2019 staff favorites

If you’re looking for a recommendation, check out our 2019 staff favorites in books, movies, and music. Everything is either available at CAPL or another library in our system, so put your holds on! We also added these selections to our 2019 Staff Favorites Pinterest board.

Adult Fiction Books:

All the Forgivenesses by Elizabeth Hardinger
American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson
Becoming Us by Robin Jones Gunn
A Better Man by Louise Penny
City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Confession Club by Elizabeth Berg
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett (particularly in audiobook)
The House of Brides by Jane Cockram
The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal
Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly
Meet Me in Monaco: A Novel of Grace Kelly’s Royal Wedding by Hazel Gaynor
Mistress of the Ritz by Melanie Benjamin
The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo
Red Address Book by Sofia Lundberg
Things You Save In a Fire by Katherine Center
Time After Time by Lisa Grunwald
Two Weeks by Karen Kingsbury
The Victory Garden by Rhys Bowen
Westside by W.M. Akers
The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes by Ruth Hogan

Adult Nonfiction Books:

American Predator: The Hunt for the Most Meticulous Serial Killer of the 21st Century by Maureen Calahan
Chase Darkness With Me: How One True-Crim Writer Started Solving Murders by Billy Jensen
Chaos: Charles Mason, The CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties by Tom O’Neill
Conscious: A Brief Guide to the Fundamental Mystery of the Mind by Annaka Harris
The Conscious Closet by Elizabeth Cline
Eat Joy: Stories & Comfort Food From 31 Celebrated Writers
Happiness is Baking by Maida Heatter
In Bloom by Clare Nolan
In the Dream House: A Memoir by Carmen Maria Machado
Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro
Monster, She Wrote by Lisa Kroger
Playing with FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early) by Scott Rieckens
Poisoner in Chief: Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind Control by Stephen Kinzer
A Serial Killer’s Daughter: My Story of Faith, Love, and Overcoming by Kerri Rawson
Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide by Karen Kilgariff & Georgia Hardstark
Umami Bomb: 75 Vegetarian Recipes That Explode With Flavor by Raquel Pelzel
Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?: Big Questions from Tiny Mortals About Death by Caitlin Doughty

YA Fiction Books:

Bloom by Kevin Panetta (graphic novel)
Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater
Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell & Faith Erin Hicks (graphic novel)

Juvenile Fiction Books:

The Last Human by Lee Bacon
Queen of the Sea by Dylan Meconis (graphic novel)
Shouting at the Rain by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Stuffed by Liz Braswell


Brittany Runs a Marathon
Hail Satan? (documentary)
Pokemon: Detective Pikachu
The Public


Chip Tooth Smile by Rob Thomas
Father of the Bride by Vampire Weekend
Gold & Grey by Baroness
Hollywood’s Bleeding by Post Malone
Late Night Feelings by Mark Ronson & various guest artists
Lover by Taylor Swift
Metal Galaxy by Babymetal
NFR by Lana Del Rey
Orange by Caroline Shaw & Attacca Quartet
Outer Peace by Toro y Moi
Rammstein by Rammstein
Social Cues by Cage the Elephant
Vagabon by Vagabon
We Are Not Your Kind by Slipknot
When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? by Billie Eilish