Staff faves - 2016

Library staff agree; 2016 was a good year for books! If you're in the market for a new favorite, browse these four- and five-star selections, gleaned from this year's Staff Picks reviews.

Kids

Picture books

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Frank and Lucky Get Schooled

5

Frank, the boy, and Lucky, the dog, are the two best learning pals you could ever hope for. Read more...

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The Great Aaa-ooo!

5

This delightful, slightly spooky book is perfect for a chilly, gloomy day! Read more...

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When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons

5

The perfect way to celebrate autumn's arrival. Read more...

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Worm Loves Worm

5

Who knew earthworms could be so cute? Welcome to the wedding of Worm and Worm. Read more...

Juvenile

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Ghost

4

9.58 seconds. That is the time Ghost needs to beat to claim the 100m world record. Problem is, Ghost has never run on a track before. Read more...

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Raymie Nightingale

4

There is no stronger bond of friendship between kids than those forged through summer adventures. Read more...

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Save Me a Seat

5

Kids can be so inspiring in the ways they band together and overcome differences! Read more...

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Snow White: A Graphic Novel

4

This nostalgic, historical retelling of "Snow White" will leave you breathless. Read more...

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Soar

5

Welcome to Jeremiah's life. He can never play baseball again. Why, he can't even run! Now what is he going to do? Read more...

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The Best Man

4

A great pick-me-up for tweens featuring tolerance, change and a sprinkling of humor. Read more...

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The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden and the Trial of the Century

4

A thrilling trip back in time to one of America's first true crime obsessions. Read more...

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The Nameless City

4

In a city with no name, who decides its future? Read more...

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The Not-A-Pig

4

After reading this book, you are going to want a tapir. It might also be handy to have some banana pancakes at the ready. Read more...

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The Poet's Dog

4

This book begs to be read under a blanket, a cup of hot chocolate in your hand and a dog by your side. Read more...

Teens

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A Study in Charlotte

4

Copycat Holmes/Watson murders solved by their descendants? As if you even have to ask. Read more...

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Black Panther 1: A Nation Under Our Feet

4

This literary superhero lore is as poetic as it is powerful. Read more...

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Front Lines

4

What if, in 1940, Uncle Sam decided women should fight in WWII? Imagine how that would change the most deadly war ever, and the gals who enlist. Read more...

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Ghost

4

9.58 seconds. That is the time Ghost needs to beat to claim the 100m world record. Problem is, Ghost has never run on a track before. Read more...

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Goldfish

4

When your dreams dry up, it's time to dive into a new dream. Read more...

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Revenge and the Wild

5

Get ready for a page-turning, steampunk-esque, Wild West adventure crawling with supernatural creatures! Read more...

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Snow White: A Graphic Novel

4

This nostalgic, historical retelling of "Snow White" will leave you breathless. Read more...

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Soar

5

Welcome to Jeremiah's life. He can never play baseball again. Why, he can't even run! Now what is he going to do? Read more...

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The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden and the Trial of the Century

4

A thrilling trip back in time to one of America's first true crime obsessions. Read more...

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The Love that Split the World

5

Sold to me as "The Time Traveler's Wife" meets "Friday Night Lights," but what I got was so much more. Read more...

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The Nameless City

4

In a city with no name, who decides its future? Read more...

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The Unexpected Everything

4

Andie has her summer all planned out, but then the unexpected happens… Read more...

Adults

Fiction

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All Is Not Forgotten

4

A dark and haunting novel about how memories can be forgotten, remembered and manipulated. Essentially, memories are not to be trusted. Read more...

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Black Panther 1: A Nation Under Our Feet

4

This literary superhero lore is as poetic as it is powerful. Read more...

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Black Rabbit Hall

4

It's like an episode of "Downton Abbey"-- set in the 1960s-- and directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Read more...

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Eligible

5

A modern retelling of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice." Read more...

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Half Wild

4

A hidden gem for short story lovers. Read more...

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Homegoing

5

A sweeping historical saga about two half-sisters and the generations that come after them. Read more...

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I Let You Go

4

Lives are forever changed in mere seconds in this heavy and emotionally raw book that hooked me at page one and never let go. Read more...

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My Name is Lucy Barton

4

Short...and bittersweet. Read more...

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Paper Girls

5

A lively and dazzling new series from some big names in the comic book industry. Read more...

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Patience

5

"A cosmic timewarp deathtrip to the primordial infinite of everlasting love." Not scared off? Keep reading. Read more...

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The Assistants

4

If an author like Jennifer Weiner wrote a movie like "Office Space," it would be just like this. Read more...

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The Everything Box

5

It's the end of the world as we know it and I laughed my way through it. Read more...

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The Girl in the Red Coat

4

The perfect psychological thriller to make your October just a little creepier. Read more...

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The Portable Veblen

4

Two people take a chance on love with a little help from a squirrel. Read more...

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The Royal Nanny

4

Anglophiles take note, Karen Harper's new book is just for you! Read more...

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The Trespasser

4

Tana French knocks it out of the park again with her newest installment of the Dublin Murder Squad series. Read more...

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The Woman in Cabin 10

5

This is Ruth Ware's follow-up to "In a Dark, Dark Wood." Don't miss this one!! Read more...

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The Year We Turned Forty

4

What would you change if you had a magical do-over for one year of your life? Read more...

Nonfiction

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Baby Birds: An Artist Looks into the Nest

4

Julie Zickefoose's awesome art and light-hearted prose about baby birds are a real tweet. Read more...

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Devoured: From Chicken Wings to Kale Smoothies - How What We Eat Defines Who We Are

4

Whether you are a snacker, a bruncher or are into "chefing," this book will help explain why Americans eat as we do. Read more...

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Eat Street: The ManBQue Guide to Making Street Food at Home

4

Food is messy. Food is loud. And most of all, food should be easy! Read more...

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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

5

An unforgettable read about the importance of stable, affordable housing. Heartbreaking, but ultimately hopeful. Read more...

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Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

5

It made me question how I perceive myself. Read more...

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It's Okay to Laugh: (Crying is Cool, Too)

5

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Joe Gould's Teeth

4

Joe Gould may have written the most complete and comprehensive oral history of his time. Then again, maybe he didn't. Read more...

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Lab Girl

5

Each of us is both impossible and inevitable. -Hope Jahren Read more...

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Navel Gazing: True Tales of Bodies, Mostly Mine (But Also My Mom's, Which I Know Sounds Weird)

4

A hilarious and heartfelt look at what it means to be "middle-aged." Read more...

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No-Bake Treats: Incredible Unbaked Cheesecakes, Icebox Cakes, Pies and More

5

No need to skip dessert just because it's too hot to bake! Read more...

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Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World

4

In the crowded field of social psychology titles, Adam Grant's exploration on developing and nurturing new ideas is worth a look. Read more...

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Party of One: A Memoir in 21 Songs

5

One man's hilarious quest for self-acceptance, set to the music of the '80s, '90s and '00s. Read more...

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The Happiness Track: How to Apply the Science of Happiness to Accelerate Your Success

4

Want to hear a business secret? It's not the people who work the hardest who are most successful, it's those who are happiest. Read more...

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You May Also Like: Taste in an Age of Endless Choice

4

Bad news, aficionados: Your tastes are prosaic and predictable. Oh, and they're not all yours either. Read more...