We asked what you loved reading this year, what made you laugh out loud, what was meaningful and inspired change. What should your friends, family, and neighbors read next? And you shared...

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Here are lists of "best of" titles, curated by our librarians for kids (below), as well as titles for teens and for adults!

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American War by Omar El Akkad

“A powerful novel that follows a family in a post-apocalyptic America, where the traumatic events of a second civil war and a horrible plague push a young woman to make extreme choices.”

— Materials Services Librarian Barbara Fitzgerald


Building a Bridge by James Martin, SJ

“This book is a plea for the institutional church to open itself to dialogue with LGBT Catholics and for LGBT Catholics to have respect for the bishops in talking with them. It is the most controversial book published concerning matters of Catholicism in recent memory.”

— Library Assistant Donna Ioppolo


Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond

“As author Roxane Gay says about this year's Pulitzer Prize winner: ‘My God, what that book lays bare about American poverty. It is devastating and infuriating and a necessary read.’ I was absorbed both by the research presented and the personal stories as the author follows eight struggling families in Milwaukee in 2008.”

— Readers' Advisory Librarian Margita Lidaka


Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

“An emotionally powerful and deeply moving generational story of a Korean family's struggle with racism, identity, and belonging after emigrating to Japan in the early 1900s.”

— Adult and Teen Digital Learning Librarian Rose Barnes