2024 February Staff Picks

Check out what we've been reading/watching and loving!

Updated February 1, 2024
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The invisible hour
Hoffman, Alice
Paper Book
One brilliant June day when Mia Jacob can no longer see a way to survive, the power of words saves her. The Scarlet Letter was written almost two hundred years earlier, but it seems to tell the story of Mia's mother, Ivy, and their life inside the Community -- an oppressive cult in western...

Bonnie says: I don't normally read books in this genre, but I really enjoyed this magical page turner!

Maybe next time : a novel
Major, Cesca
2024's most unforgettable romance that will give you ALL the feels! From the queen of the 'what if' love story 'It's the sort of story which makes you want to say, I love you, to everyone you care about the most in your life,' Reader review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ...

Maria says: Maybe Next Time was heart wrenching and I wasn't able to put it down. 5 stars!

The reformatory
Due, Tananarive
Paper Book
A gripping, page-turning novel set in Jim Crow Florida that follows Robert Stephen Jones as he's sent to a segregated reform school that is a chamber of terrors where he sees the horrors of racism and injustice, for the living, and the dead.

Jill says: The Reformatory is a page turning historical fiction and ghost story blend set in Jim Crow Florida. The characters are richly developed and the story covers themes of racism and family bonds. I found the personal inspiration the author drew on to create the characters and write the story fascinating.

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow
Zevin, Gabrielle
Paper Book
A New York Times 100 Best Books of the 21st Century THE MILLION-COPY BESTSELLING PHENOMENON 'Exhilarating, timely and emotive' GUARDIAN 'I devoured it. So enjoyable' ZADIE SMITH 'Love, friendship and betrayal...gorgeous' ...
Meg says: It was special to me because the characters felt so true to life and I related to the ways they loved one another.
Untangled : guiding teenage girls through the seven transitions into adulthood
Damour, Lisa
Paper Book
Leading clinical psychologist Lisa Damour identifies the seven key phases marking the journey from girlhood to womanhood, and offers practical advice for those raising teenage girls.

Ashlee says: Parenting a teen girl doesn't have to be dreaded or contentious! If you can listen to the audiobook, do it, because Damour's voice soothes and encourages you like great advice from a favorite aunt or a big sister.

The Wager : a tale of shipwreck, mutiny and murder
Grann, David
Paper Book
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * From the author of Killers of the Flower Moon, a page-turning story of shipwreck, survival, and savagery, culminating in a court martial that reveals a shocking truth. The powerful narrative reveals the deeper meaning of the events on The Wager...

Renee says: Surprising, suspenseful, and riveting. This book is for anyone who likes a spell-binding, and dramatic true story! The author also has other amazing titles, such as Killers of the Flower Moon and The Lost City of Z. I highly recommend this book and their other works!

What the river knows
Ibañez, Isabel (Novelist)
Paper Book

Maria says: What the River Knows enraptured me in a historical fantastical fiction world full of intrigue and mystery. I rated it 5 stars, which I never give!

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