March Staff Picks

Don’t know what to read next? Let us be your guide! Here are some of our favorites this month.

Need even more ideas? Check out last month's picks.

Women & Power: A Manifesto Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631494758
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - December 12th, 2017

In two powerful essays, Mary Beard analyzes the complex relationship between women and power. She traces the issues back to Ancient Greece and Rome, highlighting the extent to which these ancient civilizations still influence our society today. Beard’s compelling manifesto is both insightful and educational, and should be read by all.

— Ani

Renegades Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250044662
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Feiwel & Friends - November 7th, 2017

Marissa Meyer's Renegades may lack the momentum of her break out hit series, Cinder, but it does an effective job at turning the 'superhero' genre on its head. Traditional tropes are revamped, providing an antihero we can root for, and the audience is unsure about just who to look up to. It's well-written with twists and turns to rival Superman's wildest travels, and the inclusion and diversity certainly don't hurt either.

— Kiran

The Shadow of the Wind Cover Image
By Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Lucia Graves (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780143034902
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Penguin Books - January 25th, 2005

I don’t normally read historically set books, but Shadow of the Wind, full of dramatic plot twists, deep secrets, and crime is my favorite historical, suspenseful novel of all time. For a mysteriously good time, I believe everyone should read Shadow of the Wind.

— Chloe

American Street Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062473042
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Balzer + Bray - February 14th, 2017

Written for a YA audience, American Street is a worthwhile novel for adults both young and old. This story of a teenage Haitian girl separated from her mother during her emigration to America feels all too real. As she tries desperately to hold on to her cultural and religious beliefs while navigating her way through a complex system that blurs the lines between legal and illegal immigration, crime within her new community, first love and loyalty to family, you get a real sense of how utterly confusing it is to arrive in the U.S. for the first time.

— Molly

The Hate U Give Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062498533
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Balzer + Bray - February 28th, 2017

The Hate U Give is a poignant and timely novel about teenagers rising up and using their voices to fight for what they believe is right.

— Sonia

Things You Should Already Know About Dating, You F*cking Idiot Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316465328
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Hachette Books - October 17th, 2017

With cringingly relatable conversations and hysterical illustrations, Ben Schwartz and Laura Moses are here to finally rescue you from all your dating catastrophes!

— Dora

Baby Monkey, Private Eye Cover Image
ISBN: 9781338180619
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Press - February 27th, 2018

He is a baby. He is a monkey. He is a private eye. And he will solve your case just as soon as he finishes his snack.

— Rachel

You Are Here: An Owner's Manual for Dangerous Minds Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250119889
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Flatiron Books - March 7th, 2017

This book is full of funny, encouraging words accompanied by fresh illustrations that can be colored if you wish. It can be read cover to cover or opened to a page at random for a pick me up. Be prepared for a kooky adventure.

— Abbie

Murder on the Orient Express: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot Mysteries #10) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062073495
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - January 18th, 2011

Christie weaves a tale of complex mystery in just 200 hundred pages with a plot twist that had me dumbfounded. Christie manages to make an 80 year old book as fun as a movie today.

— Yumna