Check out some of our favorite ebooks!

Did you know that newly released books, including ebooks, come out on Tuesdays? Every Tuesday morning I order the new fiction ebooks for Cook Memorial Public Library District’s Overdrive (Libby) and Cloud Library services. If you are an ebook user, you’ve probably noticed that the new titles often are quickly checked out. So if you…

Thoughts on American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

I can’t remember a book in recent memory that has generated as much praise and uproar as American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins. Before the novel’s publication, it received rave reviews from the major book review publications, including Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus and Booklist. Famous authors praised the work, including Sandra Cisneros, Julia Alvarez, Ann…

The Best Nonfiction of 2019

Last week I looked at the novels that received the most love in 2019 from book reviewers. Today I will tackle nonfiction. I compiled 30 notable lists and more than 500 books, including our own favorites from the Cook Memorial Public Library District’s reference desk staffers. I’ve added links to our catalog for book descriptions,…

The Best Fiction of 2019

I have to admit that I’m thrilled when some of my favorite books do well on all those best-of-the-year lists. I was heartened to see Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead, Olive Again by Elizabeth Strout, Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson, The Dutch House by Ann Patchett and The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates…