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Jul 09

Staff Picks - Oldies, but goodies

Posted on July 9, 2022 at 10:38 AM by Beth Pofahl

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Today’s Staff Picks book recommendations were both published in the last century! With John Steinbeck’s American classic, The Grapes of Wrath being published in 1939, and Of Human Bondage by European author W. Somerset Maugham making its literary appearance even earlier in 1915, these books have demonstrated shelf life. In your reading selections, choosing the newest bestsellers can be exciting and relevant to the times we live in, but it's also worth returning to older books which, as the saying goes, “have stood the test of time.” 


Katy recommends . . .  Of Human Bondage book cover

Of Human Bondage
by W. Somerset Maugham 

A coming-of-age story that sweeps you away in its analysis of everyday life with truly relatable characters. 

Find it in the library catalog Here
Also available in digital format:
Montana Library2Go eBook
Hoopla eBook and Audiobook
Read more about W. Somerset Maugham Here


Jill suggests . . .  Grapes of Wrath book cover

The Grapes of Wrath
by John Steinbeck 

Worth reading for the first time or revisiting. This classic tale of haves versus have nots is as relevant today as ever. 

Find it in the library catalog Here
Also available in digital format:
Montana Library2Go eBook and Audiobook
Hoopla Audiobook
Read more about John Steinbeck Here 


Looking for more reading suggestions? Come to the library and browse! For more staff book recommendations, head upstairs to the second floor where you’ll find beautiful reading spaces, a large fiction section, the adult graphic novel collection, our reference books (currently being revamped with new materials!) and our Staff Picks book display. 

Also, we love to hear about what you're reading. Leave a comment below to suggest a book you've enjoyed.  See you at the library! 


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