We asked Curtis staff: what are the books you most enjoyed in 2023?  the books you find yourself recommending to family, friends, patrons…?  Here are their answers. Click on title to check availability and request.

Michael F, Lending Services:

When I Sing, Mountains Dance by Irene Sola, translated from the Catalan by Mara Faye Lethem (2022)

Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko (1977, new edition 2006)

Chain-Gang All-Stars by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (2023)



Wynter, Manager Adult Services:

The Canceling of the American Mind: Cancel Culture Undermines Trust, Destroys Institutions, and Threatens Us All — But There is a Solution by Greg Lukianoff and Rikki Schlott (2023)

The Queen of Dirt Island by Donal Ryan (2023)

Bria, Lending Services:

Legends and Lattes: A Novel of High Fantasy and Low Stakes by Travis Baldree (2022)

Lucy, Adult, Youth & Lending Services:

The Fraud by Zadie Smith (2023)

Yellowface by R.F. Kuang (2023)

Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros (2023)


Liz D, Library Director:

The Benevolent Society of Ill-Mannered Ladies by Alison Goodman (2023)

The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder by David Grann (2023)

The Art Thief: A True Story of Love, Crime and a Dangerous Obsession by Michael Finkel (2023)



Ellis, Volunteer Coordinator:

The Free People’s Village by Sim Kern (2023)

My Government Means to Kill Me by Rasheed Newson (2022)

The Seep by Chana Porter (2020)


Sheryl, Lending Services:

Ink Blood Sister Scribe by Emma Torzs (2023)

The Wishing Game by Meg Shaffer (2023)

Alida, Youth & Adult Services:


Horse by Geraldine Brooks (2022)

An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us by Ed Yong (2022)



Jamie, Bookmobile Librarian:

The Poisoner’s Ring (2023) by Kelly Armstrong, second in the Rip Through Time series

I Know Who You Are: How an Amateur DNA Sleuth Unmasked the Golden State Killer and Changed Crime-fighting Forever by Barbara Rae-Venter (2023)

Thornhedge by T. Kingfisher (2023)


Carol, Manager Tech Services:

Lost Believers by Irina Zhorov (2023)

Incredible Events in Women’s Cell 13 by Kira Yarmysh, translated from the Russian by Arch Tait

Split in Two: Reconciled by Yoga by Ann Kimmage (local author- 2021))

We Share the Same Sky: A Memoir of Memory and Migration by Rachael Cerrotti (2021)


Diana, Youth Services:

All the Beauty in the World: The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Me by Patrick Bringley (2023)

I Am the Walrus by Neal Shusterman and Eric Elfman (2023)

How do Meerkats Order Pizza? Wild Facts about Animals and the Scientists Who Study Them by Brooke Barker

Safe and Sound: A Renter-Friendly Guide to Home Repair by Mercury Stardust


Jim, Adult Services:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin by Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird, and Tom Waltz (2022). 

Superman Smashes the Klan by Gene Luen Yang, art illustrations Gurihiru, lettering by Janice Chiang (2020)

Jonas, Adult Services:

What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher (2022)

The Seep by Chana Porter (2020)

The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling (2019)



Tu, Adult, Youth & Lending Services

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata, translated from the Japanese by Ginny Tapley Takemori (2018)

Pamela B, Adult Services:

Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver (2022)

Crook Manifesto by Colson Whitehead, second in the Ray Carney series (2023)

The Mystery Guest by Nita Prose, second in the Maid series (2023)

Blue Skies by T.C. Boyle (2023)

Aurora, Tech Services & Adult Services:

Good Girls: A Story and Study of Anorexia by Hadley Freeman (2023)

Into the Forest by Jean Hegland (1996)

Megan, Lending & Youth Services:

Fangirl 3 (2023) Third in the Fangirl Manga adaptation series by Rainbow Rowell and Gabi Nam (Illustrator)

The Moth Keeper by K. O’Neill (2023)

The Princess and the Grilled Cheese Sandwich by Deva Muniz (2023)



Sarah, Manager Lending Services:

The Blighted Stars by Megan O’Keefe (2023)

Translation State by Ann Leckie (2023)

System Collapse by Martha Wells (2023)

Nettle & Bone by T. Kingfisher (2022)


Clint, Adult Services:

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson (1962)

Banana Ball: The Unbelievably True Story of the Savannah Bananas by Jesse Cole with Don Yeager (2023)

Got Your Number: The Greatest Sports Legends and the Numbers They Own by Mike Greenberg (2023)


Cheer, Tech Services:

The Spectacular by Fiona  Davis (2023)

The Last Lifeboat by Hazel Gaynor (2023)

Cinematic Places by Sarah Baxter, illustrated by Amy Grimes (2023)

John Audubon and the World of Birds for Kids: His Life and Works, with 21 Activities  by Michael Elsohn Ross (2023)