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STAFF PICKS

Staff-recommended reading for May 2019. 

Check back each month for a new list.  Also check out our Goodreads Group for reviews, online bookclubs, and more!

 

Darius Kellner speaks better Klingon than Farsi, and he knows more about Hobbit social cues than Persian ones. He's a Fractional Persian--half, his mom's side--and his first-ever trip to Iran is about to change his life.

Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family, Bui documents the story of her family's daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s, and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves.

Graphic novelist Thi Bui and acclaimed poet Bao Phi deliver a powerful, honest glimpse into a relationship between father and son - and between cultures, old and new.  A Different Pond is an unforgettable story about a simple event - a long-ago fishing trip.

Pregnant at fifteen, Mari Pujols believes the baby will supply the family love she yearns for but when she learns the fetus has a heart defect, her friends, sometimes boyfriend, and doctor are there for her.

Due to a dead-end job and a cheating boyfriend, the Twin Cities have lost their charm, and Mira decides to begin a new life in rural Battle Lake with a new job as an assistant librarian and part-time reporter.

Louisa May Alcott is best known for penning Little Women, but few are aware of the experience that influenced her writing most-her time as a nurse during the Civil War

May the 4th is Star Wars Day.  Celebrate by reading the triology that started it all!  Join Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia for one action-packed adventure after the next!

May 8, 1945, 23:30 hours: Peace comes at last to Europe as the German High Command in Berlin signs the final instrument of surrender. This is the story of that single day and of the days leading up to it. 

Seven days before Memorial Day, the nation's capital is buzzing with last-minute preparations for the unveiling of the new World War II memorial. But Mitch Rapp senses trouble.

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