Staff Reading Picks

The Calling

by Inger Ash Wolfe
ISBN : 0151013470
When a terminally ill woman is found brutally murdered in her home, Detective Inspector Hazel Micallef tracks a terrifying serial killer, who targets terminally ill victims whose bodies are found drained of blood with their mouths sculpted into strange shapes.

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The Only 127 Things You Need : A Guide to Life's Essentials

by Donna Wilkinson
ISBN: 9781585426812
Recommendations from more than fifty experts— authorities on the mind, the body, and the spirit—to discover the absolute essential items for living a good life. Ever wish you could strip you life down to just the bare essentials —that you could “de-clutter” not just the physical items littering your home but the endless “to-do” lists flooding your mind? But what to throw away? And what to keep? This miracle of a book includes expert opinions on what’s essential in life from: * Dr. Gail Saltz and Martha Beck (the mind) * Dr. Christiane Northrup and Dr. Andrew Weil (the body) * Rabbi Harold Kushner and Thomas Moore (the spirit). For so many of us, it’s hard to move forward with the important things in life without first “paring down” and “straightening up.” With this complete guide to life’s essentials, it will finally be possible to see the forest for all those trees.

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Resistance

by Owen Sheers
ISBN: 038552210X
In 1944, after the fall of Russia and the failed D-Day landings, half of Britain is occupied by enemy forces, and Sarah Lewis, a young farmer's wife, awakens to find that her husband has disappeared, along with all of the men from her remote Welsh village.

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The thing about life is that one day you'll be dead

by David Shields
ISBN: 0307268047
The author offers a meditation on mortality as he chronicles his own life and that of his family from cradle to grave, integrating biological details with cultural history and criticism to furnish a portrait of human existence as revealed through a single family.

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The Eye of Jade

by Diane Wei Liang
ISBN : 1416549552
A tale set in modern Beijing follows a detective's search for a missing artifact, in a case that illuminates less-favorable aspects of Chinese culture and the detective's own family during the Cultural Revolution.

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Beginner's Greek

by James Collins
ISBN: 0316021555
Falling hopelessly in love with a woman whose contact information he loses, Peter Russell perpetuates a series of events involving a woman's complicated marriage to a man in love with someone else, a man's debauchery, and an evil boss.

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Interred With Their Bones

by Jennifer Lee Carrell
ISBN: 0525949704
Receiving a mysterious box from her eccentric mentor, who claims it contains a newly found work by Shakespeare, theater director and scholar Kate Shelton is horrified when her theater is burned to the ground and her mentor killed.

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The Killing Circle

by Andrew Pyper
ISBN: 0312384769
From acclaimed, internationally bestselling author Andrew Pyper, a suspenseful page-turner that explores the repercussions of the most dishonest of thefts: stealing another’s story and calling it your own. When Patrick Rush, journalist, single father, and failed novelist, decides to join a creative writing circle, it seems a fertile time for the imagination. Throughout Toronto, a murderer is striking at random, leaving his victims’ bodies mutilated and dismembered, and taunting the police with cryptic notes.

Influenced by the atmosphere of menace and fear, the group begins to read each other their own dark, unsettling tales.

One, Angela, tells a mesmerizing story about a childstealer called the Sandman.  Patrick, though, finds fantasy and reality becoming blurred. Is the maniac at large in fact the Sandman? What does Angela really know? And is he himself being stalked by the killer?  It is only when his son is snatched that Patrick understands what he must do: embark on a horrifying journey into the unknown and track down the elusive figure known as the Sandman. 

At once a complex and compulsive read,The Killing Circle explores the side effects of an increasingly fame-mad culture, where even the staid realm of literature can fall prey to ravenous ambition and competition.

  • "Extraordinary . . . Powered by an ingeniously nonlinear narrative and suffused with a tone thick with dread, this is easily Pyper’s most ambitious—and absorbing—work to date.” — Publishers Weekly(starred review)
  • The Killing Circle is one great read: darkly lyrical and atmospheric, it’s as haunting as it is gripping. Highly recommended.” — Harlan Coben
  • “Very smart, very scary, very good: once I started I couldn’t stop. Fans of dark and witty suspense will love The Killing Circle.” — Peter Abrahams, author of Oblivion

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Her Last Death: a Memoir

by Susanna Sonnenberg
ISBN: 0743291085
The daughter of a narcissistic and addictive mother shares the story of her life as it was influenced by her glamorous and charismatic mother's ill-fated teen elopement, compulsive lies, and dependence on cocaine, narcotics, and sex.

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Summer at Tiffany

by Marjorie Hart
ISBN: 9780061189524
SUMMER AT TIFFANY is a memoir of the summer of 1945, when Marjorie Jacobson and her best friend Marty travelled from the Kappa House at the University of Iowa to New York City, hoping to land sales jobs at Lord and Taylor or Sak's Fifth Avenue. Turned away from the top department stores, they made their way to 57th Street where refusing to be deterred, Marty lead Marjorie into the legendary Tiffany store, and somehow these best friends talked their way into positions as pages; the first women to ever work on the sales floor. Their salary left them penniless and pondering the "Wheaties and Celery Diet," but their diamond filled day job was the envy of other romantic minded girls who had flocked to New York City that steamy June. Their dream was made complete by their Manhattan apartment conveniently close to the dashing Navy Midshipmen at Columbia University, and their college friends summering on Long Island.

Their workdays found the girls dazzled by the likes of honeymooners Judy Garland and Vincent Minnelli, Marlene Dietrich in her USO uniform, and legendary playboy Jimmy Donohue. They delivered and modelled priceless jewels, nearly lost precious pearls, and encountered Old Man Tiffany himself during a rare visit. In between getting lost in Harlem , witnessing the Eisenhower Parade, VJ Day in Times Square, and mingling with the Cafe Society Marjorie Hart fell in love, learned lessons and made decisions that would impact the rest of her life.

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Kindness Goes Unpunished: a Walt Longmire mystery

by Craig Johnson
ISBN: 0670031577
In the aftermath of a brutal attack on his Philadelphia lawyer daughter, Wyoming sheriff Walt Longmire, aided by his best friend, Henry Standing Bear, team up with the Philadelphia police in a determined search for answers.

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