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Dec 07

Staff Picks - Variety Pack

Posted on December 7, 2020 at 10:43 AM by Bobbie Clark

 

Lewis & Clark Library ~ Staff Picks ~ Variety Pack 

I’ve always thought that working at a public library is a little like working in a candy store—without all the calories. There are so many delightful and enticing books to choose from. In today’s blog post you’ll find a little humor, a lyrical children’s novel, a book about overcoming biases and embracing multiculturalism, fascinating historical fiction, and a feel-good comfort read—put them all together and you have today’s “Variety Pack” of books recommended and enjoyed by Lewis & Clark Library Staffers. 

 

John recommends . . .  

VP1 

Pontoon  

by Garrison Keillor  

A novelization of several stories from Keillor's News from Lake Wobegon and Prairie Home Companion. The title piece is a story about Wally's pontoon boat which plays host to a group of visiting Norwegian Lutheran ministers who have an interesting tour of Lake Wobegon. The stories are hilarious and heartwarming. If you were a fan of the News you will appreciate this book.  

Available in the library catalog Here 

Also available in digital format:  

Montana Library2Go eAudiobook  

Hoopla eAudiobook 

  


Katy recommends . . . 

VP2 

The Girl Who Drank the Moon  

By Kelly Barnhill 

Although this book was written for children, it was a great read as an adult as well. The lyrical prose is magical and colorful as the story itself—and the story is very magical. My favorite example of the imagery throughout the book is the line: “Each lie they told fell from their lips and scattered on the ground, tinkling and glittering like broken glass.” It makes me feel like I can see and hear and even feel that lie. 

Available in the library catalog Here (audiobook and regular print) 

Also available in digital format:  

Axis 360 eBook 

Montana Library2Go eBook and eAudiobook 

Hoopla eBook and eAudiobook 

Read more about the author and her work Here 

 

James recommends . . . 

 VP3 

The Person You Mean to Be: How good people fight bias  

By Dolly Chugh 

While primarily about handling bias in everyday life, this book is a readable and relatable jumping off point for learning some neat and helpful concepts, including the value of a growth mindset, inclusivity vs. diversity, psychological safety, and being a good ally to marginalized communities.  

Available in the library catalog Here 

Also available in digital format:  

Axis 306 eBook 

Montana Library2Go eBook 

Hoopla  eAudiobook  

 

 Heather recommends . . . 

VP4 

The Pillars of the Earth 

by Ken Follett 

Epic historical fiction that can double as a doorstop. Love all of these characters and I return to this book yearly.  

Available in the library catalog Here (audiobook and regular print) 

Also available in digital format:  

Montana Library2Go eBook and eAudiobook 

Read more about the author’s work Here 

 

Mary Lee recommends . . . 

VP5 

Rise & Shine Benedict Stone  

By Phaedra Patrick 

Charming, colorful characters, unbreakable bonds of family, forgiveness and reconciliation... plus an insight into the meaning and power of gemstones. Author’s second novel is as good a read as her first (The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper). 

Available in the library catalog Here (large type) 

Also available in digital format:  

Montana Library2Go eAudiobook 

Hoopla eBook 

Read more about the author and her work Here 

 


Rachel recommends . . . 

 VP6 

The Kaiser’s Last Kiss   

by Alan Judd 

A novel of Germany’s last Kaiser, this tiny thriller packs a mighty punch. Love, religion and ideology clash as a young Jewish maid and a Nazi officer struggle to reconcile their relationship with the world around them. The Kaiser’s Kiss was also made into a movie, The Exception, starring Christopher Plummer and Lily James.   

Find the book in the library catalog Here  

Read more about the author and his work Here 

 

 

VP7 

Photo by Jennifer Pallian on Unsplash 

 

 


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