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Jun 24

June Staff Picks

Posted on June 24, 2022 at 3:35 PM by Michael Lang

Each staff member has their own niche they prefer to read in. But this month, we’ve almost all branched out to something different. Check out our June staff picks and try one today.

Amanda Diggs, Production Manager

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DB 106044 Gone to the woods: surviving a lost childhood by Gary Paulsen

Memoir of the award-winning author of Hatchet (DB 30535), Paulsen's survival stories reflect the experiences of his turbulent childhood. Paulsen recounts these significant events in his life in five sections: the farm, the river, the ship, thirteen, and soldier. Commercial audiobook. For grades 6-9. 2021.

Jason Brinkman, Library Assistant

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DB 105912 The dawn of everything: a new history of humanity by David Graeber

Two archaeologists explore reinterpretations of early societal development and reject the common understanding of early mankind as primitive and childlike. Drawing on new understanding and research, the authors theorize about what shape human society may have taken if not in bands of hunter-gatherers as long as previously assumed. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2021.

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DB 89359 The rooster bar by John Grisham

Three close friends and third-year law students realize they have been duped. They all borrowed heavily to attend a third-tier, for-profit law school so mediocre that its graduates rarely pass the bar exam, let alone get good jobs. But maybe there's a way out. Contains some strong language and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

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DB 103420 The premonition: a pandemic story by Michael Lewis

Author of The Fifth Risk (DB 93357) and The Undoing Project (DB 87002) examines the work of scientists and pandemics experts who worked to spread the word and respond to COVID-19. Profiles include a secret group of doctors with world-class pedigrees, but no official permission. Strong language. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2021.

Michael Lang, Director

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DB 96148 This is how you lose the time war by Amal El-Mohtar

An agent of the Commandant finds a letter on a dying world, beginning an unlikely correspondence between two rival agents bent on securing the best possible future for their warring factions. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.

Maggie Witte, Outreach Librarian

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DB 82438 The soul of an octopus: a surprising exploration into the wonder of consciousness by Sy Montgomery

Naturalist and documentary writer explores the world, intelligence, and consciousness of octopuses. Describes her interactions with captive giant Pacific octopuses named Athena, Octavia, Kali, and Karma at the New England Aquarium in Boston, and her field investigations in French Polynesia and the Gulf of Mexico. 2015.