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Staff Picks

December 2021


Elizabeth recommends:

Christmas days : 12 stories and 12 feasts for 12 days by Jeanette Winterson

A collection of stories that Winterson has written annually at Christmas which includes tales of trees with magical powers, a tinsel baby that talks, flying dogs, philosophical fairies, and a haunted house. Each story is followed by a recipe.



Colleen recommends: 

Amari and the Night Brothers by B. B. Alston 

Amari has been distraught and getting into trouble ever since her brother Quinton disappeared without a trace. All of that changes when she gets a mysterious briefcase delivered to her from Quinton. What she discovers about herself, and Quinton, will change her life forever. Amari is a fiercely independent protagonist with incredible abilities that set her apart from the rest. This children's book is a magical read for anyone.




Marilyn recommends:

Grand Dishes by Anastasia Miari and Iska Lupton

Who wouldn't want to read poignant, charming stories of and by the world's grandmothers, who also happen to be amazing cooks? As the dedication page reads: "This book is not about what it's like to be old. It's about what it's like to have lived."  



 Betsey recommends:

The Comfort Book by Matt Haig

If I could shout from the mountains about how great this book is I would! It's a nonficion book and it has quotes or poems or pieces of advice that the author has been given and found comfort in. A lovely reminder to find the things that makes us happy and finding comfort in the simple things in life.




Morgan recommends: 

Nothing Much Happens by Kathryn Nicolai

If you have trouble sleeping, or just like to do some light reading before bed, try Nothing Much Happens. This collection of short stories aim to ease your mind and bring peace to you in 5 pages or less.                                                                 



Brigitte recommends:


The Sparrow Sisters by Ellen Herrick

The Sparrow Sisters are tightly woven into the New England seaside town of Granite Point. When a new doctor arrives, he brings with him a mystery so compelling that town healer Patience Sparrow is drawn to him even as she struggles to mend him. But when Patience’s herbs and tinctures are implicated in a local tragedy,  the town's 300 year-old history resurfaces as a modern-day witch hunt threatens.  



The Book Charmer by Karen Hawkins


For Sarah Dove books live, breathe, and sometimes even speak. As the librarian in her quaint Southern town of Dove Pond, her gift helps place every book in the hands of the perfect reader. Recently, however, the books have been whispering about something out of the ordinary: the arrival of a displaced city girl named Grace Wheeler. If the books are right, Grace could be the savior Dove Pond desperately needs. The problem is, Grace wants little to do with the town or its residents. But with a bit of urging, and the help of an especially wise book, Grace may be the key to rescuing her charmed community.