December Book-o-scopes

December 7th, 2018

Your next read is in the stars! Let Allie, the Book Psychic, pick a book for you based on your star sign. Each book listed is one of the best of 2018! Check out the other titles.

Aquarius: January 20 – February 18
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
Part adventure story, part historical fiction, you’ll dive into this tale of an 11-year-old slave in 1880s Barbados who escapes with the plantation owner’s brother in a hot air balloon.

Pisces: February 19 – March 20
The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory
You’re a hopeless romantic – fall into the romance between Carlos and Nik, who meet after Nik’s boyfriend (of 5 months) proposes to her on a JumboTron at a baseball game.

Aries: March 21 – April 19
Lies by T.M. Logan
Treat yourself to this fast-paced pageturner where Joe Lynch is trying to figure out what in his life is real—or if everything’s based on lies.

Taurus: April 20 – May 20
Florida by Lauren Groff
You’re an Earth sign that loves luxurious language, so Groff’s short stories set in Florida will surely delight.

Gemini: May 21 – June 20
I Am I Am I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death by Maggie O’Farrell
Each chapter in O’Farrell’s beautiful memoir describes her close experiences to death—each one will pull you in.

Cancer: June 21 – July 22
Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh
You enjoy reading about people’s experiences, so pick up emotional, eye-opening memoir about a working-class family in Kansas.

Leo: July 23 – August 22
A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne
You like twisted, dramatic, and unlikable characters – so meet Maurice Swift, obsessed with becoming famous in the literary world—no matter the cost.

Virgo: August 23 – September 22
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
You’re a fan of stories with strong, compelling characters. Newlyweds Celestial and Roy’s lives are brought to a halt when Roy is wrongfully accused of a crime and sent to prison.

Libra: September 23 – October 22
All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung
You love learning about new perspectives, so try this memoir about a Korean-American girl adopted by a white family in Oregon.

Scorpio: October 23 – November 21
The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
Try this inventive murder mystery—the only way for Aiden Bishop to prevent Evelyn Hardcastle’s murder is by identifying the killer… however, each day, he wakes up in a different house guest’s body.

Sagittarius: November 22 – December 21
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
You’ll love this darkly comic tale of a Nigerian women who has a younger sister who ends up killing her boyfriends.

Capricorn: December 22 – January 19
Indianapolis: The True Story of the Worst Sea Disaster in U.S. Naval History and the Fifty-Year-Fight to Exonerate an Innocent Man by Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic
You love reading and learning, so pick up this spellbinding narrative about the worst sea disaster that killed more than 1,000 men in 1945.

If you want more personalized picks, try our reading recommendation service Book Mate! Fill out a short form about your likes and dislikes and one of our book experts will choose 3-5 titles for you. Who knows? They might suggest your next favorite book! Try Book Mate online, or stop by any branch and pick up a form there!

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November Book-o-scopes

November 23rd, 2018

Your next read is in the stars! Let Allie, the Book Psychic, pick a book for you based on your star sign. The holiday season is officially upon us, meaning you’re expected to attend a million and one parties. Spice up your small talk by reading some great narrative nonfiction. It’s a win-win: you’ll impress your coworkers, family & friends with fascinating stories & trivia, and you’ll also get to read an entertaining book!

Aquarius: January 20 – February 18
How Things are Made: From Automobiles to Zippers by Andrew Terranova
As the inventor in the Zodiac, you’ll love reading how everyday items, like sunscreen, lipstick, and smart phones, developed. Full of engaging infographics and illustrations.

Pisces: February 19 – March 20
The World in a Grain: The Story of Sand and How It Transformed Civilization by Vince Beiser
Your selfless interest in the world will attract you to this story of the natural resource we unknowingly consume more than any other—sand. Learn of its importance, how we’re running out of it, & what that could ultimately mean for the world.

Aries: March 21 – April 19
The Escape Artists: A Band of Daredevil Pilots and the Greatest Prison Break of the Great War by Neal Bascomb
If we had to describe you, “brave” would be one of the first words—so you may enjoy this account of the impossibly brave Allied airman who escaped from a German POW camp during World War I.

Taurus: April 20 – May 20
Rudy’s Rules for Travel: Life Lessons from Around the Globe by Mary K. Jensen
You’re a stubborn, loyal partner, & you’ll love reading these amusing stories of a married couple traveling the world. Veteran Rudy has a rule for every situation—his number one being “Adapt”—while Mary has her own mantra: “Expect the worst.”

Gemini: May 21 – June 20
The Personality Brokers: The Strange History of Myers-Briggs and the Birth of Personality Testing by Merve Emre
You’re an expert communicator, Gemini, and love talking to people. You’ll love learning about personality tests—and whether they’re legitimate or not.

Cancer: June 21 – July 22
Nine Pints: A Journey Through the Money, Medicine, and Mysteries of Blood by Rose George
You’re most likely a history buff, but you also crave beautiful prose. Pick up this fascinating story all about the history of medicine and blood.

Leo: July 23 – August 22
Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution by Todd S. Purdum
Leo, your gregarious nature probably propelled you to theater at some point, whether on the stage or in the audience. Learn about this great partnership that transformed musical theater.

Virgo: August 23 – September 22
The Library Book by Susan Orlean
You’re probably a bookworm and make good use of your library card. Pick up this highly anticipated account of the mystery behind the Los Angeles Public Library fire in the 1986.

Libra: September 23 – October 22
Stoned: Jewelry, Obsession, and How Desire Shapes the World by Aja Raden
You are all about aesthetics, Libra, and love luxurious things. Pick up this micro history about gems—each chapter is focused on a different jewel.

Scorpio: October 23 – November 21
The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel that Scandalized the World by Sara Weinman
Scorpio, you’re a natural detective, so no wonder mysteries & true crime appeals to you. Dive into this exploration of the 1948 abduction of an 11-year-old that inspired Vladimir Nabokov’s famous novel, Lolita.

Sagittarius: November 22 – December 21
The History of America in Ten Strikes by Erik Loomis
You like seeing people profit from good work and influence, so you’ll enjoy reading this clearly written history of 10 labor strikes.

Capricorn: December 22 – January 19
The Poison Squad: One Chemist’s Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century by Deborah Blum
Your ambition will draw you towards Dr. Harvey Washington Wiley, the chemist who fought tirelessly against  greed and  corruption for changes in food safety. Lucky for us—now we don’t have to worry about formaldehyde in our milk!

If you want more personalized picks, try our reading recommendation service Book Mate! Fill out a short form about your likes and dislikes and one of our book experts will choose 3-5 titles for you. Who knows? They might suggest your next favorite book! Try Book Mate online, or stop by any branch and pick up a form there!

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