Each week I receive a variety of emails telling me what I should watch next on TV.  The television streaming services are relentless in their attempts to command my attention to their latest productions. But, just as the Lorax asked “Who speaks for the trees?”, you may ask “Who speaks for the books?”  Your Kirkwood Public Librarians that’s who!  We read books. We listen to books.. We search for books. We order and catalog books. We review books. We zoom and podcast about books. We are surrounded by books. We know books. So here are the best books we have read lately for your consideration.  Pick one to read. Or, if you dare, turn off the TV and binge a dozen or so.

  • Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon!– Mel, Director of Adult & Community Services
  • Blind Tiger by Sandra Brown- Julie, Adult & Community Services
  • Trafik by Rikki Ducornet- Brian, Head of Cataloging & Acquisitions
  • The Midnight Library by Matt Haig and Know My Name by Chanel Miller.- Amanda, Assistant Director of Adult & Community Services 
  • Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walters – Sara, Customer Service
  • The Guncle by Steven Rowley- Ryan, Adult & Community Services, KPL Podcast Host
  • Everyone Knows Your Mother Is A Witch by Rika Galchen- Christa, Library Director
  • Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir- Melinda, Cataloging and Acquisitions
  • The Martian by Andy Weir- Nick, Director of Technology & Online Services 
  • This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger- Lynne, Coordinator of Home Borrowing & Outreach Services
  • The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller- Terri, Customer Service
  • The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab- Mariah, Adult & Community Services 
  • Seek You: A Journey through American Loneliness by Kristen Radtke- Shannon, Youth Services
  • Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto- Kim, Youth Services
  • Growing Up on the Gridiron: Football Friendship and the Tragic Life of Owen Thomas by Vicki Mayk; Can I Recycle This?: A Guide to Better Recycling and How to Reduce Single-Use Plastics by Jennie Romer; Don’t Call It A Cult: The Shocking Story of Keith Raniere and the Women of Nxivm by Sarah Berman; Anti-Racist Ally: An Introduction to Activism and Action by Sophie Williams; The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country by Amanda Gorman- (all) Courtney, Director of Customer Service, Cataloging and Acquisitions 
  • Zima Blue and Other Stories by Alastair Reynolds- Kayla, Youth Services 
  • Mary Jane: a novel by Jessica Anya Blau- Chelsea, Youth Services
  • One, Two, Three by Laurie Frankell- Bob, Youth Services

Congratulations for reading all the way to the bottom, and your reward is to discover the 2 books you must read before you die:    Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo and A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman.  Trust me I’m a librarian..

Bob is a Youth Services librarian for the Kirkwood Public Library. He is a retired teacher and school librarian. He enjoys Cardinal baseball, gardening, walking, and of course, reading.  He reads over 100 books a year, in a variety of genres,but believes everyone should read the books A Man Called Ove and Because of Winn-Dixie.