Staff Picks: We Recommend . . .

With the abundance of books available, “What should I read next?” is a question that can plague any ardent reader. Well, have no worries because nine staff members of the Literature Department / Ohio Center for the Book at Cleveland Public Library (OCFB) have decided to help answer that question–with Staff Picks. The Staff Picks book displays are rotating book recommendations that cover different genres in fiction and nonfiction; no matter which genre is your favorite, there is sure to be something that will pique your interest. So, visit the Lending Department, located on the first floor in CPL’s historic Main Library (325 Superior Avenue), and make your selection(s). You can link to CPL’s online public access catalog by clicking the titles listed below. You’ll learn something about each staff member by clicking on their name.

Meet the Literature Department / Ohio Center For the Book Staff

Amy Dawson, ManagerRecommends:


A Ticket to Ride by Paula McLain

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Kind One by Laird Hunt

Coming Through Slaughter by Michael Ondaatje

The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory



Jean Collins, Senior Subject Department Librarian, Recommends:


Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Killing Floor by Lee Child

The Poacher’s Son by Paul Doiron

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

Privileged Information by Stephen White



Timothy “Tim” Phillips, Subject Department LibrarianRecommends:    


The Complete Inspector Morse by David Bishop

Ava: A Life in Movies by Kendra Bean

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

The Lady of the Camellias by Alexandre Dumas

The Jaws Log by Carl Gottlieb


Evone Jeffries, Subject Department Librarian, Recommends:


Disgraced by Akhtar Ayad

The Rose Garden by Maeve Brennan

The Untelling by Tayari Jones

Incendiary Art: Poems by Patricia Smith

Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift


Nicholas “Nick” Durda, Subject Department Library Assistant, Recommends:


Factotum by Charles Bukowski

The Awakening by Kate Chopin

The Stranger by Albert Camus

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Cleveland by Harvey Pekar


Michael “Mikey” Haverman, Subject Department Library Assistant, Recommends:


The Rules Do Not Apply: A Memoir by Ariel Levy

Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Notes From No Man’s Land by Eula Bliss

Propaganda and the Public Mind by Noam Chomsky


Deborah “Debbie” Nunez, Subject Department Senior Clerk, Recommends:


Takeover by Lisa Black

Witch Way to Murder by Shirley Damsgaard

Look Behind You by Sibel Hodge

Lost & Found by Sheehan, Jacqueline

Cool Containers by Adam Chaplin


Valentino Zullo, OCFB Scholar-in-Residence, Recommends:


The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The Metamorphoses by Ovid

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Disaster Drawn: Visual Witness, Comics, and Documentary Form by Hillary L. Chute

Jessica Jones by Brian Bendis & Michael Gaydos


Peter Roth, Library Assistant SubstituteRecommends:


The Man Suit by Zachary Schomburg

Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth

Sixty Miles to Silver Lake by Dan LeFranc

We’re Gonna Die by Young Jean Lee

The Seafarer by Conor McPherson


These are just some of our recommended reads.  Visit us again, as this blog will be updated periodically with new staff picks.