Pandemic Picks

Created on July 2, 2020, 4:16 pm

Last Updated September 10, 2020, 8:34 am

We checked in with our staff on what books they're turning to in times like these.
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A masterful combination of riveting storytelling and painstaking research that brought to life The Troubles of another time and place. Highly recommend. --Diane K
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Equal parts travelogue, regional history and cookbook, this beautiful work is a sensory escape. The recipes within are just right for the times: simple, seasonal and whole, relying on heritage techniques passed down for generations. --Stacia A.
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The combination of history, culture, and murder mystery was a good break from the ‘quarantine routine’ and allowed me a visit to a very different time and place. --Barbara C.
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4) Cake
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Her enchanting illustrations complement tiny stories like The Cake of Not Much Has Changed, The Talking Cure Cake, The Cakes of People I Do Not Know. As Kalman concludes the book, “Things are much nicer with cake. Bring on the cake. We really want to live. --Pat L.
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It’s the story of a worldly young man who, at the age of twenty-six, takes vows in the Catholic order of the Trappist monks. Thomas Merton finds withdrawing from the world to be challenging but ultimately freeing. It’s a classic book about one man’s spiritual journey. --Vicki M.
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On my way out of Central on the high holy holiday of St. Patrick - knowing that it just wasn't gonna be the same as in years past, I reached for a book to satisfy the Anglophile in me. --Charlie M.
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I have gravitated toward the many dishes of my childhood, in particular, Italian dishes from the Tuscany and Lombardy provinces. This one brought back feelings of togetherness, enjoyment, love of family and community. --Alexandra S.
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In the middle of a smallpox plague he decided to write down the moral and psychological advice he was giving to himself during the time. I read the short passage, “Accept humbly - let go easily ” while John Coltrane played in the background. And all was well. --LeoNard T.
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Alexander highlights the undeniable similarities of our current justice system to the Jim Crow era. Armed with facts, Alexander argues mass incarceration has created a caste system within the United States. --Janelle O.
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A whirlwind adventure about family and segregation history in the South starts here. This book blends secrets and family memories with learning about how American history has changed our lives today. --Hannah A.
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When Tyler is killed by a police officer, his twin brother Marvin has to balance his grief ridden mother, the social media explosion, and advocating to clear his brother’s name. For readers who valued The Hate U Give, All American Boys, and Dear Martin. --Hannah A.
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This is the story of Echo Brown, a young wizard growing up in the East Side of Cleveland. This debut novel weaves together heavy topics of poverty, sexual violence, depression, racism, and sexism through a magical lens that leaves you breathless. --Brittany H.
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This short essay provides examples of what it was like to live as a Black man in the civil rights era, how to evolve our way of thinking less of someone, and what Americans need to do to achieve lasting change. It is a warning and it is about hope. --Brittany A.
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Told from the perspective of a Black teen getting beaten by a white cop and a white teen witness to the beating, the perspectives of Rashad and Quinn will keep readers riveted and will open the eyes of teens living a privileged life. --Ruth C.
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In the future, people are afraid to leave their homes and order everything online. This grim and gripping dystopian look at corporate control and life inside a company town resonates very differently now than it would have this winter! --Jennifer R.
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Discworld volume 31
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Quarantine has been a good time to read books suggested by friends. A friend with good taste loves the Discworld series, so I tried Thud! I am so glad I did - Sam Vimes is my new favorite literary character. This is fantasy that doesn't take itself too seriously. --Heather C.
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Particularly relevant YA novel about two teen girls, one black and one white, *** together during a protest-turned-violent riot, who must rely on each other to get home safely. Beautifully written by two authors-one black and one white-who bring both perspectives to life. --Victoria D.
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