Staff Picks - January 2015RSS

Astonish Me

By Maggie Shipstead
Recommended By Audrey Honigman, Library Clerk

Helping a world-famous dancer to defect from the Soviet Union to the United States, ballerina Joan watches her friend’s career soar while her own declines in the wake of her pregnancy and marriage, a situation that eventually exposes difficult secrets.

Blue Dahlia

By Nora Roberts
Series In the Garden Trilogy
Recommended By Stacey Levine, Readers' Services Librarian

Centering around three courageous women, who meet for the first time at a crossroads in their lives, this first installment in a brand new trilogy from the best-selling author follows Stella as she casts aside her fears and finds a special love that she will do anything to protect.

Hard Choices

By Hilary Rodham Clinton
Recommended By Jean Buchholtz, Library Clerk

The former secretary of state, senator and first lady shades candid reflections about the key moments of her services in the Obama Administration as well as her thoughts about how to navigate the challenges of the 21st century

If I Stay

By Gayle Forman
Series If I Stay
Recommended By Pam Strudler, Children's Librarian

While in a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weights whether to live with her grief or join her family in death.

Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle

By The Countess of Carnarvon
Recommended By Brenda Cherry, Reference Librarian

Examines the life of Lady Almina, the fifth Countess of Carnarvon, and the events in Highclere Castle during the First World War.


By Rainbow Rowell
Recommended By Jessikah Chautin, Children's Librarian

Recognizing that her marriage is in deep trouble in spite of her abiding and mutual love for her husband, television writer Georgie excludes herself from a Christmas family visit before discovering a way to reconnect with the man her husband used to be.

Lover's Dictionary

By David Levithan
Recommended By Jackie Ranaldo, Head of Readers' Services

“This cute novel by YA author Levithan consists of a series of words and their definitions, each evoking a phase or theme about a fledgling romance (From Publishers Weekly).”

Luckiest Lady in London

By Sherry Thomas
Series London
Recommended By Sonia Grgas, Health Reference Librarian

Louisa Cantwell, who must marry a wealthy man in order to support her sisters, is drawn to Felix Rivendale, the mysterious Marquess of Wrenworth, but resists because she knows that he cannot be trusted

Outlaw Mountain

By J.A. Jance
Series Joanna Brady Mysteries
Recommended By Brenda Cherry, Reference Librarian

When the body of an elderly widow turns up in the desert, Sheriff Joanna Brady searches for a killer among the victim’s greedy offspring, her mysterious much younger live-in handyman turned lover, and corrupt local politicians


By Jo Nesbo
Series Harry Hole Series
Recommended By Audrey Honigman, Library Clerk

Determined to prove the innocence of a young man he helped raise, disgraced former cop Harry Hole embarks on an increasingly dangerous investigation linked to Oslo’s most virulent street drug.

Reliable Wife

By Robert Goolrick
Recommended By Pam Strudler, Children's Librarian

“Robert Goolrick's intoxicating debut novel delivers a classic tale of suspenseful seduction, set in a world that seems to have gone temporarily off its axis (From the Publisher).”

Silence of the Lambs

By Thomas Harris
Series Hannibal Lecter Novels
Recommended By Megan Kass, Systems Manager

FBI Academy trainee Clarice Starling hopes that Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a criminally insane psychiatrist imprisoned in a Boston hospital, can lead her to the serial killer known only as Buffalo Bill.

Telling the Bees

By Peggy Hesketh
Recommended By Ed Goldberg, Head of Reference

An 80 year-old, third-generation beekeeper who relates better to the constant companions in his hives than most people must come to terms with the loss of his long-time friend, Claire, who was killed during a burglary gone awry .

That Night

By Chevy Stevens

Returning home after serving time for the wrongful conviction of her sister's murder, Toni struggles to reacclimate and avoid parole violations while her boyfriend, who was also wrongly convicted, resolves to clear their names.

Uganda Be Kidding Me

By Chelsea Handler
Recommended By Amy B., Children's Librarian

In her latest hilarious book of essays, Chelsea Handler recounts her travel hijinks.


By Emma Straub
Recommended By Evelyn Hershkowitz, Readers' Services Librarian

Celebrating their thirty-fifth anniversary and their daughter's high-school graduation during a two-week vacation in Mallorca, Franny and Jim Post confront old secrets, hurts, and rivalries that reveal sides of themselves they try to conceal.

Virgin of Small Plains

By Nancy Pickard
Recommended By Pam Martin, Head of Adult Programming

“Seventeen years after the discovery of a female murder victim near Small Plains, Kansas, the girl’s grave has become the source of strange miracles and legends, until the return of prodigal son Mitch Newquist threatens to bring old secrets to light (From the Publisher).”

Wives of Los Alamos

By TaraShea Nesbit
Recommended By Lisa Jones, Readers' Services Librarian

An emotionally charged tale told in the collective voices of the wives of the team who created the atom bomb traces their struggles to adapt and raise children in a rugged military town where everything their husbands are doing is an intense secret.

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