Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Staff Picks

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

A Haunting Debut

If you'd like to sample the work of a talented new writer, consider first-time novelist Yangsze Choo. In her debut novel, The Ghost Bride, Choo crafts a delightfully original story embracing Chinese folklore, romance, ghost stories and superstitions. Following the ancient Chinese tradition of spirit marriages, Li Lan receives an offer of marriage from the wealthy family of a young man. The only catch? The groom is deceased. Li Lan is visited every night in her dreams by her prospective husband, whose life ended suspiciously early. Caught in the afterlife every night, Li Lan must find the answers to the man's mysterious death before she is stuck in the ghost world forever.

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Three Little Words
Three Little Words
By Mallery, Susan
2013-07 - Harlequin
9780373777785 Check Our Catalog

Can first love turn into the real deal? Anything can happen in a sizzling new Fool's Gold story from "New York Times" bestselling author Susan Mallery. …More

Hunting Eve
Hunting Eve
By Johansen, Iris
2013-07 - St. Martin's Press
9781250019998 Check Our Catalog

The stakes are raised even higher in "Hunting Eve" as Eve battles the man who is holding her prisoner. Secrets about why Eve has been targeted come into the light, bringing Eve even closer to danger. With its cliffhanger ending, "Hunting Eve" sets up perfectly for the finale, "Silencing Eve." …More

America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great
America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great
By Carson, Ben
With Carson, Candy
2012-01 - Zondervan
9780310330714 Check Our Catalog

From his personal ascent from inner-city poverty to international medical and humanitarian acclaim, Dr. Carson shares experiential insights that help readers understand what is good about America, where it has gone astray, and which fundamental beliefs have guided America from her founding into preeminence among nations. …More

By Oliver, Lauren
2013-03 - HarperCollins
9780062014535 Check Our Catalog

While Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous Wilds, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland. …More

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...and Others Don't
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...and Others Don't
By Collins, James C.
Author Collins, Jim
2001-10 - HarperBusiness
9780066620992 Check Our Catalog

2003 Top Twelve Selling Title
The coauthor of the bestselling "Built to Last" now presents a blueprint for transforming good companies into great ones. Charts & graphs throughout.

The Lost Symbol
The Lost Symbol
By Brown, Dan
2009-09 - Doubleday Books
9780385504225 Check Our Catalog

The eagerly awaited follow-up to his #1 international phenomenon "The DaVinciCode, The Lost Symbol" once again features Brown's unforgettable protagonist, Harvard symbol expert Robert Langdon. …More

Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls
Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls
By Sedaris, David
2013-04 - Little Brown and Company
9780316154697 Check Our Catalog

A new collection of essays from the #1 "New York Times" bestselling author who has been called "the preeminent humorist of his generation" ("Entertainment Weekly"). From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, Sedaris shares the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler's experiences.
HPL patron:  Entertaining, good humor

The Weird Sisters
The Weird Sisters
By Brown, Eleanor
2012-02 - Berkley Publishing Group
9780425244142 Check Our Catalog

A major new talent tackles the complicated terrain of sisters, the power of books, and the places we decide to call home. Lovely . . . This novel should appeal to Shakespeare lovers, bibliophiles, fans of novels in academic settings, and stories of sisterhood. The narration is a creative and original blending of the three 'Weird Sisters' as one."--"Library Journal." …More

Entree to Entrelac: The Definitive Guide from a Biased Knitter
Entree to Entrelac: The Definitive Guide from a Biased Knitter
By Bortner, Gwen
Photographer Xenakis, Alexis
2010-08 - XRX Books
9781933064192 Check Our Catalog

Revisiting a forgotten technique, this resource guides knitters through the steps, skills, and concepts necessary for mastering etrelac stitching. Though this way of knitting may intimidate beginning crafters, this reference explains the simple ways to build an understanding of the basics, how to master advanced techniques, and even combine entrelac with other knitting methods. Projects include scarves, bags, mittens, slipper socks, hats, and other garments, all worked in a wide range of yarn types. …More