Staff Reading Picks
by Frances De Pontes Peebles
Having mastered the clothing maker's art at an early age, orphaned siblings Emilia and Luzia dos Santos harbor individual dreams for the future but find their lives playing out divergently as the wife of a wealthy doctor's son and a member of a rebel bandit gang.
Dear American Airlines
by Jonathan Miles
ISBN : 9780547054018
Traveling to the wedding of his estranged daughter and left stranded in O'Hare Airport when his flight is cancelled, Bennie Ford begins writing a letter of complaint to the airline that evolves into a painful lament for a life that has gone badly awry .
Friend of the Devil
by Peter Robinson
Chief Inspector Alan Banks and Detective Inspector Annie Cabbot must work together to solve two chilling crimes. On loan to a sister precinct, Cabbot draws the first case. Karen Drew seems to have lived a quiet and nearly invisible life for the past seven years. Try as she might, Annie turns up nothing in the woman's past that might have prompted someone to wheel her out to the sea and to her death. Meanwhile, in the Hayley Daniels murder, Banks has suspects galore. Then a breakthrough spins Annie's case in a shocking and surprising new direction, straight toward Banks.
High crimes : how a mountain of money draws thievery, extortion, fraud, and death to the top of the world /
by Michael Kodas
The author documents his effort to climb Mount Everest in the aftermath of the tragic 1996 storm that ended the lives of eight climbers and reveals the existence of mountain-based crime organizations preying on aspiring climbers.
The Memoirs of a Beautiful Boy
by Robert Leleux
ISBN : 9780312361686
The author describes his east Texas boyhood and coming of age with his eccentric, flamboyant mother, his life on their in-laws' horse ranch, his mother's successful quest to land a wealthy husband, and meeting his future life partner, Michael.
Wash This Blood Clean From My Hand
by Fred Vargas
ISBN : 9780143112167
In this remarkable addition to the Commissaire Adamsberg series, a serial killer has followed Adamsberg to Canada on his training mission in a novel that will keep readers spellbound until the very end.
by Michael Marshall
Traveling to Seattle when his wife goes missing during a business trip, Jack Whalen uncovers unsettling truths and is enlisted by a childhood friend to untangle other mysteries involving a businessman's will and the disappearance of a young girl .
The Sharper Your Knife, The Less You Cry
by Kathleen Flinn
ISBN : 9780670018222
Recounts the author's decision to change careers and attend the famed Le Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris, describing how she survived the program's intense teaching methods and competitive fellow students, in an account complemented by two dozen recipes .Recounts the author's decision to change careers and attend the famed Le Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris, describing how she survived the program's intense teaching methods and competitive fellow students, in an account complemented by two dozen recipes .
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
by Mohsin Hamid
At a cafe table in Lahore, a bearded Pakistani man converses with an uneasy American stranger. As dusk deepens to night, he begins the tale that has brought them to this fateful meeting . . . Changez is living an immigrant's dream of America. At the top of his class at Princeton, he is snapped up by the elite "valuation" firm of Underwood Samson. He thrives on the energy of New York, and his infatuation with elegant, beautiful Erica promises entry into Manhattan society at the same exalted level once occupied by his own family back in Lahore. But in the wake of September 11, Changez finds his position in his adopted city suddenly overturned, and his budding relationship with Erica eclipsed by the reawakened ghosts of her past. And Changez's own identity is in seismic shift as well, unearthing allegiances more fundamental than money, power, and maybe even love.