Staff Picks

The bright hour : a memoir of living and dying

The bright hour : a memoir of living and dying Book Cover

Although this memoir was heart wrenchingly sad in parts, there were as many beautiful day to day moments included that made it very enjoyable at the same time. I was so impressed with the author’s ability to show humor and gratitude for life while going through treatment for terminal cancer. For me it was a thought provoking book that helped me gain even more appreciation for the importance of family, friends and ordinary moments.

Lemongrass, ginger and mint Vietnamese cookbook : classic Vietnamese restaurant favorites at home

Lemongrass, ginger and mint Vietnamese cookbook : classic Vietnamese restaurant favorites at home Book Cover

I have hunted for a long time for a recipe that does justice to my favorite Vietnamese restaurant in Illinois. The Grilled Pork Banh Mi (page 92) and Carrot and Daikon Pickles (page 91) recipes have come the closest! Plus, they are fairly easy and quick. As our tradition, before dinner, you must have a Vietnamese Coffee (page 176).

Pretty little liars

Pretty little liars Book Cover

You will not be able to stop yourself from binging this series! The writing is spectacular, the acting is wonderful, and it’s based on a great book!

Howl : of woman and wolf

Howl : of woman and wolf Book Cover

Local author, raised in Summit Park and currently lives in Salt Lake City. Bird shares her intimate thoughts about her relationship with wolves.

Hillbilly Elegy

Hillbilly Elegy Book Cover

A must read for those interested in the social economic struggles of the Midwest and Bible Belt of the United States.

Lilac girls

Lilac girls Book Cover

I read this in a week! Could not put it down…as it exposes the happenings of Hilter’s only female concentration camp during WWII.

Z : a novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

Z : a novel of Zelda Fitzgerald Book Cover

Although fictional, this book offers a deeper insight into Zelda Fitzgerald's (F. Scott Fitzgerald's wife) tumultuous life.

The Girl With Seven Names

The Girl With Seven Names Book Cover

A true, sad, unbelieveable story of a young girl's experience defecting from North Korea. She left her family not comprehending the risks. Often I found myself second-guessing her and wondering "how can this really be true?" I'm recommending this book because it opened my eyes to the horrors of dictatorship.

I remember you : a ghost story

I remember you : a ghost story Book Cover

When I 'found' this new author from Iceland, I was very excited to find another woman author in the horror genre. This is a scary, moody ghost story. It won the Icelandic Crime Fiction Award and was nominated for The Glass Key Award.

The Troop

The Troop Book Cover

A truly creepy, jolt-you-out-of-your-seat scary tale about a camping trip! It won The James Herbert Award for Horror Writing.