Staff Reading Picks

The Last Bookaneer

by Matthew Pearl
ISBN:9781594204920

Near the end of the nineteenth century, two bookaneers--literary pirates seeking authors' manuscripts to steal--are caught up in a colonial war on Samoa as they compete for Robert Louis Stevenson's last manuscript and make a fortune before a new international treaty ends the bookaneers' trade.

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Dear Committee Members

by Julie Schumacher
ISBN:9780385538138

Enduring budget cuts at his small liberal arts college, literature professor Jason Fitger despairs of his writing ambitions and imposed role in a star pupil's would-be opus while writing wryly comic, passive-aggressive letters to students and colleagues.

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A Sudden Light

by Garth Stein
ISBN:9781439187036

When a boy tries to save his parents' marriage, he uncovers a legacy of family secrets in a coming-of-age ghost story by the author of the internationally bestselling phenomenon, The Art of Racing in the Rain. In the summer of 1990, fourteen-year-old Trevor Riddell gets his first glimpse of Riddell House. Built from the spoils of a massive timber fortune, the legendary family mansion is constructed of giant, whole trees, and is set on a huge estate overlooking Puget Sound.

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The Unquiet Dead

by Ausma Zehanat Khan
ISBN:9781250055118

Detective Esa Khattak is in the midst of his evening prayers when he receives a phone call asking that he and his partner, Detective Rachel Getty, look into the death of a local man who has fallen off a cliff. At first Christopher Drayton's death - which looks like an accident - doesn't seem to warrant a police investigation. But it soon comes to light that Drayton might have been living under an assumed name, and he may not have been the upstanding Canadian citizen he appeared to be.

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Between You& Me:Confessions of a Comma Queen

by Mary Norris
ISBN:9780393240184

 
Mary Norris has spent more than three decades in The New Yorker's copy department, maintaining its celebrated high standards. Now she brings her vast experience, good cheer, and finely sharpened pencils to help the rest of us in a boisterous language book as full of life as it is of practical advice.

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Descent

by Tim Johnston
ISBN:978161203047

From the day Caitlin vanishes, the lives of her family members are irrevocably altered each assuming blame. As the initial days of hope are replaced by weeks of anxiety and despair, they find themselves increasingly isolated. Pursuing every angle and refusing to surrender the belief that his daughter is still alive, Caitlin's father struggles through the mountainous terrain, urging everyone to keep up the search. It is through a most unlikely source, however, that they finally find an answer.

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Fire Shut Up in My Bones

by Charles M. Blow
ISBN:9780544228047

A respected journalist describes the abuse he suffered at the hands of a close relative, the effect this had on his formative years, and how he overcame the anger and self-doubt it left behind.

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Reconstructing Amelia

Kimberly McCreight
ISBN:9780062225436

When Kate, single mother and law firm partner, gets an urgent phone call summoning her to her daughter's exclusive private school, she's shocked. Amelia has been suspended for cheating, something that would be completely out of character for her over-achieving, well-behaved daughter. Kate rushes to Grace Hall, but what she finds when she finally arrives is beyond comprehension. Her daughter Amelia is dead. Kate is determined to uncover Amelia's secrets and find out who killed her.

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The Sound of Broken Glass

by Deborah Crombie
ISBN:9780061990632

While investigating the murder of a well-respected barrister who was found dead at a seedy hotel in Crystal Palace, Detective Inspector Gemma James and her partner, Detective Sergeant Melody Talbot, begin to question everything they think they know about their world and those they trust most

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Rage Against the Dying

by Becky Masterman
ISBN:9780312622947

Brigid Quinn's experiences in hunting sexual predators for the FBI have left her with memories she wishes she didn't have and lethal skills she hopes never to need again. Having been pushed into early retirement by events she thinks she's put firmly behind her, Brigid keeps telling herself she is settling down nicely in Tucson with a wonderful new husband, Carlo, and their dogs. But the past intervenes with the disappearance and presumed murder of her young protgee, Jessica.

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