Adult Recommendations

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondō

Your home should only contain things that bring you joy. Everything else—well-intentioned but unused gifts, uncomfortable clothes, old records, back issues of magazines that you intend to read “someday”—should be thanked for its contribution to your life and sent on to its next destination. That’s the philosophy of Japanese professional organizer Marie Kondō, and judging by her three-month waiting list, her clients agree. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up has sold over 2 million copies worldwide and been translated into almost a dozen languages. Written in an approachable, positive style, this little book will make a big impact on the way you think about your possessions.

City of Stairs, by Robert Jackson Bennett

Shara Divani is a spy with a job: find out who killed her protégé, Professor Efram Pangyui, and why. Her suspect pool encompasses the entire city of Bulikov, once the heart of a vast empire guarded by six omnipotent gods, and now a defeated and occupied city seething with resentful citizens and endless plots. With only a week before she’s recalled, Divani must rely on her terrifying “secretary” Sigurd and a cast of colorful supporting characters in order to discover the truth about what happened to Pangyui—and whether the gods of Bulikov are quite as dead as they seem.

Vividly imagined and skillfully executed, City of Stairs will appeal to readers of Tom Rob Smith and N.K. Jemisin alike.

Hellstrip Gardening by Evelyn Hadden

The hellstrip—the space between a street and a public sidewalk which finally gains attention as a space to add curb appeal to your home.  This oft-ignored gardening space can be reclaimed as a small paradise with environmentally friendly plants that thrive in tough situations and with limited water needs. 

Gorgeous color photographs of hellstrip gardens offer inspiration and visual guidance to tackle this new gardening frontier.