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June Staff Picks

A gold watch causes trouble. A young couple must save their homeland. A teen talks to ghosts. Below are titles I read and enjoyed this month. Copies can be checked out or downloaded with your library card.

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May Staff Picks

Two English Queens have a pivotal role four centuries apart: Emma of Normandy and Katharine Parr. Here are two novels I enjoyed reading this month. Copies are available to check out and download from the library system. The Steel Beneath the Silk by Patricia Bracewell

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March Staff Picks

Two ladies in London are back with a new mystery or challenge to solve. Travel to alternate worlds or out to the English countryside in these two novels. Copies are available to check out and download from the library system.

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Historical Romance Protagonists with Interesting Careers

More and more historical romances feature female characters with careers that we don’t normally think of women having before the 20th century. Yet women could be found in nearly every profession even if it was frowned upon or ignored by polite society. Check out some of these great stories with women who attain both fulfilling careers and love.

Cloud Atlas

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A Bracket of Past Winners of the Tournament of Books

Every year, I like to play along with The Morning News’ Tournament of Books.

Neverwhere

In their Own Voice

Audiobooks narrated by their authors

When books are recorded as audiobooks, a voice actor is usually hired to bring it to life. Sometimes, though, the best person to narrate an audiobook is the author themselves. Most often this happens with memoirs but it can also happen in other genres as well. Here are some audiobooks across multiple genres narrated with particular skill by their authors.

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Disease and Pestilence Pay a Visit

2018 was the centennial of the signing of the Armistice Agreement to end WWI and unquestionably, people who were living at that time were relieved that the war was over. After the war ended, however, there was another global threat—the Spanish Flu pandemic. Pre-Covid 19, I had assembled a couple of titles for a possible list of books that take place at the end of “the great war,” and coincided with the flu pandemic. Instead, I have here a list of five novels with a mix of health crises.

The Terror

Mysteries From the Depths

Seafaring historical fiction

“My course is set for an uncharted sea.” - Dante Alighieri  The ocean has been an infinite and undeniable source of fascination. This hypnotic collection of maritime mysteries reflects some of the most perilous and tragic periods in history; readers will encounter yarns of legendary shipwrecks, bloodshed and possession, and the hope of redemption. Chart a course for lands unknown and grab your investigator’s cap, you’ve got some sleuthing to do!

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Many Voices

Audiobooks with a full cast of narrators

When books are recorded as audiobooks they generally only have one narrator, occasionally two if there are two main characters, but some books lend themselves well to having many more narrators giving voice to the book's characters. These full cast productions that often also include music and sound effects can provide a rich immersive listening experience. Here are a few that the library has available.

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