Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Staff Picks

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

Brotherhood in Death
Brotherhood in Death
By Robb, J. D.
2016-02 - Berkley Books
9780399170898 Check Our Catalog
The new novel featuring homicide detective Eve Dallas from the #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of "Devoted in Death."

"Sometimes brotherhood can be another word for conspiracy. . . ."

Dennis Mira just had two unpleasant surprises. First he learned that his cousin Edward was secretly meeting with a real estate agent about their late grandfather's magnificent West
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Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West
Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West
By McCarthy, Cormac
1992-05 - Vintage Books USA
9780679728757 Check Our Catalog
An epic novel of the violence and depravity that attended America's westward expansion, Blood Meridianbrilliantly subverts the conventions of the Western novel and the mythology of the "wild west." Based on historical events that took place on the Texas-Mexico border in the 1850s, it traces the fortunes of the Kid, a fourteen-year-old Tennesseean who stumbles into the nightmarish world where …More


I Am Not Sick I Don't Need Help!: How to Help Someone with Mental Illness Accept Treatment
I Am Not Sick I Don't Need Help!: How to Help Someone with Mental Illness Accept Treatment
By Amador, Xavier F.
2011-12 - Vida Press
9780967718934 Check Our Catalog
Awards:
ForeWord Book of the Year Award (2012), IndieFab awards (2012)

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The Shrunken Head
The Shrunken Head
By Oliver, Lauren
Author Chester, H. C.
Illustrator Lacombe, Benjamin
2015-09 - HarperCollins
9780062270818 Check Our Catalog

The book is about, among other things: the strongest boy in the world, a talking cockatoo, a faulty mind reader, a beautiful bearded lady and a nervous magician, an old museum, and a shrunken head.
Blessed with extraordinary abilities, orphans Philippa, Sam, and Thomas have grown up happily in Dumfrey's Dime Museum of Freaks, Oddities, and Wonders. But when a fourth child, Max, a …More


The Dragon of Trelian
The Dragon of Trelian
By Knudsen, Michelle
2009-04 - Candlewick Press (MA)
9780763634551 Check Our Catalog
Awards:
Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award (2011)

A feisty princess befriends a mage's apprentice and find she's uncannily linked to a dragon, in this suspenseful new middle-grade fantasy by the "New York Times"-bestselling author of "Library Lion." …More


The Jobless Future
The Jobless Future
By Aronowitz, Stanley
Author Difazio, William
2010-09 - University of Minnesota Press
9780816674510 Check Our Catalog
Charting a major change in the nature of paid work in the United States. …More


The Vital Question: Energy, Evolution, and the Origins of Complex Life
The Vital Question: Energy, Evolution, and the Origins of Complex Life
By Lane, Nick
2015-07 - W. W. Norton & Company
9780393088816 Check Our Catalog

The Earth teems with life: in its oceans, forests, skies and cities. Yet there's a black hole at the heart of biology. We do not know why complex life is the way it is, or, for that matter, how life first began. In The Vital Question, award-winning author and biochemist Nick Lane radically reframes evolutionary history, putting forward a solution to conundrums that have puzzled generations of …More


Cutting for Stone
Cutting for Stone
By Verghese, Abraham
2009-02 - Knopf Publishing Group
9780375414497 Check Our Catalog
Awards:
Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award (2010), Indies Choice Book Awards (2010)

A stunning debut novel from the author of "My Own Country": an enthralling family saga of Africa and America, fathers and sons, doctors and patients, exile and home. …More



The Hundred-Year House
The Hundred-Year House
By Makkai, Rebecca
2014-07 - Viking
9780525426684 Check Our Catalog
The acclaimed author of "The Borrower "returns with a dazzlingly original, mordantly witty novel about the secrets of an old-money family and their turn-of-the-century estate, Laurelfield.

Rebecca Makkai is a writer to watch, as sneakily ambitious as she is unpretentious."

Richard Russo

Meet the Devohrs: Zee, a Marxist literary scholar who detests her parents
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