Book Lists

Browse curated book lists that we’ve put together just for you! These change seasonally or based on current events. You can also find books for our book groups here, as well as further reading.

Books about growing and eating vegetables

How to create an eco garden : a practical guide to sustainable and greener gardening by Walker, John
The new organic grower : a master
The sustainable vegetable garden : a backyard guide to healthy soil and higher yields by Jeavons, John.
The deckchair gardener : an improper gardening manual by Wareham, Anne
Four-season harvest : organic vegetables from your home garden all year around by Coleman, Eliot
Vegetable kingdom : the abundant world of vegan recipes by Terry, Bryant
Superfood kitchen : cooking with nature
The 10 things you need to eat : and more than 100 easy and delicious ways to prepare them by Lieberman, Dave
Power foods : 150 delicious recipes with the 38 healthiest ingredients by
Super natural every day : well-loved recipes from my natural foods kitchen by Swanson, Heidi
Vegan for everybody : foolproof plant-based recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and in-between by
Garden to table : a kid

Books for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

The white tiger : a novel by Adiga, Aravind.
Bestiary : a novel by Chang, Kristin
The bride test by Hoang, Helen
The kiss quotient by Hoang, Helen
A map of betrayal by Jin, Ha
The crazed by Jin, Ha
The leavers : a novel by Ko, Lisa
Rich people problems : a novel by Kwan, Kevin
China rich girlfriend : a novel by Kwan, Kevin.
Crazy rich Asians by Kwan, Kevin.
The incendiaries : a novel by Kwon, R. O.
Unaccustomed earth by Lahiri, Jhumpa.
Pachinko by Lee, Min Jin
Severance by Ma, Ling
A place for us : a novel by Mirza, Fatima Farheen
Little fires everywhere : a novel by Ng, Celeste
The sympathizer : [a novel] by Nguyen, Viet Thanh
On earth we
East : 120 vegan and vegetarian recipes from Bangalore to Beijing by Sodha, Meera
Heart of fire : an immigrant daughter
The committed by Nguyen, Viet Thanh
Cooking with an Asian accent : Eastern wisdom in a Western kitchen by Compestine, Ying Chang.
The steamy kitchen cookbook : 101 Asian recipes simple enough for tonight
The spice merchant
Not here by Nguyen, Hieu Minh
Dear girls : intimate tales, untold secrets, and advice for living your best life by Wong, Ali
The making of Asian America : a history by Lee, Erika
Trick mirror : reflections on self-delusion by Tolentino, Jia
How to live safely in a science fictional universe by Yu, Charles
Love from A to Z by Ali, S. K.
Lovely, dark, and deep by Chen, Justina
Of curses and kisses by Menon, Sandhya
The astonishing color of after by Pan, Emily X. R.
You bring the distant near by Perkins, Mitali
Patron saints of nothing by Ribay, Randy
Frankly in love by Yoon, David
The American dream? : a journey on Route 66 discovering dinosaur statues, muffler men, and the perfect breakfast burrito by Khor, Shing Yin

Books about Food Waste & Composting

100 days of real food--on a budget : simple tips and tasty recipes to help you cut out processed food without breaking the bank by Leake, Lisa
How to create an eco garden : a practical guide to sustainable and greener gardening by Walker, John
Basic composting : all the skills and tools you need to get started by
What a waste by French, Jess.
This book stinks! : gross garbage, rotten rubbish, and the science of trash by Flynn, Sarah Wassner
Join the no-plastic challenge! : a first book of reducing waste by Ritchie, Scot
Green machine : the slightly gross truth about turning your food scraps into green energy by Donnelly, Rebecca
Trashing the planet : examining our global garbage glut by Kallen, Stuart A.
Compost city : practical composting know-how for small-space living
An (almost) zero-waste life
101 ways to go zero waste

Staff Picks: April 2021

Heat wave : a novel
The sandcastle girls : a novel
The Martian : a novel
Where the crawdads sing
When you read this
The silent patient
Naturally Tan
Ayesha at last
Red at the bone
Black sands

Books about Libraries 

The public by
The midnight library by Haig, Matt
The borrower by Makkai, Rebecca.
The inner circle by Meltzer, Brad.
Public library and other stories by Smith, Ali
The historian : a novel by Kostova, Elizabeth.
The bad-ass librarians of Timbuktu : and their race to save the world
This is what a librarian looks like : a celebration of libraries, communities, and access to information by Cassidy, Kyle
The library book by Orlean, Susan
The book woman of Troublesome Creek : a novel by Richardson, Kim Michele
Upright women wanted by Gailey, Sarah

International Women’s Day Reading List

Half of a yellow sun by Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi
In the time of the butterflies by Alvarez, Julia
Girl, woman, other by Evaristo, Bernardine
Lost children archive : a novel by Luiselli, Valeria
Convenience store woman by Murata, Sayaka
Conversations with friends by Rooney, Sally
The god of small things by Roy, Arundhati.
His only wife : a novel by Medie, Peace A.
Pet by Emezi, Akwaeke
Embroideries by Satrapi, Marjane

American Library Association list of most challenged books in 2018

Every year, in honor of National Library Week (April 7-13, 2019), ALA publishes their list of the books that were most often challenged or banned in the past year. Here’s the list with links to our catalog for your banned book reading pleasure!

Cover image for Captain Underpants
Reasons: series was challenged because it was perceived as encouraging disruptive behavior, while Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot was challenged for including a same-sex couple
Cover image for Drama
Reasons: banned and challenged for including LGBTQIA+ characters and themes
Cover image of George
Reasons: banned, challenged, and relocated because it was believed to encourage children to clear browser history and change their bodies using hormones, and for mentioning “dirty magazines,” describing male anatomy, “creating confusion,” and including a transgender character
Cover image of Marlon Bundo
Reasons: banned and challenged for including LGBTQIA+ content, and for political and religious viewpoints
Cover image of Skippyjon Jones
Reason: challenged for depicting stereotypes of Mexican culture
Cover image of Part-Time Indian
Reasons: banned and challenged for sexual references, profanity, violence, gambling, and underage drinking, and for its religious viewpoint
Cover image of The Hate U Give
Reasons: banned and challenged because it was deemed “anti-cop,” and for profanity, drug use, and sexual references
Cover image of Thirteen Reasons Why
Reasons: banned, challenged, and restricted for addressing teen suicide
Cover image of This Day in June
Reason: challenged and burned for including LGBTQIA+ content
Cover image of This One Summer
Reasons: banned and challenged for profanity, sexual references, and certain illustrations
Cover image of Two Boys Kissing
Reason: challenged and burned for including LGBTQIA+ content


Global Forum Book Group

Further Reading – Wihtout You, There is No Us

Further Reading – My Promised Land

Further Reading – All the Shah’s Men

Further Reading – I Was Told to Come Alone

Further Reading – The Other Side of Paradise

Further Reading – Country Driving

Further Reading – The New Odyssey

Further Reading – The big Truck that Went By

Further Reading- The Sixth Extinction

Further Reading – Born a Crime

Further Reading – All the Kremlin’s Men

TED Talks

TED Talks – Climate Change

TED Talks – Future of Medicine

TED Talks – Future of Medicine

TED Talks Further – Culture and Stories

TED Talks Further – Mars

TED Talks Further – Will Robots Replace Us

TED Talks Further – War and Peace

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