Staff Recommendations

Keep checking back for the latest recommendations from our Full Circle Staffers!

Recommended by Theresa

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik: Have you ever read a book and squeal with happiness because it was such a good book? This is what this book did to me. It is a loose retelling of Rumpelstiltskin set in Eastern Europe. Read it! It was wonderful!

Lost Boy by Christina Henry: “A really good and quick read! A very interesting retelling of Peter Pan and Captain Hook. You will never think about those two the same way again!”

To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo: “A loose and dark retelling of Disney’s Little Mermaid. In which the princess siren will bow to no one and the prince does not want to rule a kingdom. Read it!”

Recommended by Bella

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily XR Pan:“This book is beyond moving! With colorful, vivid imagery, much like The Book Thief, this young girl’s journey will take you far across the world, transcending space, time, and death. Beautiful!”

Recommended by Bethany

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang:“The CUTEST story about a prince who moonlights as Lady Crystallia, a fashionista who everyone looks to for the newest trend. A beautiful graphic novel about acceptance.”

Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough: “A book about Artemisia Gentileschi, the iconic artist of the 1600’s. Written in prose, this book is poignant, beautiful, tragic and triumphant.” Trigger Warning: Rape

The Witch Doesn’t Burn In This One by Amanda Lovelace: “Another book of readable poetry with an important message, bringing you through rage and then empowerment. Recommended for ages 16

Recommended by Brand

Hits and Misses by Simon Rich: Whether you’re a has-been, a never-was, or an ungrateful success, Hits and Misses is the perfect read. Rich is THE funniest writer of his generation, and this book is proof. A tell-all by Paul Revere’s bitter horse, a dinosaur too out of touch for his screenwriting job and a GQ profile on Hitler combine to create a collection of short stories that will help you laugh to keep from crying. If you love the genius of Simon Rich as much as I do I recommend you polish this off with Rich’s The Last Girlfriend on Earth and Spoiled Brats.

Recommended by Catherine

Farewell to Manzanar Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston: “As told by a girl who lived through it, this is story about the last time in American History people in power decided fear was more important than human life. It deals with life in the hodgepodge internment camps Japanese-Americans were forced into in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor. It is a story that is very poignant, as we as a society have begun forcing undocumented immigrants into a similar situation, and many people don’t realize it’s happening.”

The Future Is History by Masha Gessen: “This is a look into the lives of those who lived through the rise of the Putin regime in Russia. Gessen continues to be an incredible voice and an exceptional author.”

The Power by Naomi Alderman: “This is a wonderful thought experiment of what life may be like if power belonged to women in society” Trigger Warning: Rape & Violent Acts

Factfulness by Hans Rosling: “This is a LOVELY book that proves that the world isn’t in such bad shape as we think. It very clearly lays out information regarding world health statistics and information about world poverty that I found delightfully unexpected. If you’re feeling a lot of anxiety about the state of society, which I definitely have been, this is absolutely worth a read.”

Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol: “This is a lovely story about fitting in, and if you don’t, finding your own way.”

Recommended by Dana

Autumn by Ali Smith: “OK, you have to stick with this book and think about it for awhile, but I think you will end up loving it! It is very timely and thought provoking. Best of all, it is the first of a series of “seasons.”

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate: “Based on true stories, this is a lovely book about the search for one’s roots and family. It’s hard to fathom such malevolence in the world, but the ending makes it all worthwhile.”

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert: “The first few paragraphs of this book promise a dark journey. Although it wasn’t the journey I was expecting – it is a wild and fantastical ride. Magical realism at its best.”

Recommended by Heath

Circe by Madeline Miller: “I loved this book! Circe is for anyone who loves Greek mythology, magic, and strong women. Miller expertly researches her subject so that she may take creative liberties when telling her own version of the Circe legend! It will not disappoint!”

Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall: “This book is for the reader who loves Gone Girl and other stories that delve into the darker side of the human psyche. this book is not for the faint of heart and may include a few *trigger warnings* for the more sensitive reader.”

They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera: “I really enjoyed this emotional and thought-provoking book! While the book centers on death, it is truly a celebration of life. This is for the reader who likes a little romance, a little adventure, and whole lot of feeling!”

Recommended by Ian

Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman: “This hypnotic love story between a grad student and a professor’s son is now on the big screen, but Aciman’s hypnotic, lyrical prose deserves attention. Heartbreaking and tender, this is a queer love story of the 1980’s, but also, perhaps, for us now.”

Feel Free: Essays by Zadie Smith: “In her second collection of essays, Smith addresses topics as wide-ranging as Brexit, her avoidance of social media, and the differing approaches of Prince and Michael Jackson when it comes to dance. Fans of Smith’s fiction will appreciate her ever-present fusion of playful inquiry and sophistication, which shines in the essay format. Collectively, they probe questions of freedom, constraint, and truth.”

My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh: “Our unnamed narrator- an orphaned college grad- decides to hibernate for a year to resolve past trauma. With help from a fraudulent psychiatrist and a coterie of dysfunctional friends, she embarks on her project of “healing,” which quickly becomes an enthralling, darkly personal account of memory, addiction, and the ability to start over.”

Recommended by Julia

The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay: “Bleak. Bloody. Bold. Noted horror writer Tremblay turns an impending apocalypse story on its head when four strangers approach a remote cabin, giving the residing family a devastating and impossible choice to make to save the world”

A Guide for Murdered Children by Sarah Sparrow: “Murdered children use the bodies of recently deceased adults as vessels to exact their revenge on their killers. Creepy and weird? Yes. Well written with twists and surprises and a non-irritating multi-narrative? Yes! This book is definitely not for the meek, but it is a thoroughly enjoyable tale of redemption with a satisfying ending if you don’t mind one or two loose ends.”

Recommended by Julie

Think Like An Artist by Will Gompertz: “I learned so much about how artists think- from Andy Warhol to Vincent Van Gogh. If things were not going well they reinvented themselves. We are all artists. We are all creative We can all think like an artist and lead more creative lives.”

Soul Space by Xorin Balbes: “Very informative and easy to read: Clearing your home can actually help you in all areas of your life! You can take easy steps to clear your space and your head!”

Recommended by Linda

Good Karma by Christina Kelly: “Catherine’s husband, Ralph, has decided it’s time to retire. Catherine, Ralph, and her beloved Boston Terrier, Karma, relocate to a gated retirement community off the coast of Savannah. Ralph plays poker and golf and flirts with the pretty real estate agent, while Catherine hangs out with the gang at the dog park. Will their 40 plus year marriage survive?”

The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg: ” 85 year-old, Arthur Moses, has been a widower for 6 months. He visits his wife’s grave every day for lunch no matter what. One day, he meets 17 year-old Maddy Harris at the cemetery where she comes to escape the bullies at school during lunch hour. Thus, begins a very unconventional friendship. This story is reminiscient of Kent Haruf’s Plainsong novels.”

Recommended by Matthew

We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates: “In these fraught political times, Coates’ perspective on race and society at large is incredibly necessary reading. Some of the best essays I’ve ever read.”

The Perfect Pass by S.C. Gwynne: “The story of how your favorite sport was forever changed by one guy you’ve never heard of. Irreverent and enlightening, a great gift for dads and football fans.”

Basketball (and Other Things) by Shea Serrano: “With hilarious wit and even more hilarious illustrations, Serrano answers the questions about basketball you never thought to ask. Questions like who ranks higher in a fictional character NBA draft: Air Bud or Teen Wolf?”






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