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 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 1600s. 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+

The Princess Saves Herself In This One by Amanda Lovelace: “Very readable poetry that takes you through a story of grief, recovery, and empowerment. Recommended for ages 16+

Sissy by Jacob Tobia: “A ‘coming-of-self’ story. This book is hilarious and heartfelt. It’s a beautiful journey to self-love.”

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 a 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.

The Perfect Pass by SC Gwynne: “What Michael Lewis’s Moneyball did for baseball, S.C Gwynne’s The Perfect Pass does for football. The Perfect Pass chronicles the underdog story of Hal Mumme and the “Air Raid” offense’s revolution through the ranks of high school, college, and ultimately modern professional football strategy. Whether you’re a football fan or just a fan of great storytelling, The Perfect Pass is the perfect book for you.”

Recommended by Cat

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.”

Cats on Catnip by Andrew Marttila: “Honestly, this book is just a bunch of pictures of cats looking absolutely ridiculous. I love it.”

Scythe by Neal Shusterman: “An interesting look at death and society told through the eyes of two young apprentices.”

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

Less by Andrew Sean Greer: “This one takes a moment to pick up, but the humor and heart is worth the effort.”

Recommended by Dana

Autumn by Ali Smith: “OK, you have to stick with this book and think about it for a while, 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 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.”

Vox by Christina Dalcher: “In our political climate, this book is quite frightening. Our characters and their actions, though, remind us that people will rise up to support the rights of others. This book is for fans of The Handmaid’s Tale and 1984.”

Recommended by Julie

How to be Fine by Jolena Greenberg: ” Two women read one or two self-help books every week for a year and did a podcast on what they learned. This book is the result of the fine-tuning of their information and putting it into a book. Very fun, condensed information from many self-help books- many of which I have read.”

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff by Richard Carlson: I read this book 20 years ago and it still has wonderful helpful information like ‘do not finish other people’s sentences.’ I always want to do that and ‘look for your lesson in patience’ every day. Mine is usually getting behind an old lady in traffic!”

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!”

The Voice of Knowledge by Don Miguel Ruiz: “I have read all of Ruiz’s books. They are amazing and this one was no exception. He tells us to remember we are born perfect and we die perfect. Do not believe in all the pre-programming people tell us- like we should be this or that. We are just perfect.

The Lost City of the Monkey God by D. Preston: “A true story of an expedition into the Honduran Jungle- one of the densest in the world. A myth of lost civilization lures explorers, archaeologists, and the like into the deadly jungle. Wow, what a story, which starts with the description of a Fer de Lance- a poisonous and aggressive snake.”

You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero: “I loved this book! It was well written and funny. The author took all my favorite self-help books and rolled them into one. She tells you the way to ‘get over yourself already’ and live your best life. Remember, ‘what other people think of you is none of your business!'”

Make Your Bed by Admiral William McRaven: “Really good stories about how he became a Navy Seal. Included is his commencement speech to the graduating class of the University of Texas in Austin in 2014. A book of really good advice.”

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, it begins a very unconventional friendship. This story is reminiscent of Kent Haruf’s Plainsong novels.”

All the Ever Afters by Danielle Teller: “Cinderella’s ‘evil’ stepmother, Agnes, tells her side of the story, in which she’s born a peasant and must claw her way to a better life. The little cinder girl arrives late in the story, a mere trifle compared to the hardship and heartbreak Agnes endures. Author Danielle Teller’s first novel is a lyrical and poetic grown-up fairy tale.

The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick: “Librarian Martha Storm is used to doing favors for the people in her life but not really getting anything back in return. It’s like her wants and needs don’t seem to matter much to anyone. One day she receives a book of fairy tales with a dedication written inside by her grandmother, Zelda. Martha was told years ago Zelda had died, so she isn’t sure what the heck is going on, but she is determined to find out. But, whenever you start digging around in family history, you are bound to uncover a secret or two. I have been a huge fan of Phaedra Patrick since I read her first book, The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper. This book does not disappoint.”

Recommended by Steven

The Arrival by Shaun Tan: “This graphic novel wordlessly conveys more than most dense books. its subject is the immigrant experience- its wonder and its terror, its tragedy, and its comedy. While slim, The Arrival rewards attention with its rich art.”

The Library Book by Susan Orlean: “The author believes books have souls. In saying so, she amplifies the tragedy of the L.A library fires, casting it as a sort of massacre. But her true feat is in her depiction of the city rallying to resurrect an indispensable cultural institution.”

The Incendiaries by R.O Kwon: “I hate to praise books as “timely,” but this one is… timely. From religious radicalization to sexual politics on campus, not a stone is left unturned. And in spite of all that, it still delivers a love story that makes your heart say ‘ouch.'”

Recommended by Molly

The Line Becomes a River by Francisco Cantu: ” The U.S/Mexican border is more than a symbol in this intensely told book, written by a former border patrol officer and son of Mexican immigrants. Timely, urgent, and astonishing.”

There, There by Tommy Orange: “Orange is a member of Oklahoma’s Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes, and his debut novel is about twelve strangers whose lives will converge at the Big Oakland Powwow in California. Scorchingly angry writing that nonetheless suggests the possibility of hope and human connection.”

Everything Inside by Edwidge Danticat: ” A luminous collection of short stories. Danticat’s native Haiti haunts each page, and no one writes about love and dying as tenderly. ‘Sunrise Sunset’ will break your heart (in a good way!)”

Recommended by Jennifer

Christmas Days by Jeanette Winterson: “Over twelve beautifully crafted short stories, readers encounter ghosts, romance, lots of laughter and love, a few tears, but also a real presence of Christmas… hopeful kindness, maybe? It’s a wonderful read for any mood, especially if you’re in the mood to just connect.”

Slow Horses by Mick Herron: “First of a great series! For fans of mystery/ adventure novels but who appreciate a sense of humor and quirky characters. Set in London, MI5 agent River Cartwright has screwed up- big time. He joins the “Slow Horses” (other disgraced MI5 agents) but uses kidnapping to get back on the top brass’ good side.

Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield: “Set sometime in the late 1800s with the ever-flowing Thames as the backdrop, Setterfield weaves us right into her lushly textured tapestry of a tale of love, grief, mystery, jealousy, joy, and more. The characters are rounded and real, practically turning the pages for you into the wee small hours of the morning. Enjoy!”

Recommended by Byron

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong: “Vuong expands our understanding of human suffering, trauma, and survival. This author blends prose and poetry so seamlessly, creating a beautiful story that explores such topics as race, gender, sexual orientation, and class. The special relationships between a boy and his mother, grandmother, and first love are examined against the backdrop of Hartford, Connecticut post-Vietnam War. Step into a story centered on truth and beauty.”

Cantoras by Carolina De Roberts: “Bonds of love, friendship, and sister-hood propel forward the stories of five queer women during the military dictatorship in Uruguay. The characters have so many layers they feel almost real. This is the best representation of ‘chosen family’ I’ve seen in literature. These brave women establish a space for themselves to be free and love each other. Overcoming horrible experiences such as conversion therapy, rape, kidnappings, and family disapproval, the strength and resilience of these women shine through.”

Recommended by Chante

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur: “Rupi’s beautiful illustrations and widely relatable, creatively eclectic poetry are by far some of the best. I believe her strong connection with the struggles of being a woman is healing and necessary.”

Becoming by Michelle Obama: “The BEST memoir I have read to this day! She is a woman with two degrees from two Ivy League universities and is so funny, genuine, and inspiring. One of the most influential women in America.”

Recommended by Danielle

Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling: “One of my favorite books growing up! My favorite story of all ‘The Beginning of the Armadillos’ on page 48. Don’t forget the poems between stories- see page 40 for ‘My Lovely Serving Men.'”

Recommended by Emma

Meaty by Samantha Irby: “Every page is like a stiff drink and a hug from your best friend. Brutally honest, hilarious, full of love and angst, this was definitely one of my favorite reads in a long time.”





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