GPLD CONNECTS BOOK TALKS
"American Wife" by Curtis Sittenfeld is a fictionalized look the life of former First Lady Laura Bush and provides a very plausible insight into her mind, says our Library Associate Ruth. The book makes the reader think about the relationship between spouses when high-stakes politics are involved.
Nonfiction doesn't have to be dry and boring. These page-turning nonfiction titles are as engaging as fiction!
Middle grade readers who like a little mystery mixed with magic and adventure will enjoy "Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire" by John August, says our Library Associate Ruth.
Travel back in time with these great books recommended for grades 3-6. Older readers who can't get enough history will love the books on this list!
Is it murder, or suicide? That's the question at the heart of "The Lost Man" by Jane Harper as Nathan Bright tries to find out how and why his beloved brother Cameron died. In the process, Nathan will have to unearth some painful family secrets, says our Librarian Dana.
Ever think your school is boring? Experience the boarding school life by reading one of these thrilling books!
The historical fantasy novel "Gods of Jade and Shadow" by Silvia Moreno-Garcia is the story of Cinderella, set in the jazz age, and mixed with Mexican folklore, says our Librarian Erin. This excellent fairytale features a wonderful female heroine, Casiopea, who is both relatable and enviable.
Here's a tribute to everyone's favorite dessert. Get inspiration and ideas from these fabulous books.
Our Banned Book Club Library Associate Madi recommends "The Giver" by Lois Lowry, a unique dystopian novel that remains a children's literature favorite to this day.
Readers in grades 3 to 5 will enjoy these nonfiction crazy creatures and learn some fascinating facts!
"The Charm School" by Susan Wiggs is an opposites attract historical romance that is sweet, witty, and charming, says our Librarian Dana.
Like a brisk walk outside, poetry can provide a healthy distraction; a meaningful change in perspective; nourishment for the soul.
"The Cheerleaders" by Kara Thomas is a Young Adult thriller you won't be able to put down until the very end, says our Librarian Erin. Thomas expertly weaves together the clues in this compelling mystery that also celebrates the power of female friendship.
From old-school to cutting-edge, these Crime Fiction reads will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Do you love unicorns? Then you will love these magical books!
“The Beekeeper of Aleppo” by Christy Lefteri is a debut novel that packs a powerful punch, says our Library Associate Ruth. Lefteri provides readers with a stunning portrayal of refugees that experience devastating loss.
"The Westing Game" by Ellen Raskin is a middle grade mystery. If you enjoy puzzles and secrets, you'll love solving the mystery alongside the main characters, says our Young Adult Librarian Martha.
Unable to take a trip? The books on this list allow you to discover the world from the comfort of your home!
“Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court” by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, recommended for grades 7 and up, is our Middle School Librarian Kylie's favorite sports autobiography. The book shares how Abdul-Jabbar struggled with his identity and how he also became a pivotal part of the civil rights movement – all while becoming a basketball legend.
From the smallest deities to the major gods of legend and scripture, their personalities are often larger than life! These eight titles give life not only to gods of various cultures around the world, but rewrite the stories we know of them.
"Clean Getaway" by Nic Stone takes readers on a journey across the South to important sites from the civil rights movement. Our Librarian Lexy recommends this book for grades 4 and up. Join Scoob and his grandmother as he learns about important people and moments in civil rights history – and finds out what his grandmother has been hiding from him.
While you may not be sitting in an actual courtroom, these riveting courtroom dramas will leave you at the edge of your seat!
If it's escapist fiction you're looking for, our Library Associate Ruth recommends "The Authenticity Project" by Clare Pooley. This has it all: struggles, triumph, and complex characters who are remarkable, she says.
Some journeys change you forever. Check out these books at https://gpld.org/read.
In "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" by Sherman Alexie, the author recounts his experiences as a Native American in a country that no longer feels like home, says our Banned Book Club Library Associate Madi.
Keep your brain sharp this summer with these fast-paced and fascinating nonfiction titles!
If you enjoy women's fiction, check out “The Night the Lights Went Out” by Karen White. Our Librarian Dana says the characters slowly stole their way into her heart, feeling like good friends by the time she finished the last page.
"Strange the Dreamer" by Laini Taylor is an epic fantasy full of gods and monsters, ghosts and demons, and dreams and nightmares, says our Young Adult Librarian Martha. This book will leave you breathless - and also desperate to read the sequel, "Muse of Nightmares."
These fun and fluffy romantic Young Adult stories offer a sunny perspective on life.
“The Stars Beneath Our Feet” by David Barclay Moore is a middle grade novel about 12-year-old Lolly and his struggle to find his way - while surrounded by gang influences. He uses his creativity in building LEGOs to help himself heal through - and escape - his grief. It’s a book with an important message, says our Library Associate Ruth.
Embark on a Historical Mystery: Go back in time and solve a mystery with these first entries from eight popular and exciting historical mystery series.
"The Flatshare" by Beth O'Leary is a romantic novel that asks the question: Is it possible to fall for someone you've never met face-to-face? Our Librarian Erin says this is a sweet and hopeful romance that is perfect for fans of "500 Miles From You" by Jenny Colgan and "Attachments" by Rainbow Rowell.
Friends can make the world a better place. Here are some books celebrating the gift of friendship that are perfect for our young readers ages 3 to 5!
For those that love reading about food, from the home cook to the professional, this list covers it all.
Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune by Pamela S. Turner is an epic tale full of betrayal, backstabbing, honor, loyalty, war, and feuding families - and it's all real history, says our Middle School Librarian Kylie. This book is recommended for grades 6 and up.
"Kitchen Confidential" by Anthony Bourdain is a fascinating ride of his culinary journey and the mistakes he made, says our Library Associate Ruth. Bourdain sets the bar high with this book, and it holds up.
"The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky is a contemporary Young Adult novel that packs a potently emotional punch, says our Banned Book Club Library Associate Madi.
If you like mysteries, monsters, and a good pulse-pounding adventure story, "Jackaby" by William Ritter is all of these and more, says our Young Adult Librarian Martha.
"Eight Perfect Murders" by Peter Swanson is a book with a unique premise, says our Library Associate Ruth. Someone is committing murders - based on books about perfect murders that a bookseller wrote about on his blog. It's a clever premise that makes for a good read, she says.
“Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee” is the true crime novel Harper Lee researched but never wrote. Author Casey Cep weaves together a gripping true crime case and the biography of a beloved yet complicated writer who struggled as well as triumphed in her works, says our Librarian Erin.
"The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle" by Stuart Turton is an Agatha Christie-style murder mystery, but with body swapping. Deeply atmospheric and intricately plotted, this unique novel will appeal to lovers of complex mysteries and puzzles, says our Librarian Dana.
"Thornhill" by Pam Smy is scary, creepy, and weird, and our Librarian Lexy says it's also one of her favorite books. She recommends this book for older kids who like reading scary books - or even grown-ups who like horror novels.
“The Epic Crush of Genie Lo” by F.C. Yee is “the summer book blockbuster you’ve been waiting for,” says our Young Adult Librarian Martha. This hilarious mix of Chinese mythology, Kung Fu action, and sarcastic humor will have you alternately laughing and gripping the edge of your seat, she says.
The themes in the science fiction classic “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury, about a dystopian society where reading is banned and television is taking over, are still relevant today, says our Library Associate Madi.
"Echo Mountain" by Lauren Wolk is a middle grade book that our Library Associate Ruth recommends. Although set in the Depression, the book is interwoven with such an amazing fortitude and determination that readers are encouraged to continue to hope, she says.
Our Library Associate Ruth is a big fan of poetry, and highly recommends Rumi, a 13th Century Persian poet. His works will capture your heart, she says, and she shares one of her favorite Rumi works, the poem "The Guest House."
"Solo" by Kwame Alexander is told as a novel in verse, with a combination of poetry, text messages, and song lyrics. It's the story of someone finding themselves through music and using their talents to make the world a better place, says our Young Adult Librarian Martha.
"Vinegar Girl" by Anne Tyler is a modern, quirky, and humorous twist on William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew," says our Librarian Erin. She recommends this quick read for its humor and heart.
Our Librarian Dana shares one her recent favorite romance novels, "You Deserve Each Other," by Sarah Hogle. This "lovers-to-enemies and back to lovers again" romance features witty dialogue and warm, tender moments, she says.
The classic novel “Alice in Wonderland” is our Banned Book Club feature today, and our Library Associate Madi discusses the controversy surrounding this book.
"The Water Keeper" by Charles Martin is about love and redemption - and more: it's also a gritty, action-packed thriller that made for a captivating read, says our Library Associate Ruth.
Discover the adventures - and misadventures - of the Durrell family when they move from England to the Grecian island of Corfu in "My Family and Other Animals" by Gerald Durrell. It's joyous in its chaos and touching in the heartfelt memories Durrell recounts, and the book is a great escape read, says our Librarian Martha.
"Over the Moon" by Natalie Lloyd is a great book for grades 3-5 and anyone who likes an adventure story with some fantasy and magic, says our Librarian Lexy.
If "The Hunger Games" set in space sounds like a cool concept, you have to check out "Nyxia" by Scott Reintgen. It's an exciting sci-fi story for grades 6 and up, says our Middle School Librarian Kylie.
“Fun Home” by Alison Bechdel is a graphic novel memoir that offers a story many people live, and acts as a safe space to contemplate the complexities of sexuality, says our Banned Book Club Library Associate Madi.
“The Story of Arthur Truluv” by Elizabeth Berg is a beautiful read about three people trying to fill the void their losses have created, and ultimately, it’s a feel-good story our Library Associate Ruth recommends.
The complicated relationship between a woman and her mother-in-law turns into a murder in "The Mother-in-Law" by Sally Hepworth. This is a slow-burning suspense that shows how small misunderstandings lead to larger consequences, says our Librarian Erin.
"Destiny of the Republic" is a nonfiction page-turner that often reads like a thriller, as the author seamlessly interweaves the narratives of President James Garfield's life and presidency with the mentally ill man who shot him, says our Librarian Dana.
“The Nix” is a literary book of social satire, brimming with humor, says our Library Associate Ruth.
You’ve probably heard the story of Snow White before, but “The Shadow Queen” weaves magic, intrigue, and adventure to take this tale to places you’ve never imagined, says our Young Adult Librarian Martha.
"The Lovely and the Lost" is an exciting thriller recommended for grades 6 and up that is full of mortal danger, long-hidden secrets, and twists, says our Middle School Librarian Kylie.
Our Banned Book Club Librarian Madi says: "The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas provides a scope into police brutality, white privilege, and the power of a single voice."
The middle grade novel "Small Spaces" is an "atmospheric paranormal tale that is equal parts mystery and an exploration of moving on through grief," said our Librarian Erin.
"The Starless Sea" is "beautifully written, with a cast of authentic and complex characters. This novel is a love letter to stories," says our Librarian Lauren.
Readers looking to immerse themselves in meticulously researched, sprawling historical nonfiction should look no further than "The Hemingses of Monticello" says our Librarian Dana.
Learn why “Killing November” is a dangerous and twisty tale, according to our Middle School Librarian Kylie.
“Trouble at Table 5” is recommended for grades 1-3 and anyone who likes a good story about mischief, says our Librarian Lexy.
Discover why our Banned Book Club Librarian Madi says “Dope Sick” by Walter Dean Myers provokes thought about poverty and institutional racism.
Discover why our Library Associate Ruth says the Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling) is gripping and unexpected.
Our Young Adult Librarian Martha says “My Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream Life” is a coming of age story about a girl’s journey to understanding who she is and what she values.
Learn why our Librarian Erin recommends the graphic novel “Twilight Man,” which is about the fascinating life of “The Twilight Zone” creator Rod Serling.
Our Library Associate Ruth says “The Vineyards of Champagne” has something for everyone: mystery, romance, friendship, and history.
Our Librarian Dana discusses why “Life Undercover” by Amaryllis Fox is a “nonfiction page-turner.”
“Every Heart a Doorway” is short and sweet but packs an emotional punch, says our Young Adult Librarian Martha.
“Secret Solders” is historical fiction that takes teens to an era they don’t often see in books, says our Librarian Kylie.
Effren Divided is a timely and moving story about the enduring bonds of family, says our Library Associate Ruth.
"Inheritance" by Dani Shapiro is a nuanced and vulnerable look at a secret uncovered and how it impacts so many lives, says Library Associate Ruth.
“A Wish in the Dark” by Christina Soontornvat is a wonderful book for grades 4-6 and shows us that those born in darkness are not doomed to return says our Librarian Lexy.
A babysitting gig becomes more than one woman bargains for in “Nothing to See Here,” which our Librarian Erin recommends.
“The Wolf’s Boy” is a beautiful story that will draw you in, says our Library Associate Ruth.
If you need a good mystery to escape, “I Found You” is the perfect read, says our Librarian Lauren.
“The Thousandth Floor” combines Gossip Girl with a technological thriller, says Young Adult Librarian Martha.
Readers will delight in the hilarious banter and epic battle of wills in the love story “The Gunslinger’s Vow,” says our Librarian Dana.
Discover why our Banned Book Club Librarian Madi recommends you read “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley, a classic that depicts a dystopian future.
Learn why our Young Adult Librarian Martha recommends the frothy rom-com “The Summer of Jordi Perez.”
“Home Cooking” by Laurie Colwin will make you appreciate the joy of food and eating accordng to our Library Associate Ruth.
Fans of “Little House on the Prairie” will enjoy reading Ma’s side of the story in “Caroline: Little House, Revisited,” says Librarian Dana.
Sue Monk Kidd’s “The Book of Longings” is moving and lyrical, says our Librarian Lauren.
“Dorothy Must Die” is a twist on the classic movie of the same name that’s a great read for those who love fantasy and horror novels, says our Young Adult Librarian Martha.
Our middle school librarian Kylie highly recommends the graphic novel “The Faithful Spy,” which is a story about trying to do the right thing in Hitler’s Germany.
The graphic novel “They Called Us Enemy” by George Takei is “a riveting yet saddening piece of our American history,” says our Librarian Erin.
Discover why GPLD’s Librarian Dana says “Another Good Dog” is feel-good nonfiction at its finest.
Our Young Adult Librarian Martha describes “Dread Nation” as “Zombies meet the Wild West.” Discover why she highly recommends this “genre-bending historical fiction novel.”
Discover why our Library Associate Ruth feels “Tiny Beautiful Things” by Cheryl Strayed is like a "warm hug."
George Orwell’s 1984 remains relevant today even though it was published 70 years ago, says Librarian Madi, who leads our Banned Book Club.
Learn why our Librarian Erin says “Sorcery of Thorns” by Margaret Rogerson is a “dynamic, action-packed fantasy/adventure.”
Discover why Librarian Dana says “All-American Murder” by James Patterson provides a “heartbreaking yet fascinating glimpse” of Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots football star convicted of murder.
Our middle school librarian Kylie recommends “Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction” and shows us how to make a pencil crossbow! All you need is a pen, a pencil, duct tape, and a fat rubber band.
Miss Ginny’s favorite author just had a birthday! Can you guess who it is? Join us to learn more about this amazing author.
“From the Desk of Zoe Washington” by Janae Marks is a great book for grades 5 and up and is a mystery with a dash of sweetness thrown in, says GPLD Librarian Lexy.
Discover why GPLD’s young adult librarian Martha recommends “With the Fire on High” by Elizabeth Acevedo to fans of books about food, coming of age, and travel.
Our Miss Sarah recommends the kid’s book “There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly” by Simms Taback. You can get a digital copy of the book through gpld.org/databases – go to BookFlix for a sing-along version.
GPLD’s Library Associate Ruth says “The Lager Queen of Minnesota” by J. Ryan Stradal is “storytelling at its best.” Find this and other eBooks to check out at gpld.org/read.
Discover why our Librarian Erin has high praise for “You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington” by Alexis Coe. Find this and other eBooks to check out at gpld.org/read.
GPLD’s Librarian Lexy Jones says “The Best of Iggy” by Annie Barrows is an entertaining book for grades 3-5. Find this and other eBooks to check out at gpld.org/read.
Our Teen Librarian Martha explains why the modern-day Young Adult thriller “Sadie” by Courtney Summers is such a great read. Find this and other eBooks to check out at gpld.org/read.
Learn why GPLD's Librarian Dana highly recommends "American Princess: A Novel of First Daughter Alice Roosevelt." Find this and other eBooks to check out at gpld.org/read.
Our Banned Book Club supports freedom to read. GPLD's Library Associate Madi talks about three books worth checking out: “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood; “Carrie” by Stephen King; and “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” by Junot Díaz. Find these and other eBooks to check out at gpld.org/read.
Enjoy a book talk with middle school librarian Kylie on "Funny, You Don't Look Autistic: A Comedian's Guide to Life on the Spectrum" by Michael McCreary. Get it through OverDrive at gpld.org/read.