April Staff Picks for Springtime

Looking for that perfect novel to take on your mud season getaway, or something to take to the park during these first few warm days? We're happy to tell you that we've done all the reading so we can recommend great new books for you.

The City of Lost Fortunes (A Crescent City Novel) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781328589828
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Published: John Joseph Adams/Mariner Books - April 2nd, 2019

Jude is what you might call a demigod, a minor deity, a semi-mythical figure walking in mortal flesh. His talent: a sense for lost things - keys, futures, people, etc. His powers were overloaded after Hurricane Katrina devastated his home city of New Orleans, and he’s spent the last several years trying to disappear into the shadows and cracks of the world, only letting his power out in small increments so he doesn’t go insane. All this changes when his former partner/mentee, a crass redhead named Regal, comes to collect him. She leads him to a card game of unusual consequence, attended by a number of higher deities including a figure named Dodge - New Orleans’ fortune god. What follows is a delusional quest to understand the true stakes of the game and what it means for Jude.

Recommended by Megan

SHOUT Cover Image
ISBN: 9780670012107
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - March 12th, 2019

The experiences we encounter in our youth can burn in our soul for years. Best selling author of SPEAK, Laurie Halse Anderson, has finally “let the cat out of the emotion-filled bag” of her life! Writing in free verse,  Anderson shares the soulful feelings of her teenage sexual assault for the first time in public. It has been forever since she’s been stuck at 13 years old, judged to serve a life sentence for what HE did to her. BUT NO MORE!  Her voice of despair, anger, and finally hope, speaks in the voice of the teen who survived. This is a powerful read addressing so many of the issues that teens encounter. It is a book for “anyone with the courage to say #MeToo, whether aloud, online or  in your own heart.”

Recommended by Virgie

Labyrinth (The Languedoc Trilogy) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780425213971
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Published: Berkley - February 6th, 2007

This is for fans of Outlander.  

Labyrinth is full of deep characters and  sweeping places across France and time. There is so much history in labyrinths and where they are found all over the world.  I found this book to be intriguing and good insight into part of history that I didn’t know about.

Recommended by Chris

The Red Scrolls of Magic (The Eldest Curses #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781481495080
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - April 9th, 2019

Magic, romance, adventures through europe chasing an elusive cult, The Red Scrolls of Magic has it all. Clare balances high tension with humor and romance in such a delightful way, so you’ll be on the edge of your seat one moment and laughing the next. But what I love the most about this novel is the growth of Chase and Magnus’s relationship. Watching them learn about each other and what a relationship can be is extremely sweet.

Recommended by Izzy

Heart Berries: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781640091603
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - April 9th, 2019

Heart Berries is art. Mailhot’s writing pulls you in as witness to her life. Her vulnerability in this memoir is captivating, in that she draws you in and holds your, forcing you see her life on her terms.  The way she writes makes me feel like she is telling me this story. It doesn’t feel like I am reading it alone, but like I am sitting with her.

Recommended by Izzy

The Island of Sea Women: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501154850
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Published: Scribner - March 5th, 2019

Young-sook and Mi-ja are two women who grew up together on the island of Jeju, in the Jeju Province of South Korea.  Young-sook is from a long line of “haenyeos,” the women who support their communities and their families by sea-diving.  This is their and the island’s story before, during, and after World War II; Japanese occupation and then the U.S. - their culture was not decimated, but was changed in primal ways.  A fascinating, emotional, and beautifully depicted novel.

Recommended by Katie

The Coffee Dictionary: An A-Z of coffee, from growing & roasting to brewing & tasting (Coffee Lovers Gifts, Gifts for Coffee Lovers, Coffee Shop Books) Cover Image
By Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood, Tom Jay (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781452166650
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Published: Chronicle Books - October 17th, 2017

What’s the difference between a pour over and a french press? Are Arabica beans better than other varieties? How do coffee roasters choose what beans to blend? All these questions and more lie between these adorably illustrated pages! This book makes the jargon of the coffee world easy and fun to understand, and will guide you through the entire coffee process - from plant, to bean, to roast, to brewer, to cup! Perfect both for the novice and the coffee connoisseur in your life. 
 Recommended by Megan

Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399563249
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Published: Penguin Press - October 10th, 2017

Help yourself to an inspiring treasure-trove collection of gentle and prolific thoughts of nature and relationships. Pulitzer Prize winner Mary Oliver has arranged her poetry from over 50 years of writing into this amazing collection. Each time I open this book to a random page I am given a treasure to ponder for my day!
    Recommended by Virgie

The Flavor Matrix: The Art and Science of Pairing Common Ingredients to Create Extraordinary Dishes Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544809963
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - March 6th, 2018

From the minute I picked up this book to check it out, I fell in love!!  The recipes  are so enticing with the flavor pairings.  And the color wheel that is included with each one, brings to light all new food ideas.   They are call them Surprise Pairings.  I also like that the recipes are not very complex to make.
Recommended by Chris

Never Tell: A Novel (Detective D. D. Warren #11) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524742089
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Published: Dutton - February 19th, 2019

Too many people have secrets from one another, be it family, friends, or politics.  In this case, families and friends have held onto secrets which have turned deadly.  In a most emotional and imaginative way, Lisa Gardner compels us to read on, and to solve this enigmatic tale within the tale within the tale.
Recommended by Katie

Forever More: The New Tattoo Cover Image
By Hannah Graves (Editor), Gestalten (Editor)
ISBN: 9783899559262
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Published: Gestalten - November 8th, 2017

If you’re the type of person who hunts obsessively for the coolest tattoo designs and promptly squirrels them away in a file labeled “Tattoo Ideas,” then this book will make you drool. Over 200 pages of the best of the best in contemporary tattooing, from classic Mandalas and American Traditional styles, to avant-garde, Picasso-like works with spare lines, to pieces that look as though they were lifted from a book page. I had a lot of fun curling up on my couch and sticky-noting my favorite pieces. The level of artistry is simply stunning!
Recommended by Megan

Cemetery Road: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062824615
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Published: William Morrow - March 5th, 2019

Cemetery Road runs right through Bienville, Mississippi, and is the backdrop for this narrative about love, murder, betrayal and redemption in the South.  Marshall McEwan is an investigative journalist working in Washington D.C., who has come home for the first time in 20 years.  Greg Iles is known for his “tales within tales,” and he does not disappoint, with a foot in the past and one in the present.
Recommended by Katie

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: The Poetry of Mister Rogers (Mister Rogers Poetry Books #1) Cover Image
By Fred Rogers, Luke Flowers (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781683691136
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Published: Quirk Books - March 19th, 2019

My own children grew up watching the friendly Mr. Rogers Neighborhood where compassion, cooperation and positive self-esteem prevailed. I don’t know who enjoyed the program more, my children or myself! 
This creatively illustrated book contains 75 of Mr. Rogers songs about family, friends, real-life, make-believe, hopes, feelings, nature and permission to become who you are. 
When I saw this book I knew I’d give a copy to my grandchildren, so they could revel in the positive encouragement that Mister Rogers shares. 
    “It isn’t by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whoever you are.” 
    Recommended by Virgie

No More Poems!: A Book in Verse That Just Gets Worse Cover Image
By Rhett Miller, Dan Santat (By (artist))
ISBN: 9780316416528
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 5th, 2019

I absolutely love reading poetry to my grandkids. It’s a chance to be silly, laugh and play with words! The zany illustrations combined with ideas pertinent to childhood issues, make this book a double bonus! It serves as an “open door” to discuss a child’s worries/problems in a non-threatening, and actually fun way! 
Recommended by Virgie

Where Is Bear? (padded board book) Cover Image
By Lesléa Newman, Valeri Gorbachev (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781328918918
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - July 10th, 2018

This is such a fun book.  There is something to talk about on every page and so many creatures that you need to find as you read the story.  And out of all the creatures to find, bear is the hardest and he is the biggest.  This book is great for those kids that are starting to read by themselves.
Recommended by Chris

Loving Hands Cover Image
By Tony Johnston, Amy June Bates (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763679934
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Published: Candlewick - December 24th, 2018

If you liked Love You Forever by Munsch, you will probably like this book! This book also goes through the relationship between a mother and son as her “little lamb” grows up, focusing on their hands. Fortunately, this one does not have such a sad ending as Munsch’s book. I really enjoyed the illustrations, and the easy rhyming scheme as well. 
Recommended by Kim T

You Have the Power: Affirmations to change your life Cover Image
By Hamlyn
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ISBN: 9780753733158
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Published: Hamlyn - March 5th, 2019

Like anyone [who is honest], I have days where I just don’t feel that great about myself. This little book has scores of little phrases to help you remember that you are not all those negative things you think or say about yourself. This also makes a great gift for anyone that may need a little pick-me-up.
Recommended by Kim T.

Say Something Cover Image
ISBN: 9780545865036
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Published: Orchard Books - February 26th, 2019

This fun picture book for kids shows many ways to positively express yourself, not only with words but also with  actions and creativity. The book shows how powerful your words and actions can be in the life of others. In a way, this book is sort of  the adult version of  THE 5 LOVE LANGUAGES,  but for kids. Step forth young children, and show the world who you are. Express yourself, and see what a difference you can make in this world! 
    Recommended by Virgie