Staff Picks - November 2014RSS

Blade Itself

By Joe Abercrombie
Series The First Law
Recommended By Ralph Guiteau, Readers' Services Librarian

Logen Ninefingers, infamous barbarian, has finally run out of luck. Caught in one feud too many, he’s on the verge of becoming a dead barbarian – leaving nothing behind him but bad songs, dead friends, and a lot of happy enemies.


By Patricia Highsmith
Recommended By John Shea, Library Page

Two women die under similar circumstances, Melchior Kimmel killed his wife, Walter Stackhouse did not kill his. Lieutenant Corby, investigating the Stackhouse case, links it with the unsolved Kimmel murder. Corby’s wish to get at the truth becomes perverted by his ambition into an almost insane desire to extract confessions (From the Publisher).

Charm School

By Nelson DeMille
Recommended By Audrey Honigman, Library Clerk

The disappearance in Moscow of American Greg Fisher prompts U.S. Embassy and CIA agents to the discovery of a Soviet conspiracy that could devastate the West (From the Publisher).


By Veronica Roth
Series Divergent
Recommended By Megan Kass, Reference Librarian, Rosemarie Birofka, Librarian Trainee, Sharon Long, Teen Librarian

In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomoly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.

Glitter and Glue

By Kelly Corrigan
Recommended By Lisa Jones, Readers' Services Librarian

Presents an account of the author's perspectives on motherhood, which have been shaped by her job as a nanny for a grieving Australian family and her character-testing experiences with her daughters.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

By Maya Angelou
Recommended By Amy B., Children's Librarian

The author and poet recalls the anguish of her childhood in Arkansas and her adolescence in northern slums (From the Publisher).

Immortal Muse

By Stephen Leigh
Recommended By Jessikah Chautin, Children's Librarian

An immortal Muse visits the greatest artists of all time, including the 14th-century Parisian alchemists, Vivaldi, and William Blake, until a centuries-old feud comes to a head in modern-day New York.

Invisible Thread

By Laura Schroff
Recommended By Evelyn Hershkowitz, Readers' Services Librarian

This inspirational true story of a friendship that has spanned three decades recounts how the author, a harried sales executive, befriended an eleven-year-old panhandler, changing both of their lives forever.


By James Scott
Recommended By Jackie Ranaldo, Head of Readers' Services

After her husband and four of her children are brutally murdered in the winter of 1897, midwife Elspeth Howell, along with her surviving son, 12-year-old Caleb, takes on the frozen wilderness to find the men responsible.

Kill Artist

By Daniel Silva
Series Gabriel Allon
Recommended By Sonia Grgas, Health Reference Librarian

Ari Shamron, the head of the Israeli intelligence, calls on former intelligence operative Gabriel Allon to thwart a Palestinian plot to destroy the Middle East peace negotiations, a conspiracy linked to a Palestinian zealot with ties to Gabriel’s past (From the Publisher).

Monsters of Templeton

By Lauren Groff
Recommended By Sonia Grgas, Health Reference Librarian

Returning in disgrace to her mother’s home after an affair with her professor, temperamental Willie arrives at the same time the remains of a prehistoric creature are discovered in the town’s lake, a finding that leads to painful revelations about Willie’s family (From the Publisher).

North of Boston

By Elisabeth Elo
Recommended By Ed Goldberg, Head of Reference

Surviving a fishing boat collision that ends her friend’s life, Boston girl Pirio Kasparow, convinced that the incident was not an accident, is tapped to participate in a research project at the side of a journalist who helps her unravel a plot involving the frigid whaling rounds off Baffin Island (From the Publisher).


By Rachel Joyce
Recommended By Lisa Caputo, Assistant Library Director

In the aftermath of a life-shattering accident in the English countryside in 1972, twelve-year-old Bryon Hemming struggles with events that his mother does not seem to remember and embarks on a journey to discover what really did or did not happen (From the Publisher).

Red Rising

By Pierce Brown
Recommended By Stacey Levine, Readers' Services Librarian

A tale set in a bleak future society torn by class divisions follows the experiences of secret revolutionary Darrow, who after witnessing his wife’s execution by an oppressive government joins a revolutionary cell.

Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption

By Stephen King
Recommended By Megan Kass, Reference Librarian

"Red" Redding is a lifer who knows the ropes at Maine's Shawshank State Prison. New inmate Andy Dufresne is a quiet banker, unjustly convicted of murder. Andy's indomitable will earns Red's friendship and his resourcefulness brings hope and change to the entire prison. Andy is full of surprises-- and he saves his best for last.

Sleeping Dictionary

By Sujata Massey
Recommended By Pam Martin, Head of Adult Programming

Kamala, a young peasant woman from West Bengal is drawn into a forbidden romance in 1930s Calcutta and is caught between the country’s independence movement and the British colonial society in which she lives (From the Publisher).

Tale for the Time Being

By Ruth Ozeki
Recommended By Audrey Honigman, Library Clerk

A novelist on a remote island in the Pacific is linked to a bullied and depressed Tokyo teenager after discovering a Hello Kitty lunchbox that washed ashore (From the Publisher).

Where Earth Meets Water

By Pia Padukone
Recommended By Neela Vass, Head of Acquisitions, Lisa Jones, Readers' Services Librarian

Forging superstitious beliefs about his destiny after barely escaping two historical disasters, a guilt-stricken Karom Seth visits his girlfriend’s family in Delhi, where a wise grandmother helps him to find the clarity he seeks (From the Publisher).

World According to Bob: The Further Adventures of One Man and His Streetwise Cat

By James Bowen
Recommended By Lisa C., Library Clerk

Describes the author’s transition from a street musician to an international celebrity and the moments of friendship, bravery, and humor he has shared with his feline companion (From the Publisher).

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