Pauline Haass Public Library staff share the best books they read in 2018. Book Covers from Staff Favorites list.

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life?
It’s 1969 in New York City’s Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children–four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness–sneak out to hear their fortunes. The prophecies inform their next five decades.

Braving It by James Cambell
The powerful and affirming story of a father’s journey with his teenage daughter to the far reaches of Alaska. Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, home to only a handful of people, is a harsh and lonely place. So when James Campbell’s cousin Heimo Korth asked him to spend a summer building a cabin in the rugged Interior, Campbell hesitated about inviting his fifteen-year-old daughter, Aidan, to join him. The journey would test them, and their relationship, in one of the planet’s most remote places: a land of wolves, musk oxen, Dall sheep, golden eagles, and polar bears.

The Boy at the Door by Alex Dahl
Cecilia Wilborg has it all–a loving husband, two beautiful daughters, and a gorgeous home in the affluent Norwegian town of Sandefjord. And she works hard to keep it all together. Too hard. Because one mistake from her past could bring it all crashing down around her. When someone forgets to pick up their little boy at the local pool, Cecilia agrees to take him home, only to find an abandoned, empty house. It’s the first step in the unraveling of her meticulously crafted life…

Dorie’s Cookies by Dorie Greenspan

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
A heartwarming and refreshing debut novel that proves one thing: there’s not enough data in the world to predict what will make your heart tick.

Vacationland by John Hodgeman
The best-selling author of That Is All presents a memoir of his cursed travels through the woods of Massachusetts and coastal Maine, describing his midlife transformation from an idealistic youth to an eccentric family man and his observations on such subjects as the horror of freshwater clams and the evolutionary purpose of the mustache. 

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American dream and the New South. But when Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years in prison for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit, their lives fall apart. After five years, Roy’s conviction is suddenly overturned and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life–but what will that mean for both of them?

The Long Way Home by Louise Penny (part of the Chief Inspector Gamache series)
At first enjoying a peaceful retirement, former Quebec homicide detective Armand Gamache reluctantly agrees to help a neighbor search for her missing estranged husband and teams up with two former colleagues on a search that reveals the workings of a psychologically damaged mind.  (Book 10 in the series.)

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from stories, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin, a High Lord of the faeries. As her feelings toward him transform from hostility to a firey passion, the threats against the faerie lands grow. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose Tamlin forever.

Expecting Better by Emily Oster
Pregnancy–unquestionably one of the most profound, meaningful experiences of adulthood–can reduce otherwise intelligent women to, well, babies. Pregnant women face an endless stream of decisions, from the casual to the frightening. Expecting Better presents the hard facts and real-world advice you won’t get at the doctor’s office or in the existing literature.

The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell
When Elsie married handsome young heir Rupert Bainbridge, she believed she was destined for a life of luxury. But pregnant and widowed just weeks after their wedding, with her new servants resentful and the local villagers actively hostile, Elsie has only her late husband’s awkward cousin for company. Or so she thinks.

Beard Science by Penny Reid
Make a deal with the devil and you might get what you want, but will it be what you need? Jennifer Sylvester wants one thing, and that one thing is NOT to be Tennessee’s reigning Banana Cake Queen.Jennifer is officially desperate. And desperate times call for Cletus Winston.

The Creativity Project by Colby Sharp
Colby Sharp invited more than forty authors and illustrators to provide story starters for each other; photos, drawings, poems, prose, or anything they could dream up. When they received their prompts, they responded by transforming these seeds into any form of creative work they wanted to share. The result is a stunning collection of words, art, poetry, and story by some of our most celebrated children book creators.

The Black Prism by Brent Weeks
When Gavin Guile–high priest and emperor, the most powerful man in the world known to all as the Prism–discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he’s willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
For readers of Orphan Train and The Nightingale comes a “thought-provoking and] complex tale about two families, two generations apart . . . based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals–in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country.