Staff Reading Picks
The Monster of Florence
by Douglas Preston, with Mario Spezi
"Douglas Preston fulfilled a lifelong dream when he moveed his family to a villa in Florence. Upon meeting celebrated journalist Mario Spezi, Preston was stunned to learn that the olive grove next to his home had been the scene of a horrific double-murder committed by one of the most infamous figures in Italian history. A serial killer who ritually murdered fourteen young lovers, he was never caught. He is known as the Monster of Florence." "Fascinated by the tale, Preston began to work with Spezi on the case. Here is the true story of their search to uncover and confront the man they believe is the Monster. In an ironic twist of fate that echoes the dark traditions of the city's bloody history, Preston and Spezi themselves become targets of a bizarre police investigation."--BOOK JACKET.
Hot, Flat and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution--and How It Can Renew America
More by Thomas L. Friedman
Proposes an ambitious national strategy to address key issues in climate change and energy shortages, identifying the factors that have contributed to current circumstances while outlining an American-led revolution of clean technology solutions.
Free For All: Oddballs, Geeks, and Gangstas in the Public Library
by Don Borchert
"I have worked in a library for more than 10 years. At 2 p.m., the library is a place of intellectual curiosity, civilized calm and innate civility.... [But at 3:15 p.m.] the teenagers and preteenagers are like a storm surge.... The library is packed, every seat is taken, the noise level ramps up and even the homeless lose their nerve and bolt for the door. The four library employees don't have a chance. It's like trying to take four conscientious adults and put them in charge of crowd control for the French Revolution. While one employee is calming down a small group of radicals by the science project books, another group is erecting a guillotine in juvenile biographies." Book jacket.
American Wife: a Novel
by Curtis Sittenfeld
When her husband is elected president of the United States, Alice Blackwell finds her new life as first lady increasingly tumultuous as she reflects on the privileges and difficulties of her position as her private beliefs conflict with her public responsibilities.