Minuteman Staff Picks

Created on December 29, 2023, 9:13 am

Last Updated January 31, 2024, 8:26 pm

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Darshana - Adult Services-Outreach Librarian - Morrill Memorial Library - I loved both of Andy's previous books, so picking the third one was a must. It did not disappoint. I loved it. Excellent plot and pace, well developed characters (including the alien ), enough geeky, scientific stuff to delight any SF fan. And the end was unexpected and amazing (for me at least).
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Monk & robot volume 1
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Heath Umbreit - Adult Services Librarian - Morrill Memorial Library - A short, gentle, and meditative novella about a future humanity that has learned how to live in greater harmony with each other and with nature. It centers on a young tea monk who sets out on a journey to find themself, and ends up making a new and unexpected friend.
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Monk & robot volume 1
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Silvia Roma - Newton Free Library - Assistant Supervisor, Borrower Services - A feel-good cozy sci-fi. The friendship that blossoms between Sibling Dex and Mosscap is warm and weird and delightful. Niki Bavar - SPL - Senior Substitute - The book lead me through so many emotions but did it so gently; its just a really comfy, cozy, and healing read.
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Janet Drake - Framingham Public Library - Senior Circulation Assistant - This book presents the richness of listening, reflecting, and a new appreciation of quiet. It's an abundant source of insight for both introverts and extroverts.
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Sarah Hofschire - Substitute Librarian - Framingham Public Library - A riveting, heartbreaking and masterfully-written account of drug abuse and lives on the edge in the Bronx in the early 2000’s. You won't forget it.
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Craig Smith - Winchester Public Library - Head of Technology & Information Services - The Raven Tower is one of the best fantasy novels of the 21st century. It's a stand-alone title amid a sea of fantasy series, making it a great rarity. The writing, characters, pacing, and mystery are top notch, some of the best I've ever read.
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Julie M - Reference Librarian - McAuliffe Branch - The conceit of this book is something along the lines of "The Hunger Games" meets the Roma Empire...but in space. With over the top space drama and lots of memorable characters, the author builds a fully fleshed out world that's easy to get lost in. Side note: The story begins with the fridging (killing off a character to provide motivation for the leading male) of a female character, which is irksome, but Brown somewhat makes up for it. As the series progresses and lots of fascinating complex characters are introduced.
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Sarah Binney - Patron Experience Staff - McAuliffe Branch - Creative, funny, Cleaver, Geeky, and moving it is all at the same time. It pokes fun at cheesy sci-fi television while honoring it at the same time. NPCs come alive! It is laugh out loud funny. Must read of Star Trek Fans!!!
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Amanda - Framingham Public Library - Assistant Head of Children's Experience - A day in the life of the common man who can still impact society and politics. Gentle, soft, and slow but extremely impactful with its unreliable narration and inevitability of change.
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John Garrigan - Supervisor of Youth Services - Framingham Public Library -King's darkest book since Pet Semetery, with an ending that will unnerve you in ways you didn't think possible.
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Anna - Wellesley Free Library - Circulation Department, part time - Action-adventure - court intrigue - epic battles - friendship & betrayal - and it's all true.
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Julie M - Reference Librarian - McAuliffe Branch - I first read this in middle school and I've thought of it frequently since then. An incredibly engrossing story at times heart-breaking & quietly lovely in its simplicity. A story that will stay with you a long time.
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Darshana - Adult Services-Outreach Librarian - Morrill Memorial Library - This is the second in the series. The setting is 1920s Mumbai in British India. If you like Jaqueline Winspear's Maisy Dobbs, you will like this one. Character driven, very PG, good plot and pace. The unique thing about this series is the setting and time period. Also, Perveen is a lawyer, but not able to try cases since she is a woman and cannot sit for the bar. For most of the book bodies do not pile up, so it is sort of cozy, but not too light. The first book in the series, which I also loved, is called The Widows of Malabar Hill.
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John Garrigan - Framingham Public Library - Supervisor of Youth (Teen) Services - Local author(!) creates a great new detective hero in Sister Holiday, a tattooed, chain-smoking nun who finds herself in the middle of a string of arsons and murders surrounding the Catholic School she teaches at
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Makayla Hicks - Framingham Public Library - Children's Assistant Supervisor - Branch - The book is a period piece with a sweet gay romance between a man abandoned by his father and *** into a position of wealth after his father's death, and a prominent smuggler in a quiet country village. With heart pounding action and romance what's not to love.
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Brigitte - Assistant Supervisor - McAuliffe Branch - A BOOK ABOUT BOOKS A STORY ABOUT STORIES ACROSS DECADES! Dark Brooding Melancholic & Romantic :)
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John Garrigan - Supervisor of Youth Services - Framingham Public Library -One of the most beautiful and thoughtful books on faith and suffering ever written
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Alyssa - Framingham Public Library - YA Assistant Librarian -Super quick read, perfect mix of fantasy and romance (queer!
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John Garrigan - Supervisor of Youth Services - Framingham Public Library - What happens when the richest man alive is invited to transcend space and time aboard an alien spaceship?
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