Staff Reading Picks

Reconstructing Amelia

Kimberly McCreight
ISBN:9780062225436

When Kate, single mother and law firm partner, gets an urgent phone call summoning her to her daughter's exclusive private school, she's shocked. Amelia has been suspended for cheating, something that would be completely out of character for her over-achieving, well-behaved daughter. Kate rushes to Grace Hall, but what she finds when she finally arrives is beyond comprehension. Her daughter Amelia is dead. Kate is determined to uncover Amelia's secrets and find out who killed her.

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The Sound of Broken Glass

by Deborah Crombie
ISBN:9780061990632

While investigating the murder of a well-respected barrister who was found dead at a seedy hotel in Crystal Palace, Detective Inspector Gemma James and her partner, Detective Sergeant Melody Talbot, begin to question everything they think they know about their world and those they trust most

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Rage Against the Dying

by Becky Masterman
ISBN:9780312622947

Brigid Quinn's experiences in hunting sexual predators for the FBI have left her with memories she wishes she didn't have and lethal skills she hopes never to need again. Having been pushed into early retirement by events she thinks she's put firmly behind her, Brigid keeps telling herself she is settling down nicely in Tucson with a wonderful new husband, Carlo, and their dogs. But the past intervenes with the disappearance and presumed murder of her young protgee, Jessica.

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With or Without You

by Domenica Ruta
ISBN:9780812993240

A deeply emotional memoir of the author's relationship with her drug dealer mother describes her misfit youth and eventual escape into writing before succumbing to addiction and resolving to leave her past in order to survive.

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Insane City

by Dave Barry
ISBN:9780399158681

Astonished by his imminent marriage to a woman he believed out of his league, Seth flies to their destination wedding in Florida only to be swept up in a maelstrom of violence involving rioters, Russian gangsters, angry strippers, and a desperate python.

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Calling Me Home

by Julie Kibler
ISBN:9781250014528

Eighty-nine-year-old Isabelle McAllister has a favor to ask her hairdresser Dorrie Curtis. It's a big one. Isabelle wants Dorrie, a black single mom in her thirties, to drop everything to drive Isabelle from her home in Arlington, Texas, to a funeral in Cincinnati. With no clear explanation why. Tomorrow. Curious whether she can unlock the secrets of Isabelle's guarded past, she agrees, not knowing it will be a journey that changes both their lives.

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Every Fifteen Minutes

by Lisa Scottoline
ISBN:9781250010117

Dr. Eric Parrish is the Chief of the Psychiatric Unit at Havemeyer General Hospital outside of Philadelphia. Recently separated from his wife Alice, he is doing his best as a single Dad to his seven-year-old daughter Hannah. His work seems to be going better than his home life, however. His unit at the hospital has just been named number two in the country and Eric has a devoted staff of doctors and nurses who are as caring as Eric is. But when he takes on a new patient, Eric's entire world begins to crumble.

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The Light of the World

by Elizabeth Alexander
ISBN:9781455599875

In this 2016 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Biography, the acclaimed poet reflects with gratitude on her life after the sudden death of her husband, discussing her personal quest for meaning and understanding and her renewed devotion to her teenage sons, and meditating on the blessings of love and family.

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So You've Been Publicly Shamed

by Jon Ronson
ISBN:9781594487132

Explores the war on human nature and its flaws by examining the world of modern-day public shaming as a form of social control, describing cases of those whose careers and lives have been ruined by one mistake.

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What Comes Next and How to Like It

by Abigail Thomas
ISBN:97814785059

Presents an uplifting memoir about the author's life after the devastating loss of her husband, changes in a once-platonic friendship, her daughter's illness, and the death of a beloved dog.

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Orhan's Inheritance

by Aline Ohanesian
ISBN:9781616203740

An Amazon Best Book of April 2015: “Places and things stay with us, and sometimes we stay with them.” Remembering the past can be a tricky business and for those who experienced dark times in history the memories they may most want to forget are the very ones that future generations insist that they share. Orhan’s Inheritance begins in a small village in Turkey, with the death of a patriarch, Kemal, who bequeaths the family home to a woman his heirs have never heard of. Kemal’s grandson, Orhan, finds her across the world in a home for elderly Armenians and their meeting leads to a long buried account of two people deeply in love, torn apart by war and terrible sacrifice. Aline Ohanesian’s debut novel is rich in emotion and its roots run deep and wide, tapping into a largely neglected time in Turkish history, spanning decades, and honoring the resilience of the human spirit. --Seira Wilson

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