Staff Picks

Check out our latest staff (and community) picks below! We’ll be reviewing the latest books we’ve read, audiobooks we’ve listened to, and movies/tv shows we’ve watched!

Curious about the identifiers at the end of the the reviews? They are:

BPL: Brimfield Public Library staff
FOBPL: Member of the Friends of the Brimfield Public Library
Mystery Buff BC: Member of the Mystery Buff Book Club
Page Turners BC: Member of the Page Turners Book Club
Trustee: Trustee of the Brimfield Public Library

 

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Out Past the Wires by Rod Picott

This is a beautifully written collection of short stories by one of my favorite singer/songwriters. I loved reading the stories behind some of his songs. These short stories reveal the heartache, misery and experiences of everyday working class Americans. The author’s insight, wit and compassion make these stories and characters… Continue reading

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A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

Sixteen-year-old Gemma Doyle has lived in India her whole life, but dreams of moving to England. The year is 1895. Unfortunately, after the strange death of her mother, she’s shipped off to England due to her terrible change of fate. She’s accepted into a boarding school, where she is expected… Continue reading

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Murder in G Major by Alexia Gordon

Gethsemane Brown is an African American classical musician/conductor. She takes a job as assistant musical director for a big orchestra in Europe. On the trip over, her luggage is stolen, her job was given away to the directors mistress and Gethsemane is left stranded in a little Irish village taking… Continue reading

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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

This is a darkly entertaining, witty adventure of a young boy who is raised by the inhabitants of a graveyard. As he is raised from infanthood into a young adult, he gets to know all of the spirits and creatures of this place. Most graveyard inhabitants befriend him and become… Continue reading

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Why Courage Matters: The Way to a Braver Life by John McCain and Marshall Salter

In this collection of true life stories of exemplary people who stood up to injustice, corruption and evil we get to understand why they chose to fight courageously for what they believed was right. One conclusion the authors come to is that courage does not exist without fear. The people… Continue reading

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Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

One of my quarantine books was Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. I had gotten it through a Blind Date With a Book program from another library, taken in by the vague promise of a semi-haunted gothic manor in the countryside. Imagine my surprise when I unwrapped it to find Wuthering… Continue reading

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Murder in the Mystery Suite by Ellery Adams

This is book one of six in the Book Retreat Mystery series. Jane Steward, a widow with 6 yr old twin boys, runs Storyton Resort. Storyton is a resort that caters to people who love to read. It is situated in the hills of Virginia. Jane runs the resort with… Continue reading

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Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson

A while back, I was browsing through the stacks of a bookstore, looking for a good new comic to read. I love, love, love graphic novels and was hoping to find something new, and I soon found myself looking through the kids’ section, waiting for something to catch my eye.… Continue reading

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The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

This book had me from the first page and I didn’t put it down till I reached the last. No matter what your beliefs about afterlife, this is an incredible story of humanity, love and loss. You’ll find yourself wanting more from each character that you meet. The gruff main… Continue reading

One Summer by Nora Roberts

This book is a sweet bit of fluff. Wanderlust is mixed with a reluctant but blooming romance between 2 gifted photographers given the assignment of traveling the United States to take photographs of what inspires them. On the road, in only the company of one another, these 2 artistic but… Continue reading

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