What We’re Reading: Staff Picks for August

Deciding what book to add to your beach bad this summer?  Check out what the staff of the Livingston Library is reading!

Jessica, Adult Services: The Accidental Beauty Queen by Teri Wilson

Archana, Adult Services: The Chain by Adrian McKinty

Joseph, Adult Services: Isola by Brenden Fletcher

Chris, Adult Services: Very Nice by Marcy Dermansky

Janea, Adult Services: Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

Katie, Adult Services Zone One by Colson Whitehead

Erin, Patron Services: Becoming by Michelle Obama

Ragini, Patron Services: Maharanis by Lucy Moore

Lauren, Patron Services: An Illuminated Life: Bella da Costa Greene’s Journey from Prejudice to Privilege by Heidi Ardizzone

Ewa, Technical Services: Before and Again by Barbara Delinksy and Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelley

Lori, Patron Services: The Room On Rue Amelie by Kristin Harmel

Aarti, Patron Services: The Second Worst Restaurant in France by Alexander McCall Smith

Emily, Patron Services: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Gina, Youth Services: The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates

Joe, Youth Services: Raised in Captivity by Chuck Klosterman

Diane, Youth Services: Enders Game by Orson Scott Card

Karen, Youth Services:  Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

Anna, Youth Services: What We Were Promised by Lucy Tan and They Called Us Enemy by George Takei.

Melissa, Associate Director: The Travelers by Regina Porter, The Witch Elm by Tana French, and Once Upon a River by Diana Setterfeld

Amy, Director: The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

-Jessica Bielen, Adult Services Librarian 



Books and Memories

It’s that moment when a song is played that you haven’t heard in years.  Suddenly you’re whisked away back in time to a moment of sweet nostalgia and one that you haven’t actually thought about in quite a while. Can’t it be the same for books?

I recently read an article on BookRiot about listening to audiobooks.  The author would listen to audiobooks while going on walks.  Soon, strolling through certain gardens brought back memories of the book she listened to while walking there, thus linking together her physical and literary worlds.

I think this could be the same for print books.  Sometimes when I look at my bookshelf, I’ll get a flashback to a memory of how that specific book got there.  I picked up a copy of Sophie Kinsella’s novel Shopaholic and Baby at a library book sale after visiting a fall festival in upstate New York about seven years ago.  I haven’t read it yet (the ever growing to-read pile is another post all in itself), but looking at it on my bookshelf brings back a flood of memories that make me smile if only for a moment. 

The same can be said with physically reading print books.  Sometimes we pick up a book at a certain point in our life when we need those words the most.  Whether we are going through something emotionally draining or exhilarating, the novels themselves have the power to pull us back to that specific moment in our life when we first read them.  The stories themselves then end up producing stories for us.  

What’s a book that brings back a memory for you – either one that you read or one that you haven’t quite gotten around to reading yet? 

-Jessica Bielen, Adult Services Librarian