Thursday, September 17, 2015

Staff Picks

re what we read! This is a list of recent favorites.

The End of Your Life Book ClubThe End of Your Life Book Club
By Schwalbe, Will
2012-10 - Knopf Publishing Group
9780307594037 Check Our Catalog
Books for a Better Life (2012), Indies Choice Book Awards (2013)
The inspiring story of a son and his dying mother, who form a "book club" that brings them together as her life comes to a close. A profoundly moving testament to the power of love between a child and parent, and the power of reading. …More
Lots of Candles, Plenty of CakeLots of Candles, Plenty of Cake
By Quindlen, Anna
2012-04 - Random House
9781400069347 Check Our Catalog
Suddenly sixty, Quindlen, a Pulitzer Prizewinning columnist and best-selling novelist, finds herself looking back on her life. She's not so much wondering how she got where she is but, rather, considering how the choices she made and the chances she took along the way have prepared her for the road ahead. What even to call this next stage in a woman's life? Not elderly, certainly, yet definitely…More
The Strange LibraryThe Strange Library
By Murakami, Haruki
Translator Goossen, Ted
2014-12 - Knopf Publishing Group
9780385354301 Check Our Catalog
From internationally acclaimed author Haruki Murakami--a fantastical illustrated short novel about a boy imprisoned in a nightmarish library. A lonely boy, a mysterious girl, and a tormented sheep man plot their escape from the nightmarish library of internationally acclaimed, best-selling Haruki Murakami's wild imagination.
HPL patron: Every library patron, …More
By Grafton, Sue
2015-08 - Marian Wood Books/Putnam
9780399163845 Check Our Catalog
Of #1 "New York Times" bestselling author Sue Grafton, NPR's Maureen Corrigan said, Makes me wish there were more than 26 letters. With only two letters left, Grafton's many devoted readers will share that sentiment.

X: The number ten. An unknown quantity. A mistake. A cross. A kiss.

X: The shortest entry in Webster's Unabridged. Derived from Greek and Latin and commonly 
The MartianThe Martian
By Weir, Andy
2014-02 - Crown Publishing Group (NY)
9780804139021 Check Our Catalog
Alex Awards (2015), Indies Choice Book Awards (2015), John W. Campbell Memorial Award (2015), Thriller Awards (2015)
When a freak dust storm brings a manned mission to Mars to an unexpected close, an astronaut who is left behind fights to stay alive. …More
November's Fury: The Deadly Great Lakes Hurricane of 1913November's Fury: The Deadly Great Lakes Hurricane of 1913
By Schumacher, Michael
2013-10 - University of Minnesota Press
9780816687190 Check Our Catalog
Michigan Notable Books (2014)

On Thursday, November 6, the "Detroit News" forecasted moderate to brisk winds for the Great Lakes. On Friday, the "Port Huron Times-Herald" predicted a moderately severe storm. Hourly the warnings became more and more dire. Weather forecasting was in its infancy, however, and radio communication was not much better; by the time it became clear that a freshwater hurricane of epic 
A God in RuinsA God in Ruins
By Atkinson, Kate
2015-05 - Little Brown and Company
9780316176538 Check Our Catalog
HPL patron: Kate Atkinson's 10th book A God in Ruins is her best work by far. The characters are well developed. The historical perspective is clear and meaningful and provided an understanding of world events related to WWII. I highly recommned this book to anyone looking for an engaging summer read.