Books Librarians Will Be Giving This Year

Staff Selections for Readers of Every Age

Books make great Christmas gifts and who better to recommend books to buy than Lackawanna County librarians. We asked staff members from all ten libraries in the System to tell us what books they will be giving this year and we’re happy to share their selections with you.

When you’re in the market for gift books, look no further than Library Express on the upper level at Steamtown Mall. Library Express is not only a library, it’s a bookstore, too – Scranton’s only bookstore, in fact.

So start your shopping by checking out the books Lackawanna County librarians will be giving this year. There’s something here for every reader on your list.

Adult Literature – Fiction & Non-Fiction

50 Years, 50 Moments, Jerry Rice

A Manual for Cleaning Women, Lucia Berlin

A Spool of Blue Thread, Anne Tyler

A Window Opens, Elisabeth Egan

All the Stars in the Heavens, Adriana Trigiani

Before I Go, Colleen Oakley

Between The World And Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates

Christmas Bells, Jennifer Chiavarini

Custer’s Trials, C. J. Stiles

Did You Ever Have a Family? , Bill Clegg

Furiously Happy, Jenny Lawson

Girls Waits With Gun, Amy Stewart

Golden Age, Jane Smiley

H Is for Hawk, Helen Macdonald

Hold Still, Sally Mann

I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp: An Autobiography, Richard Hell

In Death Series, J.D. Robb

Inside the O’Briens , Lisa Genova

Let’s Go Crazy: Prince and the Making of Purple Rain, Alan Light

Letters to Vera, Valdimir Nabokov

M Train, Patti Smith

Miraculous Images of Our Lady, Joan Carroll Cruz

My Kitchen Year, Ruth Reichl

Nightingale, Kristin Hannah

One-Skein Wonders® for Babies: 101 Knitting Projects for Infants & Toddlers, Judith Durant

Out on the Wire: The Storytelling Secrets of the New Masters of Radio, Jessica Abel

Red Queen, Victoria Aveyard

Rising Strong, Brene Brown

Rogue Lawyer, John Grisham

Simply Nigella, Nigella Lawson

Sing in the Morning, Cry at Night, Barbara Taylor

Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel

The Aeronaut’s Windlass, Jim Butcher

The Beatuiful Daughters, Nicole Baart

The Boston Girl, Anita Diament

The Conquering Tide, Ian W. Toll

The Gilded Hour, Sara Donati

The Hands-On Home: A Seasonal Guide to Cooking, Preserving & Natural Homekeeping, Erica Strauss

The Sleeper, Christopher Dickey

The Sound of Glass, Karen White

The Turner House , Angela Flournoy

The Wright Brothers, David McCullough

Thunder and Lightning, Lauren Redniss

War of the Foxes, Richard Siken

Year of Yes, Shonda Rimes


Young Adult Literature

An Ember in the Ashes, Sabaa Thair

Bone Gap, Laura Ruby

Brown Girl Dreaming, Jaqueline Woodson

Carry On, Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor and Park, Rainbow Rowell

Finding Audrey, Sophie Kinsella

Ink and Bone, Rachel Caine

The Chess Queen Enigma, Colleen Gleason

The Clockwork Scarab, Colleen Gleason

The Spiritglass Charade, Colleen Gleason


Books For Children

Atlas of Adventures,Rachel Williams

Dinoblock, Christopher Franceschelli (for babies)

Everyone Loves Bacon, Kelly DiPucchio

I Used to Be Afraid, Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Interstellar Cinderella, Deborah Underwood

Little Shop of Monsters, R. L. Stine

Naughty Mabel, Nathan Lane

Nooks and Crannies, Jessica Lawson

Shadows of Sherwood,Kekla Magoon

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary, Pablo Hidalgo

The Desperate Dog Writes Again, Eileen Christelow

The One and Only Ivan, Katherine Applegate

The Tale Of Despereaux: Being The Story Of A Mouse, A Princess, Some Soup, And A Spool Of Thread, Kate DiCamillo

The Twelve Days of Christmas in Pennsylvania,Martha Levine


For the Whole Family

The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: A Walk Through the Forest that Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood, Kathryn Aalto


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