“Great Reads” is a regular roundup of books that the Orange County Public Library System thinks you should peruse that month.

This story also appeared in Orange County Library System

Walt Disney once said, “There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” If that’s true – and we happen to agree with Uncle Walt – then think of the untold treasures a library brings to you. Below are recommended reads, selected by the professionals at Orange County Library System, and there are more riches where they came from.

FIX IT WITH FOOD:  MORE THAN 125 RECIPES TO ADDRESS AUTOIMMUNE ISSUES AND INFLAMMATION
BY MICHAEL SYMON & DOUGLAS TRATTNER

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A healthier body often starts with making dietary changes. Iron Chef and Food Network star Symon opens up about how he used food to address arthritis and digestive issues. It was during his personal health journey that he developed flavorful recipes, including desserts, to minimize specific autoimmune triggers and reduce inflammation.
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THE ART OF SHOWING UP: HOW TO BE THERE FOR YOURSELF AND YOUR PEOPLE
BY RACHEL WILKERSON MILLER

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If you’re feeling a little lost or disengaged and in need of quality connections, Rachel Miller’s guide may prove helpful. This book provides easy to follow and tweakable tips on being present for ourselves and those we love. The goal is to be more intentional about learning to emotionally care for ourselves and our people.
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WHALE DAY AND OTHER POEMS
BY BILLY COLLINS

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Esteemed poet Collins returns with a collection that will bring readers feelings of joy as well as thoughtful introspection. A wide variety of accessible and welcoming poems accompany this newest collection, a perfect starting point for both new readers and established poetry devotees. Yet another example of why the former U.S. Poet Laureate has been described as America’s favorite poet.
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HOW TO RULE AN EMPIRE AND GET AWAY WITH IT
BY K.J. PARKER

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The Emperor of The City has died. This is a problem for semi-acclaimed and sometimes famous actor Notker, because he is a near-exact match for the deceased Emperor. When devious politicians hatch a plan to have Notker act as the recently passed-away leader, a series of confounding and hilarious events ensue that will push Notker’s acting abilities to their absolute limits.
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WHEN STARS ARE SCATTERED
BY VICTORIA JAMIESON

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Based on real-life events this graphic novel about two Somali refugee boys is a story of perseverance and hope. Omar and his nonverbal brother live in Dabaab one of the largest refugee camps in Kenya. As the story progresses, Omar must decide whether to take care of his brother or seek opportunities to better their lives. While meant for a juvenile audience, this story does a remarkable job of providing insight into the challenges of refugees that will be eye-opening even for adults.
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READY PLAYER TWO
BY ERNEST CLINE

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The highly anticipated sequel to the bestselling novel, Ready Player One. When the OASIS is threatened, Wade Watts and his friends find themselves in a new adventure racing against time to defeat an unexpected foe. Readers will find themselves immersed in a page-turning futuristic action-packed story. Perfect for 80s pop culture aficionados.
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