Staff Picks – November 2020

Cozy up to our November staff picks as the weather finally takes a turn for the crisp! Follow the link for each title to put it on hold. You can choose to pick up your holds either in the library or at our drive-up window!

Taste of Tucson by Jackie Alpers, recommended by Vicki
Alpers includes recipes and cooking tips from local chefs and culinary landmarks to craft a well- stocked Sonoran cookbook featuring regional treats including the infamous Sonoran style hotdog and a copycat version of Lucky Wishbone’s steak fingers. But leave room for a mouthwatering dark chocolate, coffee and fig concoction that had me reaching for my ramekins.

A Time for Mercy by John Grisham, published by Dell; recommended by Dennis
In his most recent legal thriller, John Grisham takes us back to Clanton, Mississippi and the attorney Jake Brigance from A Time To Kill. Jake finds himself defending a 16-year-old accused of murdering a deputy. The town wants a swift trial and the death penalty for the young boy. As with John Grisham’s other books, expect plot twists and great, complicated town dynamics.

The Weekend by Charlotte Wood, recommended by Diana
Three women in their seventies, Jude, Wendy, and Adelle, reunite for one last, life-changing weekend in the beach house of their late friend, Sylvie. They’re practical, kind, loving, honest, and always there for each other – but during this first weekend without Sylvie that the stress and trials they experience without her take a toll on them, causing them to question what they had originally seen in each other’s friendships. The Weekend is insightful, sometimes comical and an honest novel about women, their friendships and aging. I laughed. I cried a little and I found a bit of myself in this delightful story.

Straight On Till Morning: A Twisted Tale by Elizabeth J Braswell, recommended by Stephanie
In this Young Adult book, we follow Wendy’s story instead of Peter Pan. She is older now and this tale does take a dark turn. Great read for classic Disney fans who are older now themselves.

Truly, Madly, Deeply by Karen Kingsbury, recommended by Kelley
By blending romance and family drama, Karen shows us that in the midst of great uncertainty and fear, the only way to live with passion, is truly, madly, deeply. In her true, unique style, Karen weaves uplifting and meaningful scripture throughout the story. I find her books to be truly heartfelt and touching.

Keep Moving: Notes on Loss, Creativity, and Change by Maggie Smith, recommended by Livi
A quick, delightful read containing little pearls of wisdom!

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown, recommended by Georgia
In Daring Greatly, Brené Brown discusses her research that deals with shame and vulnerability and the connection of those entities to the human experience. The book is for everyone who comes under the category of human.

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig, recommended by Megan
Many of us contend with “what-ifs” in our lives – what if we had made different decisions and met different people? Matt Haig explores this idea with Nora Seed, who on the cusp of death finds herself in the Midnight Library, a place where every book is about her, and represents a different choice she made. She can explore dozens or hundreds of potential alternate lives, but will any of them give her the desire and courage to live again?