Adult Services Staff Picks

Max's Picks

Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

Let one of the greatest scientific minds of the 20th century transform your view of the universe with this illustrative text on the structure, development, and eventual fate of time and space.

The Cat Who... (series) by Lillian Jackson Braun

The quintessential mystery series for the ailurophile within.

Diet for a New America by John Robbins

Food culture expose by one of the world's leading experts on dietary and environmental health.

The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben

Fascinating case on how trees communicate and interact with the world around them.

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

A sobering coming-of-age story that explores the purposes of spirituality and practicality.

Mushishi (series) by Yuki Urushibara

A must-read for lovers of mature graphic novels with psychological and environmental themes.

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

The first definitive text to document the adverse effects of widespread pesticide use.

The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov by Vladimir Nabokov

Collection of fiction works from one of Russia's most influential writers.

The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff

Simple yet effective explanation of taoist principles, told through the lens of Winnie the Pooh.

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Casey's Picks

Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

A Fleetwood Mac-esque band of the 70s reveal their secrets and struggles as they try to make their way to the top in this fictional oral history.

Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer

Safran Foer writes about how changes in his life made his moral views on food more pressing. He discusses our eating habits and where our food comes from.

The Fireman by Joe Hill

Harper is determined to give birth to a healthy baby in a world in which a plague causes its victims to burst into flames.

Just Kids by Patti Smith

Poet and musician Patti Smith explains her difficult but worthwhile transition to Brooklyn in the 60s and 70s while pursuing a career in the arts.

Ms. Marvel by G Willow Wilson

Muslim-American teen Kamala Khan becomes a superhero overnight. She must now protect her city and friends, all while making sure her very strict parents don't find out.

Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

When June's favorite uncle dies of a mysterious illness, her world is turned upside down...until she meets someone who misses him just as much as she does.

Tenements, Towers, & Trash: An Unconventional Illustrated History of New York City by Julia Wertz

Cartoonist Julia Wertz draws and writes about the history of New York City and some of its lesser known locations with her typical wit and sarcasm.

Universal Harvester by John Darnielle

Video Hut employee Jeremy finds cryptic videos recorded over returned VHS tapes. He becomes fixated on them and wonders who did it and why.

Angela's Picks

All Souls (series) by Deborah Harkness

When historian Diana Bishop opens a bewitched alchemical manuscript in Oxford's Bodleian Library, it represents an unwelcome intrusion of magic into her carefully ordinary life.

The Bourbon Kings (trilogy) by J.R. Ward

The glitzy, contemporary series set against the glamorous backdrop of Louisville, Kentucky's elite society, the bourbon industry, and horse breeding and racing.

The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

In this gripping page-turner, an ex-agent on the run from her former employers must take one more case to clear her name and save her life.

The Dark Tower (series) by Stephen King

The story of Roland Deschain, Mid-World's last gunslinger, who is traveling southeast across Mid-World's post-apocalyptic landscape, searching for the powerful but elusive magical edifice known as The Dark Tower.

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

Combining a captivating romance with a cast of all-too-human characters, It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

The Others (series) by Anne Bishop

Most paranormal fiction puts the shifters and vampires in the shadows. In The Others, these supernatural creatures are the guardians of the world and are where they belong, at the top of the predator tower above mere humans.

Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

The classic tale of romance. I love both the Colin Firth mini-series and the films starring Keira Knightley. My favorite Mr Collins is Matthew Smith's in P&P&Zombies!

Red Rising (trilogy) by Pierce Brown

A story of vengeance, warfare, and the quest for power set on dystopian Mars.

Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz

Excellent source of vegan recipes that are almost your childhood favorites.

Veronica Speedwell (series) by Deanna Raybourn

Historical mystery series set in Victorian England, featuring intrepid adventures and sleuth Veronica Speedwell.