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Eligible: A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812980349
Availability: Available from Warehouse
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - April 18th, 2017

February seems like the perfect month to revisit one of the most famous love stories. A modern-day retelling of Pride and Prejudice, Sittenfeld's take on the classic is familiar while still holding a few tricks up its sleeve. I was surprised to be just as invested in the younger Bennet sisters as I usually am in the elder, and fully enjoyed the characters' attempts to navigate an updated version of society.

Upstream: Selected Essays Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594206702
Availability: Available from Warehouse
Published: Penguin Press - October 11th, 2016

Mary Oliver's essays are just as beautiful as her poems. Read them and you'll see.

My Lady's Choosing: An Interactive Romance Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781683690139
Availability: Available from Warehouse
Published: Quirk Books - April 3rd, 2018

Tired of the winter and want something fun to read? Love 1800s-style love stories? This novel is perfect for you! Part Jane Austen, part Jane Eyre, and part choose your own adventure, you will want to reread multiple times to discover who you could end up with at the end. 

Bridge to Terabithia 40th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
By Katherine Paterson, Donna Diamond (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780064401845
Availability: Available from Warehouse
Published: HarperCollins - May 2nd, 2017

Bridge to Terabithia is one of those beautiful books that anyone, child or adult, can identify with. It is a powerful story of friendship and grief, with beautiful artwork. One of the handful of books everyone should return to multiple times.

Indian-ish: Recipes and Antics from a Modern American Family Cover Image
By Priya Krishna, Mackenzie Kelley (By (photographer))
ISBN: 9781328482471
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - April 23rd, 2019

This is, hands down, the best cookbook I’ve ever used. Not only are Krishna’s recipes divine, but she includes the most useful information like where to buy different Indian spices or what you can use as substitutes. Even better, she includes charming anecdotes or pieces of advice (always have time to drink a glass of wine before your dinner guests arrive!) that give even more life to an already amazing guide.

If you buy this cookbook, you must start with her saag paneer recipe. It’s to die for.

Haroun and the Sea of Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780140157376
Availability: Available from Warehouse
Published: Penguin Books - November 1st, 1991

What's the use of stories that aren't even true?

This enchanting story takes you through the Sea of Stories to the Kingdom of Gup, where Haroun and his friends discover the importance of words, the power of silence, and what happens when people don't care about stories. It is a lovely, important commentary on storytelling and will stick with you for a long time.

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill Cover Image
ISBN: 9780451491879
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Berkley - July 9th, 2019

This book is full of delightful characters who I'd love to have as real friends. Nina Hill is funny enough to make you laugh out loud, heartfelt enough to make you feel better about the world, and charming enough to make you wish it didn't end. I cannot recommend it enough.

The Beekeeper's Apprentice: or, On the Segregation of the Queen (A Mary Russell Mystery #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250055705
Availability: Temporarily Out of Stock
Published: Picador - May 27th, 2014

Sherlock Holmes has retired from London and is keeping bees in Sussex when he meets his new neighbor, teenager Mary Russell. Holmes immediately recognizes her brilliance as a match for his own and begins to teach her how to be a detective. Smart, engaging, and even funny, this new take on a classic character will leave you wanting more of Sherlock Holmes and his new feminist partner. (And there are so many more!)

The Luckiest Girl Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780380728060
Availability: Unavailable
Published: HarperCollins - January 2nd, 2007

A charming story of a girl's first love and what it means to grow up. I reread it often, and turning 30 this month (eek!) makes me even more nostalgic for the thrills of high school.

The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly: A Novel Cover Image
By Sun-mi Hwang, Chi-Young Kim (Translated by), Nomoco (Illustrator)
Currently Unavailable
ISBN: 9780143123200
Availability: Unavailable
Published: Penguin Books - November 26th, 2013

A beautiful story about hope, determination, motherhood, and standing up for what you want and believe in. Self-named Sprout the hen taught me more about being who you want to be than any other character in a very long time. This novel is full of goodness, and the simple illustrations only add to its charm.

Rebecca Cover Image
ISBN: 9780380730407
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - September 5th, 2006

If you like mysteries, unusual love stories, or (metaphorical) skeletons in the closet, this book is for you. Creepy but not terrifying, Rebecca is the perfect October classic.

Winter Loon Cover Image
ISBN: 9781503902978
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little a - December 1st, 2018

Winter Loon is one of the most beautiful books I've read in a long time. The characters are flawed in very real ways, but have moments of total grace and compassion that remind you how no one is all good or all bad. You will love and hope for Wes and see the world a little differently because of this story.

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