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Brainerd Recommends: May 2021 Book Picks

Submitted by team at Brainerd Memorial Library.

(May 12, 2021) Looking for something new to read?  The staff at the Brainerd Library is here to help with book recommendations as varied as the staff itself!

In the Month of May, we have recommendations from Jenny, Kelly, Jessie, Emily, and Tom.  More thoughts on these books can be found at the Brainerd Library’s Goodreads.  All recommendations can be accessed through the Brainerd Memorial Library.  Give us a call at 860-345-2204 or email us at and we can make sure the book is waiting for you when you get to the library.

Zero K by Don DeLillo

Jeffery Lockhart joins his father to say an uncertain goodbye to Ross’s wife as she decides to preserve her body for a future that could cure her failing health.






We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal

An Arabic setting where a girl dresses as a boy to feed her village and an assassin forced to kill for the evil sultan.  They are each sent on a mission to the magical island Sharr in the hopes of finding the lost key to magic.




Wilder Girls by Rory Powers

 The girls at the Raxter School have been under quarantine since the Tox mutated their bodies.  When Hetty’s best friend goes missing, she risks everything and face unknown horrors to find her.


The Girl in the Mirror by Rose Carlyle

Twins Iris and Summer lead very different lives, but when Summer goes missing Iris takes her place to try to gain the hundred-million-dollar inheritance from her father.




Princess Bride by William Goldman

Buttercup agrees to marry Prince Humperdinck when her true love Wesley is killed by the Dread Pirate Roberts.  But Buttercup is kidnapped by Vizzini, Fezzik, and Inigo on her engagement day and the three men have to race against a man in a mask to keep their prize.





Bag Man: The Wild Crimes, Audacious Cover-Up, and Spectacular Downfall of a Brazen Crook in the White House by Rachel Maddow and Michael Yarvitz

The untold story of keeping a more corrupt Vice President from taking over after Nixon’s Watergate.




Small Spaces by Katherine Arden

Ollie sees a crazy woman throwing a book in a river, so she rescues the book.  But when the story starts to happen in real life, Ollie’s field trip won’t be a normal one.


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