What to Read This Winter

by | Dec 2019

A copy of "All the Wild Hungers" by Karen Babine is surrounded by tea, pancakes and other fall foods.

Photo: Rachel Nadeau

Plymouth librarians offer up their must-reads to get you through the season.

Plymouth librarian Jim Magnuson suggests titles for you to delve into this winter.

In the Night of Memory: A Novel by Linda LeGarde Grover.
University of Minnesota Press, 2019.

In what Magnuson describes as a moving, yet often humorous story of coming of age, two Ojibwe girls find their way back to their extended family and their own sense of self after a string of foster placements.

All the Wild Hungers: A Season of Cooking and Cancer by Karen Babine.
Milkweed Editions, 2019.

A collection of essays sharing the love Babine has for her Minnesotan home, her family, and the food she prepares for them in times of both utter despair and celebration.

No Happy Endings: A Memoir by Nora McInerny.
Dey Street Books, 2019.

After losing her husband, her father and her unborn second child in the same year, McInerny navigates grief and love, and finds new meaning in life after unimaginable loss.

Young adult reading picks from Plymouth librarian Joanna Redman.

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton.
Freeform, 2018.

Everyone born in Orleans is gray and only with the help of a Belle can they be made beautiful. With a desire to be the most talented favorite, Camillia, a Belle, soon discovers her powers are stronger and more dangerous than she could have ever imagined. (Recommended for ages 14–17.)

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo.
Macmillan, 2019.

No one knows what Nikolai Lantsov had to endure after he survived his country’s bloody civil war, and he intends to keep it that way. Risking everything to save his country and himself, Nikolai must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances and stop the rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army. (Recommended for ages 14–18.)

We Regret to Inform You by Ariel Kaplan.
Penguin Random House, 2018.

In what Redman describes as a humorous look at the extreme pressures of college admissions, well-rounded, top-scoring student Mischa is rejected from all of her top and safety choice schools. Skeptical about the schools’ decisions, she launches an investigation to uncover what went wrong with her application.

For more recommendations visit hclib.org.


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