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Staff Recommendations

What is the staff at Hastings Public Library currently reading? what did we really like recently?

Library staff do not get to read as much as many might think, but a love of books is often why we get into this line of work.

Below are books or audiobooks we are currently reading or have read recently that we really liked.

Note: all titles may not be available at the Hastings Public Library but we can likely get it for you .....

Click the items below to see them in our catalog, check the online catalog yourself or ask us at the library.

Be sure to also check out Hoopla, RBDigital and Overdrive for electronic versions.


One Grave Too Many

Author: Beverly Connor

"With spot-on details, a smart take on interpersonal relationships, and ingenious plot twists, Beverly Connor is one of my favorite authors to turn people onto whether they love mysteries or not. With this series, she ratchets up the suspense with a brand storyline & characters featuring one of today's most cunning and complex sleuths: burned out and dis-heartened forensic anthropologist Diane Fallon. Her new easy job as director of the RiverTrail Museum of Natural History in Georgia takes Diane out of the mystery game-until a former love and a murdered family bring her back in."

After Sundown

Author: Linda Howard

"The shy owner of a Tennessee general store, Sela Gordon, finds safety in solitude. The only one to pierce her protective shell is the mysterious ex-military man living alone in the wilds of Cove Mountain. He’s kept his distance, until the day he appears to warn her that a catastrophic solar storm capable of taking down the power grid is coming. Now, Sela must find the courage to become the leader Wears Valley needs."



Author: Garth Stein

"I flew through this beautiful novel in under 24 hours. I laughed, I cried, and then I cried some more. Easily my favorite book I've ever read, and one I recommend to everyone."


Author: Jenny Lawson

"Jenny Lawson better known by her moniker "The Bloggess", is a mental health blogger who does a wonderful job of shedding light on mental illness in a way that is relatable to those who suffer, eye-opening for their loved ones, and a hilarious trip for all involved."


Reality Book

Reality is not what it seems: the journey to quantum gravity

Author: Carlo Rovelli

I have read several of Carlo Rovelli's books and enjoy his approach to physics. He makes complicated physics concepts easier to understand.

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Talking to strangers : what we should know about the people we don't know

Author: Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell always has interesting insights as he looks at our world from a slightly different perspective than most.


The Dutch House

Author: Ann Patchett

I read this book when Jenna Bush-Hager had it as her book club book of the month.  I loved the cover which is of a painting of one of the characters.  I had also heard that it was being read by Tom Hanks.  The book is about a brother and sister and their obsession with the house they grew up in.  

Their dad bought the house when he became a successful real estate tycoon in Philadelphia.  Their dad remarries when the siblings are young and his new wife brings her children into the home.  When their father dies unexpectedly the new wife gets the house and tells his children to move out.  The siblings take care of each other and have to fend for themselves.  They continue with their lives struggling to make ends meet but become successful in their own right.  Maeve, the sister, continues to watch from afar the house she loves.  

I enjoyed the relationship of the siblings and the story was like a fairy tale with an evil step-mother.  While reading the book I heard Tom Hanks' voice in my head.

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