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2020

Best Adult Books for Gift Giving – 12/16/2020

Vesper Flights, Helen Macdonald, Nonfiction
The Thursday Murder Club, Richard Osman, Mystery
Crossings, Alex Landragin, Fantasy/Historical Fiction

 

Best Adult Books for Gift Giving – 12/16/2020

 

Best Kids and Teen Books for Gift Giving – 12/02/2020

 

Late Greats – Those We Lost 11/18/2020

Quite a few luminaries left us in 2020; recent losses include Jeopardy host Alex Trebek and James Bond actor Sean Connery. Here’s a look at some books about other late greats from 2020.

 

NBA Great Kobe Bryant

Showboat: The Life of Kobe Bryant by Roland Lazenby

The Legend of Kobe Bryant by Adam Motin

Not just the sports world, but the entire world was rocked by the tragic loss of the NBA icon in a helicopter crash last January. What’s worse is that his daughter was killed as well. He wasn’t just a title holder, he played on the U.S. Olympic Dream Team, he earned an Oscar for an animated short film, started a sports academy and even wrote children’s books. His Mamba mentality will be remembered and referenced for decades to come, inspiring those willing to give their all to their passions.

 

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Who Is Ruth Bader Ginsburg? By Patricia Brennan Demuth

This book in the popular “Who Is” series is an excellent beginning resource about the late liberal justice who spent her career fighting for gender equality and civil rights. Only the second woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, the petite, soft-spoken Ginsburg became famous for her dissenting opinions. We have several other books about her, but this one is a great beginning biography for young readers inspired to learn more about this powerful woman.

 

Congressman and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

March (Books One-Three) by John Lewis

Award-winning graphic novel trilogy details the life of the Georgia congressman, including the 1963 March on Washington, meeting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., march in Selma across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, the 1963 bombing of the Baptist church in Birmingham, AL, and other watershed moments in the civil rights movement. Details the struggles to get across the message of non-violent protest. Trilogy, which brings the story of the civil rights movement to a new audience, was awarded almost every literary honor, including the National Book Award.

 

Monster Mash – 10/21/2020

The Whisper Man, Alex North, Thriller
The Good House, Tananarive Due, Horror
In Cold Blood, Truman Capote, Nonfiction Novel
The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires, Grady Hendrix, Horror
Mexican Gothic, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Gothic Fiction

 

Not Quite Sci-Fi – 10/07/2020

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
The Humans by Matt Haig
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

 

 

Quick and Creepy Reads – 8/19/2020

The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle   Horror Novella
Locke and Key by Joe Hill   Horror Graphic Novel
Harrow County by Cullen Bunn   Horror Graphic Novel
The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht   Horror Novella
Wytches by Scott Snyder Horror   Graphic Novel

 

High School Humor: Funny YA for Older Teens – 8/5/2020

The Past and Other Things that Should Stay Buried by Shaun David Hutchinson
The Lake Effect by Erin McCahan
American Panda by Gloria Chao
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe

 

“ Best ofs” Literary Palette programs and CreativeBug – 7/1/2020

Interpreter of Maladies Jhumpa Lahiri, short stories (family, belonging, fall painting)
An Elderly Lady is up to No Good Helene Tursten, mystery (Cozy, 80 year old serial killer, mug cozy)
Milk and Honey Rupi Kaur, poetry (love, expression, blackout poetry)

   

Summer Reading! – 6/17/2020

Code Name Hélène Ariel Lawhon, Historical Fiction
The Return Rachel Harrison, Horror
Sea Wife Amity Gaige, Suspense
The House in the Cerulean Sea T.J. Klune, Fantasy

   

Random Reads! – 6/3/2020

Dog Man by Dav Pilkey (first book in a wildly popular graphic novel series)
The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima (first book in a young adult fantasy novel series)
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss (classic beginning reader)
My Book of Animal Babies by Kasia Nowowiejska (fun, colorful board book perfect for babies)
Pete the Cat — I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin (popular, sing-able picture book)