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Book Recognition Event 2019

The Alchemist by Paulo Cohelo

The Alchemist

By Paulo Cohelo 

This book presents a simple story that ultimately takes you on a journey that explores and urges you to reflect on your life’s path. It is an amazing story of curiosity and wonder with a focus on what brings you joy and happiness. If you pay attention, you may realize the things that matter might have been with you all along.

- Recommended by Kari Chrenka

American Overdose by Chris McGreal

American Overdose: the opioid tragedy in three acts

By Chris McGreal

You’ve seen the headlines and soundbites, McGreal speaks with those affected by this tragedy to expose how Big Pharma intentionally hooked Americans on their drugs with the help of corrupt medicine providers and public institutions.  A great read to understand one of the most important public health epidemics and criminal activities of our time.

 - Recommended by Sandra Standish

Bad Blood by John Carreyou

Bad Blood: secrets and lies in a Silicon Valley Startup

By John Carreyrou

Elizabeth Holmes. Theranos. John Carreyrou, the Wall Street Journal journalist who broke this fascinating, true story presents the details of how Holmes conned some of the most important investors, the FDA, and others with technology that never worked. Her company was valuated in the billions before her scheme crumbled.  While Holmes is currently awaiting trial, an HBO documentary is scheduled to be released this month. I highly recommend this read.
- Recommended by Sandra Standish

Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

The Five People You Meet in Heaven

By Mitch Albom 

This beautiful story allows the reader to reflect on the people who have had the largest impact on their life and why relationships and friendships truly matter to people.  

 - Recommended by Kari Chrenka

Good Omens by Terry Prachett and Neil Gaiman

Good Omens

By Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

Good Omens is a funny, lighthearted take on the Apocalypse. Giving away much more would take away too much of the fun in my opinion.  

 - Recommended by Josh Mcarthur

A Grand Success by Peter Lord

A Grand Success!: The Aardman Journey, One Frame at a Time

By Peter Lord

Lord’s book provides the inside scoop on the claymation studio that’s home to beloved
characters Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep, and Chicken Run, the highest-grossing
stop-animated film of all time.

 - Recommended by Megan Farrell

In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume

In the Unlikely Event

By Judy Blume

This story develops around the reactions of Miri Ammerman and her friends and family to three plane crashes in their in hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey. This fictional account is based on three actual plane crashes that took place between December 15, 1951 and February 11, 1952.

- Recommended by Judy O’Dell

Levithan Wakes by James SA Corey

Leviathan Wakes

By James S. A. Corey

The first book in the Expanse Series, Leviathan Wakes is set in a future where humans have colonized the solar system. James Holden and the crew of the ice hauler, The Canterbury, along with Detective Miller, a detective for a private security contractor in the Belt, find themselves thrust into the center of a system-wide conflict in which they strive to save humanity.         

 - Recommended by Josh Mcarthur

Master and Commander by Patrick OBrian

Master and Commander

By Patrick O'Brian

If you’ve only seen the movie, you have seen nothing of O’Brian’s genius. An excellent novel of the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars, O’Brian’s writing is elegant, historically accurate, has a wonderful sense of humor, and he creates memorable and charming characters.

 - Recommended by Matthew Ismail

Monumental Journey by Stephen Pinson

Monumental Journey: The Daguerreotypes of Girault de Prangey

By Stephen Pinson

In 1842, just a few years after the invention of photography, de Prangey set out on a three year journey (with a hundred pounds of equipment) to document the architecture of the ancient Mediterranean. His resulting body of work includes the earliest surviving photographs of Greece, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, and Jerusalem.

 - Recommended by Megan Farrell

Origin by Dan Brown


By Dan Brown

This story is a page turner! Brown’s 5th book in the Robert Langdon mystery series considers the future of humankind, religion, and artificial intelligence. 

- Recommended by Kathy Irwin

Quiet by Susan Cain

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

By Susan Cain

Introverts prefer listening to speaking, working alone to working in groups, and solitary introspection to group brain-storming sessions. If you’re an introvert, does your working environment allow you to work to your strengths?

- Recommended by Matthew Ismail

She has her mother's laugh by Carl Zimmer

She Has Her Mother's Laugh

By Carl Zimmer

If you like science writing, this is a very readable book for the layperson about the mysteries of heredity and genetics both past and present.

- Recommended by Melissa James

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson


By Brandon Sanderson

This first book in the Reckoners trilogy is set in a post-apocalyptic Chicago where people with superhuman powers are not heroes. I had so much fun reading this book. I kept thinking, “This should be a movie!”

- Recommended by Lisa Wilczak

Still Life by Louise Penny

Still Life

By Louise Penny

Still Life is the first book in a fantastic police-procedural series set south of Montreal and just north of the U.S. border. Penny has created complex characters and her stories are layered with love, betrayal, brutal facts, shocking twists, and warm community. You will fall in love with the residents and business owners of Three Pines.

- Recommended by Kathy Irwin

Year of the Pitcher by Sridhar Pappu

The Year of the Pitcher: Bob Gibson, Denny McLain, and the End of Baseball's Golden Age

By Sridhar Pappu

As the 2019 Detroit Tigers struggle through a fruitless summer, you can relive one of the franchise’s greatest seasons – 1968, in which the Tigers won the World Series behind Denny McLain’s 30-plus pitching victories. Pappu’s book includes a lot of Tiger talk, plus ample general context about baseball’s place in the socially tumultuous American society of the times.

- Recommended by Ed Bradley