Friday, February 15, 2013

STAFF PICKS

We like to read, and we like to share what we read! This is a list of recent favorites.





For Downton Abbey Fans

Can't get enough of the TV hit "Downton Abbey"? Readers looking for fiction in a similar vein should try Fay Weldon's Habits of the House. The novel begins in 1899 when the Earl of Dilberne's privileged existence is threatened by the debts he can no longer ignore. The only way out is for his son or daughter to marry into wealth, but neither his suffragette daughter nor his mistress-keeping son seems up to the task of finding a spouse. An American family with new money and an eligible daughter could be the family's only way out of collapse, but as the new couple gets to know each other, the secrets they are keeping could ruin everyone's plans.

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Who Am I?: And If So, How Many?
Who Am I?: And If So, How Many?
By Precht, Richard David
Translator Frisch, Shelley
2011-08 - Spiegel & Grau
9780385531184 Check Our Catalog

#1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER
TRANSLATED INTO 23 LANGUAGES, WITH MORE THAN ONE MILLION COPIES SOLD
What is truth? What is love? Does life have meaning? Bestselling author Richard David Precht, "the Mick Jagger of the nonfiction book" ("Tagesanzeiger Zurich"), has traveled the globe searching for answers--and his odyssey has become one of the most talked-about books around the world. Combining classic philosophy and cutting-edge neuroscience, Precht guides readers through the thickest jungles of academic discourse with the greatest of ease, taking on subjects as challenging and divisive as abortion, cloning, the eating of animals, euthanasia, the ethics of reproductive science, and the very future of humanity.
Who knows? By the end of this wildly entertaining journey, you just might be able to answer, "Who Am I?"
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Close Your Eyes
Close Your Eyes
By Johansen, Iris
Author Johansen, Roy
2012-07 - St. Martin's Press
9780312611613 Check Our Catalog

The "New York Times"-bestselling duo is back in a suspenseful novel about the FBI, a once-blind woman with a talent for tracking serial killers, and a multimillion dollar conspiracy to hide a secret that's worth killing for, again and again. …More


Ender's Game
Ender's Game
By Card, Orson Scott
Introduction by Card, Orson Scott
1996-04 - Tor Books
9780812550702 Check Our Catalog

The Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic--the revised, definitive edition, from the bestselling author of Xenocide. The alien Buggers threaten humanity with extinction, and Earth's ultimate savior may be one small boy. Andrew "Ender" Wiggins thinks he is only playing computer games, but he is really commanding Earth's last great fleet. …More


Uglies
Uglies
By Westerfeld, Scott
2011-05 - Simon Pulse
9781442419810 Check Our Catalog

The blockbuster--and groundbreaking--bestselling dystopian series from Westerfield gets a whole new look in these fresh, repackaged paperback editions. …More


Pretties
Pretties
By Westerfeld, Scott
2011-05 - Simon Pulse
9781442419803 Check Our Catalog

A fresh repackaging of the bestselling - and now classic - Uglies series! …More


Specials
Specials
By Westerfeld, Scott
2011-05 - Simon Pulse
9781442419797 Check Our Catalog

A fresh repackaging of the bestselling - and now classic - Uglies series! …More


The Story of Beautiful Girl
The Story of Beautiful Girl
By Simon, Rachel
2012-02 - Grand Central Publishing
9780446574457 Check Our Catalog

In 1968, Lynnie, a young white woman with a developmental disability, and Homan, an African-American deaf man, are locked away in an institution. Deeply in love, they escape, and find refuge in the farmhouse of the widowed Martha. But the couple is not alone--Lynnie has just given birth to a baby girl. …More


Song of the Quarkbeast
Song of the Quarkbeast
By Fforde, Jasper
2011-11 - Hodder & Stoughton
9781444707229 Check Our Catalog

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Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore
Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore
By Sloan, Robin
2012-10 - Farrar Straus Giroux
9780374214913 Check Our Catalog 2013 Alex Award Winner

A gleeful and exhilarating tale of global conspiracy, complex code-breaking, high-tech data visualization, young love, rollicking adventure, and the secret to eternal life--mostly set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco bookstore. …More