from Wuhan, China when she was about 4 years old. It was quite the culture shock – no one could pronounce her name or where she was from. She eventually decided she wanted an Americanized name and chose Laura for herself. Growing […]

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“Dark Archives: a librarian’s investigation into the science and history of books bound in human skin” by Megan Rosenbloom

Medical librarian Megan Rosenbloom has a job that combines morbid fascination with often unsettling medical practices and the appreciation for the research and books that drive the field forward. And something that holds an uncomfortable place at this intersection is anthropodermic books, or books bound in human skin. Rosenbloom has dedicated a considerable amount of […]

--Staff Picks Kids

Zita the Space Girl

Zita the Spacegirl is about a young girl, Zita, who finds herself on another planet as she attempts to save her friend from aliens. Joseph has been kidnapped by aliens who believe he has been sent to them to save their planet. As Zita tries to find out where the aliens have taken Joseph, she […]

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Delilah Green Doesn’t Care

After having lost both parents at a young age and being left in the care of her unloving stepmother and snooty stepsister, Delilah left the tiny town of Bright Falls, Oregon as soon as she could and rarely looked back. Now, 12 years later, her dear stepmother has requested she return to be the photographer […]

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“Cultish: the language of fanaticism” by Amanda Montell

Do you have a morbid fascination with cults? Do you often wonder how someone can give up their whole personalities to what appears to be something crazy as an outsider? Are you worried it could happen to you? If so, definitely check out Amanda Montell’s compelling nonfiction work, “Cultish”. Montell breaks down cultish language by […]

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Ron’s Gone Wrong

“Ron’s Gone Wrong is a computer-animated film set in a world where it’s the norm to have B-Bots, digitally connected robot companions. Barney is a shy middle-schooler who is the last one in his city to finally get Ron, his B-Bot. Unfortunately, his “Best Friend Out of the Box” becomes a major pain, malfunctioning on […]

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Love in the Library by Maggie Tokuda-Hall

Inspired by how Tokuda-Hall’s maternal grandparents met and fell in love in a Japanese internment camp, Love in the Library follows Tama, who works in the camp library, and George, who visits her each day. Life in Minidoka isn’t at all where Tama expected to be and she has no idea when, if ever, she’ll […]

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“Hunt the Stars” by Jessie Mihalik

It’s only been a few years since the war with the Valovians ended and Octavia Zarola is trying to move past the difficult memories that keep her up at night.  She has enough to worry about keeping her bounty hunting crew alive and her ship in the air.  So when Torran Fletcher, a former Valovian […]

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The Patient

Told through a series of online posts, “The Patient” follows Parker, a psychiatrist who is reflecting on a horrifying encounter from the beginning of his career. In order to be close to his fiancé, Parker takes a job at a psychiatric hospital in New England. But on his first day he meets a baffling patient; […]

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“On Animals” by Susan Orlean

Susan Orlean (author of “The Orchid Thief” and “The Library Book”) has always been “animalish”, something people who have a relationship or interactions with animals will understand. In this collection of essays, Orlean covers a wide variety of animals and animal-human relationships, including: chickens, show dogs, tigers, mules, homing pigeons, animal actors, Keiko the killer […]