Author Archive for Meredith Hines-Dochterman



ICPL Top Staff Picks for 2018: NON-FICTION

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 29th, 2018

The Iowa City Public Library is pleased to present our favorite reads of 2018!

Employees were asked to submit the titles they read and loved this year with all nominations divided into 10 categories: fiction; young adult; children’s – babies through 2nd grade; children’s – 3rd through 6th grades; romance; mystery and thriller; science fiction/fantasy; autobiography/biography/memoir; non-fiction; and graphic novel. The only rule was that the book had to be released in 2018. Any book that was nominated by more than one staff member made our 2018 Best of the Best list.

We’ll share our Best of the Best list on the last day of 2018. Until then, here are the Library’s top non-fiction books for 2018. Keep checking back to see what made the cut in our other categories.

ICPL’S BEST NON-FICTION BOOKS OF 2018

  • American Prison: A Reporter’s Undercover Journey Into the Business of Punishment by Shane Bauer
  • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
  • Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” by Zora Neale Hurston
  • Leadership: In Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • The View from Flyover Country: Dispatches from the Forgotten America by Sarah Kendzior
  • The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King
  • Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy
  • I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara
  • The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels by Jon Meacham
  • Paperback Crush: The Totally Radical History of ‘80s and ‘90s Teen Fiction by Gabrielle Moss
  • Voices in the Air: Poems for Listeners by Naomi Shihab Nye
  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • The Library Book by Susan Orlean
  • Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment by Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz
  • Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger by Rebecca Traister
  • Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward

ICPL Top Staff Picks for 2018: AUTOBIOGRAPHY/BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 28th, 2018

The Iowa City Public Library is pleased to present our favorite reads of 2018!

Employees were asked to submit the titles they read and loved this year with all nominations divided into 10 categories: fiction; young adult; children’s – babies through 2nd grade; children’s – 3rd through 6th grades; romance; mystery and thriller; science fiction/fantasy; autobiography/biography/memoir; non-fiction; and graphic novel. The only rule was that the book had to be released in 2018. Any book that was nominated by more than one staff member made our 2018 Best of the Best list.

We’ll share our Best of the Best list on the last day of 2018. Until then, here are the Library’s top autobiography, biography and memoir titles for 2018. Keep checking back to see what made the cut in our other categories.

ICPL’S BEST AUTOBIOGRAPHY/BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR OF 2018

  • Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David W. Blight
  • The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath by Leslie Jamison
  • To Shake the Sleeping Self: A Journey from Oregon to Patagonia, and a Quest for a Life with No Regret by Jedidiah Jenkins
  • When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele
  • Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon
  • The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind: My Tale of Madness and Recovery by Barbara K. Lipska
  • Just the Funny Parts: My 30 Years on the Hollywood Jungle Gym by Nell Scovell
  • Becoming by Michelle Obama
  • I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death by Maggie O’Farrell
  • Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card by Sara Saedi
  • Calypso by David Sedaris
  • Educated: A Memoir Tara Westover

ICPL Top Staff Picks for 2018: SCIENCE FICTION/FANTASY

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 27th, 2018

The Iowa City Public Library is pleased to present our favorite reads of 2018!

Employees were asked to submit the titles they read and loved this year with all nominations divided into 10 categories: fiction; young adult; children’s – babies through 2nd grade; children’s – 3rd through 6th grades; romance; mystery and thriller; science fiction/fantasy; autobiography/biography/memoir; non-fiction; and graphic novel. The only rule was that the book had to be released in 2018. Any book that was nominated by more than one staff member made our 2018 Best of the Best list.

We’ll share our Best of the Best list on the last day of 2018. Until then, here are the Library’s top science fiction and fantasy reads for 2018. Keep checking back to see what made the cut in our other categories.

ICPL’S BEST SCIENCE FICTION/FANTASY OF 2018

  • The Only Harmless Great Thing by Brooke Bolander
  • Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs
  • Iron Gold by Pierce Brown
  • Vox by Christina Dalcher
  • Box of Frogs (Fractured Faery Series Book 1) by Helen Harper
  • An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris
  • The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang
  • Circe by Madeline Miller
  • Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller
  • Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
  • The Sky Is Yours by Chandler Klang Smith
  • The Shape of Water by Guillermo del Toro
  • Space Opera by Catherynne Valente

ICPL Top Staff Picks for 2018: MYSTERIES and THRILLERS

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 26th, 2018

The Iowa City Public Library is pleased to present our favorite reads of 2018!

Employees were asked to submit the titles they read and loved this year with all nominations divided into 10 categories: fiction; young adult; children’s – babies through 2nd grade; children’s – 3rd through 6th grades; romance; mystery and thriller; science fiction/fantasy; autobiography/biography/memoir; non-fiction; and graphic novel. The only rule was that the book had to be released in 2018. Any book that was nominated by more than one staff member made our 2018 Best of the Best list.

We’ll share our Best of the Best list on the last day of 2018. Until then, here are the Library’s top mysteries and thrillers for 2018. Keep checking back to see what made the cut in our other categories.

ICPL’S BEST MYSTERIES and THRILLERS OF 2018

  • Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott
  • The Disappeared by C.J. Box
  • The Witch Elm by Tana French
  • Lethal White by Robert Galbraith
  • The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
  • The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz
  • The Outsider by Stephen King
  • The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner
  • The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
  • Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer
  • What You Don’t Know About Charlie Outlaw by Leah Stewart
  • The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

ICPL Top Staff Picks for 2018: ROMANCE

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 25th, 2018

The Iowa City Public Library is pleased to present our favorite reads of 2018!

Employees were asked to submit the titles they read and loved this year with all nominations divided into 10 categories: fiction; young adult; children’s – babies through 2nd grade; children’s – 3rd through 6th grades; romance; mystery and thriller; science fiction/fantasy; autobiography/biography/memoir; non-fiction; and graphic novel. The only rule was that the book had to be released in 2018. Any book that was nominated by more than one staff member made our 2018 Best of the Best list.

We’ll share our Best of the Best list on the last day of 2018. Until then, here are the Library’s top romance books for 2018. Keep checking back to see what made the cut in our other categories.

ICPL’S BEST ROMANCE BOOKS OF 2018

  • A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole
  • A Princess in Theory: Reluctant Royals by Alyssa Cole
  • Christmas on the Island by Jenny Colgan
  • The Governess Game by Tessa Dare
  • The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory
  • The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
  • The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
  • All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover
  • Too Wilde to Wed by Eloisa James
  • Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
  • Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren
  • Intercepted by Alexa Martin
  • Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean
  • Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts

ICPL Top Staff Picks for 2018: CHILDREN’S – 3rd THROUGH 6th GRADE

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 24th, 2018

The Iowa City Public Library is pleased to present our favorite reads of 2018!

Employees were asked to submit the titles they read and loved this year with all nominations divided into 10 categories: fiction; young adult; children’s – babies through 2nd grade; children’s – 3rd through 6th grades; romance; mystery and thriller; science fiction/fantasy; autobiography/biography/memoir; non-fiction; and graphic novel. The only rule was that the book had to be released in 2018. Any book that was nominated by more than one staff member made our 2018 Best of the Best list.

We’ll share our Best of the Best list on the last day of 2018. Until then, here are the Library’s top children’s books for readers in 3rd through 6th grades for 2018. Keep checking back to see what made the cut in our other categories.

ICPL’S BEST CHILDREN’S – 3rd THROUGH 6th GRADE BOOKS OF 2018

  • We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices edited by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson
  • The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson
  • Grilled Cheese and Dragons #1 (Princess Pulverizer) by Nancy Krulik
  • The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty
  • Payback on Poplar Lane by Margaret Mincks
  • Aquicorn Cove by Katie O’Neill
  • Betty Before X by Ilyasah Shabazz and Renee Watson
  • The Law of Finders Keepers by Sheila Turnage
  • Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Front Desk by Kelly Yang

ICPL Top Staff Picks for 2018: CHILDREN’S – BABIES THROUGH 2ND GRADE

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 23rd, 2018

The Iowa City Public Library is pleased to present our favorite reads of 2018!

Employees were asked to submit the titles they read and loved this year with all nominations divided into 10 categories: fiction; young adult; children’s – babies through 2nd grade; children’s – 3rd through 6th grades; romance; mystery and thriller; science fiction/fantasy; autobiography/biography/memoir; non-fiction; and graphic novel. The only rule was that the book had to be released in 2018. Any book that was nominated by more than one staff member made our 2018 Best of the Best list.

We’ll share our Best of the Best list on the last day of 2018. Until then, here are the Library’s top babies through 2nd grade books for 2018. Keep checking back to see what made the cut in our other categories.

ICPL’S BEST CHILDREN’S – BABIES THROUGH 2ND GRADE BOOKS OF 2018

  • Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed
  • Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall
  • I Am Enough by Grace Byers
  • Yoga Frog by Nora Carpenter
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly (A Narwhal and Jelly Book #3) by Ben Clanton
  • Petra by Marianna Coppo
  • Ocean Meets Sky by Terry Fan and Eric Fan
  • Stegothesaurus by Bridget Heos
  • Stop That Yawn! by Caron Levis
  • A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin
  • Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
  • Lazybones by Claire Messer
  • Snow Pony and the Seven Miniature Ponies by Christian Trimmer
  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss
  • The Itchy Book! by LeUyen Pham and Mo Willems
  • How Do Dinosaurs Learn to Read? Jane Yolen

ICPL Top Staff Picks for 2018: YOUNG ADULT

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 22nd, 2018

The Iowa City Public Library is pleased to present our favorite reads of 2018!

Employees were asked to submit the titles they read and loved this year with all nominations divided into 10 categories: fiction; young adult; children’s – babies through 2nd grade; children’s – 3rd through 6th grades; romance; mystery and thriller; science fiction/fantasy; autobiography/biography/memoir; non-fiction; and graphic novel. The only rule was that the book had to be released in 2018. Any book that was nominated by more than one staff member made our 2018 Best of the Best list.

We’ll share our Best of the Best list on the last day of 2018. Until then, here are the Library’s top young adult books for 2018. Keep checking back to see what made the cut in our other categories.

ICPL’S BEST YOUNG ADULT BOOKS OF 2018

  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  • Aftermath by Kelley Armstrong
  • American Panda by Gloria Chao
  • Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi
  • The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo
  • Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman
  • Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann
  • Wildcard by Marie Lu
  • To Be Honest by Maggie Ann Martin
  • Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough
  • Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
  • Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman
  • What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

ICPL Top Staff Picks for 2018: FICTION

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 21st, 2018

The Iowa City Public Library is pleased to present our favorite reads of 2018!

Employees were asked to submit the titles they read and loved this year with all nominations divided into 10 categories: fiction; young adult; children’s – babies through 2nd grade; children’s – 3rd through 6th grades; romance; mystery and thriller; science fiction/fantasy; autobiography/biography/memoir; non-fiction; and graphic novel. The only rule was that the book had to be released in 2018. Any book that was nominated by more than one staff member made our 2018 Best of the Best list.

We’ll share our Best of the Best list on the last day of 2018. Until then, here are the Library’s top fiction books for 2018. Keep checking back to see what made the cut in our other categories.

ICPL’S BEST FICTION BOOKS OF 2018

  • Us Against You by Fredrik Backman
  • The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
  • The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin
  • Evening In Paradise: More Stories by Lucia Berlin
  • White Houses by Amy Bloom
  • Halsey Street by Naima Coster
  • French Exit by Patrick deWitt
  • Every Note Played by Lisa Genova
  • Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
  • The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
  • Our Homesick Songs by Emma Hooper
  • An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
  • The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
  • Love and Ruin by Paula McLain
  • My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh
  • There There by Tommy Orange
  • The Air You Breathe by Frances de Pontes Peebles
  • Melmoth by Sarah Perry
  • Flights by Olga Tokarczuk

No Bookmobile Service Dec. 24 through Jan. 4

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 14th, 2018

2017-07-bookmobileThe Bookmobile will be on winter Service Break from Monday, December 24, through Friday, January 4.

During this break, the Bookmobile will undergo vehicle maintenance, deep cleaning, and restocking the shelves with great new Library materials.

During Bookmobile service breaks, Holds and ILLs scheduled for pickup on the Bookmobile may be picked up at the Help Desk in the Downtown Library. We will not capture any holds when the Bookmobile is not in service, so there may be a period of time when the Bookmobile is on break when holds will be at the Library waiting for pick-up. Don’t worry, though, because the 7-day waiting period for picking up a hold does not begin until we “trap” the hold. That’s when we send the eMail, call you on the telephone, or mail your Hold Pick-up Notice.

For full Bookmobile schedule information, visit www.icpl.org/bookmobile.