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Each month, Beaumont Library District staff members offer recommendations on some of their favorite books. 

Find out what the staff recommends each month by viewing the list below.

Each recommendation is followed by a comment on why the title was suggested. 

Click on the title to see if the item is available to check out!

July 2021

Recommended by Allison
In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner by Elizabeth GeorgeA classic British mystery.
The Uninvited by Cat Winters1918 flu pandemic, love, and loss.

Recommended by Annyah
Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan PatonEmotional and thought provoking with characters you care about.

Recommended by Bronwyn
The Girls by Lori LansensA fictional yet poignant look from the viewpoint of conjoined sisters.

Recommended by Devon
Exhalation by Ted ChianPhilosophical sci-fi short stories that make you think for far longer than they took to read.Snow Crash by Neal StephensonThe definitive post-cyberpunk novel. Equal parts prescient, funny, & very, very smart.

Recommended by the Director
News of the World by Paulette JilesA great story that became a major motion picture with Tom Hanks.

Recommended by Jasmine
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-GarciaThis book was a spooky, dark and magical ride set in 1950's Mexico.

Recommended by Julia
The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam JenoffHighlights the contributions of the female resistance fighters of WWII.

Recommended by Sarah
The Loop by Ben OliverThink Matrix" meets "Black Mirror" and Amazon original "The Wilds.

Recommended by Tamara
Eat & Run by Scott JurekLove the combination of author's running journey and vegan journey/recipes.
Seconds by Bryan Lee O'MalleyInteresting graphic novel which shows the consequences of getting a second chance at life.

August 2021

Recommended by Allison
Mystique by Amanda QuickMedieval romance by a prolific author.

Recommended by Annyah
The Personal Librarian by Marie BenedictA glimpse into a hidden life; it made me want to learn more about this fascinating woman. 

Recommended by Jasmine
Wild at Home by Hilton CarterPlant lover's paradise of ideas. Great inspo pics and beautiful greenery!

Recommended by Tamara
A Street Cat Named Bob by James BowenTouching book showing the transformative power of having a pet in one's life.
The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. JamesGreat combination of ghost story/mystery set in 1982 & 2017.

September 2021

Recommended by Jasmine
Go With the Flow by Lily WilliamsEmpowering graphic novel about four teens who are fed up with their school's lack of supplies for menstruation.
There There by Tommy OrangeUnforgettable novel revolving around 12 people as the attend the Oakland Pow Wow.

Recommended by Tamara
Challenger Deep by Neal ShustermanA touching novel focusing on a teen boy's experience with mental illness and how it impacts his family and friends.
Humans by Brandon StantonLove the combination of stories, quotes, and photos from around the world.

October 2021

Recommended by Allison

The Turn of the Screw, and Other Short Novels by Henry James
A classic ghost story perfect for Halloween!

Recommended by Devon

La Casa by Paco Roca
Una hermosa novela grafica sobre la familia, la perdida y los recuerdos.

Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 1-3 by Hiromu Arakawa
The greatest action/adventure story ever printed in comic form.

Recommended by Jasmine
Enchantress by James MaxwellAn entire new fantasy world with enchanters and magic. This is book 1 or a 4 book series. So good!!!
From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death by Caitlin DoughtyFascinating book about death rituals around the world! Highly recommend this book!

Recommended by Sarah
The Smashed Man of Dread End by J.W. OckerA creepy and spine chilling middle grade read perfect for Halloween.

Recommended by Tamara

High on the hog : a culinary journey from Africa to America
Fascinating book showing how foods from Africa shaped the culture of America.The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto UrreaEpic novel that focuses on two days in the life of Mexican-American family involving a funeral & a birthday.
Still Alice by Lisa GenovaA touching & heartbreaking novel of a woman's decline after an early-onset Alzheimer's diagnosis at the age of fifty.

November 2021

Recommended by Jasmine
Boys Run the Riot. Vol. 1 by Keito GakuThis book is about a transgender teen is such a great read. I loved the heartfelt storyline and drama.

Recommended by Tamara
The Charmed Wife by Olga GrushinAn interesting novel that deconstructs the Cinderella fairy tale and shows a tired housewife eager to escape her marriage.
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth AcevedoA teen novel written in verse that tells the story of two teen girls joined together by shared grief.
Dead Girl Running by Christina DoddA gripping novel involving a woman on the run, a murder at a resort, and someone determined to get revenge.

December 2021

Recommended by Jasmine

The Decent Proposal by Kemper DonovanI could not put this modern romance down! Set in L.A. with lots of twists and turns.

The Nickel Boys by Colson WhiteheadBook based on a true story of a boys reform school in Jim-Crow era Florida. A must read!

Recommended by the Library Director

Made in California: the California-Born Burger Joints, Diners, Fast Food & Restaurants that Changed America by George Geary50 famous fast food and specialty food chains started in CA.

Recommended by Tamara

My Italian Bulldozer by Alexander McCall SmithAn enchanting novel about a Scottish food writer's adventure in Tuscany using an unusual mode of transportation.

They Called Us Enemy by George TakeiA riveting personal account of an unknown chapter in U.S. history involving the imprisonment of 120,000 Japanese Americans after the bombing of Peral Harbor.

January 2022

Recommended by Allison

And Then There Were None by Agatha ChristieA scary and classic British mystery.

Recommended by Annyah
Let's Get Physical: How Women Discovered Exercise and Reshaped the World by Danielle FriedmanFun and invigorating to read!

Recommended by Julia
The Masterpiece by Fiona DavisHistorical fiction set in NYC's Grand Central Terminal in an art school.
Her Last Flight by Beatriz WilliamsGreat read inspired by Amelia Earhart and reimaging her life.
Maybe You Should Talk To Someone by Lori GottliebFunny and insightful.

Recommended by Kelly

The Night Circus by Erin MorgensternNot your average circus!
Sourdough by Robin SloanFor those who consider sourdough your best friend.

Recommended by Tamara

Black Widow by Leslie Gray StreeterA sad yet humorous book chronicling the journey of a woman through unexpected widowhood at the age of forty-four.