Staff Reading Picks
Black Swan Green: A Novel
by David Mitchell
A meditative novel of a young boy on the cusp of adulthood follows a single year in the life of thirteen-year-old Jason Taylor as he grows up in what is for him the sleepiest village in Worcestershire, England, in 1982.
Special Topics in Calamity Physics
By Marish Pessl
Having moved from one academic outpost to another throughout her childhood, Blue van Meer attends the elite St. Gallway School in her senior year, where the deaths of a teacher and student awaken her analytical instincts.
by Terry Pratchett
Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch had it all. But now he #8217;s back in his own rough, tough past without even the clothes he was standing up in when the lightning struck #8230; Living in the past is hard. Dying in the past is incredibly easy. But he must survive, because he has a job to do. He must track down a murderer, teach his younger self how to be a good copper and change the outcome of a bloody rebellion. There #8217;s a problem: if he wins, he #8217;s got no wife, no child, no future #8230; A Discworld Tale of One City, with a full chorus of street urchins, ladies of negotiable affection, rebels, secret policemen and other children of the revolution. Truth! Justice! Freedom! And a Hard-boiled Egg!
Once Upon A Day: A Novel
by Lisa Tucker
Nineteen years ago, a famous man disappeared from Hollywood, taking his two children to a rocky, desolate corner of New Mexico where he raised them in complete isolation in a utopian "Sanctuary." Now, Dorothea, the man's twenty-three-year-old daughter, is leaving this place for the first time, in search of her missing brother. Dorothea's search will turn into an odyssey of discovery, leading to the shocking truth about her family's past and the terrifying events of that day that drove her father to flee Los Angeles in a desperate attempt to protect his children from a dangerous world. But Dorothea's journey will also introduce her to an unusual cast of characters, including a homeless girl from Missouri who becomes a jazz singer and a doctor turned cabdriver who has suffered his own losses.
Together, they have a chance to make a discovery of a different kind: that though a heart can be broken by the tragic events of a day, a day can also bring a new chance at love and a deeper understanding of life's infinite possibilities .Resource Link
Sixth Extinction: Journeys Among the Lost and Left Behind
By Terry Glavin
"Terry Glavin confirms that we are in the midst of a nearly unprecedented, catastrophic vanishing of animals, plants, and human cultures. He argues that the language of environmentalism is inadequate in describing the unraveling of the vast system in which all these extinctions are actually related. And he writes that we're no longer gaining knowledge with every generation. We're losing it." Book Summary