Need a suggestion for something to read or watch from the library this weekend? Maybe you'd like to check out an ebook or audiobook? Try some of our Staff Picks, to find what some of the other people in our parish are enjoying.

We know that not every staff pick will appeal to every patron, but not to worry! If you need help selecting something, we have online tools like Book Browse and our Online Catalog, or you can ask one of our friendly staff members to help search for you.

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

The book is about a man named Shadow Moon who is released early from prison after the death of his wife Laura Moon, and on an airplane ride home to attend his wife’s funeral he meets a mysterious man named Wednesday who offers Shadow a job. After this Shadow ends up getting caught up in something more mysterious, strange, and serious than he expected as he travels around with Wednesday on a journey that combines bits of ancient mythology (the Old Gods (Deities)) and fictionalized mythology (the New Gods (Deities)) from a more American and modern perspective.

I like the idea of combining elements of ancient mythology and fictionalized mythology from a modern and American perspective where you get to see different deities and other types of entities from ancient times and modern times interact with each other and with humans. I think that other people will also like the unique combination of ancient mythology and fictionalized mythology from an American and modern perspective, but I would like to warn readers that this book can be vulgar at times.

At times American Gods is the most vulgar book that I have read, and my feelings about the book are the most conflicted and mixed of any book that I have read because the book jumps back and forth between being good and bad and neutral at times. I think that this book could be improved by a good editor to make it a great book that I could feel comfortable recommending to others.

If American Gods interests you, feel free to request or check it out. We'll be back next Thursday with a different Staff Pick.