May 2021 Staff Picks

May 4, 2021 | News, Staff Picks


Broken – In the Best Possible Way  by Jenny Lawson

Jenny Lawson suffers from depression and several other chronic ailments. In Broken, she  offers heartbreaking and often hilarious stories of her ongoing battle for physical and mental health.



The Constant Rabbit by Jasper Fforde



How Beautiful We Were Imbolo Mbue

A parable of what the powerful in first world countries will do to the powerless in third world countries – all in the name of greed – and all because…. they can. This is one of those reading experiences that once finished with the final page, you close the book,  and sit in the silent aftermath of an ethical and emotional sucker punch to the gut.

So beautifully written and narrated, though it is the first book I’ve read by Imbolo Mbue, it won’t be the last.



A Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly

Twelve-year-old Iris is a repair genius, she loves fixing old, broken radios, and she was born deaf. When she learns about Blue 55, a real whale who is unable to speak to other whales, Iris understands how he must feel. She is the only deaf student in her classes at school, and sometimes feels lonely. She hatches a plan to communicate with him, but Blue 55 is three thousand miles away. Will Iris succeed?



Outlawed by Anna North
In an alternate 1890s American West, women who are unable to conceive are seen as witches, doomed to curse their entire town. For Ada, the protagonist, she could choose to be shunned, killed, or sent to a convent. Instead, she finds the Hole-in-the-Wall gang, led by the mysterious and captivating Kid. A feminist Western unlike any other; I can’t stop thinking about it.