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We’ve been asking some of our customers, local authors, and bookworms what they’ve been reading! Here are their picks for both kids and adults.
"Written by Magda Szabó, this semi-autobiographical story about two women (perhaps the original frenemies) will leave you breathless. Magda, a writer, spends time writing, meditating on a changing Hungary, and jousting with her housekeeper, Emerence, a character you may never forget after reading this novel. Few books so richly capture the complexity of human relationships." -José Leonor
"This famous classic by Daphne Du Maurier introduces us to Mrs. Maxim de Winter - the second Mrs. Maxim de Winter. The writing exists in the perfect middle between fantasy and reality, memory and hope. I am not one for florid description, but every detail feels pregnant with meaning. The silence of and between characters and the air around the Manderley estate feel as knowable as the characters themselves. This is one of the most evocative stories I have ever read." -José Leonor
"Ostensibly the story of a massive devastating 1986 fire at the LA Central Library, overshadowed in the news by the Chernobyl disaster, this book is a beautiful statement about the evolving power of public libraries. Susan Orlean gives shine to one of our country's (and the world's) most unheralded institutions and explores the manner in which libraries have become much, much more than just repositories of books and long-neglected documents. This was a surprisingly inspiring read, all the more remarkable because the case of famous fire is easily the least interesting aspect of the book." -José Leonor
"This beautiful book appears to be ‘nothing more’ than a children's book, but it's characters are pithily fleshed out unto themselves and in their connection to one another. The Boy, The Mole, The Fox, and The Horse is proof that children's books are for everyone, or at least that everyone rightfully remains to some degree childlike. A great story for times like this one, at least slightly shorter on hopefulness than usual." -José Leonor
"In large part because of how it is told, this is one of the best stories I have ever read. The back cover says it all begins with a snowball, and boy does this simple object and act ripple. The first novel of The Rockford Trilogy, this was my introduction to Robertson Davies. He is now one of my favorite authors of all time. The subsequent books are not sequels in a traditional sense, as they pick up threads of the story from the perspective of other characters. One of the more unique works of fiction you will ever read." -José Leonor
"It is tough to put down this fascinating account of our neighbor state, one that has historically struggled to define even what part of the country it belongs to. The author takes us through Oklahoma's pre-statehood years and the horrific experiences of Native American landowners to the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre and the more recent opening of Gathering Place, an urban park in Tulsa garnering national attention. This isn't Tiger King, which largely takes place in Oklahoma, but it is a well-rounded history of one of our union's most interesting states." -José Leonor