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Staff Picks: January 2019

open books stacked in the background, staff picks January 2019

It's a well-known fact that librarians have great taste in books. Here's what our staff has been reading lately. 



Book cover for The Godfather, available at jax library.The Godfather by Mario Puzo

"The novel has strong character development and much background information, which helps one appreciate the famous movie adaptation even more." —Jim O., South Mandarin Branch Library








Book cover for Vincent and Theo, available at jax library.Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman

"Everyone knows about Vincent Van Gogh but what they don’t know is the support that his brother gave him throughout his life. Without Theo the world would not have the Vincent that is known now. This is a biography about brothers." —Christie R., South Mandarin Branch Library







Book cover for little house in the big woods, available at jax library.Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

"As much as I enjoy new technologies, I am also appreciative of the stories and sacrifices made by past generations." —Jason E., Pablo Creek Regional Library








Book cover for ginny moon, available at jax library.Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig

"This was recommended to me by a library customer so thought I would give it a try. What a wonderful book. I loved that the autistic main character, Ginny, tells the story, letting us know what it is like in her mind. We also get to see her unique thought-processes and emotional issues." —Midge R., University Park Branch Library







Book cover for written in the stars, available at jax library.Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed

"This was a moving story of a Pakistani-American teenager whose parents have always told her that she is free to be who she wants to be, but when it comes to marriage, her parents will make the decision for her. I recommend this to anyone wanting their knowledge of different cultures and learn something new." —Mina F., University Park Branch Library







Book cover for eric jerome dickey's bad men and wicked women, available at jax library.Bad Men and Wicked Women by Eric Jerome Dickey

"Eric Jerome Dickey has written a lot of novels, but this title caught my eye. He is a great writer." —Theresa B., University Park Branch Library









Book cover for a great reckoning, available at jax library.A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny

"I enjoy this mystery series for its sense of cozy family and humor, even while addressing some very serious topics that are relevant in today’s headlines. I find myself relating to the characters and wanting to live in the picturesque village of Three Pines." —Tonja F., Argyle Branch Library







Book cover for send down the rain, available at jax library.Send Down the Rain by Charles Martin

"This book reveals that decisions and promises that we sometimes make when we are very young can haunt us and affect our lives in ways we never would have known. The characters live with their demons and eventually come to terms with themselves." —Pauline J., Argyle Branch Library








Book cover for oh florida, available at jax library.Oh Florida! How America's Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country by Craig Pittman

If you have ever wondered why Florida is the way it is, then read this book. I was surprised at the number of things that came out of Florida. It isn’t just Mickey Mouse, alligators and orange juice!" —Kristi D., Argyle Branch Library








Book cover for queen of the flowers, available at jax library.Queen of the Flowers by Kerry Greenwood

"I love this mystery series, set in the roaring twenties in Australia. The TV show Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries was based on the books. You can watch via our Hoopla app!" —Kathleen K., Brentwood Branch Library








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Monday, January 28, 2019

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