Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Staff Picks

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

A Dazzling Tribute to Josephine Baker

Josephine, Patricia Hruby Powell's new children's picture book, arrives just in time for Black History Month. The free-verse text coupled with beautiful illustrations by Christian Robinson bring the essence of Josephine Baker's outstanding musical talent and vivacious personality into the spotlight. Powell takes young readers from Josephine's impoverished childhood to her death, and chronicles her struggles with racial discrimination, her rise to fame, her acclaimed performances and her efforts to spy against the Nazis during WWII. Josephine is a fitting tribute to an indisputable American legend.

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Lone Wolf
Lone Wolf
By Picoult, Jodi
2012-10 - Emily Bestler Books
9781439102756 Check Our Catalog

Edward Warren left his family after an irreparable fight with his father, and learns that his dad lies comatose in a hospital, gravely injured. Edward wants to terminate life support and donate his father's organs. Is he motivated by altruism or revenge? To what lengths will his sister go to stop him from making an irrevocable decision? …More

By Rundell, Katherine
Illustrator Fan, Terry
2013-09 - Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
9781442490581 Check Our Catalog

When authorities threaten to take 12-year-old Sophie away from Charles, who has been her guardian since she was one and both survived a shipwreck, the pair goes to Paris to find Sophie's mother, and they are aided by Matteo and his band of "rooftoppers." …More

The Girl from Felony Bay
The Girl from Felony Bay
By Thompson, J. E.
2013-04 - Walden Pond Press
9780062104465 Check Our Catalog

Debut author Thompson presents the story of a girl, a crime, and a great unsolved mystery set deep in the heart of South Carolina. …More

Christmas on 4th Street
Christmas on 4th Street
By Mallery, Susan
2013-09 - Harlequin
9780373777822 Check Our Catalog

After Nicole Perkins opens her store, The Christmas Attic, in Fool's Gold, California, business is booming; and, as a bonus, gorgeous army doctor Gabriel Boylan has offered to help out during the holiday rush. …More

Doctor Sleep
Doctor Sleep
By King, Stephen
2013-09 - Scribner Book Company
9781476727653 Check Our Catalog

Stephen King returns to the character and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, "The Shining," in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance and the very special twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. …More

Dangerous Women
Dangerous Women
By Martin, George R. R.
Editor Dozois, Gardner
2013-12 - Tor Books
9780765332066 Check Our Catalog

All new and original to this volume, the 21 stories in Dangerous Women include work by twelve New York Times bestsellers, and seven stories set in the authors' bestselling continuities--including a new "Outlander" story by Diana Gabaldon, a tale of Harry Dresden's world by Jim Butcher, a story from Lev Grossman set in the world of The Magicians, and a 35,000-word novella by George R. R. Martin about the Dance of the Dragons, the vast civil war that tore Westeros apart nearly two centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones. …More

Sycamore Row
Sycamore Row
By Grisham, John
2013-10 - Doubleday Books
9780385537131 Check Our Catalog

When wealthy Seth Hubbard hangs himself from a sycamore tree and leaves his fortune to his black maid, Jake Brigance once again finds himself embroiled in a fiercely controversial trial -- a trial that will expose old racial tensions and force Ford County to confront its tortured history. …More

The Goldfinch
The Goldfinch
By Tartt, Donna
2013-10 - Little Brown and Company
9780316055437 Check Our Catalog

"The author of the classic bestsellers The Secret History and The Little Friend returns with a brilliant, highly anticipated new novel. A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, miraculously survives an accident that takes the life of his mother. Alone and abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by a friend's family and struggles to make sense of his new life. In the years that follow, he becomes entranced by one of the few things that reminds him of his mother: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the art underworld. Composed with the skills of a master, The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America, and a drama of almost unbearable acuity and power. It is a story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the enormous power of art" …More