National Library Week: Book Recommendations

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Our library may be closed to the public right now, but we’re still spending the week celebrating libraries and the community of book lovers who support them. So in the spirit of sharing our love of books with all of you, several of our staff shared their reading recommendations. Some of these books come from our very own Boniuk Library and others are from the at-home bookshelves of our HMH team, so the result is vibrant range of book recommendations to reflect the colorful personalities of our staff. Books available in Boniuk Library are linked below to our online catalog.

Which HMH staff member shares your taste in books?

From Visitors and Volunteer Services

  • Madelyn recommended a patron favorite from the library: “The Book Thief,” by Markus Zusak and shared a culinary recommendation from her bookshelf: “Blood, Bones & Butter,” by Gabrielle Hamilton.

From Development

  • Rocio loved sharing “She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed The World,” by Chelsea Clinton and “Dolores Huerta: A Hero to Migrant Workers,” by Sarah E. Warren for Storytime with her nieces.

From Curatorial

  • Carol recommended her favorite books of all time: “People of the Book,” by Geraldine Brown and “The Lorax,” by Dr. Seuss
  • JT selected a great library book for researchers: “KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps,” by Nikolaus Wachsmann and a lighter pick for pop-culture lovers: “Movies (And Other Things),” by Shea Serrano

From Finance

  • Caprice picked books by two of her favorite Upstanders: “No One is Too Small to Make a Difference,” by Greta Thunberg and “I Am Malala,” by Malala Yousafzai.
  • Ericka suggested “She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed The World,” by Chelsea Clinton as a good Storytime pick from the library, and recommends “The Stand,” by Stephen King for fun.

From Education

  • Laurie selected her favorite graphic novels from our Library for an artistic reading experience: “They Called Us Enemy,” by George Takei and “March,” by John Lewis.
  • Michelle shared her favorite social justice read from our library: “An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States,” by Roxanne Danbar-Ortiz and from her own bookshelf at home: “How to be an Anti-Racist” by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Wendy recommended “Forgotten Fire,” by Adam Bagdasarian from our library and is reading “The Boy From The Woods,” by Harlan Coben for fun.

From the Library

  • Jenna picked books that inspire resistance and innovation in the face of adversity: “How I Resist: Activism and Hope for a New Generation,” edited by Maureen Johnson, and a book from her personal library: “Lab Girl,” by Hope Jahren