Staff Picks

The World Without You

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The Frankel family gathers in Lenox, MA for a memorial service for their son and brother, a journalist who was killed by terrorists a year earlier in Iraq. The book explores family dynamics previous to Leo's death and how they are functioning without him. A well-written family story.

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How the Light Gets In

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Penny brings the Three Pines Mysteries featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec to a satisfying conclusion.

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Life After Life

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A departure from Atkinson's Jackson Brodie series, Life After Life tells the story of Ursula Todd born on a snowy winter's night in 1910 only to dies minutes later and then be reborn on the same night to the same family. She dies over and over again, each time changing aspects of her life (some large, some small) until the ultimate moment which gives her life purpose. A great story, but also such an interesting construction. After reading it the first time, I read parts of it again to figure out "what just happened there?" Fascinating!

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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.