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Staff Picks

Staff recommendations for the best of what to read, listen to and view in our collection.

The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey by Walter Mosley

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Ptolemy Grey is a 91-year-old man, suffering from dementia. With one foot in the past and the other in the grave, Ptolemy begins to open up when Robyn Small, a 17-year-old family friend, appears and helps clean up his apartment and straighten out his life. A reinvigorated Ptolemy volunteers for an experimental medical program that will restore his mind, but at hazardous cost: he won't live to see 92. With the clock ticking, Ptolemy uses his rejuvenated mental abilities to delve into the mystery of the recent drive-by shooting death of his great-nephew, Reggie, and to render justice the only way he knows how.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

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This is the story of a girl growing up in Brooklyn, NY in the years just before WWI. The author uses the main character, Francie, as a vehicle to tell the amazing story of her life in a time when there weren't welfare, social agencies, psychologists or birth control. Francie's family plays a game called Survival when the cupboard is bare. The parents are poor uneducated Brooklynites who struggle to give their children a better life. This book is a testiment to tenecious hardworking people in the early 1900s.

Last Night at Chateau Marmont by Lauren Weisberger

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Would you be able to handle being married to a rock star? Brooke finds herself with that very dilemma when her singer husband hits the big time. For the past five years, Brooke has supported her husband Julian's musical dreams of being a recording artist and is thrilled for him when he finally signs a recording contract with Sony. Suddenly Julian becomes an overnight sensation and Brooke struggles with all the new attention that is thrust upon her husband and their marriage. With all the rumors and tabloid stories, will their love for one another survive? A fast paced and entertaining read about life in the spotlight.

The Devouring by Simon Holt

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In this creepy tale for teens, Reggie learns about the Vours through an old journal she comes across at her job in a used bookstore. As she reads it, she learns that the Vours are demons who feed on people's fears and take over their bodies. She doesn't believe in them it at first but strange things starting happening to her younger brother Henry and Reggie is starting to fear that Vours really do exsist. It's up to Reggie to battle the Vours and reclaim her brother's soul. Caution: do not read at night! The Vours like it when you're afraid...

Finding Chandra : a true Washington murder mystery by Scott Higham.

Check our catalog for: Finding Chandra: a true Washington murder mystery.  Chandra Ann Levy was an intern in Washington who disappeared in 2001.  This is the true crime story of the sensationalism that followed her case, mainly because she was utimately linked to having an affair with Congressman Gary Condit.  Her body wasn't found until a year later, then due to a number of terrible mistakes by law enforcement, her supposed killer wasn't identified until 2008.  I thoroughly enjoyed this case and was stunned by how evidence was erased and mismanaged, delaying the prosecution of the killer.  True crime buffs will be enthralled with this crime.

WHY MY THIRD HUSBAND WILL BE A DOG BY LISA SCOTTOLINE

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This is a terribly amusing insight into the life of Lisa Scottoline.  One laughs along as she struggles with the horrors of spanx in middle age, and deals with her disfunctional but loving family.  You instantly see how she adores her dogs while humorously teling us how she doesn't miss her ex husbands.  This collection of stories is from  Scottoline's wildly popular Philadelphia Inquirer columns and will leave you laughing.

The Colorado Kid by Stephen King

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Although it's by Stephen King, this isn't a horror story, and it also isn't very long. It is a tale of an unsolved mystery in a small coastal town in Maine. Just good storytelling as a couple of smart old guys gradually reveal the story of a dead man found on the beach twenty five years ago to a young newspaperwoman.  Some people might find the ending unsatisfying, but when I thought about it, I kind of liked how it leaves it open to your own imagination. It might even be a good choice for a book club/discussion.  I listened to it on audio, and the reader, Jeffrey DeMunn, did a nice job with the voices and the accents. [Note: for some reason the cover art on this one has no relation to the story!]

Maybe This Time by Jennifer Crusie

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Andie Miller agrees to a favor for her ex-husband, North Archer, which involves going to stay at a haunted house in southern Ohio and taking care of two orphaned children who are distant relatives of his and who really need her help.  Of course she doesn’t believe the house is haunted at first, but after not too long, her mantra is “there are ghosts”.  The question is, how to get rid of them?  There’s humor, paranormal, and a love story, too (turns out she’s still in love with her ex-husband, and he’s still in love with her).  It’s rather long, but it was the kind of story where I wanted it to keep going, so that was OK.  This is the third Jennifer Crusie book I’ve read or listened to, and I've enjoyed them all.

Moosewood Restaurant cooking for health by the Moosewood Restaurant

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I liked this cookbook so much that I purchased an electronic version for my iPad. I already tried two of the recipes, chili and a pasta dish, and really enjoyed them. The instructions were easy to follow and the ingredients are items that I usually have in stock at home. I would have liked to have had more dessert options and photos, but I can easily live without them.

Review by: Heather Colman, Library Clerk, Circulation Services