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December 2021 Staff (and Patron) picks

Amee: The Party Crasher by Sophie Kinsella

Effie Talbot is having a difficult time with the sale of her family’s home after the divorce of her parents. Can one last get together at the home heal family wounds and rekindle a romance?


Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan (juvenile fiction)

Inspired by Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and The Mysterious Island, Riordan tells the story of Ana Drakkar descendent of Captain Nemo. Ana and her school friends must save the Nautilus submarine from their school rival the Land Institute. It is an action/adventure filled story.


Karen: The Rise of Light by Olivia Hawker

Set in 1975, Morman family must contend with overbearing and cruel father.


Katie: Bridgerton - The Duke and I by Julie Quinn - If you enjoyed the series on Netflix, you’ll love the book! This is the first book in the series and follows Simon, the Duke of Hastings, and Daphne Bridgerton through their sham of a courtship turned marriage.


Mary: The Body in the Garden & Silence in the Garden by Katharine Schellman.

Historical mystery series set in Regency England. For fans of Rhys Bowen.


Megan: Once Upon a Christmas by Dawn Young

This new Christmas story is sure to become a family favorite! The Three Bears' Christmas party gets off to a rocky start: Bigfoot can't stop photobombing, the dragon burns the fruitcake, and Jack Frost inadvertently triggers the storm of the century--knocking Santa's sleigh off course and straight into a lake! A soaked St. Nick finds eager helpers in the partygoers, a varied cast of mythical creatures and familiar fictional favorites. The unlikely team rescues the sleigh, just in time to continue the festivities and get Santa on his merry way. —Amazon


Patron: State of Terror by Hillary Rodham Clinton & Louise Penny.

I liked the collaboration. It was intense, intriguing, and very timely.


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