book recommendations

Black History Month

We Wait for the Sun

This year, the R.H. Stafford Library offers three book recommendations in honor of Black History Month. Since its official inception in 1976, it has offered ways to reflect on and pay tribute to Black achievements throughout history. This month provides an opportunity to understand and engage with Black stories, culture and legacies. This year, the theme for Black History Month is Black Health and Wellness. Read more about Black History Month

With the Fire on High

Fire on High

Elizabeth Acevedo returns after winning the 2018 National Book Award in this tale of Emoni Santiago, a 17-year-old single mother living with her abuela in Philadelphia, trying to survive her senior year. She is a skilled chef despite her young age; she can create delicious meals that evoke memories of home and heartbreak. Read more about With the Fire on High

Goodnight Beautiful

Goodnight Beautiful

Newlyweds Annie Potter and Sam Statler have moved upstate from New York City to his sleepy hometown of Chestnut Hill to be closer to Sam’s elderly mother. Sam can’t believe his luck when he finds the perfect home office to rent for his psychology clinic. What he doesn’t realize upon moving in is that a vent in his clinic provides the perfect eavesdropping opportunity. Who wouldn’t listen in on live sessions exposing the inner psyche of small-town neighbors? Read more about Goodnight Beautiful

Crying in H Mart

Crying in H Mart

Michelle Zauner grapples with this painful realization when her 56-year-old mother is diagnosed with cancer. Zauner’s memoir, which originated in a New York Times essay, delves into her complicated relationship with her mother and food. Zauner’s mother was more than a cook, for Zauner she represented Korean culture at its finest. Crying in H Mart details the dishes Zauner ate, her fierce desire to impress her parents by being an adventurous eater and her soul searching as a young adult. Read more about Crying in H Mart

Things You Save in a Fire

things you save in a fire

Cassie Hanwell is not a damsel in distress. She’s a quick-witted, athletic, driven firefighter in Texas and she worked hard to earn a top stop in the ranks. She doesn’t take grief from her male colleagues and will be the best.

Cassie is well on her way to achieving her goals when an unwelcome blast from the past surfaces. While grappling with seeing a man from her past, her estranged mother reaches out with an outrageous proposal: Her eyesight is failing, and she needs Cassie to relocate to Boston to be a caregiver. Read more about Things You Save in a Fire

The Pull of the Stars

The Pull of the Stars

In Emma Donoghue’s latest book, The Pull of the Stars, readers are immersed into the world of Dublin, Ireland during World War I, which was plagued by poverty and disease from the 1918 Spanish flu. The virus attacked and swiftly killed young adults who were perfectly healthy just a few hours before, turning them blue from cyanosis as they took their last breaths. Read more about The Pull of the Stars


Solo by Kwame Alexander

Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator and Newbery medal-winning author. In his New York Times bestseller novel Solo, he writes of love, loss and the depth of family ties. Read more about Solo


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