Staff Reading Picks

The Bird Skinner

by Alice Greenway
ISBN:9780802121042

Forced to abandon his ornithology work after being wounded in combat, World War II veteran Jim Carroway secludes himself on a tiny island off the coast of Maine, where an old friend's captivating daughter draws him out of isolation during the month before she starts college.

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The Lion Seeker
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The Lion Seeker

by Kenneth Bonert
ISBN:9780547898049

Haunted by his mother's questions about his character, Isaac Helger, the son of Lithuanian Jewish immigrants in World War II-era Johannesburg, evolves from a hooligan to a striving young man while struggling with a dark family secret.

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We Are Water

by Wally Lamb
ISBN:9780061941023

Told in alternating voices, follows Anna Oh, a middle-age wife, mother, and artist, as she, after twenty-seven years of marriage, divorces her husband to marry Vivica, the Manhattan art dealer who orchestrated her professional success.

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Lucky Us

by Amy Bloom
ISBN:9781400067244

Teenage half sisters Eva and Iris are disappointed by their families. Iris, the hopeful star, and Eva, the sidekick, journey across 1940s America in search of fame and fortune. Iris's ambitions take the sisters from small-town Ohio to an unexpected and sensuous Hollywood, across the America of Reinvention in a stolen station wagon, to the jazz clubs and golden mansions of Long Island.

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You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)

by Felicia Day
ISBN:9781476785653

A funny, quirky, and inspiring memoir from online entertainment mogul, actress, and queen of the geeks, Felicia Day. She talks about her unusual upbringing, her rise to Internet-stardom, and embracing her individuality to find success in Hollywood.

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Looking for Me

by Beth Hoffman
ISBN:9780670025831

Opening an antiques shop in Charleston after discovering a talent for restoring furniture, Teddi Overman struggles to come to terms with her shattered family and sense of self after receiving news that her long-missing brother might still be alive.

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Life Drawing

by Robin Black
ISBN:9780062323446

Augusta and Owen are living a quiet country life of companionship and artistic creation--she a painter, he a writer--until Alison, a beautiful British woman, moves in to the previously unoccupied cottage next door. As Gus and Owen's life becomes intertwined with Alison's, past betrayals, losses, and new desires come to a head. .

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The Long and Faraway Gone

by Lou Berney
ISBN: 9780062292438

In the summer of 1986, two tragedies rocked Oklahoma City.  Six movie-theater employees were killed in an armed robbery, while one inexplicably survived.  Then, a teenage girl vanished from the annual State Fair.  Neither crime was ever solved.  Twenty-five years later, the reverberations of those unsolved cases quietly echo through survivors' lives.  A private investigator in Vegas, Wyatt's latest inquiry takes him back to a past he's tried to escape-- and drags him deeper into the harrowing mystery ofthe movie house robbery that left six of his friends dead.  Like Wyatt, Julianna struggles with the past-- with the day her beautiful older sister Genevieve disappeared.  When Julianna discovers that one of the original suspects has resurfaced, she'll stop at nothing to find answers.  As fate brings these damaged souls together, their obsessive quests spark sexual currents neither can resist.  But will their shared passion and obsession heal them, or push them closer to the edge?  Even if they find the truth, will it help them understand what happened, that long and faraway gone summer?  Will it set them free-- or ultimately destroy them?

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The Widow

by Fiona Barton
ISBN:9781101990261

Following the twists and turns of an unimaginable crime, The Widow is an electrifying debut thriller that will take you into the dark spaces that exist between a husband and a wife. A twisted psychological thriller you’ll have trouble putting down.”—People

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The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness

by Paula Poundstone
ISBN: 9781616204167

The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness is both a story of jumping into new experiences with both feet and a surprisingly poignant tale of a single working mother of three children (not to mention dozens of cats, a dog, a bearded dragon lizard, a lop-eared bunny, and one ant left from her ant farm) who is just trying to keep smiling while living a busy life. The book will have you laughing out loud as well as shedding a tear or two.

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