Lisa's Staff Picks

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ISBN: 9780399252525
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - August 28th, 2018

Harbor Me is a middle-grade book with a powerful story and the emotional punch of a novel for older readers--even adults like me! With this offering, Woodson has given us a literary nugget of gold that addresses issues of race, loss, immigration,... and the balm of friendship that helps one cope, hope, and heal.

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ISBN: 9780399573262
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 1st, 2018

Priestdaddy is Lockwood's memoir of life with her crazy-kooky father, who, after marrying and having children, becomes a Catholic priest. (Huh?) Lockwood is observant, insightful, irreverant, and incredibly witty. She is also a poet, so her imagery is often strikingly beautiful.

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The Bookish Life of Nina Hill Cover Image
ISBN: 9780451491879
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Published: Berkley - July 9th, 2019

This is the most fun I've had with a novel since The Rosie Project and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. Ah, the joy of a bookish life, of budding romance, of like-minded friends...and of being introduced to an extended family you never knew existed? The quirky, super smart, and introverted protagonist, Nina Hill, is truly lovable.

The Mars Room: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476756585
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Published: Scribner - May 7th, 2019

Those who like Orange is the New Black, may enjoy this darker look at life in a women's correctional facility. The Mars Room is about Romy Hall, a young woman who is (unfairly?) serving two consecutive life sentences, and therefore has had to leave her 7-year-old son in the care of a disengaged grandmother. Heartbreakingly real.

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ISBN: 9781592702909
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Published: Enchanted Lion Books - August 27th, 2019

This disarming and hilarious children's book is written and illustrated by Olivier Tallec. Tallec enhances the narrative with adorable and cleverly funny illustrations that the adult reader will appreciate. I laughed out loud! Life as a Mini Hero is a delightful presentation of a sweet message.

Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525654971
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Published: Knopf - October 15th, 2019

Amaryllis Fox reveals what it's like to be trained and deployed by the CIA. Fox discusses the dificulty of living a secret life, lieing to family and friends, finding love, and becoming a mother--all while conducting dangerous missions vital to the safety of the United States. This is a compelling and eye opening autobiography.

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ISBN: 9780525521877
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Published: Knopf - March 5th, 2019

The River is another winner written by the author of the "beautiful" post-apocalyptic novel The Dog Stars--if you haven't read it, I highly recommend it! In The River, Heller follows his protagonists, Jack and Wynn, as they canoe up the Maskwa River in Northern Canada. This responsible and caring pair of young men, race against a forest fire and a dangerous man who thinks they've seen too much. Be prepared to read this absorbing thriller late into the night.

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ISBN: 9781524759780
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Published: Crown - June 11th, 2019

In this fascinating sci-fi novel by Blake Crouch (Dark Matter), the author explores the themes of memory, perception, and time. Helena Smith is a neuroscientist who, compelled by her mother's fight with Alzheimer's, works to create a technology that will allow people to record, preserve, and then re-experience their most precious memories. How can such a beautiful intention go wrong? This is a blow-your-mind read!