Love That Boy: What Two Presidents, Eight Road Trips, and My Son Taught Me about a Parent’s Expectations by Ron Fournier—how I wish this book had been written when my daughter was little. It is the best “parenting guide” I have ever read, and I have read a lot. Read more about Author Provides Insightful Look into Parenting
Looking for a good mystery for Mother’s Day? The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton is a page-turning thriller which takes place in Alaska, where Yasmin and her 10-year-old daughter, Ruby, set out to reunite with husband and father, Matt, a wildlife photographer who has been staying in the small village of Anaktue on assignment. Upon their arrival, they discover that a fire has taken the lives of all the residents of Anaktue, and Matt is now missing and presumed dead, which Yasmin refuses to believe. Read more about Read: Mother and Daughter Stumble Upon Death and Danger
The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us
by Diane Ackerman
With her trademark lyricism and innate sense of wonder, Ackerman takes readers on a journey through the Anthropocene, or Human Age, challenging us to be both amazed and chastened by the impact humans have had on the natural world.
—Recommended by Heather Meyer
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
by Elizabeth Kolbert Read more about Worldly Reads
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
This is the story of the brilliant African American women who worked for NASA, at times segregated from their white counterparts. Read more about Women’s History Month
As a parent, some topics are just easier to avoid—until they can’t be ignored. When Kristine Rauenhorst’s mom, Karen Wiswell, was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia, both women were concerned about how to discuss it with Rauenhorst’s 2-year-old twin boys, Henry and George. Rauenhorst, who lives in Eden Prairie, and Wiswell decided to broach the subject of death by writing When Grammy Comes to Play, a children’s book that discusses loss and grief in a very gentle way. Read more about Local Author Pens Book to Help Kids with the Tough Topic of Loss
Lighter than My Shadow by Katie Green
A beautiful, frightening and hopeful graphic novel memoir spans the author’s youth, the development of her disease and her struggle to overcome it and find happiness. The black and white illustrations lend depth and understanding to the author’s feelings. —recommended by Lee Burkhalter
Saga. Volume One by Brian K. Vaughan Read more about Picture This: Graphic Novels Aren’t Just for Teens
Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg
Recommended by Mary Severson
June loses her entire family in a fire the evening before her daughter’s wedding. Readers learn about the tragedy through the viewpoints and perspectives of other characters living in the same small town.
A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay
Recommended by Marni Blomquist Read more about Books with Family Drama
Dark Tides by Chris Ewan
recommended by Charlotte Johnson
This page-turning thriller had my heart thumping at times. The plot was great and had me thinking of the characters long after I finished the book.
Masterminds by Gordon Korman
recommended by Mary Severson Read more about You're in for a Thrilling Read with These Page Turners
Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley
- Recommended by Lee Burkhalter
A humorous and whimsical memoir about growing up in a foodie family with recipes to try out at home. This graphic novel is aimed at teens, but it’s good for adults, too.
Voracious: A Hungry Reader Cooks Her Way Through Great Books by Cara Nicolleti
- Recommended by Marni Blomquist
A fun collection of essays devoted to food scenes from some of the author’s favorite books. Each essay ends with a recipe. Read more about Devour These Reads
A Man Called Ove: a Novel by Fredrik Backman
Recommended by Laura Carlson
We meet Ove, possibly the crankiest man alive, after he has been forced to retire and has decided he’s got nothing to offer anymore, so he’ll commit suicide. While that premise is depressing, the story isn’t. The author does a great job of keeping you laughing while Ove learns the value of opening up to new experiences.
The 100-year-old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
Recommended by Beth Goodrich Read more about Take a Virtual Trip with These Stories from Sweden