Staff Reading Picks
The Secret Adventures of Charlotte Bronte
by Laura Joh Rowland
Upon learning that she has been falsely accused of plagiarism, the normally mild-mannered Charlotte Brontë sets off for London to clear her name. But when she unintentionally witnesses a murder, Charlotte finds herself embroiled in a dangerous chain of events that forces her to confront demons from her past.--From publisher description.
Dreamers of the Day
by Mary Doria Russell
In the wake of the Great War and the influenza pandemic of 1919, forty-year-old schoolteacher Agnes Shanklin uses her inheritance to take a trip to Egypt and the Holy Land, where she meets T.E. Lawrence and Karl Weilbacher, a German spy.
The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw
by Bruce Barcott
Describes the efforts of a few determined villagers in Belize, led by Sharon Matola, the head of the Belize Zoo, to stop attempts to build a huge dam that would destroy one of Central America's great rivers and the last scarlet macaws in Belize.
World Made by Hand
by James Howard Kunstler
In the wake of global catastrophes that have destroyed industrial civilization, the inhabitants of Union Grove, a small New York town, do anything they can to get by, as they struggle to deal with a new way of life over the course of an eventful summer.
by David Kertzer
Examines a nineteenth-century court case in which attorney Augusto Barbieri took on the case of Amalia Bagnacavalli, an impoverished peasant woman from Bologna, Italy, who contracted syphilis from the sickly baby she had been forced to wet nurse.
by Christopher Rice
Disgraced after a split-second decision nearly kills his marine captain, Iraq war veteran John Houck struggles to redeem himself in his captain's eyes and stumbles on a horrifying murder scene that wrongfully implicates the captain's partner.
Two Weeks Of Life: a Memoir of Love, Death & Politics
by Eleanor Clift
At the same time that Terri Schiavo was dying in her Florida hospice, Eleanor Clift's husband, Tom Brazaitis, was dying of cancer at home; the two passed away within a day of each other. This personal narrative alternates between these two stories to provide a moving commentary on how we deal, or fail to deal, with dying in modern America.
Now You See Him
by Eli Gottlieb
When his best friend from childhood murders his girlfriend and then commits suicide, Nick Framingham reevaluates his own life through his memories of their friendship and realizes unsettling truths about their suburban New York community.