August Staff Reading Picks

Library Life

We may have been busy with our Summer Reading Program the past few months, but your Library staff still found time to do their own reading!

Here are just a few books chosen by our staff. Whether they are new releases, old favorites, or just something unique that we have come across, it caught the attention of the employees here at the Kansas City Public Library, and we want you to be as excited about reading as we are!

For August, we have a little of everything for our selections including classic Hollywood nostalgia, children's fantasy, murderous gunslingers, and pirates in love. Enjoy!

Cinnamon and Gunpowder by Eli Brown

“Owen Wedgwood, the Caesar of Sauces, has been kidnapped by Mad Hannah Mabbot, she-pirate Captain of the Flying Rose. As long as Owen keep Hannah plied with an exquisite meal every Sunday, she will not kill him. A delicious tale of love and piracy on the high seas.” – Kaite, Reader's Services



The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr

"In The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr, readers meet the teenage protagonist, Lucy, who was once a musical child-prodigy. Her younger brother, Gus, is still practicing to be competition-ready. In following her complex family dynamics, her friendships, and her crushes, readers come to care about the characters. As Lucy is beginning to define herself outside of her young musician persona, she has an opportunity to discover if, despite her leaving the pressure-filled life of the constant pursuit of perfection, she wants to return to the piano. Even people who do not read music can appreciate this book. They will leave thinking about the seemingly-real people in it and asking themselves, 'What do I love?'" – Anna, Library Outreach

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt

"A new-wave western about two heartless hired killers laying waste to just about anyone or anything that crosses their paths. This story tells of how Charlie and Eli Sisters get mixed up in the gold rush with an unscrupulous money-man named 'The Commodore,' and how one of the Brothers decides that maybe their murderous ways might not be the most productive way to live out their days. Funny, violent, sad and sometimes surprising, The Sisters Brothers was a fun and interesting read." – David, Interlibrary Loan

Adventures of a Hollywood Secretary: Her Private Letters from Inside the Studios of the 1920s by Valeria Belletti

"A young Valeria Belletti moved to New York to Hollywood in the 1920s becoming Samuel Goldwyn's personal secretary. Her real-life letters reveal the inner workings of the silent and Golden eras of cinema, with humor and unvarnished insight.”
Liesl, Public Affairs


Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein

"A dozen 12-year-old students have been invited to a lock in at Alexandriaville's new public library. This is not your typical library because it has been designed by Luigo Lemoncello - the world's most famous game maker. This library has game rooms, holograms, a dome with 10 huge video screens, and a secret exit. The students have 24 hours to solve several mysteries and find the secret exit. If you liked Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Mysterious Benedict Society, or The Potato Chip Puzzles, you're sure to like this." – Ron, Plaza Children's Librarian

Say Nice Things About Detroit by Scott Lasser

"25 years after his high school graduation, David moves back to a home everyone else has fled, Detroit. David is looking for escape from the death of his son and the divorce that quickly followed. The double murder of his high school sweetheart and her brother makes David wonder if he can truly go home again, especially if home is Detroit.” – Kaite, Reader's Services



About the Author

Liesl Christman

Liesl Christman is the Digital Content Specialist for The Kansas City Public Library, managing content for the Library's blogs and social media accounts. She is an unabashed enthusiast of comic books, roller derby, and all things food.

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