Criminal Court Reads

When taken to court, criminal matters involve very high stakes for anyone involved. Therefore, developing knowledge of the criminal process beyond TV dramas and movies is vital for an individual’s ability to advocate for themselves and for others in their community.

Businesses Behaving Badly

There has been a recent influx of popular television shows surrounding high finance and big business. From “Succession” to “Billions” to “Industry,” the behind-the-scenes machinations of these worlds, so foreign to most of us, becomes the perfect fodder for the screen. But these shows all represent imagined accounts of fictional companies. There are, however, many recent book releases dealing with real companies with very real drama, all of which has lasting societal impacts. And as these books showcase, there really is no way you can make this stuff up. 

Winter Chillers

Isolated by snow storms, stalked by monsters and haunted by screams in the night. These frigid horror tales will chill you to the bone. The perfect picks for the darkest time of the year. 

Gritty Crime Novels

Shorter days. Longer nights. Cold. Sleet. Gray skies. If you really want to lean in to the bleak midwinter, check out these gritty crime novels. Don’t be fooled by some of the sunny settings. Flawed heroes, pessimistic viewpoints, and stark writing all feature in these harsh tales tailor-made for days you’d rather stay inside.

Decorating With Flowers and Other Plant Materials

As the nights grow longer and the days get grayer, a flower arrangement may be just the thing to brighten your home and lift your spirits. Check out these Library resources for guidance on how to create your own floral arrangement, wreath or centerpiece.

Immigrant Memoirs

Whether Latinx, Asian or African, these writers consider how those identities mingle with the idea of being an American, from newly arrived to long-term residency. Dealing with themes of deep-rooted identity and the often-impossible navigation of assimilating to a culture that is not always welcoming, these books exhibit an array of hard-won truths about life and finding home.

Infinite Country

“Infinite Country” is a family saga via immigration politics. Add in romance, YA thriller and Andean legends. Books like this allow us to question what we would do in situations we only read about. They encourage us to offer kindness and compassion in a harsh world. Above all, “Infinite Country” is a powerful reminder of the human stories behind the headlines. 

Genealogy Book List

The Local History and Genealogy Department at CLP-Main has an extensive collection of books on how to carry out family history research. This list highlights a few of the best books for beginning researchers.