Staff Picks - June 2021

Clanlands
by Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish

Two fabulous stars of TVs Outlander, and sons of Scotland, decide to take a trip around their home country in a campervan to showcase Scottish heritage. They share the history of the food, drink, land, castles, customs, struggles, and people that have shaped nation. Their deep friendship shines through on their travels with jokes, pranks, boyish humor, and behind-the-scenes tales from the Outlander set makes this book widely appealing. I highly recommend the audio version, read by Sam and Graham themselves.

~ Lisa

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
by V.E. Schwab

I enjoyed this mysterious, magical fantasy featuring a strong, intelligent heroine who makes a deal with a devil she names Luc, to live forever, but without being remembered by anyone she meets. Addie travels across different countries, living many lives, sparring for her soul with the seductive, charismatic Luc, until she meets the one man who does remember her.

~ Mary D.

Troubled blood : a Cormoran Strike novel
by Robert Galbraith


Private Detective Cormoran Strike is visiting his family in Cornwall when he is approached by a woman asking for help finding her mother, Margot Bamborough who went missing in mysterious circumstances in 1974. Strike has never tackled a cold case before, let alone one forty years old. As Strike and his partner Robin investigate Margot's disappearance, they come up against a fiendishly complex case with leads that include tarot cards, a psychopathic serial killer and witnesses who cannot all be trusted. And they learn that even cases decades old can prove to be deadly. I enjoyed Galbraith's (JK Rowling's) Cormoran Strike books. Yes, the books are long but no, they never get boring.

~ Joanne

Always Home: A Daughter's Recipes and Stories: Forward by Alice Waters
by Fanny Singer

I love food, cooking and family stories. This book satisfies all that and more. Fanny Singer is the daughter of Alice Waters of Chez Panisse. The book chronicles Fanny's growing up years and how food and cooking shaped her life. There are simple and complex recipes that weave in and out of their lives. You can find this book at the LaGrange Library.


~ Mary W.

The House in the Cerulean Sea
by TJ Klune

A wholesome story about finding familial and romantic love in the most unusual of situations. While the characters are of magical myth - a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist - the situations they find themselves in are very relatable as they deal with anxiety, fear, and stereotypes.

~ Rachael

Yellow Wife
by Sadeqa Johnson

This is a riveting historical fiction depicting the life of a female slave shortly before the start of the Civil War. Through her perspective, the reader learns about life as the wife¬Ě of a cruel jailer of slaves in one of the most notorious jails in Virginia. I couldn't help but admire her strength and hope in extremely dire circumstances.

~ Noreen