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Readers' Corner - January 2023

Need reading inspiration? Look no further! Our librarians have created monthly book lists on a variety of subjects and genres, including staff recommendations, book club picks, and just-for-fun reads. You can place holds on items directly from the lists in our catalog below. 

Adult Book Lists

Genre Spotlight: Historical Fiction

We've got all of your festive favorites ready for you this holiday season! This list includes well-loved fiction authors like Anne Perry, Debbie Macomber, Richard Paul Evans, Fern Michaels, and Sheila Roberts as well as seasonal nonfiction topics such as Christmas crafting, home décor ideas, and holiday songbooks. Read and be merry!


Winter Reads

Need a good book to snuggle up in your PJs with? This list includes both fiction and nonfiction titles with winter themes. Heat up some hot cocoa and enjoy a snowed-in thriller, a cozy


International Creativity Month

Did you know that December is National Learn a Foreign Language Month? Browse this list to see the wide variety of language learning materials we have to offer, and don't forget to check out Transparent Languages Online, our free language learning platform that offers instruction for 100+ languages. 


January Book Clubs at the Lawrence Library

Historical Fiction Book Club

The historical fiction book club will be meeting on Thursday, January 26th at 5pm in the Lyceum.

Monthly Book Club

The monthly book club is meeting on Wednesday, January 18th at 7pm upstairs in the history room. All are welcome!

Staff Picks

Daughters of Smoke and Fire

by Ava Homa

The unforgettable, haunting story of a young woman’s perilous fight for freedom and justice for her brother, and the first novel published in English by a female Kurdish writer.

How the Other Half Eats

by Priya Fielding-Singh

Accessible, honest, and relatable, Priya Fielding-Sing tackles the topic of food insecurity in the United States with wisdom and grace in this work of narrative nonfiction.

She Who Became the Sun

by Shelley Parker-Chan

Mulan meets The Song of Achilles in this accomplished, poetic debut of war and destiny, sweeping across an epic alternate 14th century China.


by Isabel Wilkerson

A groundbreaking, meticulously researched work of scholarship that examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions.

The Red Tent

by Anita Diamant

In this modern classic interpretation of the biblical story of Dinah, Anita Diamant imagines the traditions and turmoils of ancient womanhood.

Gone Girl

by Gillian Flynn

Is Nick Dunne is responsible for the disappearance of his wife Amy? Find out in this suspense thriller that has been named one of the best books of the decade by Time and Entertainment Weekly.

Check out what's in demand!

Curious to see what everyone else is reading? Here are the current most requested titles in CW/MARS right now:

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