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April 2023 staff picks


What Was Reconstruction? by Sherri L. Smith (juvenile nonfiction)

From Who HQ the latest providing history of the Reconstruction period in the United States. Reconstruction is the post war recovery following the Civil War. The Who is, Who was, and What was series from Who HQ is a popular historical series written for children. But adults, give it a try, you may learn something new.

Other reads from March

The Murder Book by Thomas Perry (suspense- recommended by Mary)

Really Good Actually by Monica Heisey (family life)

Butterfly Child by Marc Majewski (excellent picture book)


Room by Emma Donoghue (thriller)

The story is told from the perspective of a 5-year-old boy, Jack, who is being held captive in a room along with his mom.


The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner (historical)

Woman visiting England searches for history of a hidden apothecary that dispensed poison to unhappy women.


Looking for Jane by Heather Marshall (women)

This “powerful debut” (Hello! Canada) for fans of Kristin Hannah and Jennifer

Chiaverini about three women whose lives are bound together by a long-lost letter, a

mother’s love, and a secret network of women fighting for the right to choose—inspired

by true stories. —Amazon


The Three Little Guinea Pigs by Erica S. Perl (picture book)

A cute retelling of The Three Little Pigs. The three guinea pigs work together to

outsmart the fox.

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