Staff Recommendations

Staff Picks

12/28/2017 -- The LPLS staff has enjoyed these items that can be found in the CLEVNET system and we hope you will also.

Six of Crows by Leigh BardugoSix of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo is a riveting Young Adult heist novel set in a lush world with complex characters. It’s dark, full of action, and will definitely tug at your heart.” – Annalisse Strippoli, Library Associate, Main



All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony DoerrAll The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
“The best book I’ve read in several years is All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths converge in occupied France during WW2.” – Sara Lewis, Library Assistant, Main


A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie CopletonA Dictionary of Mutual Understanding
by Jackie Copleton 

A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton. Amaratsu has lost her daughter and grandson in the bombing at Nagasaki. Years later, after moving to the U.S., she opens her door to a badly scarred visitor claiming to be her grandson. Family secrets, a forbidden love affair, honor and forgiveness all play a role in this exceptionally written historical fiction.” – Marleen Watling, M.L.I.S, Branch Librarian Supervisor, Domonkas


The Monarchs are Missing by Rebecca HirschThe Monarchs Are Missing: A Butterfly Mystery by Rebecca E. Hirsch
“The monarch butterfly was a backyard staple in Ohio and much of the United States, but in recent years the population has dwindled. Where have the monarchs gone and what can citizen scientists do to help? Grades 5+.” – Niccole Paytosh, Library Associate I, Main


A Lit Fuse by Nat SegaloffA Lit Fuse: The Provocative Life of Harlan Ellison by Nat Segaloff
“This book offers a wonderful glimpse into the complex life of multi-talented Cleveland-area writer, Ellison, who grew up in Painesville and Cleveland Heights. Ellison’s stories, novels and scripts for television series, including The Outer Limits and Star Trek (the original series), have won awards and gained a huge following. Segaloff’s book is well written and candid about Ellison’s writing career and private life, beginning with his childhood in the 1940s.” – Scot Allyn, Adult Librarian, North Ridgeville


John WickJohn Wick  MOVIE PICK
“Former hitman comes out of retirement to get revenge on some mobsters. As a die-hard fan of action films this movie had it all, particularly with developing the intricate world of assassins. If you like action films, you should see this.” – Victoria Cudnik, Associate I, Domonkas


4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster
“This book is the story of Archie Ferguson told four different ways. The writing is expansive and almost breathless, which makes it perfect for readers who love literary fiction and a compelling character study.” – Corey Knick, Library Associate II, Avon


Tick Tock by Dean KootzTick Tock by Dean Koontz
“The book, Tick Tock, by Dean Koontz is listed as a thriller, but the book becomes more humorous as the story progresses. Some might say that this would not be considered a thriller, but it is the book that got me interested in the genre.” – Joe Yagielo, Associate I, Computer Trainer, North Ridgeville



iLL Will by Dan ChaonIll Will by Dan Chaon
“iLL Will is a psychological thriller set in Cleveland and the surrounding area and has been praised as one of the best books of 2017. Dustin Tillman’s parents, aunt and uncle were killed when he was a child. Dustin was the star witness at the trial, telling a story of satanic ritual and teenage debauchery gone bad. Now Dustin is an adult and the killer he helped to put away has been exonerated. What did Dustin really see that night his parents were killed, and is there really a serial killer stalking young men in Northeast Ohio?” – Elaine Betting Public Services Coordinator, Youth Services and Outreach

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor TowlesA Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
“This book is an enchanting work of fiction set almost exclusively in the Metropol Hotel in Moscow where Count Rostov, an “unrepentant aristocrat” is sentenced to house arrest for life in 1917. The author builds a world of many charming characters who revolve around the most charming of all, the Count, to create that rare thing, a book that you want never to end.” – Ramona Flores, MLIS, Librarian, Main


Caraval by Stephanie GarberCaraval
by Stephanie Garber
Caraval, by Stephanie Garber is a young adult novel with everything you could ever want — romance, magic, adventure, peril and more peril — but remember. It’s only a game.” – Julianne Brown, Youth Services Librarian, Main


Riders by Veronica RossiRiders by Veronica Rossi
Riders, by Veronica Rossi is the first book in a series. Rossi builds an incredible fantasy world based on The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse based on the book of Revelations.” – Julianne Brown, Youth Services Librarian, Main


The Kingdom Series by Chuck BlackThe Kingdom Series by Chuck Black
The Kingdom Series and its companion series The Knights of Arrethtrae by Chuck Black is technically a young adult series, but I found much enjoyment in reading all 12 books between both of Black’s non-magical Christian fantasy series. His tales captured my imagination with their adventure and allegorical themes. He does an excellent job interweaving timeless biblical truths into his characters’ journeys, which has left a lasting impression on me.” – Marie Cesaratto, Library Assistant, Avon and North Ridgeville

Out of Egypt Series by Connilyn CossetteOut of Egypt Series by Connilyn Cossette
“I absolutely love Cossette’s writing style because of her amazing ability to paint pictures in your imagination with descriptive words woven throughout the story line. Her passion for writing Biblical fiction and her hard work in doing all the research so the historical facts are correct is really something to admire!” – Valerie Cesaratto, Library Assistant, Domonkas and Avon