Staff Picks

As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust

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When I read Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, the first in Bradley's Flavia de Luce mystery series, I thoroughly enjoyed it, but I wondered how Bradley could keep a cozy with an 11-year old sleuth from getting too precious. Seven books into the series, Flavia de Luce remains anything but precious. As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust finds Flavia in Canada at Miss Bodycote’s Female Academy, the boarding school her mother Harriet attended as a girl. Not in residence for 24 hours, Flavia is thrilled when a mummified body comes tumbling from her fireplace. Our sleuth has more than a few mysteries to solve as she finds her way in new surroundings. Delightful!

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The Gone-Away World

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Set in a post-apocalyptic world this novel follows the story of a group of ex-special forces soldiers turned truckers. This science-fiction/military thriller/comedy/kung-fu novel moved into my top-ten of all time list.

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Just a Little Critter Collection

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Enjoyable collection for little fans of Little Critter. This collection contains seven humorous stories about a young critter's experience with empathy, independence, emotions, obedience, and chores. The graphics are great and the text is short and sweet. My preschool aged son and toddler daughter turned me into a fan of these stories.

The Position

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This contemporary novel is about a couple who write a "Joy of Sex"-type book illustrated with pictures of themselves, and its life-long impact on their children.

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The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary

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This fascinating book tells the story of the making of the Oxford English Dictionary. This mammoth project aimed to define every word in the English language and provide a reference to the earliest known usage of each word. The professor set out to organize this nation wide effort, but he would have never been successful without the help of the madman!

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Pegasus

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An unforgettable tale of unbreakable friendship, mythical creatures and courtly drama destined to become a classic.

Nothing Daunted: the unexpected education of two society girls in the West

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In 1916 Dorothy Woodruff and Rosamond Underwood, two adventurous Smith College graduates from Auburn, NY.,signed up to teach for a year in a new schoolhouse on the Colorado frontier. Almost a century later Dorothy's granddaughter Dorothy Wickenden found letters home from her grandmother and gained access to more letters from Rosamond. When she went to Colorado and interviewed relatives of the women's former students, she was amazed to find what a tremendous influence the two women had had during their year. This fascinating book is the result.

Caleb's Crossing

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Set in the latter half of the seventeenth century on Martha's Vineyard and in Cambridge, Mgirl, Bethia Mayfield, who yearns for the education withheld by her minister father, and the friendship of a shy young Wampanoag boy who is called Caleb. Inspired by the true story of the first Wampanoag Indian to graduate from Harvard College, this deeply moving tale illuminates many contemporary, as well as timeless, themes while bringing to life a distant time and place with almost poetic prose. This book is an exceptional read!

The Wind is not a River

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A dual narrative of World War II in the Aleutians, this novel tracks the survivor of a crash landing behind Japanese lines and his wife who never gives up hope. Helen Easley joins the USO and searches; John struggles to stay alive under harsh conditions, ultimately inspired by a mysterious relic of the native population "disappeared" by their oppressors and neglected by their liberators. True heroism on all sides.

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Horrorstör

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Shopping at IKEA will never be the same! This part-catalog parody, part-chiller, part-satire of our consumer culture is both truly creepy and very funny—and quite trenchant in its observations of retail, interior design, young workers, and lifestyle. Who are the real zombies? Just Orsk!

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