Sacramento Public Library librarians are surrounded by books, whether they're helping the public find their way through the stacks or selecting books to put on the shelves. These are the books they chose to read this weekend out of the hundreds of thousands of books at their fingertips. Which one(s) will you read?
Mitzi is READING:
a man called ove BY fredrik backman
This book was being passed among my family and everyone was saying “You have to to read this!” I read the description and was not impressed. I was certainly not enthusiastic to wait when I saw the number of holds it had. But, I picked it up to stop the ever-popular question, “Have your read that book yet?” I picked it up and — wow! I laughed out loud just as the description read. I even cried on my break at work! You too will fall in love with Ove and really live the life of a grumpy old man. Will Ove choose life over death?
Mitzi is a library assistant at Isleton Library.
MOLLY IS READING:
iN MY FATHER'S COUNTRY BY SAIMA WAHAB
I meet many people from Afghanistan at my branch and found this book to be an enlightening window into the country and its cultures. The author was born there and mainly grew up in Pakistan and the United States, returning to Afghanistan as an adult to be an interpreter for the US military. If you want to read a book about a unique personality and her journey, pick this up!
Molly is a Youth Services Librarian at Arcade Library.
cat IS READING:
the princess diarist by carrie fisher
It's a bittersweet thing to read a memoir from someone you admire who died too young. She is an interesting spirit, brassy and complex and I thoroughly enjoyed reading her memories of Star Wars. I listened to the audio, preferring to literally hear it in her voice, and was not disappointed. She spends a lot of time talking about her affair with Harrison Ford, although no really juicy bits were included, and she ponders the price of fame and so on.
Cat is the Branch Supervisor at Franklin Library.
Jennifer IS READING:
year of yes by shonda rhimes
As soon as you finish reading this review, go read this book. There are so many great takeaways, and if you aren't laughing out loud as you read it, wait to read it when you’re in a place where you can. Rhimes (of Grey's Anatomy and Scandal fame) devoted herself to breaking the habit of reflexively saying “no” to anything that pulled her outside of her comfort zone. As her "Year of Yes" progressed, she found herself changing, and her life moving in directions it might not have otherwise. The author knocked it out of the park, and I sincerely hope there are more books in her future.
Jennifer is an adult services librarian at Central Library.