Staff Reading Picks

Sworn to Silence

by Linda Castillo
ISBN:9780312374976

Some secrets are too terrible to reveal. Painter's Creek, Ohio may be a sleepy, rural town with both Amish and 'English' residents, but it's also the place where a series of brutal murders shattered the lives of an entire community over a decade ago. When the killing stopped, it left in its aftermath a sense of fragility, and for the young Amish girl, Katie Burkholder, a realization that she didn't belong. Now, 15 years later Katie has been asked to return as Chief of Police. Her Amish background combined with her big-city law enforcement expertise make her the perfect candidate. Katie is certain she has come to terms with the past. Until the first body of a slaughtered young woman is found in a pristine, snowy field...

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A Happy Marriage

by Rafael Yglesias
ISBN:9781439102305

A Happy Marriage is both intimate and expansive: It is the story of Enrique Sabas and his wife, Margaret, a novel that alternates between the romantic misadventures of the first weeks of their courtship and the final months of Margaret's life as she says good-bye to her family, friends, and children -- and to Enrique. Spanning thirty years, this achingly honest story is about what it means for two people to spend a lifetime together -- and what makes a happy marriage.

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Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong

by Terry Teachout
ISBN:9780151010899

Draws on previously unavailable sources, including hundreds of private recordings made throughout the second half of the jazz master's life, to assess his artistic achievements and personal life.

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A Separate Country

by Robert Hicks
ISBN:9780446581646

A tale inspired by the life of Confederate general John Bell Hood is set in post-Civil War New Orleans and follows his tragic struggles with disabling war injuries, his marriage and eleven children, and his battle with yellow fever.

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The Fourth Part of the World

by Toby Lester
ISBN: 9781416535317

A chronicle of the early sixteenth-century creation of the Waldseemüller map offers insight into how monks, classicists, merchants, and other contributors from earlier periods shaped the map's creation.

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Hardball: A V.I. Warshawski Novel

by Sara Paretsky
ISBN:9780399155932

Hired to track down a man who has been missing for forty years, V.I. Warshawski inadvertently unearths old skeletons from Chicago's history and her own family, a situation marked by a young cousin she has never met and the untimely death of a nun.

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