What We’re Reading: Staff Suggestions

As you might guess, many library staff are big readers. Here is a selection of what some of us are reading and enjoying these days, and why. Find a longer list of staff favorites in our catalog.


Sleepless Nights by Elizabeth Hardwick – “Such a strange, lovely, little book. Don’t expect a beginning, middle, and end, but rather a mash-up of life!” — Heather, Wallingford Branch

One Perfect Shot by Steven Havill, Posadas County Mystery series – “Reading on audiobook. Good, fluffy mysteries set in a tiny border county. Characters are well done and, good or bad, are about what you’d figure for a resident of a town a few miles from the Mexican Border.” — Jay, Central Library

Mr. Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt – “I love it! It’s weird and delightful and I’d hand it to fans of Karen Russell and George Saunders.” — Wendy, Beacon Hill

Paper by Mark Kurlansky – “One of the best books I’ve read in a while. It’s a fascinating history of writing, language (and yes, paper) from ancient times to the present. I learned something new in practically every paragraph.” — Paige, University Branch


Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue – “A lovely portrait of a Cameroonian immigrant family in NYC on the eve of the Great Recession.” –Hayden, Central Library

Dirty River by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha – “In her memoir, she talks about her experiences as a chronically ill, queer woman of color and explores her experience as a survivor. Leah lives locally in Seattle now, too.” — Micah, University Branch

The Heavenly Table by Donald Ray Pollock – “Appalachian gothic. Great writing and a cast of (nasty) and unforgettable characters.” — Frank, Central Library

The Third Horseman by William Rosen – “An interesting look into the great famine of the 14th century and its relationship to climate change and war.” –Ryan, Queen Anne Branch

~ posted by Andrea G.

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