Staff Picks

The Churchill Factor

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This book is a tour-de-force, just like the subject Winston Churchill. Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, celebrates the singular brilliance of one of the most important leaders of the twentieth century. Fearless on the battlefield, Churchill had to be ordered by the king to stay out of action on D-Day; he pioneered aerial bombing and few could match his experience in organizing violence on a colossal scale His maneuvering positioned America for entry into World War II. He was a trailblazer in health care, education, and social welfare, though he remained incorrigibly politically incorrect. He is proof that one person—intrepid, ingenious, determined—can make all the difference. A MUST read!!!

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The Arsonist

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Against the back drop of a series of summer fires in a fictional New Hampshire town, a mother and daughter each work through changes and transitions in their lives. The story unfolds as they come to terms with what is most important for personal happiness and fulfillment. The writing is strong, and the title only somewhat misleading. Themes of community, one's sense of place, and what connects us to each other will both surprise and draw you in.

All the Light We Cannot See

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This story takes place in France and Germany leading up to and including World War II. And what an amazing story! It is well written and powerful. In a nutshell there are radios, a blind French girl, an orphaned German boy, a diamond (with a possible curse!), the invasion of Paris and moral choices. You might want to add your name to the list of patrons waiting to read this book!

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Away

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Away is about a young Russian immigrant woman's odyssey, early in the 20th century, to reunite with her lost daughter. I read much of it standing up, and was haunted by it long after I'd finished it. It is pitch-perfect and concise, a book that anyone can enjoy, but very few could write.

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The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

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This story of the University of Washington crew team that won Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics will leave readers mesmerized and inspired. Despite knowing the outcome from the very first chapter, Brown will have you sitting on the edge of your seat until the very end. The grace and power of rowing is on display within this true tale of perseverance, hope, and trust set against the backdrop of the Great Depression and the reign of Hitler.

100 Days of Real Food

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The challenge to eat healthy and save money is not mine alone. The following resources have helped me understand the big picture when it comes food production and sourcing;identify the healthy and not-so-healthy ingredients; enjoy the sweet and salty without guilt; and plan meals and shop for my family of five while staying within our monthly budget. The good news? Lebanon Libraries own all this and two other great titles:Unjunk Your Junk Food by Andrea Donsky and The Food Babe Way by Vani Hari.

Murder at the Brightwell

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Set in England in the 1930's among the well-to-do set, this first novel by Ashley Weaver seamlessly intertwines mystery and romance along with witty dialog and memorable characters. If you enjoy not-too-violent mysteries with an intelligent, complicated, and engaging female protagonist, "Murder at the Brightwell" will leave you hoping the author is already busy working on the sequel!

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Five Days Left

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Mara Nichols, a successful lawyer with a loving family and supportive co-workers, is suffering from a progressive disease which is starting to show disturbing effects. Scott Coffman is a middle school teacher who is completing a year of foster parenting an eight year-old boy whose mother will soon be released from prison. He is heartbroken at the thought of losing Curtis, but his wife is looking forward to more privacy as they await the birth of their first child. Although Mara and Scott live far away from each other, they belong to the same online group where they pour out their concerns in late night sessions. This is Timmer's first book,and I hope it isn't her last. It has had excellent reviews.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

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Three deeply flawed characters battle substance abuse, mental illness, and terrifying global conspiracies in this dystopian techno-thriller. As Joseph Heller said in Catch-22, "Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you."

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Gemini

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The plot revolves around an unconscious, unidentified woman being treated in the ICU at a Seattle Hospital. The narrative switches between her fight for life in the present and the story of her life up until that point. Her doctor, Charlotte Reese, becomes very involved in the care of her patient and the reader soon learns there are more connections between the two women than that of doctor and patient. "A uniquely involving read" Booklist.