Staff Reading Picks

Sweet Tooth

by Ian McEwan
ISBN:9780385536820

Recruited into MI5 against a backdrop of the Cold War in 1972, Cambridge student Serena Frome, a compulsive reader, is assigned to infiltrate the literary circle of a promising young writer whose politics align with those of the government, a situation that is compromised when she falls in love with him.

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Black Fridays

Michael Sears
ISBN:9780399158667

Struggling to rebuild his life after a two-year prison term for unscrupulous choices, former Wall Street hotshot Jason Stafford is tapped by an investment firm to investigate the suspicious death of a junior trader.

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The son

Philipp Meyer
ISBN:9780062120397

Kidnapped by the Comanche after his mother and sister are murdered, thirteen-year-old Eli McCullough quickly adapts to Comanche life until the tribe is decimated by armed Americans, leaving Eli alone in a world where he is neither white nor Indian.

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Seduction

M.J. Rose
ISBN:9781451621501

Arriving on the Isle of Jersey, mythologist Jac L'Etoile investigates the region's Celtic history while participating in her host's exploration of novelist Victor Hugo's mid-nineteenth-century experimentations with séances.

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The Death of Bees

Lisa O"Donnell
ISBN:9780062209849

Trying to keep the death of their parents a secret, Marnie and her little sister Nelly are on their own until several residents in Glasgow's Hazelhurst housing estate suspect that something is not right.

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Elsewhere

Richard Russo
ISBN:9780307959539

This work is the author's memoir of his life, his parents, and the upstate New York town they all struggled variously to escape. Anyone familiar with the author's fiction will recognize Gloversville, New York, once famous for producing that eponymous product and anything else made of leather. This is where the author grew up, the only son of an aspirant mother and a good-time, second-fiddle father who were born into this close-knit community. But by the time of his childhood in the 1950s, prosperity was inexorably being replaced by poverty and illness (often tannery-related), everyone barely scraping by under a very low horizon. A world elsewhere was the dream his mother instilled in Rick, and strived for herself, and their subsequent adventures and tribulations, recounted here, only to prove lifelong, as would Gloversville's fearsome grasp on them both.

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Pure

Julianna Baggot
ISBN:9781455503063

In a post-apocalyptic world where those undamaged by the cataclysmic events are kept safely inside the Dome, a young girl on the outside teams up with a boy on the inside to search for his missing mother.

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