Suburban Library Cooperative - Library Staff Recommendations 2012




Children / YA


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84 Charing Cross Road / Helene Hanff
This is a beautiful book about a friendship between a writer in New York and a bookseller in London that develops solely through letters over two decades; uplifting and unforgettable.
(Ed from CHE)

Behind the Backlash: Muslim Americans after 9/11 / Lori Peek
With all of the recent domestic violence reported in the news, I think this book helps explain how vulnerable and resilient a targeted population can be in the face of senseless acts--this is a sociological and sensitive glimpse into a sample of Muslim-American students post-911.
(Michelle from SCS)

Breaking Night: A Memior of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard / Liz Muray
Having a bad day, need inspiration? This is the account of a homeless teenager who rose above her circumstance, achieved her dreams, and a world class education.
(Mary Jo from MPL)

Cascadia's Fault: The Earthquake and Tsunami that Could Devastate North America / Jerry Thompson
Hearing about natural disasters in faraway places, we like to think that could never happen here. But in the northwest corner of the United States is a fault line in the Earth’s crust that could devastate the Pacific Coast.
(Barb from CHE and SHL)

Consider the Lobster and Other Essays/ David Foster Wallace
"Big Red Son" is sophomoric and hilarious. Some of the essays are literary theory and skippable to the uninterested.
(Cory from CLL)

Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?: A Rock ‘N’ Roll Memoir / Steven Tyler
A peek into Steven Tyler’s head: front man for Aerosmith, American Idol Judge, Father, his story of sobriety, successes, failures, and everything in between.
(Mary Jo from MPL)

The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World / Eric Weiner
Why do some countries rate higher on the happiness scale than others according to research? Readers will enjoy this trip that is filled with humor and wisdom.
(Ed from CHE)

Good Stuff: A Reminiscence of My Father, Cary Grant / Jennifer Grant
A joyful and pleasant read regarding one of the world's most stylish men, as seen through the eyes of his only daughter.
(Barb from SCS)

BCD = Book on CD, BLU = Blu-ray Disc, CD = Compact Disc, DVD = Digital Video Disc, EB = eBook, FIC = Fiction, LT = Large Type, MeLCat = MeLCat material, NONFIC - Fiction, PL = Playaway, PS3 = Playstation 3 Game


Hilarity ensues / Tucker Max
Hilarity ensues is Tucker Max’s third and final book in his series of stories about his drunken debauchery and ridiculous antics. But as you should expect from Tucker by now, he is going out with a bang—literally and figuratively.
(Chris Frezza from SLC)

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks / Rebecca Skloot
This is the best non-fiction book I have read in ages. Skloot perfectly weaves the fascinating science and history of HeLa cells (immortal cells taken from Henrietta's cancer before she died) and the tragic events of the lives of Henrietta Lacks and her children. In the last 60 years Henrietta's cells have drastically helped medical research and development. Yet Henrietta's family couldn't afford health insurance.
(Lauren from TPL)

Infamous Lady: The true story of Countess Erzsebet Bathory / Kimberly L. Craft
World's worst female serial killer, with over 650 servant girls murdered. Vampire drinks and bathes in the blood of her victims: witch, lesbian, and sadist; walled up alive in castle tower.
(Shane from CHE)

The Joy of Less: A Minimalist Living Guide: How to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify Your Life / Francine Jay
This is a great introduction for anybody interested in downsizing their stuff. Along the way, you may find yourself living a simpler more meaningful life.
(Amy from SLC)

Let's Pretend this Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir) / Jenny Lawson
Jenny Lawson, the Bloggess, has made millions of people question their own sanity. This book will make you laugh out loud!
(Lynn from CHE)

Hilarious, odd, and snarky... this is not for the faint of heart or easily offended.
(Barb from SCS)

The Screwtape Letters / C.S. Lewis
This is a highly creative and humorous satire that teaches important lessons on Christian spiritual development; a classic.
(Jason from SHL)

The Woman Who Wasn't There: The True Story of an Incredible Deception / Robin Gaby Fisher
This is the story of Tania Head’s astonishing account of her experience on September 11, 2001 that transformed her into a well-known hero as well as a tragic victim from that fateful day. But her account didn’t follow the facts and Tania was ultimately exposed as a fraud. Did her efforts to help the victims of 9-11 – for her own celebrity – do more harm than good?
(Pat from RSV)

The Woman's Book of Yoga and Health: A Lifelong Guide to Wellness / Linda Sparrowe
Spanning the main epochs of a woman's life, this book is both practical and transcendental, as it demonstrates yoga postures that help women function their best through all phases (youth, motherhood, menopause).
(Michelle from SCS)