Minuteman Staff Picks

Created on December 29, 2023, 9:13 am

Last Updated January 31, 2024, 8:26 pm

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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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Sarah Hofschire - Substitute Librarian - Framingham Public Libraries - A detailed, poignant and enlightening story about poverty and the caste system in India and finding moments of connection in a bleak world. This story takes up residence in your heart.
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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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an inspirational or self-help title
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Sarah Binney - Patron Experience Staff - McAuliffe Branch - Atmospheric, suspenseful, psychotic thriller that will have you gripping the edge of your seat. To say I was not confused is an understatement, but I remember having that same feeling with her first one, but yet it reels you in at a tantalizing rate of emotions that you will revel in this when your finished.
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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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Julio J - McAuliffe Branch Library - A novel set in Ilhéus, a coastal city in Brazil, in 1920s; published in Portuguese (as Gabriela, cravo e canela). It’s a tale set in the small Brazilian town of Ilhéus during the 1920s, about the romance between Nacib Saad, a respectable bar owner of Syrian origin, and his new cook Gabriela, an innocent and captivating migrant worker from the impoverished interior whose skin is the color of cinnamon that exudes the scent of cloves. The backdrop is the political struggle between the seasoned cacao plantation owners and the forces of modernization. It was adapted into a movie entitled Gabriela, directed by Bruno Barreto in 1983, featuring Sônia Braga as Gabriela and Marcello Mastroianni as Nacib, with original music score by Antonio Carlos Jobim.
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John Garrigan - Supervisor of Youth Services - Framingham Public Library - Carnival "freaks" become the main characters as the Binewskis travel the country showcasing their unique appearances, all while trying not to fall apart with familial infighting.
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John Garrigan - Supervisor of Youth Services - Framingham Public Library - A very weird collection of dark and interesting stories.
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Sarah Linstrom - Framingham Public Library- A unique and elegant blend of science, memoir, travel writing, history, and medicine, How to Change Your Mind is a triumph of participatory journalism. By turns dazzling and edifying, it is the gripping account of a journey to an exciting and unexpected new frontier in our understanding of the mind, the self, and our place in the world.- Penguin Random House
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John Garrigan - Supervisor of Youth Services - Framingham Public Library - In this sequel to Bunnicula (also great), Harold the dog and Chester the cat are boarded while their family is on vacation, and they become convinced that Chateau Bow-Wow is being haunted by something. *** fun for kids!
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John Garrigan - Supervisor of Youth Services - Framingham Public Library - Nothing makes sense and everything is random, and in this case, that's a good thing! John and Dave discover a new drug that allows them to experience the supernatural, fight off a ghost made of sausage links, and learn that they're the only ones who can close an extra dimensional portal to Hell located in an abandoned shopping mall.
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Kathleen Barnard - Student Engagement Coordinator - Framingham State University - This novel is not easy to sum up in just a few words. It is big, rich novel of magic and ideas, centered on two magicians in 19th century Britain. The world is both magical and familiar, and the story is full of intrigue and adventure.
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Bethany Doane - Reference Librarian - Somerville Public Library - If you thought you loved Bridget Jones, wait until you meet Andrea Tang. A witty, wise-cracking, Singapore attorney, Andrea is living the dream, at least from the outside, but at thirty-three, she has yet to make partner at her firm, or find the right person to settle down with, making her the sole disappointment of her wealthy Malaysian-Chinese family. Freshly determined to find love and beat infuriatingly charming workplace rival Suresh out of a promotion, will Andrea collapse under the weight of familial expectations, or will she find her best life by pushing against tradition?
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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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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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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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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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