Brown by Håkon Øvreås

“Brown has this mostly realistic but slightly magical, totally mundane but kind of absurd feeling to it, that reminds me of Roald Dahl’s stories!” – Lisa, Kids Room

Rusty is having a tough time. His family moved, his grandfather died, and now the local bullies are wrecking his fort! He finds some paint, gathers an all-brown outfit, and becomes BROWN, a superhero who… paints things brown. Can Brown and the other Guardians of the Fort get even, without getting in trouble?

The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg

“I loved this short, sweet, well-written book! It is a feel-good book that will make you smile, and the book reminded me of the essential goodness of people. It was a perfect book for the quarantine, and I am looking forward to reading Elizabeth Berg’s next two books in the series.” – Nancy, Adult & Teen Services

Arthur Truluv is a kindhearted, lonely widower who meets Maddy, a troubled teen with a difficult family life, at the cemetery where Arthur’s wife is buried. Arthur and Maddy, along with Arthur’s eccentric neighbor, Lucille, form a friendship and then a family.

The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L. Sayers

“A classic English mystery, with an eccentric detective, arcane clues, and much ado about bells. It’s like the Moby Dick of bells!” – Fred, Adult & Teen Services

Amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey is pressed into service as a bell ringer in Fenchurch St. Paul when an influenza epidemic decimates the town. But what happens next in the quaint old English village is a crime.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

“Donna Tartt is just a beautiful writer. Her descriptions of events and tight dialogue are wonderful, and her story is engaging and unlike anything I’ve ever read. This is a book that rewards a reread so you can pick up on all the foreshadowing and side comments that point you right to the truth before you even know it. The psychological twists and turns of the novel are well-executed and her main character is acutely self-aware and provides an engaging analysis of what he is experiencing in retrospect. The world she builds is so glamorous and exciting, she makes me want to move to the Vermont countryside and hide away in a library forever.” – Sarah P., Circulation

A “why-done-it” mystery that starts with a murder and then catches you up to the motive. The story follows Richard Paper who arrives in New England to study the Classics at Hampden College. He is quickly reduced by an elite group of five students, Greek scholars, who are worldly, self-assured, and highly unapproachable, at least at first. As Richard is drawn into their inner circle, he learned a secret about an incident in the woods in the dead of night where an ancient ritual was brought to brutal life… and led to a brutal death. And that is just the beginning.

Build Your Own Christmas Movie Romance: Pick Your Plot, Meet Your Man, and Create the Holiday Story of a Lifetime by Riane Konc

“Riane’s trademark witty writing will grab you from the first few pages. If you love great writing, satire, and holiday reads, this book is for you!” – Joy, Adult & Teen Services

Need a cozy read this holiday season? In a “choose your own adventure” writing style, you can decide your heroine’s problem, how she’ll meet her man during the holidays, all written with Riane’s trademark hilarious prose. A humor writer for McSweeney’s, the New Yorker, and Mad Magazine, this is her first book that’s guaranteed to make you laugh or cry (or both!).

The Queens of Animation by Nathalia Holt

“The Queens of Animation details the significant contributions that women played in the legendary success of Walt Disney.” – MaryKellie, Access Services

Insight into the wonderful, often never mentioned, women who contributed to the success of Disney and it’s animated features!

Going Postal by Terry Pratchett

“I love Terry Pratchett’s Discworld franchise. His keen satire, original fantasy setting, and prolific library of work makes it easy to recommend anything by him. Going Postal, specifically, is the peak of his craft.” – Max, IT

Failed conman Moist von Lipwig receives a stay of execution. In exchange for his life, the manipulative Patrician of the city tasks him with revitalizing the postal service.

Leave Only Footprints: My Acadia-to-Zion Journey Through Every National Park by Conor Knighton

“This was a lovely easy read, and I laughed out loud more than once at Conor’s mishaps on his journey across all the Parks. Great spring to summer read!” – Joy, Adult & Teen Services

This was a lovely, somewhat cheeky memoir about a 30 something guy who loves to travel, especially in the National Parks. It was a light-hearted walk through some of the more well-known parks, and it was peppered with his thoughts on life, love, and how the Parks are faring with climate change.

Tomb of the Unknown Racist by Blanche McCrary Boyd

“Ellen’s reckless quest to archaeologize (and maybe redeem?) her family’s flawed and tragic history (and her own role in it) is relentlessly readable. Replete with timeless themes of filial responsibility (“Am I my brother’s keeper,” Ellen asks); the notion of a place beyond forgiveness (literally the land of Nod); and the impenetrability of the past. Quirky and compelling.” – DGPL Staff

Ellen Burns’ brother Royce died ten years ago when the FBI raided his white supremacist compound. Or so everyone thought. But when his daughter shows up on the news claiming he’s kidnapped her children, Ellen impulsively travels to New Mexico to decipher the truth about her brother, and her family’s past.

F*ck Your Diet: And Other Things My Thighs Tell Me by Chloe Hilliard

“Stand up comedienne Chloe Hilliard pokes fun at her own growing pains but gives us so much more to consider on these topics, backed up with extensive research. I was smiling and often laughing out loud while reading this book, and thinking about people I want to share chapters with.” – Kelly, Kids Room 

Funny, informative, and insightful essays that explore how society reinforces messages about race, feminism, pop culture, and the perfect body.