Chris’s Top Five Books for December

Five great book recommendations from staff member Christopher Jennings Penders. Click on a title to place a hold!


A Little Humor and Florida Shenanigans

Carl Hiaasen writes about Florida and the humorous side effects, political and social that go on in the state. Laugh out loud situations that only happen between the pages of a Hiaasen book are one reason to read him. You will not be disappointed. Skin Tight, Tourist Season, Sick Puppy, and Razor Girl are a few of my favorites.

Tom Corcoran has a character named Alex Rutledge who is a photographer in Key West. Rutledge gets hired by the Key West Police Department to photograph crime scenes. I’ve read all the Rutledge series and I started in 2006 after returning from Key West. I loved reading the books because it felt like being there all over again.

Randy Wayne White – If you miss John D. McDonald’s Travis McGee, Have I got good news for you, Randy Wayne White’s character Doc Ford is the heir apparent to Travis McGee. Having read both McDonald and White I can attest to the truth of that statement.

Jeanne Ray – How many of you know that Jeanne Ray is Ann Patchett’s mother? Just a little trivia. Julie and Romeo is how I became introduced to Jeanne Ray. The book is a modern retelling of Romeo and Juliette. In this case, the two protagonists are from competing florist families in Boston. Step, Ball, Change is another amusing book about weddings and break-ups. Somehow Ms. Ray keeps the laughs going.

Gary PaulsonHarris and Me: A Summer Remembered is hilarious. Time spent during one summer with the storyteller’s cousin on a farm. Harris, the storyteller’s son is constantly getting in small trouble, dragging his cousin along for the ride. Even though this book is geared towards children, it is still a fun read for adults.

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