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March 2021 Staff Picks

Brenda’s Pick: The reality bubble by Ziya Tong

Cover image for The reality bubbleThis book takes aim at humanity’s willful blindness through a series of chapters that create an awareness of wonder and then shows the underbelly. The mind-opening facts and examples conclude in the final chapter, “Revolution”. “The greatest scientists in the world are remembered because they burst our reality bubble… it is time for us to change.” Tong’s rational and passionate book will stay with you.

David’s Pick: Heartstopper Vols. 1 & 2 by Alice Oseman

Cover image for Heartstopper. Volume 1Charlie is gay and out at home and school; Nick… is not. Do they have a chance to be more than friends? A very charming story of young love with surprising emotional depth, illustrated in a simple but effective style. Volume 3 coming soon!

Jayme’s Pick: The cats of tanglewood forest by Charles de Lint

Cover image for The cats of Tanglewood ForestIn this whimsical, original folktale, written and illustrated throughout in vibrant full color by two celebrated masters of modern fantasy, a young girl’s journey becomes an enchanting coming-of-age story about magic, friendship, and the courage to shape one’s own destiny.

Leanne’s Pick: The Midnight Fair by Gideon Sterer

Cover image for The midnight fairThis is a story about a fair. Once the fairgrounds are locked up and the people go home for the night, the animals of the forest come out to have their turn. They play carnival games, ride the rides, and enjoy the popcorn and candy! This wordless book is filled with beautiful and vibrant illustrations that capture the imagination.

Natalie’s Pick: Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man: a memoir by Bill Clegg

Cover image for Portrait of an addict as a young man : a memoirBill Clegg is a renowned literary agent in New York, but there was a time when he went through a near-fatal relapse due to his addiction to drugs and he literally lost it all. This memoir is strangely beautiful, mesmerizing, and nightmarish but completely honest. I couldn’t put it down and his follow-up memoir of recovery was equally as engaging.

Sandra’s Pick: Greenwood by Michael Christie

Cover image for GreenwoodUtterly unique, this Canadian historic (and futuristic) novel brings the reader to forested landscapes from New Brunswick to British Columbia as a family’s history is formed, layer upon layer, like the rings of an ancient Douglas fir. I loved it.