Staff Picks at the Chelmsford Library

If you’re wondering what to read next, or wandering the aisles wishing someone could just hand you something good, we now have a rotating collection of staff picks for you! The section is comprised of books from many of our collections, read and recommended by our wonderful readers on staff. Here are a few of the books recommended so far, but come in to check out our latest picks on display!

American Requiem, by James Carroll: “An intense yet highly readable memoir by our own Boston Globe Columnist James Carroll. This book brings together the personal and political histories of a family and the nation in a beautiful way!” – Courtney
Hark a Vagrant, by Kate Beaton: “Kate Beaton’s irreverent comics are hilariously off-beat and witty!” – Nicole
Everything you want me to be, by Mindy Mejia: “I give this book 5+ stars. It’s an excellent book with lots of surprises. The story revolves around three characters, and the main character is a little mysterious. I couldn’t put this book down once I started, and I had to read every single word. And I loved the ending.” – Trupti
Hunter, by Mercedes Lackey: “A YA debut by a fantasy veteran, this book deserves so much more love than it gets. File under Hidden Gem. In a futuristic world where monsters of myth and legend have returned to destroy human society, capable mages must use their bonded hounds to keep the last human settlements safe. With plenty of action and intelligent, angst-less protagonists, Hunter is sure to delight fans of fantasy, mythology and dystopia alike.” – Danny
Locke and Key, by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez: Stephen King’s son Joe Hill crafts an intriguing horror story that Gabriel Rodriguez’s art brings to life. Visually stunning and a great narrative. – Nicole
A Natural History of Dragons: a memoir by Lady Trent, by Marie Brennan: “The places on display have clear origins in our own world, and Isabella’s world is like an alternate Victorian era Britain, making this a very Jane Austen-dragon scientist. Plus, if you like this book, the next four are of equal or greater quality!” – Danny
Netherland, by Joseph O’Neill: “New York is a place made up of people from everywhere else. This is a story of two of those people. One a dutch financier who suddenly finds himself alone in his adopted city. The other a Trinidadian cricket fanatic and “entrepreneur” whom the Dutchman befriends. O’Neill tells the story of these two men navigating the gauntlet that is trying to find “home.” a stunningly well-written book.” – Jess
To the Bright Edge of the World, by Eowyn Ivey: “The vastness and intrigue of the Alaskan wilderness, in the late 1880s, is vividly described by Ivey. Married couple Colonel Allen Forrester and Sophie are so likable, devoted, and willing to live outside gender norms that I wished I could invite them over for coffee when I finished reading this captivating survival and adventure novel. One of my top picks from 2016!” – Lisa
Oryx and Crake, by Margaret Atwood: “I became completely absorbed by Margaret Atwood’s terrifying dystopia. So thoroughly imaginative and haunting, the sensation of reading has stuck with me for years after. You can’t help but be pulled in to Snowman’s story of power, madness, and genetic engineering out of control. Read it and heed it’s warning. It will alter your worldview, as many of Atwood’s novels do.” – Jess

The Name and War, by Jill Lepore: “Excellent local History of King Phillip’s War and how it has been remembered. Learn about Meta com, the Algonquins and the myth of the “Noble Savage” in US History.” – Courtney

Woman No. 17, by Edan Lepucki: “A fun and quirky read – with plenty of oddball characters!” – Eileen
“A gripping story of human trafficking. Chilling, unforgettable and suspenseful. Very well written story of two orphans in India. The subject matter was very sad but unfortunately it is a fact of life. Very intense and scary, but a good read.” – Trupti