Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Staff Picks

d we like to share what we read! This is a list of recent favorites.
STAFF PICKS
Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power
Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power
By Kaplan, Robert D.
2010-10 - Random House
9781400067466 Check Our Catalog


November 13:
The bestselling author of "Imperial Grunts" explores the countries around the Indian Ocean, and discusses why this region will be crucial to American interests and power in the 21st century.
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Weeds: In Defense of Nature's Most Unloved Plants
Weeds: In Defense of Nature's Most Unloved Plants
By Mabey, Richard
2011-06 - Ecco Press
9780062065452 Check Our Catalog

Britain's greatest living nature writer "(Times)" reveals the true story--andtrue glories!--of the plants we love to hate. …More


A Monster Calls
A Monster Calls
By Ness, Patrick
Illustrator Kay, Jim
2011-09 - Candlewick Press (MA)
9780763655594 Check Our Catalog

Awards:
Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens (2012), Charlotte Award (2014), Cybils (2011), Georgia Children's Book Award (2014), Indies Choice Book Awards (2012), Isinglass Teen Read Award (2013), Kentucky Bluegrass Award (2013), L.A. Times Book Prize (2011), Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Book Award (2016), Rhode Island Teen Book Award (2014), Texas Lone Star Reading List (2012)

An unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor. From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd--whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself--Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined. Illustrations. …More


The Heart Goes Last
The Heart Goes Last
By Atwood, Margaret
2015-09 - Nan A. Talese
9780385540353 Check Our Catalog

Margaret Atwood puts the human heart to the ultimate test in an utterly brilliant new novel that is as visionary as"The Handmaid's Tale"and as richly imagined as"The Blind Assassin."

Stan and Charmaine are a married couple trying to stay afloat in the midst of an economic and social collapse. Job loss has forced them to live in their car, leaving them vulnerable to roving gangs. They
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Anansi Boys
Anansi Boys
By Gaiman, Neil
2005-09 - William Morrow & Company
006051518X Check Our Catalog

Alex Award Winner - 2006

BookPage Notable Title

Charlie's dad wasn't just any dad. He was Anansi, a trickster god, the spirit of rebellion able to overturn the social order, create wealth out of thin air, and baffle the devil. When he dies on a karaoke stage, things get very interesting for Charlie.
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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One & Two (Special Rehearsal Edition Script): The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One & Two (Special Rehearsal Edition Script): The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production
By Rowling, J. K.
2016-07 - Arthur A. Levine Books
9781338099133 Check Our Catalog

The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later.

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne, a new play by Jack Thorne, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London's West End on July 30, 2016.

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The Lightning Thief
The Lightning Thief
By Riordan, Rick
2006-03 - Hyperion Kids
9780786838653 Check Our Catalog

Awards:
Beehive Awards (2007), Nutmeg Book Award (2008), Young Hoosier Book Award (2009)

Now in paperback--the first novel of a new series that mixes classic Greek mythology with modern adventure. After learning he is a demigod, Percy Jackson is sent to a summer camp on Long Island, where he meets the father he never knew--Poseidon, god of the sea. …More


Titans
Titans
By Meacham, Leila
2016-04 - Grand Central Publishing
9781455533831 Check Our Catalog

A sweeping new drama from the beloved, bestselling author of "Roses."
Texas in the early 1900s, its inhabitants still traveling by horseback and barely familiar with the telephone, was on the cusp of an oil boom that, unbeknownst to its residents, would spark a period of dramatic changes and economic growth. In the midst of this transformative time in Southern history, two unforgettable …More


As the Pig Turns
As the Pig Turns
By Beaton, M. C.
2011-10 - Minotaur Books
9780312387020 Check Our Catalog

The picturesque village of Winter Parva has decided to warm the winter months by roasting a pig in the town square. Agatha, always one for a good roasting, has arrived with her former protge and current rival in the private detection racket to enjoy the merriment. But as the rotary spit is placed over a bed of fiery charcoals, Agatha realizes that things are not as they seem. 288 pp. 75,000 print. …More


The Chessmen: The Lewis Trilogy
The Chessmen: The Lewis Trilogy
By May, Peter
2015-02 - Quercus Books
9781623656041 Check Our Catalog

Living again of the Isle of Lewis, ex-Detective Inspector Fin Macleod is working as a security officer for a local landowner. While investigating illegal activity on the estate Fin encounters the elusive poacher and former childhood friend, and bandmate, Whistler Macaskill.

When Fin catches up with Whistler among the windswept hills of the estate, the two witness a freak natural
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Something Borrowed, Someone Dead
Something Borrowed, Someone Dead
By Beaton, M. C.
2013-09 - Minotaur Books
9780312640132 Check Our Catalog

Gloria French was a jolly widow with dyed blonde hair, a raucous laugh and rosy cheeks. When she first moved from London to the charming Cotswolds hills, she was heartily welcomed. She seemed a do-gooder par excellence, raising funds for the church and caring for the elderly. But she had a nasty habit of borrowing things and not giving them back, just small things, a teapot here, a set of …More


The Portable Veblen
The Portable Veblen
By McKenzie, Elizabeth
2016-01 - Penguin Press
9781594206856 Check Our Catalog

An exuberant, one-of-a-kind novel about love and family, war and nature, new money and old values by a brilliant "New Yorker" contributor

"The Portable Veblen" is a dazzlingly original novel that's as big-hearted as it is laugh-out-loud funny. Set in and around Palo Alto, amid the culture clash of new money and old (antiestablishment) values, and with the specter of our current wars
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Hiss and Hers
Hiss and Hers
By Beaton, M. C.
2012-09 - Minotaur Books
9780312616250 Check Our Catalog

If only the bossy, beloved Agatha Raisin were as lucky at finding the right man as she is at catching killers in Beaton's "New York Times"-bestselling mystery series. …More


The Fireman
The Fireman
By Hill, Joe
2016-05 - William Morrow & Company
9780062200631 Check Our Catalog


From the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of NOS4A2 and Heart-Shaped Box comes a chilling novel about a worldwide pandemic of spontaneous combustion that threatens to reduce civilization to ashes and a band of improbable heroes who battle to save it, led by one powerful and enigmatic man known as the Fireman.
The fireman is coming. Stay cool.
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Portrait of a Spy: More Stories and Secrets from Her Notebooks
Portrait of a Spy: More Stories and Secrets from Her Notebooks
By Silva, Daniel
2011-07 - Harper
9780062072184 Check Our Catalog

The #1 "New York Times"-bestselling author delivers his most spellbinding novel yet featuring Gabriel Allon, art restorer and assassin, in a story of true courage in the face of an unimaginable evil. …More



Our Kind of Traitor
Our Kind of Traitor
By Le Carre, John
2010-10 - Viking Books
9780670022243 Check Our Catalog

The unrivaled master of spy fiction returns with a taut and suspenseful novel of dirty money and dirtier politics. Perry and Gail are idealistic and very much in love when they splurge on a tennis vacation at a posh beach resort in Antigua. But the charm begins to pall when a big-time Russian money launderer enlists their help to defect. …More