Summer Staff Picks, Round 6

  • ANNA: orange by Ichigo Takano
  • CHRISTOPHER: Watchmen by Alan Moore
  • DREW: Angels in the Sky by Robert Gandt
  • ELISE:Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • HADLEY: The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
  • JENNIFER: The Wanderers by Chuck Wendig
  • MARIELLE: Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
  • MARY: The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith
  • PAM: I've Been Thinking by Maria Shriver
  • SARAH: As You Wish by Cary Elwes
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orange: The Complete Collection 1 Cover Image
ISBN: 9781626923027
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Published: Seven Seas - January 26th, 2016

Orange- The Complete Collection Vol. 1- This is the first manga that I have ever read, and it was amazing! I had wrongly associated manga with being filled with fights and a lot of action, but this was a teen high school story. It follows our main character as she receives letters from her future self, telling her to change some things around in her life. She doesn’t believe these letters are real, and therefore ignores them. When she realizes that the things in her letters are starting to come true, she begins to listen to them and their messages. This was an emotional read, and quite dark at times, but I really loved it. - ANNA

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Watchmen (2019 Edition) Cover Image
By Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781779501127
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Published: DC Comics - May 20th, 2019

A masterful deconstruction of the superhero, Watchmen pulls no punches. Set in a gritty world where the lines between hero and villain are blurred, the story focuses around the costumed detective Rorschach and his hunt for the murderer of a government-sponsored superhero. Critiquing government policy of the 1980’s and packed with symbolism, Watchman is a powerful graphic novel. For mature audiences only. - CHRISTOPHER

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Angels in the Sky: How a Band of Volunteer Airmen Saved the New State of Israel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393356359
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 30th, 2018

Angels in the Sky is the fascinating true story of the birth of the Israeli Air Force. The founding of the state of Israel was met with declarations of war from Egypt, Jordand, Lebanon, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and Iraq. This presented a problem for Israel as not only did it not have a military or an airforce ,while its opponents did, the nations of the world had all agreed not to become involved in the conflict. However people through out the world found ways to send aid in defiance of the neutrality of their nations, such as the pilots of the new IDF Airforce. 150 former WW2 pilots headed from their homes to Israel unsure if there would even be planes for them to fly when they arrived. 150 men and 80 planes made up a force that was expected to fight and win against the militaries of 7 nations in a war of potential extermination. Amazingly, they did. At times inspiring and heart breaking Angels In The Sky is a great read for anyone interested in stories about the underdog and heroism. - DREW

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Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250768889
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Published: Square Fish - February 4th, 2020

This is a YA science fiction novel, so I was a little initimated to read it at first. However, after finishing the entire series, I can say that it's one of my absolute favorites! Each book takes a "sci-fi twist" on a fairy tale, including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Snow White. The world is incredibly immersive to read about, and I loved reading about how the fairy tales incoporated into the plot. However, my favorite aspect of this series are the characters! They are all unique (and hilarious) in their own way. I highly reccomend this book/series to anyone, no matter if you are a sci-fi fan or not! - ELISE

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The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness Cover Image
ISBN: 9781620971932
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Published: New Press - January 7th, 2020

Since the first edition The New Jim Crow was first published 10 years ago, it seems that little has changed in the criminal justice system's relationship with black people; to say the least, it's timely that the 10th Anniversary Edition was published this year. If you're not black, you might attribute mass incarceration of and police brutality against black people to military-style police departments or the War on Drugs. Truth is, as Alexander lays out in her book, the mass incarceration of black folks is just the latest version of an effort that's hundreds of years old. The New Jim Crow isn't a light read, and it's not a slim crash course on race relations in America, either. But if you feel compelled to get the real and in-depth story of how we got to where we are, at least in terms of the criminal justice system, you can't do much better than this book. - HADLEY

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Wanderers: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399182129
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Published: Del Rey - May 19th, 2020

Brace yourself for this big fat monster of an apocalyptic world. Where people suddenly start sleepwalking toward who knows what? And their family and friends, called “shepherds,” follow them to keep them safe, while society falls apart bit by bit, and a plague starts to infect people. I read this last summer in the Before Times and by late February, people were calling Wendig that prescient pandemic writer. But he’s also given us fantastic characters to root for or despise and riveting and harrowing action scenes. - JENNIFER

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Red, White & Royal Blue: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250316776
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - May 14th, 2019

RED, WHITE, AND ROYAL BLUE is by definition a romance, hitting all the plot points in the formula up to and including the inevitable happily-ever-after, but there is a depth to this romance that makes the story stand out. Heavy issues of today, fantastic family relationships, and a truly wonderful queer romance combine into a funny and warmhearted read that will have you laughing and crying but always feeling good. Read this book and smile! - MARIELLE

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The Last Painting of Sara de Vos: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250118325
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Published: Picador - April 4th, 2017

If you like art and you like mysteries, this is your book! Dominic Smith does a remarkable job telling this story from different vantage points and three different periods of time. He tells the story of a painting and its creator, painted in 1636 by Sara de Vos as a memorial to her daughter, Kathrijn, who died of the plague at the age of 7. The painting is stolen from the home of Marty de Groot and replaced with a forgery, painted by Ellie Shipley. The stories of all 3 characters collide when the original painting and its fake, and Marty and Ellie, show up at a gallery exhibit. A true masterpiece of a book! - MARY

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I've Been Thinking . . .: Reflections, Prayers, and Meditations for a Meaningful Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525522607
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Published: Pamela Dorman Books - February 27th, 2018

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see (Mark Twain). This is one example of a powerful quote/saying you will find within this book. Each chapter begins with a "pearl of wisdom" which is followed by a short essay explaining its significance. I enjoyed reading this motivational book and found it to be a source of comfort during this uncertain time. - PAM

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As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride Cover Image
By Cary Elwes, Joe Layden, Rob Reiner (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781476764047
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Published: Atria Books - October 4th, 2016

Written in collaborative with his Princess Bride costars, As You Wish makes me love the movie and the cast even more. The fact that 30 years after the movie was released, the cast are still in regular contact and still get on well enough to all contribute to the book is an absolute delightful thing to witness. The way the different cast members memories are woven together is pitch perfect for the movie and you often feel like you’re on set with Cary, Robin, Mandy and the others as the narrative moves forward. If you have any sort of love or enjoyment of the film, I wholeheartedly recommend reading As You Wish. - SARAH