Staff Reading Picks

A Fortunate Age

by Joanna Smith Rakoff
ISBN:9781416590774

A group of 1990s-era Oberlin graduates forge a friendship based on shared dreams, but find their camaraderie threatened by their youthful mistakes, their relationships with egocentric and insecure men, and the September 11 attacks.

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Seven Days in the Art World

by Sarah Thornton
ISBN:9780393067224

In a series of beautifully paced narratives, the author investigates the drama of a Christie's auction, the workings in Takashi Murakami's studios, the elite at the Basel Art Fair, the eccentricities of Artforum magazine, the competition behind an important art prize, life in a notorious art-school seminar, and the wonderland of the Venice Biennale. She reveals the new dynamics of creativity, taste, status, money, and the search for meaning in life.

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The Horse Boy

by Rupert Isaacson
ISBN:9780316008235

Describes the author's attempts to help his autistic son, Rowan, by taking the family to a remote area of Mongolia in order to consult shamans and allow Rowan to interact with horses and other animals in a quiet, accepting environment.

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Not Becoming My Mother

by Ruth Reichl
ISBN:978159202162

Reflects on the author's mother, focusing on her early life as a bookstore owner and housewife and the diaries she kept which had been retrieved by her daughter after her death.

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All Other Nights

by Dara Horn
ISBN:9780393064926

How is tonight different from all other nights? For Jacob Rappaport, a Jewish soldier in the Union Army, it is a question his commanders have answered for him: on Passover, 1862, he is ordered to murder his own uncle, who is plotting to assassinate Abraham Lincoln. After this harrowing mission, Jacob is recruited to pursue another enemy agent—this time not to murder the spy, but to marry her. Based on real historical figures,this novel delivers multilayered, page-turning storytelling at its best.

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The Vows of Silence

by Susan Hill
ISBN:9781590202456

This latest Simon Serrailler mystery takes place in the Cathedral town of Lafferton. Simon's sister Cat has returned from Australia with her family and is once more settled in her welcoming farmhouse. Cat and her husband Chris are both doctors and resume their medical practises in Lafferton. However, tragedy will strike this happy family shortly. In the meantime, someone is killing young women in Lafferton and the police race against time trying to make sense of the apparently random murders.

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Eating: A Memoir

by Jason Epstein
ISBN:9781400042968

Jason Epstein, the legendary editor and publisher of Norman Mailer, Vladimir Nabokov, Gore Vidal, and E. L. Doctorow, among many other distinguished writers, and the editor of such great chefs and bakers as Alice Waters, Wolfgang Puck, and Maida Heatter, takes us on a culinary tour through his eventful life, beginning with his childhood summers in Maine, where his decision to improve upon his grandmother’s chicken pot pie led to a lifetime at the stove.

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The Last Child

by John Hart
ISBN:9780312359324

A year after his family is shattered by the disappearance of his twin sister, thirteen-year-old Johnny Merrimon risks everything in a final, desperate search through the dark side of his hometown with the aid of a giant-sized man.

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