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Staff recommendations

Staff recommendations.

Below are book recommendations made by Crete Public Library staff members. For more information, visit the library, or search the online library catalog.

Books recommended in 2020

Biography

  • The Growing Season, Sarah Frey
  • Henry Kissinger and American Power, Thomas Schwartz
  • Memorial Drive, Natasha Trethewey
  • Inge’s War, Svemja O’Donnell
  • Me and Patsey Kichin’ Up Dust, Loretta Lynn
  • Home Work, Julie Andrews
  • Blood, Allison Moorer
  • Five Days Gone, Laura Cumming
  • Wild Life, Keena Roberts

Contemporary

  • Fresh Water for Flowers, Valerie Perrin
  • My Kind of People, Lisa Duffy
  • The River Home, Hannah Richell
  • 28 Summers, Elin Hilderbrand
  • American Dirt, Jeanine Cummins
  • Barn 8, Deb Unferth
  • Dear Edward, Ann Napolitano
  • The Sweeney Sisters, Lian Dolan
  • Tea by the Tea, Donna Hemans
  • You and Me and Us, Alison Hammer
  • Evvie Drake Starts Over, Linda Holmes
  • The Lager Queen of Minnesota, J. Ryan Stradal 
  • Olive, Again, Elizabeth Strout

Historical

  • The Book of Lost Names, Kristin Harmel
  • The Exiles, Christina Baker Kline
  • Glorious Boy, Aimee Liu
  • The Heirloom Garden, Viola Shipman
  • The Paper Daughters of Chinatown, Heather Moore
  • Book of the Little Axe, Lauren Francis-Sharma
  • The Henna Artist, Alka Joshi
  • The Long Petal to the Sea, Isabel Allende
  • Simon the Fiddler, Paulette Jiles
  • Westering Women, Sandra Dallas
  • Where the Lost Wander, Amy Harmon
  • Yours, Jean, Lee Martin
  • Cilka’s Journey, Heather Morris
  • The Giver of Stars, Jojo Moyes 
  • One More River to Cross, Jane Kirkpatrick 

Inspirational

  • Before I called You Mine, Nicole Deese
  • The Fifth Avenue Story Society, Rachel Hauck

Romance

  • Dance Away With Me, Susan Phillips
  • Real Men Knit, K. M. Jackson
  • Almost Just Friends, Jill Shalvis
  • Beach Read, Emily Henry
  • Love on Lexington Avenue, Lauren Layne

Mainstream

  • The End of October, Lawrence Wright
  • Rodham, Curtis Sittenfeld
  • The Vanishing Half, Brit Bennett
  • Science Fiction
  • The Notch, Tom Holland
  • Oona Out of Order, Margarita Montimore
  • Suspense
  • The Better Liar, Tanen Jones 
  • The Dutch House, Ann Patchett
  • Have You Seen Luis Velez?, Catherine Hyde

Science Fiction

  • Survivor Song, Paul Tremblay
  • The Notch, Tom Holland
  • Oona Out of Order, Margarita Montimore
  • The Testaments, Margaret Atwood

Suspense

  • Blacktop Wasteland, S. A. Cosby
  • Don’t Turn Around, Jessica Barry
  • He Started It, Samantha Downing
  • The Night Swim, Megan Goldin
  • Playing Nice, J. P. Delaney
  • The Better Liar, Tanen Jones
  • Hide Away, Jason Pinter 
  • The Last Flight, Julie Clark
  • The Lucky One, Lori Rader-Day 
  • The Playground, Jane Shemitt
  • When You See Me, Lisa Gardner
  • The Wife and the Widow, Christian White
  • The Wives, Tarryn Fisher
  • The Vanishing, Jayne Krentz
  • Island of Last Resort, Mary Ellis
  • The Nanny, Gilly Macmillan
  • The Vanishing, Jayne Krentz

Nonfiction

  • Caste, Isabel Wilkerson
  • Magnolia Table, Joanna Gaines
  • The Next Great Migration, Sonia Shah
  • Suffrage: Women’s Long Battle For the Vote, Ellen DuBois
  • The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper, Hallie Rubenhold
  • Disney’s Land, Richard Snow
  • Great Plains Birds, Larkin Powell
  • National Geographic Almanac 2020, National Geograph
  • One Day, Gene Weingarten
  • Running with Sherman, Christopher McDougal

 

Books recommended in 2019

Biography

  • Becoming, Michelle Obama
  • Educated, Tara Westover
  • In Pieces, Sally Field

Contemporary

  • Alone on the Shield, Kirk Landers
  • An American Marriage, Tayari Jones
  • Before the Fall, Noah Hawley 
  • Crazy Rich Asians, Kevin Kwan
  • The Last Mrs. Parrish, Liv Constantine 
  • Miss You, Kate Eberlen
  • The Story of Arthur Truluv, Elizabeth Berg 

Historical

  • The Atomic City Girls, Janet Beard 
  • Bachelor Girl, Kim van Alkemade 
  • Before We Were Yours, Lisa Wingate 
  • The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted, Robert Hillman
  • The Island of Sea Women, Lisa See
  • The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah
  • The Stolen Marriage, Diane Chamberlain
  • The Taster, V. S. Alexander

Romance

  • Grace after Henry, Eithne Shortall
  • A Kiss to Build a Dream On, Kim Amos
  • Rainy Day Friends, Jill Shalvis
  • A Sky Full of Stars, Samantha Chase

Mainstream

  • Cutting for Stone, Abraham Verghese
  • Searching for Sylvie Lee, Jean Kwok
  • Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens

Nonfiction

  • The Feather Thief, Kirk Wallace Johnson
  • The Last Wildman of Borneo, Carl Hoffman
  • No Beast So Fierce, Dane Huckelbridge

Suspense

  • The Child Finder, Rene Denfeld 
  • Cross Her Heart, Sarah Pinborough
  • Dear Wife, Kimberly Belle
  • Emma in the Night, Wendy Walker 
  • Freefall, Jessica Barry
  • Jar of Hearts, Jennifer Hillier
  • The Line Between, Tosca Lee
  • The Lost Man, Jane Harper
  • My Lovely Wife, Samantha Downing
  • The Other Woman, Sandie Jones
  • Pieces of Her, Karin Slaughter
  • Three Days Missing, Kimberly Belle
  • Watch Me Disappear, Janelle Brown 

Young Adult

  • American Street, Ibi Zoboi
  • The Looking Glass, Janet McNally
  • The Milk of Birds, Silvia Whitman
  • Sadie, Courtney Summers
  • Spin, Lamar Giles