Library Blog

May 23

[ARCHIVED] Staff Picks, May 2022, Fiction and Nonfiction

The original item was published from May 23, 2022 to May 31, 2022 6:53 PM


If you’re reading this blog, I feel confident in my assumption that you are a fan of reading and libraries. I also feel confident in assuming you’re looking for a new book to read. And lastly, I am confident you like variety—because, as the saying goes, variety is the spice of life!  In today’s blog post, rest assured, you’ll find plenty of variety in the book recommendations we offer: a humorous travelogue set in Britain, a poignant memoir in graphic novel form, a debut novel exploring identity—racial and sexual, a futuristic science fiction novel about clones and interplanetary travel, and, finally, a modern Young Adult romance. Talk about variety—at the Lewis & Clark Library, you will find a variety of reading choices every day of the week. 

Happy Reading! 


 John recommends . . . Notes from a Small Island book cover
Notes from a Small Island: An Affectionate Portrait of Britain 
by Bill Bryson 

I really love Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson. I read/listened to it on my flight to England, and finished it when I returned home. It was very funny. I loved the way that Bryson described the peculiarities of life in the UK, especially since I would experience the same "slightly off" way of life myself. Although we did not experience the same sort of pub life that he did, those descriptions were very fun. I highly recommend the book for Anglophiles. Bryson always reads his own audiobooks. He is a masterful reader. 

Find Notes from a Small Island in the library catalog Here
Also available for digital checkout:
Hoopla eBook 


Katy recommends . . . The Best we could do book cover

The Best We Could Do
written and illustrated by Thi Bui 

A heartfelt illustrated memoir about war, immigration, and family trauma that is moving and also shares a historical perspective that was new to me. 

Find The Best We Could Do in the library catalog Here
Also available for digital checkout:
Montana Library2Go/Libby eBook
Hoopla eBook
Watch a LA Public Library sponsored interview with Thi Bui Here 


James recommends . . . Rainbow Milk book cover

Rainbow Milk (2021)
by Paul Mendez 

Superb writing, gritty and authentic. Mendez explores the mid-20th century immigrant experience in the UK through the lives of a Jamaican family in the industrial West Midlands. The story is a nonlinear narrative, moving back and forth through the life of the main character, Jesse. 

Find Rainbow Milk in the catalog Here
Also available in digital format:
Montana Library2Go eBook and Audiobook  
Rainbow Milk is Paul Mendez’s debut novel. Read more about the author 


Guil recommends . . . Mickey7 book coverMickey 7 
by Edward Ashton 
Check out this great science fiction title with interesting and exciting world-building combined with a genuinely funny point of view character. Ashton also investigates the morality of his central premise in a satisfying way. 

Plans are underway to adapt Mickey7 into a major motion picture directed by Oscar-winner Bong Joon Ho (Parasite) starring Robert Pattinson. Also, Antimatter Blues, a sequel to Mickey7, is projected to be published in March 2023.

Find Mickey7 in the library catalog Here
Also available for digital checkout:
Montana Library2Go/Libby eBook and Audiobook
Read more about the author Edward Ashton Here 


Rachel recommends . . . Here's to us

Here's to Us 
by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera  

This sequel to What If It's Us is even better than the first novel in the series. A heartwarming tale of two boys trying to decide if the universe is bringing them together or pulling them apart. With timely cultural references, such as to the musical Six!, tied in, this is a feel-good story that I immensely enjoyed from start to finish! 

Find Here’s to Us in the library catalog Here
Also available for digital checkout:
Montana Library2Go/Libby eBook and Audiobook
Read more about the authors Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera 


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