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Jan 04

Staff Picks - Variety Pack 2

Posted on January 4, 2021 at 10:58 AM by Bobbie Clark

Lewis & Clark Library ~ Staff Picks 

Check out this week’s eclectic variety of book recommendations featuring: a gripping historical battle, an aristocratic saga set in England at the onset of WWI, a recipe book for mixing easy and refreshing cocktails, a holiday humor collection by David Sedaris, and a young person’s graphic novel. Find your next good read here! 


Miles recommends . . . 


Gates of Fire  

by Steven Pressfield 

An historical fiction novel that recounts the second Persian invasion of ancient Greece in 480 B.C. Culminating in the Battle of Thermopylae and narrated by one of only three Greek survivors of said battle, this novel is an in-depth and well researched look into the lives of the Spartans and their allies who fought and died to preserve their homeland. 

Available online through: 
Montana Library2Go eBook 
Hoopla eAudiobook 


Rachel recommends . . . 


Cavendon Hall  

by Barbara Taylor Bradford 

This novel has a Downton Abbey/Upstairs Downstairs vibe and it is the first book in a trilogy—which is always a good thing! Suspenseful and engaging, I felt invested in the characters. 

Available in the library catalog Here (regular print, large print and audio) 
Also available in digital format:  
Montana Library2Go eAudiobook 
Hoopla eAudiobook 


Jill recommends . . . 


Holidays on Ice  

by David Sedaris 

Davis Sedaris' funny, unique, irreverent slant on Christmas. Reading (or listening to) SantaLand Diaries has become a holiday tradition. The audio recording, performed by the author, is especially fun.  Not really for young listeners. 

Available in the library catalog Here 
Also available in digital format:  
Montana Library2Go eBook and eAudiobook 
Hoopla eAudiobook 


Clare recommends . . . 


The One Bottle Cocktail  

by Maggie Hoffman 

Have you ever wanted to make a really good cocktail, but not wanted to buy four bottles of booze that you might never use again?  Well then, this book is for you! It has over 80 bright and refreshing recipes that feature just a single spirit. It feels more like a cookbook than a "bar" book. 

Available in the library catalog Here 


Camden recommends . . . 


Beetle & the Hollowbones  

by Aliza Layne 

This gorgeous and evocative graphic novel tells a very human story in a world of shy goblins, elegant skeletons, and blobby ghosts. Each page sings with vibrant colors that perfectly convey the emotion of the larger-than-life characters. If you are looking for a tale of magical misfits, daring friendship, and just a hint of romance, you’ve come to the right place! 

Find it in the library catalog Here 
Author website Here     
Kid friendly website “for all ages” Here  



“Read from a wide variety of authors and from as many genres as you can.  
Don’t assume that because you generally like one form of prose, you’ll dislike another. Try it all and you may be surprised.”~anon. 



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