Staff Reading Picks

Girl Waits with Gun

by Amy Stewart
ISBN:9780544409910

Living in virtual isolation years after the revelation of a painful family secret, Constance Kopp is terrorized by a belligerent silk factory owner and fights back in ways outside the norm for early twentieth-century women.

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The Passenger

by Lisa Lutz
ISBN:9781451686630

Changing her name and appearance to flee town after leaving her husband dead, Tanya Dubois forges an uneasy alliance off the grid at the side of a female bartender with whom she races from city to city to escape her past.

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The Flood Girls

by Richard Fifield
ISBN: 9781476797380

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Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor's Reflections on Race and Medicine

by Damon Tweedy
ISBN,/b>:9781250044631

One doctor's passionate and profound memoir of his experience grappling with race, bias, and the unique health problems of black Americans.When Damon Tweedy begins medical school,he envisions a bright future where his segregated, working-class backgroundwill become largely irrelevant. Instead, he finds that he has joined a new world where race is front and center.   Black Man in a White Coat examines the complex ways in which both black doctors and patients must navigate the difficult and often contradictory terrain of race and medicine. As Tweedy transforms from student to practicing physician, he discovers how often race influences his encounters with patients. This is a  powerful, moving, and deeply empathic book,

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Let Me Explain You

by Annie Liontas
ISBN:9781476789088

Sending a scathing email to his family members after becoming convinced he will die within days, a proud Greek immigrant garners laughter and scorn from his recipients, who are dismayed when he promptly disappears.

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Enchanted August

by Brenda Bowen
ISBN:9780525429050

Four women struggling with loss, disappointment, and overwork rent a small summer cottage in Maine, where they find wholeness in regional comforts while sharing their respective stories and rediscovering their passions.

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Dietland

by Sarai Walker
ISBN:9780544373433

 
Biding her time alone until she can have weight-loss surgery, Plum joins an underground community of empowered women and agrees to a series of challenges, including work with a group that stages anti-misogyny terrorist acts.

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The Water Knife

by Paolo Bacigalupi
ISBN:9780385352871

The American Southwest has been decimated by drought. Nevada and Arizona skirmish over dwindling shares of the Colorado River, while California watches, deciding if it should just take the whole river all for itself. Into the fray steps Las Vegas water knife Angel Velasquez. Detective, assassin, and spy, Angel "cuts" water for the Southern Nevada Water Authority, ensuring that lush, luxurious arcology developments can bloom in the desert and that anyone who challenges her is left in the gutted-suburban dust. When water is more valuable than gold, alliances shift like sand, and the only truth in the desert is that someone will have to bleed if anyone hopes to drink.

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The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life

The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life

by Michael Puett
ISBN: 9781476777832

A Harvard professor shares his popular course on classical Chinese philosophy to demonstrate how ancient, counterintuitive wisdom can offer guidance to a good life in the modern world.

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Did You Ever Have a Family

by Bill Clegg
ISBN:9781476798172

On the eve of her daughter's wedding, June Reid's life is completely devastated when a shocking disaster takes the lives of her daughter, her daughter's fiancé, her ex-husband, and her boyfriend, Luke -- her entire family, all gone in a moment. And June is the only survivor. Alone and directionless, June drives across the country, away from her small Connecticut town. In her wake, a community emerges, weaving a beautiful and surprising web of connections through shared heartbreak. From the couple running a motel on the Pacific Ocean where June eventually settles into a quiet half-life, to the wedding's caterer whose bill has been forgotten, to Luke's mother, the shattered outcast of the town -- everyone touched by the tragedy is changed as truths about their near and far histories finally come to light.

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