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Current Staff Picks

Rusty Folsom

Technical Services  |  January 2021

1. Dan Brown
Anything by Dan Brown always seems to keep my interest.  He does a good job of using history and legend and I have always been interested in the Knights Templars.


2. Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
This was a great book as it took place after The Shining!  Full of twists and turns, and kept me interested.

3.  The Shining by Stephen King
This is a classic Stephen King novel and I always like a good scary story.  Distraught family, isolated Snowy Mountain Hotel.

4. Odd Thomas Series by Dean Koontz
Great series about a strange young man, Odd Thomas, who can see monsters in the world and destroys them.


2020 Staff Picks

1. Healing ADD: The Breakthrough Program that Allows You to See and Heal the 7 Types of ADD by Dr. Daniel Amen
I love this book.  It is very informative with great personal stories that really help you to see what distinctive type of ADD you might have.
Dr. Amen, through the use of SPECT scan technology, has identified seven distinct types of ADD.  First, Dr. Amen shares the core symptoms for all types of ADD.  Then he splits out from there, distinguishing the 7 types of ADD based on symptoms and SPECT scans.   The beginning of the book is dedicated to sharing the core ADD symptoms and then helping you to identify which subtype or subtypes are impacting you.
Having that knowledge in hand, you can use this book to follow Dr. Amen’s recommended treatment course of medication, supplements, diet, and neurofeedback, with a specific plan for each subtype in each of these areas.  The book is full of tips that are useful for those with ADD, and people who work with those with ADD.  This book is for parents of children with ADD, adults with ADD, therapists, and physicians.

2. How to Handle a Narcissist: A ultimate guide to recovery from emotional and narcissistic abuse. Understanding and managing narcissism by Melody Romig
I found this book to have very good insight into the psyche of a narcissist, with lots of great ideas on how to handle people at different points in the narcissist spectrum.

Here's WHAT you will find out by reading this book...
- how to identify and distinguish a narcissist and determine if there is a narcissist in your life.
- how to that narcissism is considered an addiction.
- how to deal with narcissists at different points in the narcissistic spectrum, rather than just those who have a personality disorder.
- You will find out what the narcissist wants from you.
- You will discover practical methods to simplify life with the narcissist even when there are children.

3.  The 5 Love Languages by Dr. Gary Chapman
A must read for everyone. Lasting relationships, like anything worthwhile, take intentional commitment over time. But when you’re just not on the same page, keeping your love alive can feel intimidating – or even impossible.
In his #1 New York Times bestseller, The 5 Love Languages®, Dr. Gary Chapman presents a simple truth: relationships grow better when we understand each other. Everyone gives and receives love differently, but with a little insight into these differences, we can be confidently equipped to communicate love well. This is true for all forms of relationship – for married or dating couples, for children and teenagers, for friends and coworkers, for long-distance relationships, for those brand-new loves and for the romances that are older than the hills.
No matter who you are, there’s a book for you. Explore the complete library of The 5 Love Languages.  There are editions for Couples, Singles, Men, Military, Children, and Teens.  

4. The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis
Written in the form of letters, The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis is an amusing and insightful correspondence between a senior devil, Screwtape, and his obstreperous and incompetent nephew, Wormwood, a "young fiend." All of the letters are from Screwtape to Wormwood, and the subject of the correspondence is a human being, newly converted to Christianity, whom Screwtape refers to as "the patient." Throughout the correspondence, Screwtape tries to help Wormwood tempt the patient away from Heaven and into Hell. He encourages his nephew's successes, suggests various and devious ways to enter the man's thoughts and influence him, and berates Wormwood for his failures as the man begins attending church, goes through various ups and downs of faith, falls in love with a Christian girl, and is called to service in the War. All in all, the letters and "Screwtape Proposes a Toast," the last chapter of the book, are a witty and cautionary commentary on the state of the modern human soul.


Cheryl Spears

Library Assistant  |  February 2021