Staff Reading Picks

Serena : a novel/

by Ron Rash
ISBN : 9780061470851

 Traveling to the mountains of 1929 North Carolina to forge a timber business with her new husband, Serena Pemberton champions her mastery of harsh natural and working conditions but turns murderous when she learns she cannot bear children.

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I Was Told There’d be Cake

by Sloane Crosley
ISBN : 9781594483066

Wry, hilarious, and profoundly genuine, this debut collection of literary essays is a celebration of fallibility and haplessness in all their glory. From despoiling an exhibit at the Natural History Museum to provoking the ire of her first boss to siccing the cops on her mysterious neighbor, Crosley can do no right despite the best of intentions-or perhaps because of them. Together, these essays create a startlingly funny and revealing portrait of a complex and utterly recognizable character that's aiming for the stars but hits the ceiling, and the inimitable city that has helped shape who she is. I Was Told There'd Be Cakeintroduces a strikingly original voice, chronicling the struggles and unexpected beauty of modern urban life. (Syndetics)

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Blood Alley

by Tom Coffey
ISBN: 9781592642236

In this hard boiled detective novel, Patrick Grimes, a WWII veteran and reporter, investigates the murder of a young woman in a seedy area of NYC. He uncovers truths that jeopardize not his only his life but his sanity. (Syndetics)

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Swallow the Ocean : a Memoir

by Laura Flynn
ISBN : 9781582433851

Traces the author's coming of age under the shadow of her mother's paranoid schizophrenia, a disorder that ended her parents' marriage and caused the author to be raised in accordance with her mother's distorted perceptions of the world.

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The Godmother

by Carrie Adams
ISBN: 9780061232602

Contemplating the prospect of starting her own family after years of being a devoted godmother, Tessa King is drawn into the more personal aspects of her friends' lives and learns about the challenges of daily parenthood.

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The Richest Season

by Maryann McFadden
ISBN : 9781401322700

Having lived in a dozen different towns due to her husband's frequent corporate relocations, Joanna leaves her husband to return to the coastal South Carolina community she loves, while Paul, distraught by Joanna's abandonment, endeavors to win her back.

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Rules of Deception

by Christopher Reich
ISBN : 9780385524063

Following the death of his wife in a mountaineering accident, Dr. Jonathan Ransom receives a mysterious message that makes him the subject of an international manhunt as he struggles to unravel the truth behind his wife's secrets.

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Lopsided: How having breast cancer can be really distracting

by Meredith Norton
ISBN : 9780670019281

An irreverent memoir about the author's life with cancer describes her early symptoms, decision to move back in with her compulsive parents, and frustration with receiving multiple copies of Lance Armstrong's book .

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The Color of Lightning

by Paulette Jiles
ISBN : 9780061690440

The story of two different families, headed by a former slave and by a Quaker, who settle in Texas during the Civil War.

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