Staff Reading Picks

The Oregon Trail : a new American journey

by Rinker Buck
ISBN:978145169160

Recounts the author's two-thousand-mile trip on the Oregon Trail the old-fashioned way, in a covered wagon with a team of mules, and discusses the rich history of the trail, the people who made the migration, and its significance to the United States.

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The Last Bookaneer

by Matthew Pearl
ISBN:9781594204920

Near the end of the nineteenth century, two bookaneers--literary pirates seeking authors' manuscripts to steal--are caught up in a colonial war on Samoa as they compete for Robert Louis Stevenson's last manuscript and make a fortune before a new international treaty ends the bookaneers' trade.

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Dear Committee Members

by Julie Schumacher
ISBN:9780385538138

Enduring budget cuts at his small liberal arts college, literature professor Jason Fitger despairs of his writing ambitions and imposed role in a star pupil's would-be opus while writing wryly comic, passive-aggressive letters to students and colleagues.

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A Sudden Light

by Garth Stein
ISBN:9781439187036

When a boy tries to save his parents' marriage, he uncovers a legacy of family secrets in a coming-of-age ghost story by the author of the internationally bestselling phenomenon, The Art of Racing in the Rain. In the summer of 1990, fourteen-year-old Trevor Riddell gets his first glimpse of Riddell House. Built from the spoils of a massive timber fortune, the legendary family mansion is constructed of giant, whole trees, and is set on a huge estate overlooking Puget Sound.

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The Unquiet Dead

by Ausma Zehanat Khan
ISBN:9781250055118

Detective Esa Khattak is in the midst of his evening prayers when he receives a phone call asking that he and his partner, Detective Rachel Getty, look into the death of a local man who has fallen off a cliff. At first Christopher Drayton's death - which looks like an accident - doesn't seem to warrant a police investigation. But it soon comes to light that Drayton might have been living under an assumed name, and he may not have been the upstanding Canadian citizen he appeared to be.

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