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Check out some books recommended by library staff for the month of March!

Recommendations for Adults:

  • Lessons in Chemistry: a Novel by Bonnie Garmus.  Chemist Elizabeth Zott finds herself not only a single mother, but the reluctant star of America’s most beloved cooking show Supper at Six . Elizabeth’s unusual approach to cooking (“combine one tablespoon acetic acid with a pinch of sodium chloride”) proves revolutionary. But as her following grows, not everyone is happy. Because as it turns out, Elizabeth Zott isn’t just teaching women to cook. She’s daring them to change the status quo.  This book is also available through Overdrive as e-audio and as an ebook.
  • Suspect by Scott Turow.  Lucia Gomez, a police chief, knows that any woman in law enforcement must walk a precarious line between authority and camaraderie to gain respect. She has maintained a spotless reputation-until now. Three male police officers have accused her of soliciting sex in exchange for promotions to higher ranks. With few people left who she can trust, Chief Gomez turns to an old friend, Rik Dudek, to act as her attorney in the federal grand jury investigation, insisting to Rik that the accusations against her are part of an ugly smear campaign designed to destroy her career and empower her enemies-both outside the police force and within.
  • Waiting to be arrested at night : a Uyghur poet’s memoir of China’s genocide by Tahir Hamut Izgi. One by one, Tahir Hamut Izgil’s friends disappeared. The Chinese government’s brutal persecution of the Uyghur people had continued for years, but in 2017 it assumed a terrifying new scale. The Uyghurs, a predominantly Muslim minority group in western China, were experiencing an echo of the worst horrors of the twentieth century, amplified by China’s establishment of an all-seeing high-tech surveillance state. Over a million people have vanished into China’s internment camps for Muslim minorities. Tahir, a prominent poet and intellectual, having endured three years in a re-education labor camp, still could never have predicted the Chinese government’s radical solution to the Uyghur question two decades later. Once Tahir noticed that the park near his home was nearly empty because so many neighbors had been arrested, he knew the police would be coming for him any day. One night, after Tahir’s daughters were asleep, he placed by his door a sturdy pair of shoes, a sweater, and a coat so that he could stay warm if the police came for him in the middle of the night. It was clear to Tahir and his wife that fleeing the country was the family’s only hope.

Recommendations for Teens:

  • What the Fact?: Debunking Disinformation to Detangle the Truth by Seeman Yasmin. This book targets young adult readers. The author offers a wealth of information on navigating news and social media in modern culture. The author breaks down the massive amount of data that has been created since the dawn of time and the vocabulary we need to be understanding in discerning truth from fiction.
  • The Greatest Stories Ever Played by Dustin Hansen. This book was written in a really approachable way, so it does not feel like difficult reading to the average person. It will make readers forget that they are reading nonfiction (which is a genre most
    readers don’t gravitate to). It reads more like a summary of significant video game plots versus a detailed look at the art of storytelling.
  • Boys Will Be Human: A Get-Real Gut-Check Guide to Becoming the Strongest, Kindest, Bravest Person You Can Be by Justin Baldoni. The book is an excellent follow-up to the author’s first book, ‘Man Enough.’ This book is geared more toward younger male audiences. There were a lot of great insights and gems inside the book. This book will help the reader understand the struggles and unspoken rules men go through that aren’t really spoken about.

Recommendations for Kids:

  • Dress Coded by Carrie Firestone (J fiction). This novel tells the story of a group of young women who take a stand against an unfair dress code at their school. You’ll love how they work together to fight what’s not fair!
  • The Queen of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes (picture book). MJ is going to be the Queen of Kindergarten, and she crushes it from the first day! Participating in all her queenly behaviors and wearing her tiara the whole time, MJ is an inspiration (and a perfect walk through of a typical day) for what to do in Kindergarten.
  • Clementine series by Sara Pennypacker (intermediate fiction). Talk about an engaging female character! Clementine wants to do good, but has a hard time sticking to what she’s ‘supposed’ to do. Laugh along with her as she tries, again and again, as we all do, to be a good person.
  • It Began With A Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew The Way by Kyo Maclear (nonfiction). This Nutmeg-nominated picture book biography tells the story of an artist who saw what needed to happen and made it so, through art. Maclear’s art is beautiful and tells a story on its own.

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