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b2ap3_thumbnail_landline.jpgb2ap3_thumbnail_biglittlelies.jpgEver wonder what the library staff is reading? Then you are in luck! Every month I compile a list of the adult books employees throughout the library have read, and post it on the Books/Movies/Music Page. I break it down by Fiction, Mysteries/Suspense, Nonfiction and Biography/History. As you can imagine, we read a lot of books, and August’s list is especially long. For Fiction, don't forget to scroll to the next page.

Our August Fiction List contains two authors who are popular with the staff: Liane Moriarty and Rainbow Rowell. Moriarty’s The Husband’s Secret was a big hit a year ago. Her new book, Big Little Lies, already is generating buzz among us. Rowell burst on the fiction scene a year ago with her two terrific young adult books, Eleanor & Park and Fangirl. This year she tried her hand at a fun adult novel, Landline.

b2ap3_thumbnail_matchmaker_20140802-144748_1.jpgb2ap3_thumbnail_closeyoureyes.jpgElin Hilderbrand has four books on the staff fiction list, no doubt because she was here in June for our Authors Out Loud program to promote her latest Nantucket beach read, The Matchmaker. I know some staff went back and read some of her earlier works, including The Blue Bistro, The Castaways and Summerland. Other authors who have visited our libraries for Authors Loud also made August’s list, including Chris Bohjalian, whose new book is Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands. He visited us a year ago to discuss his novel Sandcastle Girls, the breathtaking historical fiction about the Armenian Genocide.

b2ap3_thumbnail_hundredyearhouse.jpgb2ap3_thumbnail_smokeatdawn.jpgRebecca Makkai, who charmed us with her debut novel, The Borrower, has returned with a quirky novel called The Hundred Year House. Historical fiction writer Jeff Shaara is on the list with his newest Civil War book, Smoke at Dawn. His father, Michael Shaara, also made our list with his Pulitzer Prize winner about the Civil War, Killer Angels.


Our staff loves mysteries, and we have a nice list for youOne of the books is We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, a wonderful young adult suspense novel, has made the staff list three months in a row. Louise Penny, another Authors Out Loud alum, has a new Inspector Gamache coming out at the end of b2ap3_thumbnail_wewereliars.jpgb2ap3_thumbnail_longwayhome.jpgAugust. I managed to get a pre-pub of The Long Way Home, and if you are a Penny fan, you won’t want to miss it. Another Authors Out Loud alum, Karin Slaughter, had six books make the staff list from her Grant County series, starting with Blindsighted, the first book in her Grant County series. The Fiction staff has been studying the suspense genre, and Slaughter is our latest author. Also on the list is William Kent Krueger with two books: his standalone, Ordinary Grace, which just won the Edgar Award for best mystery, and the first book in his Cork O’Connor series, Boundary Waters.

b2ap3_thumbnail_taoofmartha.jpgb2ap3_thumbnail_unbroken.jpgIn Nonfiction, another Authors Out Loud alum, Jen Lancaster, made the list with her humorous The Tao of Martha, where she tries to be like Martha Stewart for a year. In the History/Biography list, you’ll find the ever popular Unbroken by Lauren Hilderbrand, which was been on the New York Times bestseller list for 178 weeks.

So check out our staff reading lists on the Books, Movies and Music Page every month, and find some great reads!

Jo Hansen,


Jo Hansen has been a Readers’ Advisor at Cook Library for several years, after a 20-year career as a newspaper journalist. Libraries rock! She especially enjoys literary and historical fiction as well as mysteries and fantasy. When she doesn’t have her nose in a book, she enjoys playing with her chocolate Labrador Yogi Bear and watching great movies.