For our August blog, I thought it might be fun to get some personal reading suggestions from our own GPL Staff! Library workers are frequently asked for recommendations, but not asked about their own reading propensities. We asked staff members what book/books they have enjoyed recently or are looking forward to. The following are the are the books they selected and the reasoning behind the choice(s).

Welcome to Lagos by Chibundu Onuzo

"I selected it because it is a novel about Nigeria by a Nigerian writer." — Jeff Pike

Circe by Madeline Miller

"I selected this book because I recently heard the first sentence and it is brilliant. I had also heard many sing its praises since its publication." — Erica Belanger

Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker

"A true account of a large family with 6 of their 12 children diagnosed with schizophrenia. This is set over the backdrop of the history of diagnosis and treatment of mental illness. Sounds clinical, but actually incredibly readable and compelling." — Nancy Dumont

How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States by Daniel Immerwahr

"This is a fascinating account of how and why our nation acquired its various territories and the uses to which they were put, including Guam, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, etc. I never learned any of this in school, and the author keeps it interesting throughout!" — Kathy Reiff

A Sitting in St. James by Rita Williams-Garcia.

"The reviews are outstanding and I found it to be both delightful and devastating." — Deb Dowson

Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley

"So grateful for this compelling contemporary Native American story told through the eyes of an incredible young woman." — Deb Dowson

No Exit by Taylor Adams

"No Exit was a fun and 'hard to put down' read. It moved along at a quick pace and kept me intrigued the entire time." — Nicole Irvin

The Virgin River Series by Robyn Carr

"I watched the Netflix series an escapist read/listening experience. This series is exactly what I needed!" — Lauren Sanchez

Akata Witch Series by Nnedi Okorafor

The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See

A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

"I've noticed a common theme in the reading I enjoy the most: books that transports me to another time, place, or culture. Particularly in a time when we are experiencing our own culture wars, I feel that these books have helped me grow in my journey to understand those I share the world with." — Beth Dalal

Recent Readings

I have recently just finished reading Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell and The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward. I also really enjoyed listening to the audiobook version of Death in Her Hands by Otessa Moshfegh.

Right now, I am enjoying , Grady Hendrix's hottest new release: The Final Girl Support Group, and I am listening to Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips.

What books do recommend to others regularly? What new releases are you most looking forward to? Please add more more books to my list by dropping me a line: As always, I truly appreciate your suggestions and feedback, and I hope to hear from you.

Until next time: Be safe, be well and be well-read!


So, who am I, anyway? I am a resident of West Groton, with a husband, 4 teenaged children and a Samoyed puppy-all of whom are systematically destroying our house during the COVID crisis. I am currently working part time at the Groton Public Library and in a former life I was employed as a Director or PR/Marketing at a high-tech consulting firm. My BA is in Psychology, but most of my time was spent in college earning a Concentration on the Novel. That is all to say that I make no claims at being an expert of any kind and my thoughts, opinions and mistakes are solely my own. I am just a person whose passion for books has continued to grow from the moment I was first able to grip and gnaw on them, and I have been devouring them ever since.

Aug 14, 2021 / Joelle M Egan