March Student and Staff Book Picks

March is here and so is our student and staff book picks! This month the CINRC team, comprised of Colleen, Leadership Lived Experience (LLE) student employee and Pamela Salela, Associate Professor and Coordinator, Central Illinois Nonprofit Resource Center, chose a mixture of classics and new books inspired by Women’s History Month.  We hope you discover something on this list to enjoy!

Colleen, a student workerColleen’s Picks

  1. Once Upon a Quinceañera: Coming of Age in the USA by Julia Alvarez
  2. Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie
  3. Latino USA: A Cartoon History by Ilan Stavans
  4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  5. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  6. Trampling of the Weeds by Lajuanda Lilease
  7. Rhythm and Booze: Poems by Julie Kane
  8. Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
  9. Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish: A Novel by David Rakoff
  10. Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
  11. Yes, Please by Amy Poehler
  12. Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  13. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  14. The Empathy Exams: Essays by Leslie Jamison
  15. Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan
  16. Barbara the Slut and Other People by Lauren Holmes
  17. It’s Okay to Laugh by Nora McInerny Purmort
  18. You’ll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein
  19. Almost Famous Women by Megan Mayhew Bergman
  20. Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me (and Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

Pamela Salela, a librarianPamela Salela’s Picks

  1. Into That Darkness: From Mercy Killing to Mass Murder by Gitta Sereny
  2. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
  3. Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil by Hannah Arendt
  4. Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation by Eboo Patel
  5. The Master Butchers Singing Club by Louise Erdrich
  6. Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction and the Meaning of Liberty by Dorothy Roberts
  7. Wake up Little Susie: Single Pregnancy and Race Before Roe v. Wade by Rickie Solinger
  8. Night by Elie Wiesel
  9. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  10. The Truth About Stories: A Native Narrative by Thomas King
  11. Phenomenal Women: Four Poems Celebrating Women by Maya Angelou
  12. Crazy Brave: a Memoir by Joy Harjo
  13. Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi
  14. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  15. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
  16. The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan
  17. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  18. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  19. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  20. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
  21. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  22. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

February Student and Staff Picks

Love is in the air this month and so comes our student and staff list of books they love! This month holds a diverse selection from several categories of books. You’re sure to find a book you enjoy with our picks.

Student Worker ConnieConnie’s Picks

  1. MARCH Book One by John Lewis
  2. A Child Called “It” by David Pelzer
  3. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  4. The Crucible by Arthur Miller
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  6. Ruined by Lynn Nottage
  7. Fences by August Wilson
  8. The Shape of Things by Neil LaBute
  9. August: Osage County by Tracy Letts
  10. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  11. The Fault in our Stars by John Green
  12. Paper Towns by John Green
  13. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
  14. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  15. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  16. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
  17. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  18. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  19. Othello by William Shakespeare
  20. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne

 

Staff Worker BethanyBethany’s Picks

  1. Scandalous Women: the Lives and Loves of History’s Most Notorious Women by Elizabeth Kerri Mahon
  2. This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate by Naomi Klein
  3. Nickel and Dimed on (not) Getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich
  4. Reading Lolita in Tehran: a Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
  5. Lean in: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
  6. Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea
  7. feminism is for everybody: passionate politics by bell hooks
  8. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  9. Dear Life: Stories by Alice Munro
  10. I Feel Bad About my Neck and Other Thoughts on Being a Woman by Nora Ephron
  11. The Sixth Extinction: an Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert
  12. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  13. The Mercury 13: the Untold Story of Thirteen American Women and the Dream of Space Flight by Martha Ackmann
  14. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  15. Almost Famous Women by Megan Mayhew Bergman
  16. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
  17. Dietland by Sarai Walker
  18. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
  19. How Should a Person Be? by Sheila Heti
  20. You’ll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein

 

Check Out Our November Staff Picks

Don’t know what to read next? We have book-loving staff ready to help. This month Carolyn, a student worker of Brookens, and Sarah Sagmoen, Director of User Services have each put together a list of book & eBook recommendations. Check one out today!

Student employee, CarolynCarolyn’s List

  1. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  2. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  3. The Martian by Andy Weir
  4. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  5. Scatter, Adapt, and Remember by Annalee Newitz
  6. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
  7. Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
  8. Feed by M.T. Anderson
  9. Time Warped: Unlocking the Mysteries of Time Perception by Claudia Hammond
  10. The Homework Myth: Why Our Kids Get Too Much of a Bad Thing by Alfie Kohn
  11. Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow
  12. Different Seasons by Stephen King
  13. Spring Awakening: a Children’s Tragedy by Frank Wedekind
  14. Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  15. The Magnetic Universe: the Elusive Traces of an Invisible Force by Jack B. Zirker
  16. Beyond UFOs: the Search for Extraterrestrial Life and its Astonishing Implications for our Future by Jeffery O. Bennet
  17. Otters: Ecology, Behavior, and Conservation by H. Kruuk
  18. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  19. Sears Spring and Summer Catalogue 1959 by Sears

 

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Sarah’s List

  1. Me Talk Pretty one Day by David Sedaris
  2. Bossy Pants by Tina Fey
  3. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  4. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  5. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
  6. Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  7. Notorious RGB by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik
  8. The World According to Star Wars by Cass Sunstein
  9. The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory
  10. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
  11. Deck the Halls by Carol Higgins Clark and Mary Higgins Clark
  12. Lady Susan by Jane Austen
  13. Love, Lucy by Lucille Ball
  14. The Women who Made Television Funny by David C. Tucker
  15. 80 Years of the Oscar by Robert Osborne
  16. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
  17. The Boy, the Bear, the Baron, the Bard by Gregory Rogers