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Stressed? Take Comfort with a Good Book or Escape into a Fictional World with these Recommendations from Librarians

Kathy Buchholtz , Fiction Acquisitions, thinks “Saving CeeCee Honeycutt” by Beth Hoffman is wonderful, comforting read
Kathy said, “This book takes you from tears to laughter and back. A sweet read.”
She went on to say “I absolutely loved this book. I listened to it on Libby, completely under the spell of the narrator Jenna Lamia’s Southern accent. The draw of the South, a different time, a different place and a wonderfully unique family all came together to create the perfect escape. This read is full of heart, laughter and a few tears. Saving CeeCee Honeycutt is available in both eaudio and ebook formats.”

Steel Magnolias meets The Help in this Southern debut novel sparkling with humor, heart, and feminine wisdom

“Twelve-year-old CeeCee Honeycutt is in trouble. For years, she has been the caretaker of her psychotic mother, Camille-the tiara-toting, lipstick-smeared laughingstock of an entire town-a woman trapped in her long-ago moment of glory as the 1951 Vidalia Onion Queen. But when Camille is hit by a truck and killed, CeeCee is left to fend for herself. To the rescue comes her previously unknown great-aunt, Tootie Caldwell.

In her vintage Packard convertible, Tootie whisks CeeCee away to Savannah’s perfumed world of prosperity and Southern eccentricity, a world that seems to be run entirely by women. From the exotic Miz Thelma Rae Goodpepper, who bathes in her backyard bathtub and uses garden slugs as her secret weapons, to Tootie’s all-knowing housekeeper, Oletta Jones, to Violene Hobbs, who entertains a local police officer in her canary-yellow peignoir, the women of Gaston Street keep CeeCee entertained and enthralled for an entire summer.

Laugh-out-loud funny and deeply touching, Beth Hoffman’s sparkling debut is, as Kristin Hannah says, “packed full of Southern charm, strong women, wacky humor, and good old-fashioned heart.” It is a novel that explores the indomitable strengths of female friendship and gives us the story of a young girl who loses one mother and finds many others.” (Summary from Libby)

Rachelle Marshall, Non-Fiction & Film Acquisitions, shares a list of recent favorites to get your mind off everything!

  • Daughter of Moloka’i by Alen Brennert 
  • A Man Called Ove My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman
  • Big Little Lies & The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty
  • The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
  • The Snowman by Jo Nesbo
  • The Killing Series by Bill O’Reilly
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah 
  • Let’s Pretend this Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 
  • Hitler’s Hangman: The Life of Heydrich by Robert Gerwarth
  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
  • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
  • The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure
  • The Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
  • The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan
  • As You Wish by Cary Elwes
  • The War That Saved My Life & The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (Juvenile Books)
Amy Ferguson, Albion & Colfax Librarian has unique recommendations from classics to fantasy to Young Adult!
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë “I was exploring Libby and noticed Jane Eyre was available for download! I recommend it! I freaking love it and have read it multiple times over the years.”
“A great early example of feminist literature, a love story and creepy Gothic novel all in one! What more do you need?!?”

Amy highly recommends anything by Garth Nix, especially The Abhorsen Series by Garth Nix (Book #1 is Sabriel).

The Bartimaeus trilogy by Jonathan Stroud (Book #1 is Amulet of Samarkand) is also an excellent Juvenile/Young Adult series and the character Bartimaeus’ commentary will be sure to make you laugh.”

“Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison is the first book in a series that is seriously one of the funniest series I’ve ever read.”Laugh out loud funny!”

“Over the Top by Jonathan Van Ness was also great. If you’re a fan of the new Queer Eye reboot on Netflix, get to know one of the hosts, Jonathan, as he relates his life story with humor, heart and his own unique voice. You’ll feel like you’re sitting at your kitchen table over drinks talking to your new best friend, Jonathan, as he tells you all about his life and how he became the person he is today.” Adult Content.
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