Minuteman Staff Picks

Created on December 29, 2023, 9:13 am

Last Updated January 31, 2024, 8:26 pm

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Andrew Loof - Circulation/Tech Services - Wayland Public Library - Vicious, unforgiving, nihilistic, and witty. A bus-load of six year olds and three adults are stranded in the wilderness. Things only get worse from there.
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Jillian Holmberg - Supervisor of Childrens - Framingham Public Libraries - A very understated, yet scary novel ... which works psychologically. If you want to get your readers thinking about survival and what an apocalypse would truly mean to them, this novel does that.
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Jessica Steytler - Brookline - Librarian -"Good Omens meets The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet in this defiantly joyful adventure set in California's San Gabriel Valley, with cursed violins, Faustian bargains, and queer alien courtship over fresh-made donuts."
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John Garrigan - Supervisor of Youth Services - Framingham Public Library -A dystopian satire in which children volunteer to join The Long Walk, in which they are forced to keep moving until there's only one left standing, with that child and their family winning enough money to keep on surviving.
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Lore Olympus volume 5
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Alyssa Eden - Teen Experience Support Specialist -Framingham Public Library - A Mixture of modern and ancient tales. Full of secrets, desires, and betrayal. This novel consists of beautiful and fun rendition of one of the oldest love stories.
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Susan MacMaster - Childrens Librarian - Framingham Public Libraries - Story of a family, specifically two sisters, and how the coconut grove fire impacted their lives.
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Sarah Binney - Patron Experience Staff- McAuliffe Branch - Could not put it down! Crass, Humerous thrilling! it feels like a real-life memoir and collection of personal thoughts of an astronaut. Mark Watney quickly became one of my favorite characters in literature.
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Sarah Binney - Patron Experience Staff - McAuliffe Branch - Poetic Science Fiction - This is magnificent, seductive storytelling that just happens to be set mostly on Mars. It’s beautiful, brilliant, startling. It drips with deliciously poetic imagery (and references great poets/poems). It raises profound questions, uses odd analogies, and features dark tragedy, comedy, big ideas, and interesting plots
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John Garrigan - Supervisor of Youth Services - Framingham Public Library- A socialite from Mexico City is called to her cousin's side at High Place, a rural mansion owned by a rich English family, but when she arrives, she's mostly kept away from her family's side. Then things start getting weird...
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Jeremy Goldstein - Booklist Extraordinaire - Multi-libraries- The start of the best run of comics there is. Simonson reinvented how comic stories are told in these gorgeously drawn issues. Come for the Ballad of Beta Ray Bill, stick around for the lettering (yes really).
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Dev Singer -Technical Services & Electronic Resources Librarian -Whittemore Library at Lasell University -This book is twisted in all the best ways. I don't want to love it, but I can't stop thinking about it.
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Demetri Kyriakis - Assistant Director -Needham Free Public Library - I LOVE this book!!! I find it life changing in the advice that it dispenses. You wouldn't think it based on the author's background, but I feel that the advice he gives works in all situations in our lives. Well worth the read.
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Jeremy Goldstein - Minuteman Central Site - Data Curation Librarian - The creators pull of one of the best works of horror I've read this decade via a medium where that's notoriously difficult to execute.
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Bethany Doane - Reference Librarian - Somerville Public Library Central Branch - Modern-day Chinese-Norwegian-American ninja, Lily Wong, a has devoted her life to protecting women ever since the murder of her beloved sister, all while balancing family relationships, cultural identity, and an inner sense of right and wrong. After a rescue mission goes sideways, Lily takes a pro-bono case that leads to a dangerous conspiracy that she’s determined to reach the bottom of. This title is the first of an addictive new mystery series
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Sarah Hofschire - Substitute Librarian - Framingham Public Library Time travel, a viral flu pandemic, a gripping love story and a lesson in what we can and can't control... what's not to like?
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John Garrigan - Framingham Public Library - Supervisor of Youth (Teen) Services - The perfect book for the reader who wants to live for a while in a world similar to, but also very different from our own. Where dark magic and secrets cause generational pain, but hope is always on the horizon.
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Dev Singer - Technical Services & Electronic Resources Librarian - Whittemore Library at Lasell University - This book is a deep character study of a community, showing there's more to a slum in India than meets the eye. TheStoryGraph calls it "Elegant, poetic, and vibrant," all of which I can agree on.
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