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Published 8/22/2022 by Lara Luck

You can find the Information Services staff at the Central Library, where we help patrons find books every day. Each of us has very different reading interests, ranging from fictional thrillers to meditation guides. We have collected a few of our recent favorites to recommend to you.

Jody recommends "The Four Winds" by Kristin Hannah
Set in 1934 Texas, during the Dust Bowl Era. Our main character Elsa finds herself in a tough position. She must decide to stay in her home despite drought and famine threatening her family or go west to California to find a new yet uncertain life. Elsa gives readers a first-hand glimpse at what it was like to live through one of the hardest times in American history and the courage and strength of settlers of the American West.

Jody also recommends “The Weight of Ink” by Rachel Kadish
Mysterious documents written in 1660’s London and discovered centuries later entangle two women separated by time. One, Ester an immigrant from Amsterdam, chronicles the history of Jewish life in the past told to her by a rabbi. The other, Helen - a historian turned literary detective, pieces together the newly found historical documents. With the help of one of her graduate students, Helen is determined to identify the documents’ creator.

Tory recommends “Sapiens” by Yuval Noah Harari
Historian and professor in the Department of History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Yuval Harari lays out how humanity got to where we are today. Through topics such as currency, agriculture, politics, religion, and gender identity you see how humans went from small hunter gatherer societies to a global empire. “Sapiens” is an eye-opening historical timeline that makes you question all that we are as humans and why we make the decisions we do.

Tory also recommends “Run, Rose, Run” by James Patterson and Dolly Parton
From the minds of a renowned author of suspense and a country music icon, “Run, Rose, Run” tells the story of Annielee, an up-and-coming county star in Nashville, who is running from her past. With the help of a few connections she makes made along the way, Annielee tries to make it big while hiding behind a wall of secrets and lies.

Tony recommends “African Founders: How Enslaved People Expanded American Ideals” by David Hackett Fischer
Explore the little-known histories of the early American enslaved-people that brought with them a rich African culture. These “African Founders” brought a broad range of knowledge with them, from farming techniques to new linguistic skills. Discover how African culture impacted the new world and how it directs America culture to this day.

Tony also recommends “We Were Dreamers” by Simu Liu
Learn about the life behind Marvel superhero Shang-Chi, as Simu Liu tells of his family's journey from China to Canada and his eventual path to Hollywood. “We Were Dreamers” is more than a celebrity memoir - it's a story about growing up between cultures, finding your family, and becoming the master of your own extraordinary circumstance.

Zach recommends “If I Could Tell You Just One Thing” by Richard Reed
Author Richard Reed has asked dozens of accomplished individuals to share one life lesson they have learned with his audience. From advice for grads, to guidance on work and relationships, creativity, spirituality, and survival, there is something to inspire and connect with every reader.

Zach also recommends “Autobiography of a Yogi” by Paramahansa Yogananda
Selected as ‘One of the 100 Best Spiritual Books of the Twentieth Century,’ “Autobiography of a Yogi” is both a beautifully written account of an exceptional life and a profound introduction to the ancient science of Yoga and its time-honored tradition of meditation. This book is profoundly inspiring, vastly entertaining, and warmly humorous.