Staff Picks
Stay in touch with the personal favorites of the KDL Staff. Each title is handpicked.

You can also receive this list sent directly to your email each month — Sign up now!

  Icon_print print      
61jgrgo9-zl_thumb
Apart at the Seams (Cobbled Court Quilts)
Marie Bostwick

“This is part of a series, ‘Cobbled Court Quilts’ which takes place in a small New England town. Fans of Debbie Macomber will enjoy this series. This series is as much about friendship as quilting.”
—Barb at KDL’s Byron Township Branch


More info: Item Details | Catalog Link | Purchase from Amazon
510fliykvyl_thumb
The Moth
Burns, Catherine

LITCOLL MOT

“A collection of stories that are heartwarming, heartbreaking and everything in between.”
—Katy at KDL’s Service Center


More info: Item Details | Catalog Link | Purchase from Amazon
511dckmg79l_thumb
Baking Out Loud: Fun Desserts with Big Flavors
Hedy Goldsmith

COOKING BAKING GOL

“The S’more Brownies are awesome! Next I want to try the Lemon Ice.”
—Loretta at KDL’s Wyoming Branch


More info: Item Details | Catalog Link | Purchase from Amazon
51twr0xwp9l_thumb
The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy
Kate Hattemer

TEEN HATTEMER

“Fans of John Green will love this book! A new reality television show, ‘For Art’s Sake,’ has taken over the esteemed Selwyn Arts Academy in Minneapolis, MN, which is fine until Ethan’s best friend, Luke, joins the show. Now It’s up to Ethan, his two remaining best friends, and a heroic gerbil named Baconnaise to save their school. Along the way they’ll discover a web of secrets and corruption involving the principal, vice principal, and even their favorite teacher. This book had me laughing the entire way through!”
—Veronica at KDL’s Krause Mememorial Branch


More info: Item Details | Catalog Link | Purchase from Amazon
51s7kucv7_2bl_thumb
Slayers
C. J. Hill

SF TEEN HILL

“Action packed teen fantasy featuring Dragon camp and teens with super powers who are training to fight real dragons. Tori’s first summer at camp is full of surprises and will test her natural and supernatural skills to the limit!”
—Beth at KDL’s Gaines Township Branch


More info: Item Details | Catalog Link | Purchase from Amazon
41wygprk3ml_thumb
The Blessings
Elise Juska

“Told in various voices, this is a wonderful portrait of a large, tight-knit, American Irish-Catholic family, with all the joys and sorrows that occur over a couple of decades. I love stories that analyze families, how they function, how children learn to be part of them but also true to themselves, and how they get through hard times.”
—Nancy at KDL’s Comstock Park Branch


More info: Item Details | Catalog Link | Purchase from Amazon
51gs90s0s1l_thumb
Detroit: An American Autopsy
Charlie LeDuff

HISTORY US MICHIGAN LED

“An interesting look into the life of a reporter returning to his home town to work for the Detroit News. This book examines the hardships that regular Detroiters face and tries to analyze what happened to this once great city and why it is so corrupt, while explaining his family’s history with the city.”
—Craig at KDL’s Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch


More info: Item Details | Catalog Link | Purchase from Amazon
51srzyuuwcl_thumb
Bird Box: A Novel
Josh Malerman

HORROR MALERMAN

“It’s the end of the world as we know it, and those who are left live with their windows covered and their eyes blindfolded. I read it quickly, all curled up in a little ball. If you are a fan of psychological thrillers, this one’s for you! Eek!”
—Liz at KDL’s Plainfield Township Branch

“A horror thriller story set in an apocalyptic near future. Something is out there that is causing people to fatally hurt themselves with only one glance at whatever it is. Blindfolded and trying to stay safe, the survivors are looking to find others for help. Written by a Michigan author with rumors of a sequel in the works.”
—Stacy at KDL’s Service Center


More info: Item Details | Catalog Link | Purchase from Amazon
41zyjdll4rl_thumb
The End of the Wasp Season: A Novel
Denise Mina

“For those seeking an artfully crafted story with plenty of suspense, look no further. The tale begins with a murder, of course, but what ensues is anything but the norm. Complex characters from both working class and high society Scotland make this page turner a summer sizzler. The audio version is especially wonderful for those who love superb voice acting.”
—Heather at KDL’s Spencer Township Branch


More info: Item Details | Catalog Link | Purchase from Amazon
51wczcetnzl_thumb
Me Before You: A Novel
Jojo Moyes

“Well, I’m probably going to join the rest of the crowd, but I fell in love with ‘Me Before You,’ written by JoJo Moyes. Dealing with a very sensitive subject (taking your life when there is no hope of recovery after an accident), this book shows the relationship between Will, a wheelchair bound man, and Louisa, his young caretaker. This is a heart-warming story that you’ll recommend to others and one you won’t forget.”
—Robin at KDL’s Spencer Township Branch


More info: Item Details | Catalog Link | Purchase from Amazon
51t0rdblznl_thumb
The Bees: A Novel
Laline Paull

“Yes, these are actual bees. Flora 717 is a sanitation worker, newly born to the hive and lowest of the low. Visually, she’s different than her sisters, and she has an inquisitive mind to match. But being too curious in a place of extreme order can have consequences, and those below the Queen are hiding secrets. This dystopian mash-up of ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ and ‘Watership Down’ was an interesting and fresh read. The hive hierarchies and harsh conditions make for an intriguing rebellion and fight-to-the-death. You’ll never look at bees the same way again.”
—Kelly at KDL’s Cascade Township Branch

“Told from the perspective of a worker bee as she defies the strict laws of the Queen’s regime and the hivemind, this novel is a unique blend of Cinderella and insectoid alien sci-fi. This read will give anyone a bit more empathy for our local bee- friends.”
—Rachel at KDL’s Service Center


More info: Item Details | Catalog Link | Purchase from Amazon
41xv6fdu-yl_thumb
Calling Invisible Women: A Novel
Jeanne Ray

“Clover Hobart, a fifty-something wife and mother, wakes up one morning to find she has become invisible, a condition that goes unnoticed by her family. She eventually discovers a support group of women in identical circumstances, and much hilarity ensues as the members of this newly emboldened group regain control of their overlooked lives. Humorous, inspirational, and uplifting.”
—Mark at KDL’s Krause Memorial Branch


More info: Item Details | Catalog Link | Purchase from Amazon
51im54bj8yl_thumb
Face the Music: A Life Exposed
Paul Stanley

BIOGRAPHY STANLEY

“The biography of Starchild, the front man for the legendary rock group KISS. He tells of his life with KISS, living with a deformed ear, and lots of on the road stories. Read in concert with the biographies of Ace, Peter and Gene.”
—Jim at KDL’s Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch


More info: Item Details | Catalog Link | Purchase from Amazon
41jroduflcl_thumb
The Sleep Room: A Novel
F. R. Tallis

“Haunting book about a young psychiatrist who becomes employed at a mental hospital, Wydlehope Hall, where controversial therapies are taking place. The most disturbed of the patients are keep in induced sleep. Strange and terrifying things begin to take place within the Wydlehope. There’s a wonderfully creepy atmosphere to this book that grabs hold of you and won’t let go.”
—Emmy at KDL’s Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch


More info: Item Details | Catalog Link | Purchase from Amazon
51s3270n7fl_thumb
Hotel Florida: Truth, Love, and Death in the Spanish Civil War
Amanda Vaill

HISTORY EUROPE VAI

In 1936 Madrid, six people—Ernest Hemingway, journalist Martha Gellhorn, photographers Robert Capa and Gerda Taro, foreign press office chief Arturo Barea and his Austrian deputy Ilsa Kulcsar—are torn between truth-telling and loyalty.

Recommended by Shaunna at KDL’s Alpine Township Branch


More info: Item Details | Catalog Link | Purchase from Amazon
41w6lwfptxl_thumb
The Silver Star: A Novel
Jeannette Walls

“Walls really knows how to write the dysfunctional family! I did not enjoy this quite as much as ‘The Glass Castle’ but it was a good read. Characters you could sympathize with (and some you wanted to slap) and a story line that keeps the pages turning. I’d like to revisit this family in 5 or 6 years to see where they end up… ”
—Marlys at KDL’s Wyoming Branch


More info: Item Details | Catalog Link | Purchase from Amazon
51cjfzhsg2l_thumb
The Great Mouse Detective (Mystery in the Mist Edition)
KIDS DVD GRE / G

“When young Olivia Flaversham’s father is abducted by a peg-legged bat, she seeks the help of mousedom’s most famous detective, Basil of Baker Street, who uncovers a sinister plot by his arch-nemesis, Professor Ratigan . This could be described as baby’s first Sherlock Holmes (although it might be a bit intense for young children), but the plot moves quickly, the characters are likeable and entertaining, and references to the Holmes canon should help keep adult fans entertained as well.”
—Rachel at KDL’s Service Center


More info: Item Details | Catalog Link | Purchase from Amazon
Icon_print print Back to top of page