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We asked our awesome staff for some stay-at-home reads to help our community through this difficult time. Check them out!

 

 

Stillness is the Key by Ryan Holiday (Recommended by Megan)

I happened to pick this one up a few weeks ago, without realizing how much I would need these helpful words. Holiday draws on the wisdom of great philosophers and stories of important historical figures in order to guide the reader in the concept of what he calls Stillness, others may call Steadfastness, but I would call Serenity: the ability to be calm and grounded amidst external circumstances of chaos and fear. Goes just deep enough to pack a punch.  

 

The Princess Bride by William Goldman (Recommended by Casey)

If escapism is what we need right now, then let us be swept away for a bit in Goldman’s classic fairy tale. Set sail for Florin, just look out for the R.O.U.S. (Rodents of Unusual Size)!

 

Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude by Ross Gay (Recommended by Christopher) 

Some of us need to get lost in the beauty of language and images now, which is what poetry can provide to us. This collection is a pure pleasure to read and one that offers us vivid portraits of generosity and wonder that we can learn from at this time of crisis.

 

Room by Emma Donoghue (Recommended by Liliana)

Room beautifully portrays the possibility of optimism and imagination and truth, as much as is necessary, to save what is dear in dire isolation. I love this book so, so much. Your home, however you make it, can be a space of magic and warmth. You and your family, even if your family is not with you or living or sentient, can be its own salvation. Just like these two resilient souls, you’ve got everything it takes to come out of this okay. You’ve got this. Outside is just around the corner.

 

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein (Recommended by Pam)

As an animal lover, I am always drawn to books that have an animal that plays a significant part to the story.  Through Enzo, the dog character in this story, we see and feel the love of a canine companion and the way our lives (and theirs) are enriched by strong human bonds.  Enzo did not just live with Denny, he lived life with Denny and his family! I rarely read books twice but this one easily made that reread list!

 

Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton (Recommended by Amy)

During this time, I am craving books that allow me to escape to another time and place.  This dual timeline historical novel will transport you to Cuba during the revolution in 1958. It is a family saga with a forbidden love story and beautifully written details that will leave you wanting more.  Fortunately, there is a sequal, When We Left Cuba, that is equally enthralling.