Staff Reading Picks

The Geography of Love

by Glenda Burgess
ISBN: 9780767928595

Chronicles the author's relationship with a twice widowed man with an emotionally scarred teenage daughter, their fifteen years of marriage, and the devastating illness that challenged their resilience and strengthened their devotion to each other and their children.

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House Rules

by Mike Lawson
ISBN:9780802144195

In the wake of a narrowly avoided terrorist bombing of the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel, a Virginia senator proposes to deport all non-citizen Muslims, unless Speaker of the House John Mahoney can have investigator Joe DeMarco uncover the truth about the attacks

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The Sister

by Poppy Adams
ISBN:9780307268167

Reunited after a forty-year estrangement, Ginny, living in the crumbling family home in rural Britain, and Vivien, who had fled her family's eccentricities for the normalcy of London, struggle to come to terms with their stormy past and hidden family secrets.

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The Wreck of the Carl D

by Michael Schumacher
ISBN:9781596914841

This chronicle of the November 1958 sinking of the limestone carrier Carl D. Bradley in Lake Michigan is sure to appeal to the many fans of Junger’s The Perfect Storm . Almost the entire crew of 35 died when the ship was literally torn in half during a fierce storm; the book recounts the incident and its tragic aftermath, including a dramatic search-and-rescue effort. It’s a poignant story, made even more poignant by the fact that most of the crew’s families lived in the same small town, Rogers City; this isn’t just a story about a tragedy on the water, but about an entire town coming to terms with the sudden loss of so many of its friends and family.

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Blindspot

by Jane Kremensky
ISBN:9780385526197

In Boston in 1764, the sudden death of revolutionary leader Samuel Bradstreet causes Scottish portrait painter Stewart Jameson and his apprentice Francis Weston--who is really a fallen woman from an elite family disguised as a boy--to search for the truth

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The Flying Carpet of Small Miracles

by Hala Jaber
ISBN:9781594488672

Zahra, age three, and Hawra, only a few months old, were the only survivors of a missile strike in Baghdad in 2003 that killed the rest of their family. In London, foreign correspondent Hala Jaber was preparing to head to Iraq to cover the emerging war. After ten years spent trying to conceive, Jaber and her husband had finally resigned themselves to a childless future. Now she intended to bury her grief in her work, with some unusually dangerous reporting. Once in Iraq, though, Jaber found herself drawn again and again to stories of mothers and children, a path that led her to an Iraqi children's hospital--and to Zahra and Hawra and their heart-wrenching story. Almost instantly Jaber became entwined in the lives of these girls, and in a struggle to advocate on their behalf that reveals far more about the human cost of war than any news bulletin ever could

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The case of the missing servant : from the files of Vish Puri, India's "most private investigator"

by Tarquin Hall
ISBN:9781416583684

Introduces mustachioed Vish Puri, a respectable family man who styles himself as India's forefront private investigator and who runs background checks for prospective brides and grooms until more sensational cases take him into India's increasingly divergent communities.

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Happens every day : an all-too-true story

by Isabel Gillies
ISBN9781439110072

Gillies pens a fast-paced, intriguing memoir in which she is forced to come to terms with the swift destruction of her picture-perfect life after her husband leaves her for another woman--something her rival reminds her, happens every day.

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