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Apr 06

March Staff Picks

Posted on April 6, 2022 at 3:55 PM by Michael Lang

Members of our staff share what they are reading or have read recently.

Nataly Renfro, Administrative Assistant/Circulation Clerk

Woman in black leather, sword strapped to back walking in a city alley, Chicago skyline behind her.

DB 104550 Twice bitten: Chicagoland vampires, book 3 by Chloe Neill

As the Windy City's newest vampire, Merit is still learning the ropes. She is dealt a crash course in the supernatural world when she's tasked with protecting a shapeshifter visiting Chicago. Sequel to Friday Night Bites (DB 104512). Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2010.

Woman in leather wielding a sword in each hand standing on steps with Chicago skyline behind her.

DB 104559 Blood games: Chicagoland vampires, book 10 by Chloe Neill

Merit has fought many battles to protect the Cadogan House of vampires, even after being turned into a vampire against her wishes. When a killer begins stalking the humans of Chicago, Merit may be the only one who can help. Sequel to Wild Things (DB 104402). Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2014.

Illustration of a woman crouched on a rooftop in the rain with the Chicago skyline behind her.

DB 104567 Dark debt: Chicagoland vampires, book 11 by Chloe Neill

Merit, member of Chicago's Cadogan House of vampires, questions who is friend or foe in the aftermath of a high-profile assassination attempt. Plenty of humans have motives against the target, but the would-be assassins are vampires. Sequel to Blood Games (DB 104559). Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2015.

Maggie Witte, Lead Readers’ Advisor/Outreach Librarian

Illustration of a house perched on a cliff over ocean with van parked in front of the house.

DB 98951 The house in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune

As a case worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, Linus Baker spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages. He is unexpectedly given a highly classified assignment: travel to a remote island orphanage where six dangerous children reside. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

Illustration of a woman wearing a bandolier and holding a sword in front of black fog with fire eyes

DB 44682 Sabriel: Abhorsen, book 1 by Garth Nix

Sabriel was sent to school outside the Old Kingdom for her safety. Now in her last year of study, she receives her father's necromancy tools, indicating that he is dead. Determined to find his body, Sabriel reenters the Old Kingdom and confronts the evil forces of life and death. Some violence. For junior and senior high readers.

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DB 52678 Lirael, daughter of the Clayr: Abhorsen, book 2 by Garth Nix

Lirael, on her fourteenth birthday, despairs of ever receiving the gift of Sight--seeing into the future. But when a dangerous necromancer threatens to unleash a long-buried evil, it is Lirael who must undertake a mission to save the Old Kingdom. Sequel to Sabriel (DB 44682). For junior and senior high readers. 2001.

Illustration of a woman wearing a bandolier and sword with a black dog next to her.

DB 55530 Abhorsen: Abhorsen, book 3 by Garth Nix

Abhorsen-in-waiting Lirael and Prince Sameth--supported by their creatures Disreputable Dog and Mogget (a cat)--must confront and defeat the evil spirit Orannis before it can destroy all life. Conclusion to trilogy beginning with Sabriel (RC 44682) and Lirael (RC 52678). For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

Michael Lang, Director

Red silhouette of a bear filled with red-tinted picture of a small town with the title above.

DB 101482 A libertarian walks into a bear: the utopian plot to liberate an American town (and some bears) by Matthew Hongoltz-Hetling

An account of the Free Town Project, an experiment in self-government undertaken by a group of libertarians. The author describes the plan to take over a small New Hampshire settlement, the town's subsequent political structure, and the arrival of bears in town due to citizens ignoring hunting and food disposal regulation laws. Contains strong language and some violence. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

Picture of Elvira winking.

DB 105470 Yours cruelly, Elvira: memoirs of the mistress of the dark by Elvira

Memoir of the actress who took on the persona of Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, when she was hosting late-night horror movies on TV. Peterson describes leaving home at fourteen and the colorful life she lived, including a stint as a Vegas showgirl, an encounter with Elvis Presley, and more. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2021.