WML Staff Picks for March / April 2024

Created on February 16, 2024, 10:30 am

Last Updated February 29, 2024, 8:59 am

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Our staff gave this 5 stars!
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4 stars! Our staff said, "Part decluttering, part financial bootcamp, this book gives the basics of both in a format designed to be read one chapter a month. If you're starting from a point of drowning in your life, this is a great resource."
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3 Stars! Our staff said, "A get rich slow approach to personal finance that prioritizes making moves that set you up for long term success, living below your means, and prioritizing sustainable money habits. Very informed by the 2008 recession and not always applicable to the current economic landscape."
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4 Stars!
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Our staff gave this 4 stars!
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4 stars! Our staff said, "Highly recommend listening on audiobook to hear the author's story in his own voice!"
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4 stars! Our staff said, "This paranormal romance has excellent world building. It introduces you to all the various paranormal types as well as all the important organizations organically over the course of the story. The next books in the series are also well done. 8/10 would recommend."
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Our staff gave this 5 stars!
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5 Stars! Our staff said, "This novel centers around Emira Tucker, a twenty-something black woman, who is intelligent but not as ambitious as some of her peers. Her parttime job taking care of the young daughter of a wealthy white family places her in the center of an incident in which she is accused of kidnapping the child. This debut novel is not only a good story, but it also touches upon some important topics, such as race, privilege, childrearing, life after college, and revenge—the latter topic personified in Emira's employer, Alix Chamberlain. The author also explores the notions of what it means to be a "grown-up," what attacks us to our friends and partners, and how our past can influence our current decisions. However, as interesting as the novel's plot and themes are, what wins my praise for Such a Fun Life are the likeable but imperfect Emira and the marvelous narration by Nicole Lewis."
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4 Stars! Our staff said, "This cozy mystery is the 17th in Barrett's Booktown Mystery series (with the next two to be published in 2024). The series centers on Tricia Miles, who moves to Stoneham, NH, to open a mystery book shop. The author employs many of the conventions cozy readers have grown to love and expect: a likeable protagonist who can't help but investigate local murders, local police officers who share more details than they should, a pet named after an Agatha Christie heroine, fun and interesting characters, plots that are engaging but don't keep you up at night, and a pleasant atmosphere. In this case, the setting is based on our own Milford. Indeed, when Barrett (who lives in upstate New York and had never visited this area) was writing the first book in the series, Murder Is Binding, she consulted with Wadleigh's library director at the time for descriptions and information about Milford, a fact that adds a layer of interest for me."
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