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Carol's Pick

Library Assistant's Selection

Carry On: Reflections for a New Generation | by John Lewis
Cover John Lewis Carry On
"I listened to this book and it’s a quick read that should be required for all! To say that congressman Lewis is amazing is an understatement. His dedication to desegregation began at a young age and his reflections on topics include marriage, climate change, Covid-19, courage, faith, and commitment. His words as a civil rights champion encourage the next generation to get into “good trouble” in a nonviolent manner to right the wrongs in our society. A humble and inspiring man."



Linda's Picks

Young Jane Young | by Gabrielle Zevin 

Young Jane Young"After reading The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry, I was looking for another book by Gabrielle Zevin. Her 2017 novel “Young Jane Young” is about a college student who interned for a married Florida Congressman.  She had strong ideals and planned to go into politics for all the right reasons but made the mistake of becoming romantically involved with the much older Congressman. The affair became local and then national news with gossip and proliferating rumors - not about the older man taking advantage of her, but about the young intern who had to change her life because of their mutual mistake.

The story of her life during and after the affair has many layers and is told from multiple female perspectives with great humor and insight into family and what really matters in life. All the characters are believable and you feel for how a singular event can change everything but also how it can be overcome by love.  I just love a well-written book that can make you cry, laugh and examine your own biases. This one did all three."

More audiobook suggestions from Linda:

Dark PlacesRavensongHeartsongthe life-changing magic of tidying up

Marianna's Picks

Library Associate Selections from Home

Born a CrimeBorn a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood | by Trevor Noah
Comedian Trevor Noah tells listeners about growing up in South Africa. Experiences Noah shares range between gut-wrenchingly moving and rib-crackingly funny. This memoir is particularly suited for audiobook version. Noah's ability to flow between the languages and accents in his stories adds a fabulous feature for making the narratives real and accurate.  As Noah tells his own story, the authenticity of his emotions are profound and well-suited for this format. 

The Poet XThe Poet X | by Elizabeth Acevedo
Read by the author, The Poet X, is great in its audio version. Xiomara shares her story in a powerful poetic format as she navigates the pitfalls and excitements that are high school. Xiomara is delicately balancing home and school life when she discovers her school's Slam Poetry club. She also realizes there might be more to the relationship with a classmate then she thought. The tough part is Xiomara has to hide these new developments from her family if she wants to avoid being in big trouble, which gets harder as they develop. Try out this YA  novel if you're looking for a new voice and a fresh perspective of high school struggles in modern-day US.

Pat's Picks

Senior Library Assistant Selections from Home

The Keeper of Lost ThingsStory KeeperTattooist of AuschwitzThe Alice NetworkThe Long CallOnce More We Saw StarsThe Family UpstairsCity of GirlsLittle Fires EverywhereWhiskey Beach

Ryan's Picks

Audiobooks - Hoopla & Libby Young Adult Picks

Diplomatic Immunity AudioFake ID AudioInvasion AudioSomebody Up There Hates You AudioThis is Our Story AudioTrapped AudioYou AudioWitch and WizardThe OutliersHearts & Other Body Parts

Previous Featured Selections

Audiobooks Worth a Listen

Yes PleaseBossypantsTwitter For GoodThe Survivors ClubAn Irish Country Cottage [sound recording] / Patrick Taylor.Sea of ShadowsEmpire of NightForest of RuinLord of ShadowsQueen of air and darknessBlood of the four / Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon.The predator / Christopher Golden & Mark Morris.Stranger in a strange land [sound recording] / by Robert A. Heinlein.Dark breaks the dawn [sound recording] / Sara B. Larson.Bright burns the night / Sara B. Larson.The secret of the Irish castle / Santa Montefiore.There there : a novel / Tommy Orange.So close to being the sh*t, y'all don't even know / Retta.Spoonbenders [sound recording] : a novel / Daryl Gregory.The daughters of Ireland [sound recording] / Santa Montefiore.American heiress [sound recording] : the wild saga of the kidnapping, crimes and trial of Patty Hearst / Jeffrey Toobin.Brave [sound recording] / Rose McGowan.Make trouble : standing up, speaking out, and finding the courage to lead / Cecile Richards with Lauren Peterson.Enlightenment now : the case for reason, science, humanism, and progress / Steven Pinker.Just the funny parts : and a few hard truths about sneaking into the Hollywood boys' club / Nell Scovell.Flygirl / Sherri L. Smith.Damselfly / Chandra Prasad.Not if I save you first / Ally Carter.Still life [sound recording] / Louise Penny.Moonborn / Terry Maggert.Heartborn [sound recording] / Terry Maggert.The traitor's game [sound recording] / Jennifer A. Nielsen.The girl in the castle / by Santa Montefiore.All-American murder : the rise and fall of Aaron Hernandez, the superstar whose life ended on murderers' row / James Patterson and Alex Abramovich with Mike Harvkey.Death at Nuremberg [sound recording] / W. E. B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV.Jackie, Janet & Lee [sound recording] : the secret lives of Janet Auchincloss and her daughters, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill / J. Randy Taraborrelli.Rebel : my life outside the lines / Nick Nolte.Glass Houses AudioY is for Yesterday AudioThe Woman in Cabin 10The Whistler AudioWhat Happened AudioThe Killing FilesGone to Dust AudioKiss Carlo Audio