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My Perfect Read

FCPL staff can help you find it.

Ginger Hawkins

Update 5/4/20: FCPL owns many of the books on my Recommended Reading and Favorite lists in eBook and eAudiobook format. I've made a note for those digital titles with short or no waits so that you can still access great Library materials while we are closed due to Covid19.

Need a fun, distracting listen to take your mind off the news? The narrator for The Nix is SO good. Highly recommend! 

I'm reading.

Book recommendations are a tough business. At its heart reading is a truly personal experience, and what I like often isn’t what you like. So let’s find common ground. Here’s what I love—literary fiction that says something new or jars you with its perspective: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders; There, There by Tommy Orange; The Dinner Party and Other Stories by Joshua Ferris; and The Nix by Nathan Hill. Liked any of these? Want to know more about them? Let’s make a match!

What else do I like? Memoirs—I grew up terribly out of place in small-town rural Texas, curious about the larger outside world. I think that explains why I’ve always enjoyed reading accounts of other peoples’ lives. I Was Told To Come Alone by Souad Mekhennet; I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell; Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage by Dani Shapiro.

How quickly can I persuade you to read one of these? These kinds of books often pull me in faster than any fiction can. Curious yourself? Love a good turn of phrase? Read these books now and others I can recommend, please. You won’t be sorry.

Genres of Interest:

  • Literary Fiction
  • Memoir

Literary Fiction

  • There, There by Tommy Orange (OverDrive eAudio and eBook)
  • The Need by Helen Phillips 
  • Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips
  • The Nix by Nathan Hill (OverDrive eBook and eAudio)
  • The Dog Stars by Peter Heller (OverDrive eBook and eAudio)


Other Nonfiction

As a part-time Library Information Assistant my schedule varies week to week. So send me a note, and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible. I can’t wait to get you started on books I think you’ll enjoy!

I'd like to help you find your perfect read, so please complete the Let's Get Started form, and I will be in touch!

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