Monday Staff Recommendations for you!

by Jessica on February 9, 2015

Starting a new Monday tradition…Monday Staff Recommends
where I’ll put a few suggestion up for people that are looking for their next read. Like the suggestion? Follow the link on the person name to see a list of all their recommendations!

 Love History? 

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States
by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

This is what it looks like, a history of North America as invaded by Europeans beginning in 1492. The indictment if the settlers/colonists/”Americans” is pointed and honest. Andrew Jackson and George Armstrong Custer are portrayed as murderous savages betraying and preying on the indigenous people who were just minding their own business and trying to live in peaceful harmony with the earth.
Recommended by John in the Book Department

Your Next Young Adult Read:

Thirteen Reasons Why 
By Jay Asher
This book works through some tough issues about how an individual’s actions, decisions and inactions can affect another person. When a set of tapes shows up on Clay’s porch, sent to him by the recently deceased Hannah, the story they contain changes his outlook on life, and how he chooses to interact with the people around him,
whether they be close friends or strangers.
Recommended by Jen in the Children’s Department

A Fictitious Suggestion:

Single, Carefree, Mellow
By Katherine Heiny

I have a fondness for fiction that has a sense of humor and place – and if it says something old-as-time in a new way, even better. These stories meet all the marks. The title piece absolutely blindsided me. The characters are not exactly likeable (often, unlikable) yet for all their privilege and obliviousness they are still relatable. They might be friends of yours. Heiny captures women’s worlds, their friendships, indiscretions, and interior lives, with quiet accuracy. Her style is fresh, “slice of life” and sneak attack clever. For me this is THE breakout read for 2015.
Recommended by Sarah in the Book Department

Satisfy your Graphic Novel Taste Buds with this pick! 

Soppy: A Love Story
By Philippa Rice

The dictionary definition of the word soppy sums this lovely little book up just right:
“self-indulgently sentimental.” You’ll devour this sweet morsel in one sitting.

Recommended by Jackie

You’ll eat up this Cooking Suggestion: 

Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly 
By Anthony Bourdain

It’s a memoir about a cool guy’s life; it’s an expose about a tough business; it’s a love affair with food; it’s a bunch of exciting travel stories; it’s raunchy, sweet, shocking, and very smartly written!
I was hooked from page 1 and read it in two sittings.

Recommended by Regina