The Midnight Library | Matt Haig

Have you ever wished you could relive key moments in your life? After you’ve committed suicide? That’s the premise of this novel. Nora is deeply depressed and disappointed in life. She overdosed, but finds herself in a place called The Midnight Library. Mrs. Elm, the librarian, tells her each book in the library represents a key moment in her life. Nora must go through her life all over again, but what would she change? Would she change everything, and how would things be different for her? This is a book that I read with a great deal of things on my mind, and it blew my mind. I loved Nora and am excited to recommend this book to anyone with an open mind and a restless spirit.

Matt Haig is an author for children and adults. His memoir Reasons to Stay Alive was a number one bestseller, staying in the British top ten for 46 weeks. His children’s book A Boy Called Christmas was a runaway hit and is translated in over 40 languages. It is being made into a film starring Maggie Smith, Sally Hawkins and Jim Broadbent and The Guardian called it an ‘instant classic’. His novels for adults include  the award-winning How To Stop Time, The Radleys, The Humans and the number one bestseller The Midnight Library.

He has sold over three million books worldwide.

Georgette Coan is the manager of Barbara's Bookstore at Woodfield Mall in Schaumberg, IL. She began working for Barbara's in 2010 and was the manager at Barbara's in Burr Ridge, IL. Georgette believes that people still buy paper books because they long for the feel of a physical volume in their hands, actual books on their bookshelves at home, a way to have an actual library (you can't wrap an E-reader!) to pass onto their families. "Books harken back to a more nostalgic era. This new technology isn't for everyone; physical copies of books still offer another choice to those who don't care for the newfangled technology known as E-books and E-readers."