Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Staff Picks

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

Treat Yourself to Seasonal Thrills

Robert B. Parker's famed Boston private eye Spenser returns in time for the holidays in the new mystery Silent Night. Though the manuscript was unfinished at the time of Parker's death in 2010, his longtime agent Helen Brann has filled in the gaps. Spenser is planning his Christmas dinner when he's approached with a high-stakes case. The Street Business shelter, which provides job opportunities for homeless boys, is being threatened by some seriously bad guys, but Spenser is ready to take them head on, as always.

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The First Prophet
The First Prophet
By Hooper, Kay
2012-11 - Jove Books
9780515152883 Check Our Catalog

Within the FBI, there exists a team of psychics whose powers cannot be denied. It's a firm called Haven, a civilian offshoot of the Special Crimes Unit. …More

Takedown Twenty: A Stephanie Plum Novel
Takedown Twenty: A Stephanie Plum Novel
By Evanovich, Janet
2013-11 - Bantam
9780345542885 Check Our Catalog

New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum knows better than to mess with family. But when powerful mobster Salvatore 'Uncle Sunny' Sunucchi goes on the lam in Trenton, it's up to Stephanie to find him. Uncle Sunny is charged with murder for running over a guy (twice), and nobody wants to turn him in--not his poker buddies, not his bimbo girlfriend, not his two right-hand men, Shorty and Moe. Even Trenton's hottest cop, Joe Morelli, has skin in the game, because 'just Stephanie's luck' the godfather is his actual godfather. And while Morelli understands that the law is the law, his old-world grandmother, Bella, is doing everything she can to throw Stephanie off the trail. …More

The War Below: The Story of Three Submarines That Battled Japan
The War Below: The Story of Three Submarines That Battled Japan
By Scott, James
2013-05 - Simon & Schuster
9781439176832 Check Our Catalog

The riveting story of the submarine force that helped win World War II by ravaging Japan's merchant fleet and destroying its economy. A dramatic account of extraordinary heroism, ingenuity, and perseverance--and the vital role American submarines played in winning the Pacific war. …More

The First Phone Call from Heaven
The First Phone Call from Heaven
By Albom, Mitch
2013-11 - Harper
9780062294371 Check Our Catalog

The First Phone Call from Heaven tells the story of a small town on Lake Michigan that gets worldwide attention when its citizens start receiving phone calls from the afterlife. Is it the greatest miracle ever or a massive hoax? Sully Harding, a grief-stricken single father, is determined to find out. An allegory about the power of belief--and a page-turner that will touch your soul--Albom's masterful storytelling has never been so moving and unexpected. …More

High Rise Stories: Voices from Chicago Public Housing
High Rise Stories: Voices from Chicago Public Housing
By Petty, Audrey
Foreword by Kotlowitz, Alex
2013-10 - McSweeney's Books
9781938073373 Check Our Catalog


The Art of Fielding
The Art of Fielding
By Harbach, Chad
2012-05 - Back Bay Books
9780316126670 Check Our Catalog

An expansive, warmhearted novel about ambition and its limits, about family and friendship and love, and about commitment--to oneself and to others in a baseball story that goes beyond the sport and into hearts and minds. …More