Staff Picks

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

Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

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If you like historical fiction and you haven't already read all the books in Oprah's book club (this was one), you'll love Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett.  It's the story of the building of a great cathedral during medieval times, and the life stories of all the interesting people involved in that endeavor.  A smart and ambitious monk, a skilled stone mason, a clever young lady, an evil bishop, and so much more.  Really absorbing (and really long!).

First Degree by David Rosenfelt

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This is the second book in the mystery series featuring wise-cracking defense attorney Andy Carpenter (follows Open and Shut).  They are humorous and exciting, not too deep.   I thought this one was even funnier than the first one.  And you get to know the characters a little better in this one.  Andy's girlfriend, Laurie, is accused of a crime, and he's trying to defend her.