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Monthly Staff Picks

Looking for something good to read? Try some of our monthly staff picks. These books were read and enjoyed by people who work right here at Glendale Public Library -- and we're people who know books. Click on the image or the title to read a summary and/or place a hold on the book. Feel free to ask any of our staff to recommend some good books when you visit us in person, too.

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April Staff Picks
Close your eyes, hold hands : a novel


Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands
by Chris Bohjalian

She's not there : a life in two genders


She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders
by Jennifer Finney Boylan

A study in brimstone


Warlock Holmes: A Study in Brimstone
by G.S. Denning

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Arrows of the Queen
by Mercedes Lackey

Six wakes


Six Wakes
by Mur Lafferty

Brother's ruin


Brother’s Ruin
by Emma Newman

March Staff Picks
A darkness absolute : a novel


A Darkness Absolute
by Kelley Armstrong

The Case of the green-dressed ghost


The Case of the Green-Dressed Ghost
by Lucy Banks

The dog, Ray


The Dog, Ray
by Linda Coggin

Pets on the couch : neurotic dogs, compulsive cats, anxious birds, and the new science of animal psychiatry


Pets on the Couch: Neurotic Dogs, Compulsive Cats, Anxious Birds, and the New Science of Animal Psychiatry
by Nicholas H. Dodman

Furry logic : the physics of animal life


Furry Logic: The Physics of Animal Life
by Matin Durrani

The nightwalker


The Nightwalker
by Sebastian Fitzek

The inquisitor's tale, or, The three magical children and their holy dog


The Inquisitor’s Tale, or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog
by Adam Gidwitz

Bookburners. Season 1


Book Burners: Season 1
by Max Gladstone

The lost temple


The Lost Temple
by Tom Harper

Pompeii : a novel


by Robert Harris

The life-changing magic of tidying up : the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing


The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
by Marie Kondo

The Chilbury Ladies' Choir : a novel


The Chilbury Ladies' Choir
by Jennifer Ryan


All fall down : a novel

All Fall Down
by Jennifer Weiner


February Staff Picks
The hanging tree


The Hanging Tree
by Ben Aaronovitch

A weekend to change your life : find your authentic self after a lifetime of being all things to all people


A Weekend to Change Your Life
by Joan Anderson

Being with Rachel : a story of memory and survival


Being with Rachel
by Karen Brennan

Beautiful music for ugly children


Beautiful Music for Ugly Children
by Kirstin Cronn-Mills

In the great green room : the brilliant and bold life of Margaret Wise Brown


In the Great Green Room: The Brilliant and Bold Life of Margaret Wise Brown
by Amy Gary

The little Paris bookshop : a novel


The Little Paris Bookshop
by Nina George



by Ragnar Jonasson

Seven things that steal your joy : overcoming the obstacles to your happiness


Seven Things That Steal Your Joy: Overcoming the Obstacles to Your Happiness
by Joyce Meyer

Behind her eyes : a novel


Behind Her Eyes
by Sarah Pinborough



by S.F. Said

  All fall down : a novel


All Fall Down
by Jennifer Weiner


January Staff Picks
The terranauts


The Terranauts
by T.C. Boyle

The dog, Ray


The Dog, Ray
by Linda Coggin

The burning page


The Burning Page
by Genevieve Cogman



by Emma Donoghue

The unspoken


The Unspoken
by Heather Graham

You should have known


You Should Have Known
by Jean Hanff Korelitz

Seven women : and the secret of their greatness


7 Women: and the Secret of Their Greatness
by Eric Metaxas

Born a crime : stories from a South African childhood


Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
by Trevor Noah

December Staff Picks
The bookshop on the corner : a novel


The Bookshop on the Corner: A Novel
by Jenny Colgan

First garden : the White House garden and how it grew


First Garden: The White House Garden and How It Grew
by Robbin Gourley

The unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry


The unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry
by Rachel Joyce

All the presidents' gardens : Madison's cabbages to Kennedy's roses : how the White House grounds have grown with America


All the Presidents' Gardens: Madison's Cabbages to Kennedy's Roses: How the White House Grounds Have Grown with America
by Marta McDowell

Frank and Lucky get schooled


Frank and Lucky Get Schooled
by Lynne Rae Perkins

First light


First Light
by Bill Rancic

Shock and awe : glam rock and its legacy from the seventies to the twenty-first century


Shock and Awe: Glam Rock and Its Legacy from the Seventies to the Twenty-First Century
by Simon Reynolds

How I live now


How I Live Now
by Meg Rosoff

  Are we there yet?


Are We There Yet?
by Dan Santat


November Staff Picks
The heart goes last


The Heart Goes Last
by Margaret Atwood

The girl who drank the moon


The Girl Who Drank the Moon
by Kelly Regan Barnhill

Thrice the brinded cat hath mew'd


Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd
by C. Alan Bradley

The bookshop on the corner : a novel


The Bookshop on the Corner
by Jenny Colgan

Lost & found


Lost and Found
by Brooke Davis

A Christmas message : a novel


A Christmas Message
by Anne Perry

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