Staff Pick Buffet

This month our librarians recommend a whole smorgasbord of smart, interesting, and engaging experiences, through books, documentaries, music and films. Take your pick from among our tasty offerings, or splurge and enjoy all of them during the coming month!

What to Watch
Recommended by Patty

September staff picks film

  • Film: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
    An uplifting comedy-drama about a small group of British retirees who learn that the life they want to live might not be the life they need to live . Ultimately they summon their courage and embrace their new life with a sense of wonder and adventure.  – Library Catalog.
  • TV Series: Rizzoli & Isles: The Complete First Season
    An exciting police procedural with a compelling point of view, based on the best selling novels by Tess Gerritsen. Two women have each other’s backs as they investigate their city’s grittiest and most puzzling homicides, from the Back Bay to back alleys. – Library Catalog
  • Documentary: Uranium Twisting the Dragon’s Tail
    Dr. Derek Muller reveals the cultural, scientific, and natural history of the most wondrous and terrifying rock on Earth. This is the extraordinary untold story of uranium. – Library Catalog
  • Film: Still Alive
    Convinced that the once-prolific songwriter Paul Williams has passed away, Stephen Kessler discovers to his surprise that not only is Williams alive and well, but he’s also still performing regularly to adoring fans around the world. – Library Catalog

What to Read

Fiction Recommendations by Patty, Kate, Diana, and Renee

Fiction Staff Picks for September

  • The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
    Gabrielle Zevin’s enchanting novel is a love letter to the world of books–an irresistible affirmation of why we read, and why we love. – Library Catalog
  • Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica
    New York Times bestselling author Mary Kubica is back with another exhilarating thriller as a widow’s pursuit of the truth leads her to the darkest corners of the psyche. – Library Catalog
  • The Beguiled by Thomas Cullinan
    The basis for the major motion picture directed by Sofia Coppola–named best director at the Cannes Film Festival for The Beguiled.
    “[A] mad gothic tale . . . The reader is mesmerized with horror by what goes on in that forgotten school for young ladies.” –Stephen King
  • Series: Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica George Day
    Based on the story of the Twelve Dancing Princesses
    Princess of Glass  by Jessica George Day
    Based on the Cinderella fairy tale
    Princess of the Midnight Woods by Jessica George Day
    Based on the Red Riding Hood and Robin Hood stories

Blog Staff Picks Nonfiction

Nonfiction Recommendations by Katie and Renee

  • The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East-West Culture Gap by Gish Jen
    “A provocative and important study of the different ideas Easterners and Westerners have about the self and society and what this means for current debates in art, education, geopolitics, and business.” Library Catalog
  • The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert
    The Sixth Extinction draws on the work of scores of researchers in half a dozen disciplines. Kolbert accompanies many into the field, and introduces us to a dozen species that are being affected by the sixth extinction. – Library Catalog
  • The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative by Florence Williams
    Our connection to nature is much more important to our cognition than we think and even small amounts of exposure to the living world can improve our creativity and enhance our mood. In prose that is incisive, witty, and urgent, Williams shows how time in nature is not a luxury but is in fact essential to our humanity.  – Library Catalog

What to Listen To
Recommended by Patty

Staff Picks Music-September