Fall into These Patron Picks

At the September Books & Bites program, patrons recommended some of their current reads. Below, you’ll find a wide range of selections, including forgotten history, a feel-good bestseller, and cozy mysteries. This librarian is especially excited abut the one featuring a bookmobile librarian and her cat—not that I’m biased or anything. 

For more recommendations from both librarians and patrons, join us at the next Books & Bites meeting on Wednesday, October 25, at 10:30 AM. Books & Bites is a no-pressure book club where you can enjoy refreshments and good conversation with other book lovers. 


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Here is Where: Discovering America’s Great Forgotten History by Andrew Carroll
Andrew Carroll documents his cross-country tour of forgotten sites linked to momentous historical events and people, an effort spurred by his discovery of the story about how the brother of John Wilkes Booth once saved the life of Abraham Lincoln’s son. Doug McLaren just finished Here is Where and says it’s a “great read.” According to Doug, “Carroll certainly can hold you and really has a way to bring it all home in the last several sentences of each chapter. In the last two pages, he makes some bold statements as to how valuable history is to us now in the present.” 


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Wedding Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke
Preparing for her nuptials to college crush Ross Barton, Hannah Swensen is delighted by her successful participation in a Food Channel dessert contest and prepares to be judged by a harsh celebrity chef who turns up dead at Lake Eden Inn. Includes recipes.


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In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick
Recounts the story of the 1820 wreck of the whaleship Essex—which inspired Melville’s classic Moby Dick—and its doomed crew’s ninety-day attempt to survive whale attacks and the elements on three tiny lifeboats.


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A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Meet Ove, a curmudgeon who hides a terrible personal loss beneath a cranky and short-tempered exterior. When a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul.  


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The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth am I Here For? by Richard Warren
Offers spiritual fulfillment through an understanding of God’s plan for a meaningful life.


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Lending a Paw: A Bookmobile Cat Mystery by Laurie Cass
A debut entry in a lighthearted mystery series finds bookmobile-driving librarian Minnie Hamilton and her feline partner, Eddie, rolling through the streets of Chilson, Michigan, where they endeavor to fight crime and promote a good read.