More Staff Picks!

Ohio Center for the Book at Cleveland Public Library (OCFB) Staff Picks continue with more reading recommendations. Readers have different tastes, and whether it’s a favorite genre, author or both, every reader has particular reasons for choosing books to read. OCFB staffers share a few, along with several more recommendations:

Amy Dawson, Manager, Literature Department/OCFB: “I enjoy literary fiction and titles that have a factual historic basis with great storytelling.  I also enjoy reading about a character that overcomes tragedy or  hardship while maintaining their integrity and grit.”  Click on each of Amy’s recommendations to link to Cleveland Public Library’s online public access catalog.


  1. The Buddha in the Attic, by Julie Otsuka
  2. The Collected Works of Billy the Kid, by Michael Ondaatje
  3. Kind One, by Laird Hunt
  4. So Much Pretty, Cara Hoffman
  5. Surfacing, by Margaret Atwood
  6. The White Album, by Joan Didion
  7. The Lute Player, by Norah Lofts

Jean Collins, Subject Department Librarian, Literature Department/ OCFB: “I love a story where the surrounding environment comes alive and plays a vital role in the story. In the titles here, the characters work out of doors— in the mountains, in the forests, by the seashore, in places full of beauty and peace—and danger.”  Click on each of Jean’s recommendations to link to Cleveland Public Library’s online public access catalog.


  1. The Poacher’s Son, by Paul Doiron (Mike Bowditch is a game warden in the wilds of Maine)
  2. Track of the Cat, by Nevada Barr (Anna Pigeon is a park ranger at various national parks in the USA)
  3. Open Season, by C.J. Box (Joe Pickett is a game warden in the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming
  4. The Crossing Places, by Elly Griffiths (Dr. Ruth Galloway is a forensic archaeologist in the Saltmarsh area near Norfolk, England)
  5. Murder on the Iditarod Trail, by Sue Henry (Jessie Arnold, a dog sled racer, and Sergeant Alex Jensen, a state trooper, in Anchorage, Alaska)

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