Thursday, November 5, 2015

STAFF PICKS

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



Murder Is Bad Manners
Murder Is Bad Manners
By Stevens, Robin
2016-04 - Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
9781481422130 Check Our Catalog
Two friends form a detective agency--and must solve their first murder case--in this "sharp-witted debut" ("Publishers Weekly," starred review) that is the first adventure in a brand-new middle grade mystery series set at a 1930s boarding school.

Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are best friends at Deepdean School for Girls, and they both have a penchant for solving mysteries. In fact,
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The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club
The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club
By Hoose, Phillip
2015-05 - Farrar Straus Giroux
9780374300227 Check Our Catalog
Awards:
Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards (2015)

At the outset of World War II, Denmark did not resist German occupation. Deeply ashamed of his nation's leaders, fifteen-year-old Knud Pedersen resolved with his brother and a handful of schoolmates to take action against the Nazis if the adults would not. Naming their secret club after the fiery British leader, the young patriots in the Churchill Club committed countless acts of sabotage, …More


A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War: How J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship, and Heroism in the Cataclysm of 1914-1918
A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War: How J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship, and Heroism in the Cataclysm of 1914-1918
By Loconte, Joseph
Author Loconte, Joe
2015-06 - Thomas Nelson
9780718021764 Check Our Catalog

The untold story of how the First World War shaped the lives, faith, and writings of J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis
The First World War laid waste to a continent and permanently altered the political and religious landscape of the West. For a generation of men and women, it brought the end of innocence and the end of faith. Yet for J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, the Great War deepened …More


With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa
With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa
By Sledge, Eugene B.
2007-05 - Presidio Press
9780891419068 Check Our Catalog
Based on notes Sledge secretly kept in a copy of the New Testament, With the Old Breed captures with utter simplicity and searing honesty the experience of a soldier in the fierce Pacific Theater. Here is what saved, threatened, and changed his life. Here, too, is the story of how he learned to hate and kill-and came to love-his fellow man. …More


The Illustrated Man
The Illustrated Man
By Bradbury, Ray
2012-04 - Simon & Schuster
9781451678185 Check Our Catalog
Classic Bradbury, this collection of tales offers images that are as keen as a tattooist's needle and as colorful as the inks that stain the body. Featuring a new Introduction, "The Illustrated Man" presents 18 startling visions of humankind's destiny, unfolding across a canvas of decorated skin. …More


Splendid Slippers: A Thousand Years of an Erotic Tradition
Splendid Slippers: A Thousand Years of an Erotic Tradition
By Jackson, Beverley
1998-01 - Ten Speed Press
9780898159578 Check Our Catalog
For a thousand years, Chinese mothers tightly bound the feet of their daughters and encased them in tiny, exquisitely embroidered slippers. How and why did this torturous tradition evolve and continue into the 20th century? Beverley Jackson's vast collection of photographs and a prized collection of "splendid slippers" create a uniquely poignant and evocative portrait of Chinese culture. Full …More


Waltz with Bashir: A Lebanon War Story
Waltz with Bashir: A Lebanon War Story
By Folman, Ari
Author Polonsky, David
2009-02 - Metropolitan Books
9780805086737 Check Our Catalog
Based on actual events, this mesmerizing, animated documentary begins one night at a bar, when an old friend tells Ari about his recurring nightmares. The two men conclude that theres a connection to their Israeli Army mission in the first Lebanon War. As Ari delves deeper into the mystery, his memory beings to creep up in surreal images. …More


City of Ice
City of Ice
By Farrow, John
1999-05 - Random House (NY)
9780812991727 Check Our Catalog
A college kid in a Santa Claus suit is tortured, murdered, and left hanging from a meat hook on Christmas Eve--a gift intended for one particular cop.

Reminiscent of Smilla's Sense of Snow, this gripping debut thriller set in bone-chilling midwinter Montreal features one of the most compelling new heroes to emerge in crime fiction: Sergeant-Detective Emile Cinq-Mars. A brilliant
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Ice Lake
Ice Lake
By Farrow, John
2001-07 - Random House (NY)
9780812992649 Check Our Catalog
A woman discovers a frozen corpse under the ice in her fishing shack--coincidentally, on the same lake where Detective Cinq-Mars is enjoying an afternoon of ice fishing with his partner just a few shacks away.

In this keenly intelligent, strikingly original new novel of suspense John Farrow once again creates a colorful, convincing tableau replete with criminals, cops, corrupt
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The Secret Chord
The Secret Chord
By Brooks, Geraldine
2015-10 - Viking
9780670025770 Check Our Catalog
One of our most supple and insightful novelists. Jane Smiley, "The New York Times Book Review"

A rich and utterly absorbing novel about the life of King David, from the Pulitzer Prize winning author of "People of the Book" and "March."

With more than two million copies of her novels sold, "New York Times" bestselling author Geraldine Brooks has achieved both popular and
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Python for Kids: A Playful Introduction to Programming
Python for Kids: A Playful Introduction to Programming
By Briggs, Jason
2012-12 - No Starch Press
9781593274078 Check Our Catalog
"Python for Kids" is a lighthearted introduction to the Python language and programming in general, complete with illustrations and kid-friendly examples. …More


Inside Out & Back Again
Inside Out & Back Again
By Lai, Thanhha
2011-02 - HarperTorch
9780061962783 Check Our Catalog
Awards:
Beehive Awards (2014), Black-Eyed Susan Award (2013), Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens (2012), Charlie May Simon Children's Book Award (2014), Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award (2013), Iowa Children's Choice (ICCA) Award (2015), Jane Addams Children's Book Award (2012), National Book Awards (2011), Nene Award (2013), Newbery Medal (2012), North Carolina Children's Book Award (2014), Nutmeg Book Award (2014), Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award (2014), Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Book Award (2013), Rhode Island Children's Book Awards (2013), Sasquatch Award (2014), Sequoyah Book Awards (2014), South Carolina Childrens, Junior and Young Adult Book Award (2013), Virginia Readers Choice Award (2015)

Inspired by the author's own childhood experience of fleeing Vietnam as a refugee and immigrating to Alabama, this tween novel told in verse is sure to capture young readers' hearts and open their eyes. …More


The Shadow of Malabron
The Shadow of Malabron
By Wharton, Thomas
2009-10 - Candlewick Press (MA)
9780763639112 Check Our Catalog
Awards:
Manitoba Young Readers Choice Award (2010)

Dreams, fairy tales, and reality intersect in this rich, absorbing fantasy ofa rebellious teen on his journey through the Perilous Realm. There he meets agirl with a special destiny of her own, and Shade, an unusual wolf. …More


Dear Hank Williams
Dear Hank Williams
By Holt, Kimberly Willis
2015-04 - Henry Holt & Company
9780805080223 Check Our Catalog

It's 1948 in Rippling Creek, Louisiana, and Tate P. Ellerbee's new teacher has just given her class an assignment--learning the art of letter-writing. Luckily, Tate has the perfect pen pal in mind: Hank Williams, a country music singer whose star has just begun to rise. Tate and her great-aunt and -uncle listen to him on the radio every Saturday night, and Tate just knows that she and Hank are …More


The Darling Dahlias and the Eleven O'Clock Lady: Darling Dahlias
The Darling Dahlias and the Eleven O'Clock Lady: Darling Dahlias
By Albert, Susan Wittig
2015-09 - Berkley Books
9780425260623 Check Our Catalog
"New York Times" bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert transports readers to the summer of 1934, when a sensational murder shakes up the small Southern town of Darling, Alabama and pulls in the ladies of the Darling Dahlias garden club, who never let the grass grow under their feet when there's a mystery to solve

The eleven o clock lady has always been one of garden club president Liz
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Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs
Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs
By Hari, Johann
2015-01 - Bloomsbury USA
9781620408902 Check Our Catalog

"New York Times" Bestseller
It is now one hundred years since drugs were first banned in the United States. On the eve of this centenary, journalist Johann Hari set off on an epic three-year, thirty-thousand-mile journey into the war on drugs. What he found is that more and more people all over the world have begun to recognize three startling truths: Drugs are not what we think they are. …More


Archie Greene and the Magician's Secret
Archie Greene and the Magician's Secret
By Everest, D. D.
2015-04 - HarperCollins
9780062312112 Check Our Catalog

D. D. Everest's magical middle grade debut, filled with enchanted books and mysterious activity, is sure to captivate readers. Open this book . . . if you dare to face what awaits you inside
On his twelfth birthday, Archie Greene receives a mysterious package containing an ancient book in a language he doesn't recognize. The gift leads him to a family he didn't know he had and a world he …More


Started Early, Took My Dog
Started Early, Took My Dog
By Atkinson, Kate
2011-03 - Reagan Arthur Books
9780316066730 Check Our Catalog
Awards:
L.A. Times Book Prize (2011)

Retired police detective Tracy Waterhouse leads a quiet, ordered life--until she cares for a young child. Meanwhile, Jackson Brodie, the beloved detective from "Case Histories," rescues an abused dog. Jackson is about to learn, along with Tracy, that no good deed goes unpunished. …More


The Friday Night Knitting Club
The Friday Night Knitting Club
By Jacobs, Kate
2007-02 - Putnam Publishing Group
9780399154096 Check Our Catalog
Juggling the demands of her yarn shop and single-handedly raising a teenage daughter has made Georgia Walker grateful for her Friday Night Knitting Club. And when the unthinkable happens, these women will discover that what theyve created isnt just a knitting club--its a sisterhood.Berkley Publishing Group …More


The Dinner
The Dinner
By Koch, Herman
Translator Garrett, Sam
2013-02 - Hogarth
9780770437855 Check Our Catalog
Awards:
ALA Notable Books (2014)

The darkly suspenseful, highly controversial tale of two families struggling to make the hardest decision of their lives--all over the course of one meal. …More


The Snow Queen
The Snow Queen
By Cunningham, Michael
2014-05 - Farrar Straus Giroux
9780374266325 Check Our Catalog
An apparition spotted in Central Park has a man marveling at the place of magic in our lives. Or is it all just a trick of the light? …More


The Martian
The Martian
By Weir, Andy
2014-02 - Crown Publishing Group (NY)
9780804139021 Check Our Catalog
Awards:
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


Everything I Never Told You
Everything I Never Told You
By Ng, Celeste
2014-06 - Penguin Press
9781594205712 Check Our Catalog
Awards:
Alex Awards (2015)

"Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet" . . . So begins thestory of this exquisite debut novel, about a ChineseAmerican family living in 1970s small-town Ohio.Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee;their middle daughter, a girl who inherited hermother's bright blue eyes and her father's jet-blackhair. Her parents are determined that Lydia willfulfill the dreams they were unable …More