This Month's Staff Picks

August Staff Picks

Amelia: Lady Bird

A ton of students will relate to this movie. I think that for me, it’s been very helpful with the whole “going to college” attitude. Defying the ideas of failure from peers around her, Lady Bird is on a mission to do what she wants to do.

Calista: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

The 10th annual Hunger Games is on the distant horizon, with Coriolanus Snow scrabbling to keep up.  Snow’s been given the chance to mentor the female tribute from District 12, the laughing stock of the districts.  Battles will be fought inside and out of the arena.  Will their destinies unravel together or lead them both to glory? Prequel to the Hunger Games.

Eileen: The Mystery of Mrs. Christie by Marie Benedict

Marie Benedict writes fictionalized versions of real women’s lives. Einstein’s first wife, Hedy Lamarr, and Clementine Churchill have all been past subjects. This time the topic is the mysterious 11-day disappearance of the mystery novelist Agatha Christie in 1926. She refused ever to speak of it for the rest of her long life, but this is what could have happened. For another alternative, try the British movie Agatha and the Truth of Murder. Marie Benedict’s newest book is The Personal Librarian.

Kelly H: Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Justyce McAllister goes above and beyond. A Yale-bound senior and debate team champion, he is well regarded as intelligent and respectable to his teachers and peers. But that reputation does not proceed him when he is unfairly arrested while trying to help his on-again-off-again girlfriend Melo get home safe. Angered by this experience and his building exposure to the racism of his white friends, Justyce begins to write letters to civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. in an effort to “Be Like Martin.” He begins to see the world’s true colors over the course of his project but it comes to a screeching halt when Justyce and his friend Manny face the wrath of the police once again.

Kelly R: Modern Farmhouse Made Easy by Caroline McKenzie

 Time for a non-fiction favorite.  This is a gorgeous pictorial walk-thru of 15 homes with a farmhouse flair along with chapters such as “10 ways to cozy up your kitchen” and “DIY paint projects.  From a navy blue living room to the latest popular white canvas of walls (with or without shiplap) this book has it all covered.  Every photograph showcases rooms that are decorated right down to the finest of details with modern and eclectic choices that blend well into the modern farmhouse style.    

Linda: Freedom by Sebastian Junger

Readers travel with the author and his companions – including a dog – as they make their way on foot for about 400 miles. Their route is along railroad tracks meandering the East Coast. The author’s accounting brings the writing of John Steinbeck to mind. Readers interested in hiking, geography, history, railroad lore, and philosophy will find gems in Junger’s journal-style writing. Junger’s writing is seamless and the 133 pages make for a quick read.

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