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Staff Picks


September 2021


Keara recommends:

Quick + Simple by Jacques Pepin

Absolutely fantastic cook book. All of the recipes are intentially simple and quick to make. I especially enjoyed the Pea Puree with Mint recipe. 





Cassie recommends: 

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid 

An aging Hollywood star finally agrees to tell the story of her life, including her seven widely-discussed marriages...but she'll only tell it to Monique, an (up 'til now) unknown magazine reporter. Like all of Reid's novels, it's a page-turner, full of drama and scandal with depth and meaning as well. Perfect for those interested in the Golden Age of Hollywood.



Caroline recommends:

Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam

"A magnetic novel about two families, strangers to each other, who are forced together on a long weekend gone terribly wrong." I loved the tension created by the author because we never learn exactly what's going wrong, but it's clear there is some calamity happening all over the world.



Susan recommends:

The Rose Code by Kate Quinn

Three female codebreakers at Bletchley Park struggle in this male-dominated World War II top-secret installation. Post-war, they must reunite to solve one more code that will identify the traitor that shattered their friendship and sent one to an insane asylum.



Morgan recommends: 

Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston 

When rivals, Alex Claremont-Diaz, first son of the US and Prince Henry of England have a confrontation, damage control is necessary. To make it seem as though all is well, Alex and Henry are forced into a fake friendship. As time goes on they find themselves in a secret the middle of an election year.  



Betsey recommends:

Whereabouts by Juhmpa Lahiri 

Lahiri creates stories so beautifully and this book won't disappoint. We learn to enjoy the simpler things in life through the day-by-day, sometimes mundane, experience of the narrator. I found this short book to be a pleasant but intriguing beach read.