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2023 Staff Picks | Brenda Marshall

Brenda Marshall, Library Director


A red, manual apple peeler and corer with a crank handle.

Pine River Library of Things: Apple Peeler

This year we expanded our collection to include a variety of things! I have two apple trees in my yard and this year I had an abundant crop. The library’s apple peeler was so fun and easy to use, I loved it!



A book cover with the title "You Could Make This Place Beautiful" by Maggie Smith, featuring floral elements.

You Could Make This Place Beautiful: A Memoir by Maggie Smith

I was really moved by this beautiful memoir of the poet, Maggie Smith. An honest and perceptive journey through the breakdown of her marriage, her own personal growth, and the way she is choosing to move through this painful and joyous life.



A book cover for "The Running Grave," a Cormoran Strike novel by Robert Galbraith, with a shadowy figure and classical architecture.

The Running Grave by Robert Galbraith

The seventh book in the detective Cormaron Strike series. Robin and Cormoran investigate a cult – a great page turner!



A book cover with the title "The Ferryman" by Justin Cronin, featuring a silhouette and sunset.

The Ferryman by Justin Cronin

Sci-Fi is not my usual genre but I got sucked into this quickly and inhaled this book over a weekend!



A book cover titled "Bittersweet" by Susan Cain, with the taglines "How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole" and "#1 NYT bestselling author."

Bittersweet by Susan Cain

I really connected with this book. She explores in depth how we can manage the myriad of experiences that make us human.