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Looking for a good read, but don’t know where to start? It may not surprise you that we have some super readers on our staff who would happily suggest a few titles for you. Here are a few books that they have recently recommended:

The Diviners by Libba Bray - Seventeen-year-old Evie is thrilled to exiled from small-town Ohio to New York City in 1926, even when a rash of occult-based murders thrusts her and her uncle into the thick of the investigation.

Rise and Fall of Great Powers by Tom Rachman – A brilliant, intricately woven novel about a young woman who travels the world to make sense of her puzzling past.

Against Football: One Fan’s Reluctant Manifesto by Steve Almond - There has never been a book that exposes the dark underside of America’s favorite game with such searing candor.

The People Called Cajuns: an Introduction to an Ethnohistory by Dr. James Dormon - A history of how the Acadians came to Louisiana, by way of Nova Scotia.

The Founding Fathers Reconsidered by Richard B. Bernstein - This concise study reintroduces the history that shaped the founding fathers, the history that they made and what history has made of them.

Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch – Constables (and wizardly apprentices) follow the Faceless Man into a run-down London council estate that may have been built more for magical than mundane purposes.

The Martian by Andy Weir – Astronaut Mark Watney is left for dead on Mars when his team is forced to scrub their mission in an emergency, and then has to figure out how to survive alone long enough to be rescued.

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski - An aristocratic girl who is a member of a warmongering and enslaving empire purchases a slave, an act that sets in motion a rebellion that might overthrow her world as well as her heart.

The Incredible Shrinking Man by  Richard Matheson - Once an unremarkable husband and father, Scott finds himself shrinking with no end in sight, and must struggle to survive in a world that seems to be growing ever larger and more perilous.

Killer on the Road:  Violence and the American Interstate by Ginger Strand - Soon after the construction of the nation’s interstate expressway system, the highway killer emerged.

The Horror! The Horror! Comic Books the Government Didn’t Want You to Read by Jim Trombetta - Uncovers a rare visual treasury of some of the most important and neglected stories in American literature–the pre-Code horror comics of the 1950s.

The Classic Era of American Comics by Nicky Wright - Taking readers from the 1930s into the 1950s, Wright tells the fascinating story of the rise of the American comic book through to the decline that set in with the self-censorship imposed on publishers by Congress and the churches.

The Pearl That Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi - In Kabul in 2007, a young girl’s only hope lies in an ancient custom that allows her to dress and be treated as a boy.

In the Shadow of the Banyan: A Novel by Vaddey Ratner - A fictionalized version of the author’s own experience growing up in Cambodia as the Kmher Rouge came into power.

Four by Veronica Roth –  Four’s perspective during the events of the Divergent trilogy.

Out of the Easy by Ruta Septys - The seventeen-year-old daughter of a French Quarter prostitute is striving to escape 1950 New Orleans and enroll at a prestigious college when she gets entangled in a murder investigation.

How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon - When black teen is shot to death by a white man, his community is thrown into an uproar.

Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast - New Yorker cartoonist Chast writes and draws a memoir of looking after her parents in their nineties.  The title is apparently what they would always say to change the subject whenever she tried to talk to them about end of life care or estate planning.

Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson - A teenager deals with the murder of her parents, and the possibility that one of her siblings may be to blame.

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin - If you enjoy the TV show, you’ll love the book. I highly recommend the audiobook-makes it slightly easier to keep up with all those characters!

Landline by Rainbow Rowell – A woman uses a landline phone to make calls to the past, to reconnect with a past love.

Life by Keith Richards - This autobiography has everything a reader could want: sex, drugs, rock and roll, death, violence, betrayal, and anecdotes for days all told from the perspective of one of the coolest guys in the world, Keith Richards.

The One & Only by Emily Griffin - A Great book for fall that has everything: romance, comedy, and football!

The Property by Rutu Modan  – A granddaughter travels with her grandmother to Warsaw for the first time since before the war. This  is a smart, funny and beautifully illustrated graphic novel.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry: a novel by Gabrielle Zevin - Quirky bookseller recommends short stories to his young son.

Blood Red by Mercedes Lackey – A retelling of “Little Red Riding Hood,” with werewolves!

The Carpet People by Terry Pratchett - The Munrungs search for a new home after their village is destroyed by a powerful and mysterious natural force.

Coraline by Neil Gaiman - Looking for excitement, a girl ventures into a world that is similar, yet disturbingly different from her own.

Ragtime Cowboys by Loren D. Estleman - In 1921, ex-Pinkerton agents Charlie Siringo and Dashiell Hammett track down a missing horse for Wyatt Earp.

Skin Game: A Novel of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher – The 15th and most recent (released in May 2014) installment of the series about Harry Dresden, Chicago’s first (and only) Wizard P.I.

Check back for more recommendations in the coming weeks!

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