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Just like everyone else, staff is getting in a little extra reading in as we spend more time at home. Here are some reading recommendations and pithy reviews from our staff members. Many of these titles are available as e-books from WCCLS

Have you read something great lately? Share on social media with the hashtag #StayatHomeChallenge and tag the library.

Here are some suggestions from our librarians:


Everything Happens for a Reason

“Everything Happens for a Reason - And Other Lies I've Loved” by Kate Bowler - Irreverent theology professor's first-hand death insights.

“Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and Insights on Plants” by Robin Kimmerer - Botany and wisdom, in gorgeous prose. (now available as an always-available audiobook)


The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day

“The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day” by Jeff Hertzberg & Zoe Francois - Mix dough, bake dough, yum bread

“A Cold-Hearted Rake” (Audiobook) by Lisa Kleypas - Romance novel, now more fun with accents.

“Mending Life” by Sonya Montenegro - Darn your socks and soothe your soul.


"Playing Back the '80s" by Jim Baglivia

“Motherless Brooklyn” by Jonathan Lethem - New York noir with a unique narrator.

“Playing back the ‘80s” by Jim Baglivia - Awesome ‘80s tunes, explained by the artists.


The House of the Scorpion

Revisiting old favorites – some comfort reading:

“Night Watch” by Terry Pratchett

“House of the Scorpion” by Nancy Farmer

“The Control of Nature” by John McPhee

“Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone” by J.K. Rowling – Always available as audiobook or e-book.

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