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September Staff Picks

Each month we feature a series of books chosen by our fabulous staff. Once a week our literary mavens will be featured on our social media channels. At the end of every month we compile them for you right here; that way you won’t miss a single book! These choices are some of their favorite books and authors or reads they need to share with others.


"I’d like to recommend Sunny Side Up by Jennifer and Matthew Holm for my #JPLPicks," said Shawn of Brown Eastside! This is a graphic novel from the same team who made the Babymouse series. Sean says he feels a "startling connection to the story of a girl who is sent off to Florida to stay with her grandparents after a family incident. I wish this book had existed when I was ten years old." Visit Sean at the Brown Eastside Branch for graphic novel recommendations for all ages and interests!

Anthony at Main is all about statistics and statistical anomalies for his #JPLPicks! Which is why he recommends the Freakonomics books by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. "They break down many facets of everyday life that may have otherwise never been addressed. The authors ask questions, and make suggestions, that are provocative and compelling," says Anthony, "For example, 'Is it more dangerous to drive drunk or walk drunk?' and 'Why do drug dealers still live with their moms?' They also tackle the absurdity of statistical cherry-picking and, most importantly, how to not take every statistic that you read as fact and how to think like a freak to solve “outside of the box” problems." Anthony adds that for audiobook lovers "Dubner's narration of the audiobook versions is an added treat!" Find a copy here:

“I loved being immersed in the new world that J.K. Rowling creates with Harry Potter,” says Jenna from Main for her #JPLPicks. “Did you know Harry Potter is one of the many banned books? Rowling’s perspective on treating other people fairly is a valuable lesson for all.” Find the first book here:


Dog lovers may cry during “The Story of Edgar Sawtelle: A Novel” by David Wroblewski, Jackie from PCR's #JPLPick. “This book is a very well written story about a deaf boy and a dog. We don’t know what either character is thinking yet the author was able to show a different type of communication: soul to soul.”

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