Staff Picks

I Work at a Public Library

Summary: 
Gina Sheridan shares a selection of short conversations with some of the various patrons at the public library where she works. At times humorous, laugh-out-loud funny to some touchingly heart-felt exchanges, this book is an enjoyable, easy read for library staff and patrons alike.

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Mr. Mercedes

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This book kept me up at night both from fear and yearning to know the end. We know who the culprit is from the beginning. He is as terrifying as Buffalo Bill in the movie Silence of the Lambs. The cat and mouse game between Detective Bill Hodges and sociopath, Brady Hartfield, is intense and gripping up until the very last page of the story - an ending that forced this reader to make sure all our doors were locked.

The Secret Place

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Excellent narration drives the latest Tana French audiobook. This is the fifth in the compelling Dublin Murder Squad series. When a new clue from an unsolved murder at an elite boarding school is dropped in Det. Stephen Moran's lap, he's sees it as his ticket out of cold cases and on to the murder squad. Of course, the murderer has other plans. One doesn't need to have knowledge of the previous titles to enjoy this book.

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March

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From Louisa May Alcott’s classic Little Women, Geraldine Brooks has developed the character of the absent father, March, and crafted an amazingly powerful story. Her writing is superb and follows March as he leaves behind his family to aid the Union cause in the Civil War. His experiences will utterly change his marriage and challenge his most ardently held beliefs. A fantastic piece of historical fiction.

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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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The King's Curse

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This is the last book in Philippa Gregory's 'Cousins War' serises the story of lady-in-waiting Margaret Pole and her unique view of King Henry VIII’s stratospheric rise to power in Tudor England. Margaret, regarded as yet another threat to the volatile King Henry VII’s claim to the throne, is cousin to Elizabeth of York and daughter of George, Duke of Clarence, is married off to a Lancaster supporter—Sir Richard Pole. Margaret’s contented daily life is changed forever with the arrival of Arthur, the young Prince of Wales, and his beautiful bride, Katherine of Aragon. Margaret soon becomes a trusted advisor and friend to the honeymooning couple, hiding her own royal connections in service to the Tudors. After the sudden death of Prince Arthur, Katherine leaves for London a widow, and fulfills her deathbed promise to her husband by marrying his brother, Henry VIII. Margaret’s world is turned upside down by the surprising summons to court, where she becomes the chief lady-in-waiting to Queen Katherine. But this charmed life of the wealthiest and “holiest” woman in England lasts only until the rise of Anne Boleyn, and the dramatic deterioration of the Tudor court. Margaret has to choose whether her allegiance is to the increasingly tyrannical king, or to her beloved queen; to the religion she loves or the theology which serves the new masters. Caught between the old world and the new, Margaret Pole has to find her own way as she carries the knowledge of an old curse on all the Tudors. A great easy read that provides an interesting insight into the turbulent and dangerous times of the Tudors.

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Counting by 7s

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12 year old Willow just needs to belong. She is starting the year at a new school and hoping to find a friend. When tragedy strikes, things don’t look good for Willow. But Willow is amazing! Without trying, she becomes the agent to enable all the characters to change their lives as she begins to heal. I enjoyed the way the story was told, the strong characters and the just-right ending. This book will be a compelling contender for the Great Stone Face Award!

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Wonder

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I am happy to work in the Children’s Room where I have the opportunity to recommend a favorite book: Wonder. This is a powerful story for middle-schoolers and, well...for all of us. August Pullman, who has severe facial abnormalities, is about to start school for the first time as a public school fifth grader. The story is told from Auggie’s perspective as well as several other points of view. This book is full of great characters, lots of emotion and the impact of kindness. I can’t wait until my grandchildren are older and I can share it with them!

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Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

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This chapter book will bring readers into what James Patterson calls “the coolest library in the world!” Kyle Keeley is not a reader, but he loves games. When he learns that twelve 7th graders will be chosen to spend a night in the library, for fun and games, he wants to win. He soon learns that getting into the library was the easy part! This book will remind you of another story, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and will reference many other wonderful children’s books, including an old favorite of mine From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Enjoy this Great Stone Face nomination!

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The Adventures of a South Pole Pig-A Story of Snow and Courage

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May I recommend a family read aloud? Author Chris Kurtz has written a delightful book that will appeal to the whole family. The Adventures of a South Pole Pig-A Story of Snow and Courage introduces Flora, a plucky pig with a lot of heart. You will want to add Flora to your list of favorite story book pigs-Wilbur, Mercy Watson, Babe, Piggie… Check out this Great Stone Face nomination!

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