Linda's Picks

Welcome to Linda's PIcks!

Every year, when preparing for our Annual Fandango in October, I have fun selecting a list of books to recommend to our local book clubs. It's a daunting task since there are thousands of books available (millions?) and narrowing it down to a dozen or so is nearly impossible. So much so, that this year I will begin changing the list quarterly. That way I can swap out older books and add new ones that deserve to be considered.

Also this year, I am adding a few other pages of book recommendations - one for the current reading year, one for Library Reads (chosen by librarians), and additional pages for other sources like Book Browse.

If you have books you'd like to recommend, please drop me a note at If possible, include a review (as formal or informal as you'd like) or just tell me why you think this book should be added to our recommend lists. We've received a few already, listed at Members Recommend. Thanks for your help.

Check back from time to time to see what's new!

Meanwhile, here are some past favorites!

Recommendations for 2015-2016

Black River - Sarah Hulse

A Brief History of Seven Killings - Marlon James

Station Eleven - Emily St. John Mandel

In the Kingdom of Ice - Hampton Sides

The Quest For a Moral Compass - A Global History of Ethics - Kenan Malik

Some Luck - Jane Smiley

Sudden Light - Garth Stein

The Martian - Andy Weir

Recommendations for 2014-2015

Above - Isla Morley

The Museum of Extraordinary Things - Alice Hoffman

The Paris Architect - Charles Belfoure

The Good Lord Bird - James McBride

Mrs. Poe - Lynn Cullen

Some Girls, Some Hats and Hitler - Trudi Kanter

The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat Diner - Edward Kelsey Moore

The Lowland - Jhumpa Lahiri

A Star for Mrs. Blake - April Smith

The Empress Dowager Cixi - Jung Chang

The Circle - Dave Eggers

We Are Water - Wally Lamb

Staff Picks - Oldies But Goodies

Psychopath Test - Jon Ronson (suggested by Melissa)

Genesis - Bernard Beckett (suggested by Kayla)

Whistling Past the Graveyard - Susan Crandall (suggested by Janelle)

Joy For Beginners - Erica Bauermeister (suggested by Janelle)