Books: Criminal Intentions

Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America
by Erik Larson

Recommended by Laura Carlson

This book tells two parallel stories in one: how the architect Daniel Hudson Burnham made the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 happen and how Henry H. Holmes prowled the streets of Chicago at that time looking for victims to bring to his “World’s Fair Hotel,” which held a hidden house of horrors.

House of Echoes
by Brendan Duffy

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Novel Ideas

The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
Recommended by Lee Burkhalter

Alan Bennett’s mischievous and witty novella about the queen discovering the joys of reading when she stumbles upon a bookmobile will be sure to delight.

The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh
Recommended by Carrie Brunsberg Read more about Novel Ideas


Supernatural Tales

Spooky Little Girl by Laurie Notaro
-Recommended by Jackie White

A ghost story that’s laugh-out-loud funny, thoughtful and endearing.

Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk
-Recommended by Laura Carlson

Palahniuk, who also wrote Fight Club and Choke, uses his talents at dark comedy to create another memorable story. This time around, an unlikely group of people drives across country to destroy all of the copies of a particular book of poems, because one of the poems will kill people if it is read. Read more about Supernatural Tales


Motivating Factors: Non-fiction Books that Explore Behavior

Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Richard Thaler
-Recommended by Ali Turner

An economist takes a sociological look at our behavior and decision-making. Those who enjoyed Why We Buy or The Tipping Point will enjoy this title.

Society Without God: What the Least Religious Nations Can Tell Us About Contentment by Phil Zuckerman
-Recommended by Julia Sjoberg Read more about Motivating Factors: Non-fiction Books that Explore Behavior


Family Book Club

Five Children and It by E. Nesbit
-Recommended by Lee Burkhalter

An oldie but a goodie, this story follows five siblings as they discover a “Sand Fairy” who is able to grant their wishes. As each takes his or her turn to make a wish, hijinks of all sorts ensue. The story makes a wonderful family read-aloud or audiobook listening.

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
-Recommended by Andrea Smith Read more about Family Book Club


Laugh Out Loud Books

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
-Recommended by Carrie Brunsberg

Bryson does a good job of giving historic and detailed information in an entertaining and even humorous fashion. His description of a hike along the Appalachian Trail is a fun, informational and adventurous read.

How to Create the Perfect Wife by Wendy Moore
-Recommended by Lee Burkhalter Read more about Laugh Out Loud Books



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