Khristine’s Staff Picks

Looking for something new to read and looking for some direction in your reading selections? Check out this list of recommended titles from the Library’s very own Khristine!  We hope this list of fiction, poetry, essays, and more helps to inspire you to keep reading and keep using the Library.  

*Some titles may be available in other formats.*

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz. As a lover of British mystery fiction, I have to say that this is one of the best mysteries I have ever read. The novel within the novel is very much in the style of Agatha Christie, and Horowitz is head and shoulders above Sophie Hannah’s Poirot covers. This may be because he is known as script writer for the TV series Agatha Christie’s Poirot, Midsomer Murders, and Foyle’s War. A fabulous read for mystery lovers!

Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems About Birds. I loved this book so much that, after reading a library copy, I had to buy one for myself. Beautiful paintings of each bird by the famous bird guide expert David Sibley, and well-chosen less known bird poems selected by editor and Poet Laureate Billy Collins. A treasure!

Vesper Flights is a collection of best-loved essays by naturalist Helen Macdonald (“H is for Hawk”). Her style is lovely and lyrical, actually breathtaking, as she covers an immense range of subjects concerning her experiences of the natural world, some of which are quite harrowing, and some so poignant. (Couldn’t be without it so I bought it as a gift for my husband….)

 The Hidden Life of Deer: Lessons from the Natural World, is a personal memoir of renowned anthropologist Elizabeth Marshall Thomas’s ongoing study of the deer that visited her New Hampshire farm during one desperately cold winter. Helen MacDonald, in one of her harrowing “Vesper Flights” essays, said that those of us who deeply love deer owe it to them to know more about how they live. I found this book in CLAMS, and held on to it longer than I probably should have.

One Long River of Song: Notes on Wonder is a collection of posthumously published essays by beloved writer Brian Doyle, who died at age 60 in 2017 of a brain tumor. These words from the introduction by David James Duncan sum up Doyle’s sensibilities “Brian Doyle lived the pleasure of bearing daily witness to quiet glories hidden in people, places and creatures of little or no size, renown, or commercial value, and he brought inimitably playful or soaring or aching or heartfelt language to his tellings.”