Minuteman Staff Picks

Created on December 29, 2023, 9:13 am

Last Updated January 31, 2024, 8:26 pm

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Logan Manchester - Belmont Public Library -Reference and Local History Librarian - It is a gripping and well-written book.
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Sarah - Cambridge Public Library- Digital Equity Manager - A much-needed book on the intersections of technology and ableism. Centered on lived experiences, you will learn the vibrant history of disability activism and gain a person-first approach to technology. Highly recommend!
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Andrew Loof - Circulation/Tech Services - Wayland Public Library - Not simply a retelling of The Island of Dr. Moreau, but a complete re-imagining. Four animal/human hybrids make up the latest boy band craze. After one particularly bad night their manager winds up murdered and a hungover, strung out band member is the likely culprit. Part science fiction, part hard boiled detective novel, this book never ceased to amaze to the final page.
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Sarah Binney-Patron Experience Staff-McAuliffe Branch-Data turned mercenary! You will be lulled by Murderbot's grouchy, mordant and eternally vexed yet crushingly vulnerable voice, and never wanted to resurface. "I could have become a mass murderer after I hacked my governor module, but then I realized I could access the combined feed of entertainment channels carried on the company satellites. ... As a heartless killing machine, I was a terrible failure." Jack Clark - Belmont Public Library - Technology Librarian - It's a bite-sized scifi novella that's just incredible fun to read, with great characters and well-written dialogue.
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Elizabeth Doherty - Framingham Public Library - Head of Patron Experience - It's got a little bit of everything in it. It's well-written and complexly plotted, and it takes on the question of belief in a fascinating way: the story goes beyond religious belief into cultural myth-making. Who ARE the American gods, and how have they changed over the centuries?
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Alexa S - Brookline - PT LA -The most self-aware and compassionate memoir of struggling with and being in recovery from an eating disorder I've ever read. (TW: ED)
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Alyssa - Framingham Public Library - YA Librarian Assistant -Eerie and fast paced, really makes you think about where you fit in the world and how insignificant mankind is in the greater scheme of things.
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Grace Lotti - Somerville - West Branch -Library Assistant -"Babel is a phenomenally well-written story that deals with themes of colonialism and racism. It’s four main characters are incredibly well fleshed out and interesting. As a reader, you get to follow their journeys and learn and grow along with them until the bitter end. "
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10) Bet me
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Elizabeth Doherty - Framingham Public Library - Head of Patron Experience - It's a fast-paced story that consistently makes me smile and occasionally laugh out loud even though I've read it multiple times already. The characters are sharp and funny, and reading the book feels like spending time with a good friend whose life is just barely out of control.
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Robin Grossman-Substitute Librarian-Framingham Public Libraries-Boundless, nonlinear, and dreamlike. A family saga that highlights the loneliness of womanhood when trapped with an arrogant and assertive man. This narrative captures the fluid nature of memory, we so often align with our mothers, grandmothers, the women we are raised by, those who we love but misunderstood, those who we are warned against. It is a rewarding read.
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Makayla Hicks- McAuliffe Branch Library - A Beautiful novella transporting the reader to the world of the Tensorate. We follow twins, Mokoya, The Prophet, and Akeha The Unwanted Child, as they grow together and apart only to come together once more to stand in rebellion against their mother.
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John Garrigan - Framingham Public Library - Supervisor of Youth (Teen) Services -Pitch black southern rural crime thriller. The type of book where you quickly realize that nothing good is going to come of anything the characters are doing.
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Alyssa Eden - Teen Experience Support Specialist - Framingham Public Libraries - This YA novel is a murder mystery/thriller that is full of unexpected twists and turns... and there's magic! It is vividly detailed from the point of view of Catrin, an orphaned teenager, who helps a mysterious- and handsome- detective solve the cases of a serial killer. TW- Child Abuse
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Makayla Hicks-McAuliffe Branch - While technically the 3rd in the series, this book launched the Witcher Series as a whole! I would recommend reading "The Last Wish" and "Sword of Destiny" for world building & context but they are absolutely not necessary to throw yourself deep into the world of THE WITCHER.
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16) Bloom
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John Garrigan - Framingham Public Library - Supervisor of Youth (Teen) Services - Cozy cottagecore queer romance turned... not that.
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Jennifir Huston - It showed me a new aspect of WWII and what was being done to rescue Jewish children. It was a beautiful story
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Julie M-Reference Librarian-McAuliffe Branch -I ended up reading this in one sitting because I couldn't put it down! Insightful, at times dramatic, and - as one might expect given the author- very, very funny. I was left wanting more and cant recommend it enough!
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Rachel - Framingham Public Library - Circulation or Patron Staff Experience - A thought provoking and intriguing missing person mystery book with a likeable lead detective. I was in it and read it in a few days. Book1 of 2. READ IT IF YOU LIKE MYSTERY AND CRIME THRILLERS.
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Michelle Abramson - Bedford - Reference sub - Excellent bidungsroman (go ahead, look it up!)
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