Staff Review Roundup

Each year Chandler Library staff are challenged to read (or watch) different genres and categories in the library’s collection to become more familiar with what we offer so we can share it with our patrons. Check out some of the recommended items from this fall’s challenge.

What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher
Adult fiction
This was a short and sweet alternative history horror. I enjoyed the world building, from a mycologist relative of Beatrice Potter to the entire fictional culture of Galicia. Galicia is a fascinating place, with a different set of pronouns that originated from bureaucratic necessity, distinctive architecture that involves turnips and terrible alcohol that - I think - also involved turnips. The blend of snarky humor and grisly body horror is classic T. Kingfisher, so if you enjoyed this try out The Twisted Ones and The Hollow Places. - Crystal (Downtown)

Sisters in Resistance: How a German Spy, a Banker's Wife, and Mussolini's Daughter Outwitted the Nazis by Tilar J. Mazzeo
Adult nonfiction
This is not a story I have heard before. Three unlikely women whose combined endeavors were invaluable to the Nuremberg trials. - Chris K. (Downtown)

A Story about Cancer (with a Happy Ending) by India Desjardine
Teen fiction
A complex subject with insights into the raw feelings of a teen dealing with cancer. The book's illustrations mirror the feelings described. The book describes the main character's feelings as she deals with cancer and people’s reactions to her illness. - Tara (Admin)

Beneath the Trees by Dav
Kids’ graphic novel
A silly story where a winter scarf and all its mischief play havoc on Mr. Fox and his plans. - Tara (Admin)

Burke and Hare
Streaming video from Kanopy
I love Simon Pegg as an actor, which prompted me to watch this movie. It's loosely based on William Burke and William Hare, who murdered 16 people to provide cadavers to an Edinburgh medical school. I've read other similar stories on how hard it was to provide cadavers for medical students. It was quite the black market business in those days. Funny and hard to believe it did in fact happen. - Chris K. (Downtown)

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