Books

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Mrs. Sherlock Holmes by Brad Ricca

Grace Humiston was a New York lawyer and detective who became the first woman U.S.

President Obama's Recommended Reads

As President Obama leaves office at noon on Friday, it's a good time to recall his years of passionate exploration of the printed word. Check out this list of highlights that we've culled from the several lists he has released over the years.

On Display - January 2017

Wondering what we are featuring on our displays this month? Here's the roundup:

On the First Floor

  • New Items: New books can be found near the first floor elevator and on a shelf across from the check out desk. New audiobooks, CDs, and DVDs can be found in clear display racks to the left of the check out desk.
  • Staff Picks: at the entrance to the Fiction Room, near the Coddington Street entrance

Most Borrowed Books of 2016

A LOT of books were borrowed in 2016. Here are the lists of the most popular titles. Click through to request any copies you may have missed! Interested in the most popular fiction genres and non-fiction subjects? All those lists are on this page.

Fiction

Our Favorite Books Read in 2016

We read and read and read all year — all genres and audiobooks, too. Here are the books we loved reading the most this year. Some are old and some are new.

General Fiction

Remembering Carrie Fisher & George Michael

We lost two amazing entertainers over the holiday break - Carrie Fisher, best known as Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise, and George Michael, an ‘80s and ‘90s pop music icon. As we remember how these two enriched our shared popular culture, I personally think of Fisher as a strong woman who lent a sense of humor and grace to her battles with addiction and mental illness. And she wasn’t just a quick-witted actress and celebrity - she was also a hilarious writer, authoring both memoirs and fiction. Pictured above are Fisher and her beloved service dog, Gary.

Killing and Dying by Adrian Tomine

The tales told in this graphic novel area about as far from flying super heroes as you can get. A regular contributor to the New Yorker, a magazine he has created more than a dozen covers for, Tomine has collected six stories in this book. Using a variety of artistic techniques, multiple perspectives are explored, from a middle-aged guy trying to define himself beyond his landscaping job, to a college-aged woman with an uncanny resemblance to a porn star. These are not New Yorker cartoons. Some parts are funny but others are quite dramatic.

RIP William Trevor

Irish writer William Trevor died this earlier this week at the age of 88. Trevor explored his characters—and their often unfortunate fates—with great compassion, limning the contours of human loneliness and sadness. Many of his short stories and novels are set in his native Ireland, some contemporary and some historical. Others are set in England, where he lived for most of his adult life.

Pre-Election Fact Checking

Unless you've been living under a rock the last several months, you know that this coming Tuesday is Election Day. If you're still unsure whether or not that statement from one of the presidential candidates is true or not, let us help - it's not too late to get the facts! The following is a list of the most reputable, non-partisan fact-checking organizations working overtime to keep the public informed this election cycle.

Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz

If you like Sherlock Holmes stories, picking up this book is a no-brainer. This is the second novel by Anthony Horowitz to get Arthur Conan Doyle’s estate’s approval and the plot and writing style definitely fit in well with the established Holmes canon. While Holmes and Watson do not make appearances in this one, that’s okay - we have a couple of stand-ins who fill in quite nicely. The mystery itself is exciting, each action-packed encounter with the bad guys artfully builds up to the surprising climax.

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