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Brainerd Recommends: July 2021 Book Picks

Submitted by Emily Gaynier.

(July 14, 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 July, we have recommendations from Kelly, Emily and Lyndsey.  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.

Blood Red Road by Moira Young

When her brother is captured by unknown horsemen, Saba leaves her home in Silverlake to get him back.  In order to save her brother, Saba teams up with a daredevil and a gang of revolutionaries.

Inhuman by Kat Falls

In this dystopian book, Lane has to risk it all in the Savage Zone to save her father.  He’s a Fetch, someone who retrieves lost artifacts from the Zone, but now he’s captured and Lane has to finish his last job to get him back.

Devolution by Max Brooks

The community of Greenloop is stranded when Mt. Rainier erupts.  No Wi-fi, no food deliveries, no cell service, and no idea that they’re in the path of something worse.  A legend is sent from their territory by the volcano and they are hungry.

Salvaged by Madeleine Roux

Rosalyn is a space janitor.  She and her team are sent to clean up messes on spaceships.  But her latest job is not what anyone expected.  The crew of the Brigantine is still alive, but bioluminescent fungus has spread across the ship and inside of them.

Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? by Caitlin Doughty

Caitlin Doughty, also known as Ask a Mortician on YouTube, is answering questions about death from kids.  Questions like “What would happen to an astronaut’s body if it were pushed out of a space shuttle? Can Grandma have a Viking funeral? Will my cat eat my eyeballs?” and more.

The In-Between by Rebecca Ansari

Cooper has been feeling lost for a long time and he’s found purpose in an unsolved mystery from 100 years ago.  A strange symbol was found on an unknown boy who died in a train crash, a strange symbol that is on the coat of his neighbor.

Komi Can’t Communicate by Oda Tomohito

Komi is the girl everyone thinks cool and aloof, but Tadano notices something that no one else does.  Komi is super awkward and has a hard time speaking to anyone.  Now Tadano is determined to help Komi on her quest to make 100 friends



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