Category: Staff Recommendations

Books the staff here at Manitowoc Public Library recommend.

Lily and the Octopus

lily and the octopus

Teddy is unhappily single in L.A. In between sessions with his therapist and dates with men he meets online, Teddy has debates with his dachshund, Lily, who occupies his heart. Unfortunately, he is also able to communicate with theoctopus” attached to Lily‘s head, which is soon revealed to be a metaphor for Lily‘s lethal cranial tumor. As Lily‘s condition worsens, Teddy faces off with theoctopus“, engaging it in a battle of wills that takes on epic proportions. An exceedingly authentic, keenly insightful, funny and ardent tribute to the purity of love between a pet and its human.

Under a Dark Summer Sky

under a dark summer sky

Based on real historical events, Lafaye’s debut novel is at once a love story set in a time of great turmoil and a vivid depiction of a major natural disaster. This book evokes what happens when people, sweating under the weight of their pasts, are tested to the absolute limits of their endurance.

The Girls

the girls

Each of the girls in a middle-school clique reveals thestrong, manipulative hold one of the group exerts on the others, and the hurt and self-doubt that it causes them. Each of the girls in a middle-school clique reveals the strong, manipulative hold one ofthe group exerts on the others, causing hurt and self-doubt amongthe girls.

Imprudence (The Custard Protocol Series Book 2)

imprudence

Rue and the crew of The Spotted Custard return from India with revelations that shake the foundations of England’s scientific community. Queen Victoria is not amused, the vampires are tetchy, and something is wrong with the local werewolf pack. To top it all off, Rue’s best friend, Primrose, keeps getting engaged to the most unacceptable military types. Rue has family problems as well. Her vampire father is angry, her werewolf father is crazy, and her obstreperous mother is both. Worst of all, Rue’s beginning to suspect what they really are is frightened.

Prudence (The Custard Protocol Series Book 1)

prudence

Twenty-year-old Prudence “Rue” Akeldama and her friends journey in a gaudy dirigible to India in search of a superior type of tea for her adoptive father, a wealthy vampire, only to run headfirst into danger, intrigue, and local politics.

Sheepish

sheepish

After fifteen years of farming, Catherine Friend is tired. After all, while shepherding is one of the oldest professions, it’s not getting any easier. The number of sheep in America has fallen by 90 percent in the last ninety years. But just as Catherine thinks it’s time to hang up her shepherd’s crook, she discovers that sheep might be too valuable to give up. What ensues is a funny, thoughtful romp through the history of our woolly friends, why small farms are important, and how each one of us–and the planet–would benefit from being very sheepish, indeed.

The Coincidence of Coconut Cake

coincidence of coconut cake

You’ve Got Mail meets How to Eat a Cupcake in this delightful novel about a talented chef and the food critic who brings down her restaurant–whose chance meeting turns into a delectable romance of mistaken identities.

The Nest

the nest

A warm, funny and acutely perceptive debut novel about four adult siblings and the fate of the shared inheritance that has shaped their choices and their lives.

The Sound of Gravel

sound of gravel

The true story of one girl’s coming-of-age in a polygamist family. Ruth Wariner was the thirty-ninth of her father’s forty-two children. Growing up on a farm in rural Mexico, where authorities turn a blind eye to the practices of her community, Ruth lives in a ramshackle house without indoor plumbing or electricity.

The Virgin of Small Plains

virgin of small plains

Seventeen years after the discovery of a female murder victim near Small Plains, Kansas, the girl’s grave has become the source of strange miracles and legends, until the return of prodigal son Mitch Newquist threatens to bring old secrets to light.