Minuteman Staff Picks

Created on December 29, 2023, 9:13 am

Last Updated January 31, 2024, 8:26 pm

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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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Michelle Abramson - Bedford - Reference sub - Excellent bidungsroman (go ahead, look it up!)
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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)
9) 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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Liz Reed - Morrill Memorial Library - Head of Adult Services - This might be the best thriller that I've read. The feeling at the beginning of this book is that of a claustrophobic horror - no one can leave and there may be a murderer in their midst. By the end of the book, the story has become a white-knuckled careening thriller as the characters struggle towards survival. The characters are believable and not all are likeable, but they change and grow - or maybe the reader's perception of them changes? - through the novel. The author deftly navigates a slow reveal of the world in this book, while also presenting quite realistic group dynamics and potential outcomes given the circumstances. The audiobook is very good! Fair warning, this story has a ripped from the headlines feel that strikes very close to home with regards to the violent consequences of global lashing out.
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11) Abigail
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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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Heath U - Morrill Memorial Library - Adult Services Librarian - Amid the many stresses of the world today--the rigors of work, pervasive political contentiousness, floods of misinformation, the weird environmental changes we're seeing, the incoming news about wars and conflicts across the globe--this book is like a big hug from a dear friend. Thom's writing is vulnerable, optimistic, cathartic, and deeply humane. Essential reading!
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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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Jacquelyn Deshchidn - Public Library of Brookline (Village!) - LA - This book showcases the beautiful and powerful aspects of vulnerability. As an urban-Indigenous person, it is rare to find books that speak to both the worlds of urban diasporic experiences, as well as the presence of traditional connections each of us tries to keep to our nation and home, no matter how far away. Mailhot speaks to not only the vulnerable, but downright ugly experiences in life that we tend to miss or glaze over when relaying our own stories as Indigenous peoples. This is a book that I have asked my loved ones, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous to read as to better understand what living in a simultaneous active genocide and erasure of Indigenous ways of life is like for our women and Two-Spirit people in Turtle Island (N. America).
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Kate - Medford Public Library -Children's Circulation and Tech - This well-paced, humorous, feel-good fairytale for adults broke me out of my reading slump. It was exactly what I needed.
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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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Jill Roberson - Dover Town Library - Library Assistant -As a fiber artist myself and a crochet teacher, I thoroughly enjoyed Orenstein's humorous approach to this monumental feat that we knitters and crocheters have all secretly imagined we could do. Go to a sheep farm, shear a sheep, clean up the wool, spin it, make a sweater. Really, how hard can it be? This book answers that question in unfolding chapters that had me in stitches (yup, pun intended!) but also brought in painful aspects of her life that I too am experiencing: aging parents, adult children, the loss of my pre-covid19 life, all while exploring the deep connection we have with literally, the fabric of our life. One part Bill Bryson, one part Oprah, one part Mom. I love this book.
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Ninth House volume 1
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Amanda - Framingham Public Library - Assistant Head of Children's Experience - Gothic science fantasy with blunt humor and pop culture references. What you think you know, you don't. "One flesh, one end, bitch".
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Amanda - Framingham Public Library - Assistant Head of Children's Experience - Such a heartbreaking and honest take on sexual assault. Just thinking about what to write makes my heart ache and demand a reread.
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