Staff Picks

Staff recommendations for the best of what to read, listen to and view in our collection.

Maybe This Time by Jennifer Crusie

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Andie Miller agrees to a favor for her ex-husband, North Archer, which involves going to stay at a haunted house in southern Ohio and taking care of two orphaned children who are distant relatives of his and who really need her help.  Of course she doesn’t believe the house is haunted at first, but after not too long, her mantra is “there are ghosts”.  The question is, how to get rid of them?  There’s humor, paranormal, and a love story, too (turns out she’s still in love with her ex-husband, and he’s still in love with her).  It’s rather long, but it was the kind of story where I wanted it to keep going, so that was OK.  This is the third Jennifer Crusie book I’ve read or listened to, and I've enjoyed them all.

Making Toast by Roger Rosenblatt

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When his daughter, Amy—a gifted doctor, mother, and wife—collapses and dies from an asymptomatic heart condition, Roger Rosenblatt and his wife, Ginny, leave their home on the South Shore of Long Island to move in with their son-in-law, Harris, and their three young grandchildren: six-year-old Jessica, four-year-old Sammy, and one-year-old James, known as Bubbies. With the wit, heart, precision, and depth of understanding that has characterized his work, Roger Rosenblatt peels back the layers on this most personal of losses to create both a tribute to his late daughter and a testament to familial love.

In the Woods by Tana French

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Rob Ryan, police detective for the Dublin murder squad finds himself on the case of a child murder that took place in a woods that has haunted him since his childhood. The author does a fine job developing the characters Rob Ryan and Cassie Maddox along with a huge cast that create the right mix of real and mystical in this super psychological sleuthing. There are many slow twists that take you into the past-psychologically, archeologically and culturally as you sort  through the layers that keep you guessing up to the very end.

Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord

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Paama’s husband is a fool and a glutton. Bad enough that he followed her to her parents’ home in the village of Makende, now he’s disgraced himself by murdering livestock and stealing corn. When Paama leaves him for good, she attracts the attention of the undying ones—the djombi—who present her with a gift: the Chaos Stick, which allows her to manipulate the subtle forces of the world. Unfortunately, a wrathful djombi with indigo skin believes this power should be his and his alone. Redemption in Indigo is a clever, contemporary fairy tale inspired in part by a Senegalese folk tale.

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

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After attempting a love spell gone wrong, teen witch Sophie has been banished to Hecate Hall (aka Hex Hall). Hex Hall is a reform school for teens of various supernatural backgrounds. Sophie doesn’t exactly make the best impression on the first day of her new school. She makes an enemy of 3 powerful witches, develops a crush on a warlock and discovers her vampire roommate is the most hated girl on campus. Could it be any worse? Hex Hall is a great choice for teens looking for another book to read in the paranormal genre!

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

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Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte is deep, dark and depressing. Characters die of consumption, go insane and become depraved by drink and longing. The setting and the storytelling draw you in to the lives of these tortured souls. Ten times better than the movie. I know now why Bella in Twilight says that this is her favorite book!

Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs by Molly Harper

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nice girls don't have fangs coverJane Jameson is a children's librarian who gets fired by her mean boss, then on the same day gets accidentally shot.  The handsome stranger (Gabriel Nightengale) who saves her is a vampire, so she's turned into a vampire, too.  As she learns about her new vampire lifestyle in the small southern town she lives in (who knew you could go shopping for blood? - late at night, at the all-night store, of course), and gets to know her new friends and enemies, you have got to laugh.  She's afraid to tell her parents she's a vampire, and someone in the vampire community is trying to frame her for murder, but Gabriel seems to like her... This light vampire romance/mystery was quite enjoyable. This is the first in a series. The second book is Read more

Tick Tock by Dean Koontz

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Tick Tock by Dean Koontz is a fun, suspenceful, and engaging read. One night Tommy Phan, a Vietnamese novelist of James Bond type detective stories arrives home to find a small rag doll on his doorstep. Phan soon finds that the "doll"  is mysteriously transforming into a demon that can't be stopped. The audio version of this book is well read and quite entertaining. Highly recommended for those looking for a light read with hilarious content.

Bad Things Happen by Harry Dolan

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The man who calls himself David Loogan is leading a quiet, anonymous life in the college town of Ann Arbor, Michigan. He's hoping to escape a violent past he would rather forget. But his solitude is broken when he finds himself drawn into a friendship with Tom Kristoll, the publisher of the mystery magazine Gray Streets--and into an affair with Laura, Tom's sleek blond wife. What Loogan doesn't realize is that the stories in Gray Streets tend to follow a simple formula: Plans go wrong. Bad things happen. People die. As murders happen around the city, Tom senses what seems to fiction may well be fact.

The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow

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This debut novel tells the story of Rachel, the daughter of a Danish mother and a black G.I. who becomes the sole survivor of a family tragedy. With her strict African American grandmother as her new guardian, Rachel moves to a mostly black community, where her light brown skin, blue eyes, and beauty bring mixed attention her way. Growing up in the 1980s, she learns to swallow her overwhelming grief and confronts her identity as a biracial young woman in a world that wants to see her as either black or white. In the tradition of Jamaica Kincaid's Annie John and Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye, here is a portrait of a young girl - and society's ideas of race, class, and beauty.