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Staff Picks

 

Our staff’s choice of books and movies for each season:

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Fiction

 

This well written piece of historical fiction starts with a little boy on an orphan train in the mid-1800s, but soon evolves into a saga of other families and how their lives intertwine.  The author spent several years immersing herself in the history and lifestyle of the 19th century and it shows in her writing.  Linda

 

 

 

 

Three remarkably different individuals find their way through love and loss in this absolutely delightful story from Elizabeth Berg. Berg will make you think about family and what defines a family, and how the right people often appear when we need them the most.  Leanne

 

 

 

 

This historical fiction account of the early life of Eliza Lucas, chronicles a teenage girl left to manage her father’s plantations in 1700s South Carolina. In an effort to save the land, she decides to produce indigo dye.  This is the story of her quest for knowledge, the societal forces that held her back and the help she needed to be successful. Linda

 

 

 

 

A quirky, fun and modern epistolary novel – in the form of text and email messages — about the coming of age of two best friends who embark on the first year of college, thousands of miles apart. (Teen) Davonne

 

 

 

 

 

Imagine seven days of quarantine, at Christmastime, with you, your husband, and two adult children.  Add in family secrets, a horrible virus, and a bit of comedy.  In Hornak’s first novel, I found a warm, and humane take on a cast of characters.  This is a wry, masterful portrayal of one family in crisis.  Linda

 

 

 

 

This is the first in a series of seven titles that follow the adventures of chief magistrate Antoine Verlaque and his on again/off again paramour, Marine Bonnet. If you like your mysteries less-gruesome and with a side of wine and French countryside, this is a great series to check out.  Leanne

 

 

 

 

A somewhat dark and haunting exploration of the limits of faith, sacrifice and forgiveness portrayed through scenes of everyday life in 20th century Irish-Catholic Brooklyn.  Davonne

 

 

 

 

 

If books do indeed keep us warm, then The Austen Escape is a cozy blanket on a rainy Sunday. Best friends Mary and Isabel embark on a trip to the land of Jane Austen where they find their friendship challenged by a shared history and an uncertain future, unexpected romance, and career changes. This story was the perfect blend of friendship and romance with a touch of Jane Austen.  Leanne

 

 

 

 

The title reflects true recognition of the gaps in knowledge surrounding small town life, juxtaposed against the main character, Finn’s witness of a crime. However, his face recognition disorder prohibits him from identifying the criminal. The story also interjects allusions to Greek mythology  Davonne

Non-Fiction

New York Times bestselling author Dr. Neal Barnard reveals the shocking truth about cheese-the dangerous addiction that is harming your health-and presents a radical program to lose weight and feel great. We’ve been told that dairy does a body good, but the truth is that cheese can be dangerous. Loaded with calories, fat, and cholesterol, cheese can make you gain weight and leads to a host of health problems like high blood pressure and arthritis. Worse, it contains mild opiates that make it additive, triggering the same brain receptors as heroin and morphine. In The Cheese Trap, Dr. Neal Barnard presents a comprehensive program to help readers break free of their cheese addiction so they can lose weight, boost energy, and improve their overall health. This easy-to-follow diet features a treasury of healthy recipes that will tame even the toughest cravings; from pizza, to lasagna, to ice cream and cheesecake.  Brian

 

A collection of dense and beautifully written essays with historically relevant insights into today’s volatile society. Essays were originally published in The Atlantic magazine.  Davonne

 

 

 

 

 

Kelly Corrigan is the type of person you would want for a best friend. In this insightful and relatable read, Corrigan explores the twelve phrases that sustain and uphold relationships. A fresh and inviting read.  Leanne

 

 

 

 

 

Fascinating and well-researched, this book is an important study of human intervention in the Great Lakes and the subsequent consequences, whether intentional or not.   Davonne

 

 

 

 

 

This is a great place to start if you are interested in minimalism or are just overwhelmed by clutter. Maria Kondo guides you through each step of the de-cluttering and determining which items “spark joy.” An entertaining and insightful read.  Katie

 

 

 

 

 

I listen to the Lore podcast and was very much looking forward to this book. Lore explores folktales and legends and how they came to be as well as how they live on. This particular book goes over the different creatures that have filled folklore over the years, such as ghosts, the Jersey Devil, gremlins, among others. The author, much like his podcast, does a good job of getting the facts from the legend and finding humanity in the stories. If you do listen to the podcast, there will be a lot of repeats here but I highly recommend it to those who might be fans of this subject.  Talia

 

 

 

This title explores Wilder’s relationship to the natural world and how that relationship informed her writing. Full of historical photographs and wonderful illustrations, this book is a must for any Laura Ingalls Wilder fan.  Leanne

 

 

 

 

 

Geneen Roth has a way of breaking it down and busting it open that makes this book an absolute field guide for life. Chapter after chapter will have the reader saying, “me too.”  Leanne

 

 

 

 

 

Born into a survivalist family, Tara Westover never set foot in a formal classroom until the age of 17. As she began to distance herself from her family’s beliefs, Tara found a world of knowledge and information waiting for her. A sometimes heart wrenching read that is a testament to the power and tenacity of the human spirit.  – Leanne

 

 

Past Picks

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2018 Winter
2017 Fall

2017 Summer
2017 Spring
2017 Winter
2016 Fall
2016 Summer
2016 Spring
2015 Winter
2015 Fall
2015 Summer
2015 Spring
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2014 Fall
2014 Summer
2014 Spring
2013 Winter
2013 Fall
2013 Summer
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