Staff Reading Picks

An Eagle Named Freedom

by Jeff Guidry
ISBN:9780061826740

An inspiring story describes how a dedicated man lovingly nursed a young eaglet with two broken wings back to health, and how this majestic bird later inspired him to triumph over his own life-threatening condition.

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Winter Garden

by Kristin Hannah
ISBN:9780312364120

$aThe dying wish of a loving father ignites a family drama that brings two sisters and their acid-tongued, Russian-born mother together in a story that reaches back to WWII Leningrad.

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Bird Cloud

by Annie Proulx
ISBN:9780743288804

"Bird Cloud" is the name the author gave to 640 acres of Wyoming wetlands and prairie on the North Platte River. On the day she first visited a cloud in the shape of a bird hung in the evening sky.  She fell in love with the land, and she knew what she wanted to build on it a house in harmony with her work, her appetites and her character. This book is the story of designing and constructing that house. It is also an enthralling natural history and archaeology of the region. The author here turns her lens on herself. We understand how she came to be living in a house surrounded by wilderness, with shelves for thousands of books and long worktables on which to heap manuscripts, research materials and maps, and how she came to be one of the great American writers of her time.

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The Gendarme

by Mark T. Mustian
ISBN:9780399156342

Seen by those around him as a virtually senile nonagenarian, Emmet Conn is haunted by vivid memories of a past he and others deliberately worked to forget, a situation that compels him to seek out the love of his life to beg her forgiveness.

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The Koala of Death

by Betty Webb
ISBN:9781590587584

When zookeeper Theodora 'Teddy' Bentley fishes the body of Koala Kate out of Gunn Landing Harbor, she discovers that her fellow zookeeper didn't drown; she was strangled. The clues to Koala Kate's killer implicate other animal keepers at Gunn Zoo, including Outback Bill, Kate's Aussie ex-boyfriend; and Robin Chase, the big cat keeper who's got it in for Teddy.  But murderers aren't all Teddy has to worry about. Her embezzling father is still on the run from the Feds, and the motor on her houseboat is failing. To pay for the repairs, Teddy agrees to appear on a weekly live television broadcast featuring misbehaving animals that range from a cuddly koala to a panicky wallaby--and all hell breaks loose in the TV studio. All the while, the killer is narrowing in on Teddy.

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The False Friend

by Myla Goldberg
ISBN:9780385527217

Celia and Djuna ruled their clique of friends with dual iron fists. But when Djuna disappeared while the duo was walking home together, Celia buried the terrible truth of that day deep down inside. Now, twenty years later, Celia is unable to consciously keep her secret any longer. Despite her success, her personal life has fallen stagnant, and, buried under the weight of her awful past, Celia returns to her hometown to confess her sins.

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Scorpions: The battles and triumphs of FDR's great supreme court justices

by Noah Feldman
ISBN:9780446580571

"Scorpions" tells the story of four great justices: their relationship with Roosevelt, with each other, and with the turbulent world of the Great Depression, World War II, and the Cold War. It also serves as a history of the modern Constitution itself, exploring the constitutional battles of the Roosevelt era (1940s and 1950s) and their contemporary relevance.

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