Every month some of our staff members' favorite books go on display on the side of the Popular Books shelves located on the Library's 1st floor. Check them out in the library, or place a hold on them right here online - you might find something you like!

December 2018 Staff Picks

Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned
by Wells Tower
Corey's Pick

I heard one of the stories in this collection read on The New York Fiction podcast. The reader was David Sedaris and the story was "Leopard" - this reminded me in many ways of my childhood and David's style of speaking/reading is hilarious. The other stories are melancholy but "fun" in their own way.

Harold and Maude
Directed by Hal Ashby
Blaze's Pick

A dark romantic comedy about an 18 year old man obsessed with death who falls in love with a 79 year old woman full of life. Subversive of the traditional Rom-Com genre and Maude is one of the most original takes on the Manic Pixie Dreamgirl trope.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
by J.R.R. Tolkien
Michael's Pick

The final part of the greatest novel of all time. There's a famous quote from one of the first reviews of the book: "The English-speaking world is divided into those who have read The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, and those who will read them."

Only Lovers Left Alive
Directed by Jim Jarmusch
William Demopoulos's Pick

Fantastic cast: Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, Anton Yelchin, and John Hurt. Amazing topic: Vampires that have no desire to bite watch two cities decay. Jim J asks the question: If you could live forever, how would your perception of our world change? This film is the answer. Only a little action, beautifully shot, great dialogue, some nudity but no sex. Academic references to: Tesla, Shakespeare.

Self-Made Man
by Norah Vincent
Dalene's Pick

Ever wondered what it might be like to be that other gender? Norah Vincent spent a whole year disguised as a man and what she discovered might surprise you.

Tom Sawyer/Huckleberry Finn
by Mark Twain
Michael's Pick

These are two books everyone should read (especially Huck Finn), chronicling the misadventures of two boys in the old American south. If you've never read them before, you owe it to yourself to read them. Little-known fact: Twain actually wrote two more sequels in the series, Tom Sawyer Abroad and Tom Sawyer, Detective. (Of course, the reason they aren't well-known is because they aren't nearly as good as the first two.)


by Robert Ingpen
Dalene's Pick

You may not know Robert Ingpen by name, but you will likely recognize his work. Take a look!