National Library Week - April 13 - 19

Staff Picks

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

Making Toast by Roger Rosenblatt

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When his daughter, Amy—a gifted doctor, mother, and wife—collapses and dies from an asymptomatic heart condition, Roger Rosenblatt and his wife, Ginny, leave their home on the South Shore of Long Island to move in with their son-in-law, Harris, and their three young grandchildren: six-year-old Jessica, four-year-old Sammy, and one-year-old James, known as Bubbies. With the wit, heart, precision, and depth of understanding that has characterized his work, Roger Rosenblatt peels back the layers on this most personal of losses to create both a tribute to his late daughter and a testament to familial love.

In the Woods by Tana French

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Rob Ryan, police detective for the Dublin murder squad finds himself on the case of a child murder that took place in a woods that has haunted him since his childhood. The author does a fine job developing the characters Rob Ryan and Cassie Maddox along with a huge cast that create the right mix of real and mystical in this super psychological sleuthing. There are many slow twists that take you into the past-psychologically, archeologically and culturally as you sort  through the layers that keep you guessing up to the very end.

Sizzlin' Sixteen by Janet Evanovich

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This was a quick and laugh out loud read. Stephanie is involved in the usual crazy antics with her sidekicks Lulu, Connie, and Grandma. Should she choose Ranger or Morelli? So, some of it was repetitive from the other books but I did enjoy reading it.

Review by: Chris Hurt, Library Aide, Technical Services

Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord

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Paama’s husband is a fool and a glutton. Bad enough that he followed her to her parents’ home in the village of Makende, now he’s disgraced himself by murdering livestock and stealing corn. When Paama leaves him for good, she attracts the attention of the undying ones—the djombi—who present her with a gift: the Chaos Stick, which allows her to manipulate the subtle forces of the world. Unfortunately, a wrathful djombi with indigo skin believes this power should be his and his alone. Redemption in Indigo is a clever, contemporary fairy tale inspired in part by a Senegalese folk tale.

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

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After attempting a love spell gone wrong, teen witch Sophie has been banished to Hecate Hall (aka Hex Hall). Hex Hall is a reform school for teens of various supernatural backgrounds. Sophie doesn’t exactly make the best impression on the first day of her new school. She makes an enemy of 3 powerful witches, develops a crush on a warlock and discovers her vampire roommate is the most hated girl on campus. Could it be any worse? Hex Hall is a great choice for teens looking for another book to read in the paranormal genre!

Green Metropolis: What the City Can Teach the Country About True Sustainability by David L. Owen

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What's the greenest city in the US? Would you be surprised if someone told you New York City? If so, David Owen makes a compelling case in Green Metropolis why New York City is one of the greenest cities in the United States and why much of what passes for being green and sustainable is neither. An interesting read that's not afraid to take on some of the sacred cows of the environmental movement while offering solutions for how we can build more sustainable and environmentally-friendly communities. 

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

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Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte is deep, dark and depressing. Characters die of consumption, go insane and become depraved by drink and longing. The setting and the storytelling draw you in to the lives of these tortured souls. Ten times better than the movie. I know now why Bella in Twilight says that this is her favorite book!

Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs by Molly Harper

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nice girls don't have fangs coverJane Jameson is a children's librarian who gets fired by her mean boss, then on the same day gets accidentally shot.  The handsome stranger (Gabriel Nightengale) who saves her is a vampire, so she's turned into a vampire, too.  As she learns about her new vampire lifestyle in the small southern town she lives in (who knew you could go shopping for blood? - late at night, at the all-night store, of course), and gets to know her new friends and enemies, you have got to laugh.  She's afraid to tell her parents she's a vampire, and someone in the vampire community is trying to frame her for murder, but Gabriel seems to like her... This light vampire romance/mystery was quite enjoyable. This is the first in a series. The second book is Read more

Tick Tock by Dean Koontz

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Tick Tock by Dean Koontz is a fun, suspenceful, and engaging read. One night Tommy Phan, a Vietnamese novelist of James Bond type detective stories arrives home to find a small rag doll on his doorstep. Phan soon finds that the "doll"  is mysteriously transforming into a demon that can't be stopped. The audio version of this book is well read and quite entertaining. Highly recommended for those looking for a light read with hilarious content.

Southern Lights by Danielle Steel

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A coworker recommended this book to me. I hadn't read Danielle Steel in a long time and was pleasantly surprised. The story is a mystery revolving around a woman lawyer in New York. When threats are made against her daughter while she is trying a high-profile murder case, she is forced to send the daughter to her ex husband in Georgia.

Review by: Chris Hurt, Library Aide, Technical Services