Staff Picks - December 2014RSS

12 Years a Slave: A True Story of Betrayal, Kidnap and Slavery

By Solomon Northup
Recommended By Lisa Jones, Readers' Services Librarian

A memoir describing the life of Solomon Northup, a free Black man from Saratoga, N.Y., who was kidnapped in 1841 and forced into slavery in Louisiana for twelve years.

American Pastoral

By Philip Roth
Recommended By Lisa Caputo, Assistant Library Director, Audrey Honigman, Library Clerk

A former athletic star, devoted family man, and owner of a thriving glove factory, Seymour “Swede” Levov finds his life coming apart during the social disorder of the 1960s, when his beloved daughter turns revolutionary terrorist out to destroy her father’s world

Assignment in Brittany

By Helen MacInnes
Recommended By Patricia Wahl, Library Page

A British officer pretending to be French tries to find the Nazi plans for resisting invasion off the coast of France during World War II.

Black Madonna

By Louise Ermelino
Recommended By Jackie Ranaldo, Head of Readers' Services

Three mothers from New York’s Little Italy struggle to maintain their traditions while their sons chafe under the oppressive weight of their ethnic community

Bone Dust White

By Karin Salvalaggio
Recommended By Ed Goldberg, Head of Reference

When Grace Adams witnesses the murder of her mother, who abandoned her eleven years earlier, Detective Macy Greeley struggles for answers as she investigates the case and reopens old wounds while hunting down the killer.

Book of You

By Claire Kendal
Recommended By Stacey Levine, Readers' Services Librarian, Lisa Jones, Readers' Services Librarian

While serving jury duty, university administrator Clarissa realizes that the disturbingly violent crime unfolding in front of her parallels to recent events in her own life as she becomes the obsession of her colleague who has crossed the line between fantasy and reality, love and compulsion.

Elizabeth is Missing

By Emma Healey
Recommended By Sue Ann R., Head of Children's Services

When Maud, an aging grandmother who is slowly losing her memory, is convinced that her best friend Elizabeth is missing and in terrible danger, she becomes obsessed with saving her beloved friend despite the fact that no one believes her.


By Benedict Jacka
Series Alex Verus
Recommended By Megan Kass, Systems Manager

When he is approached by multiple factions seeking his skills to unlock the mystery surrounding a relic from a long-ago mage war, magic shop owner Alex Verus, an oracle, forsees that his life will be in great danger if he takes this job-and if he doesn’t.

How to Eat a Cupcake

By Meg Donohue
Recommended By Stacey Levine, Readers' Services Librarian

When childhood friends Annie Quintana and Julia St. Clair reconnect as adults and decide to open a cupcakery, they must overcome old betrayals, first loves, and a dangerous threat.

JFK Jr., George, & Me

By Matt Berman
Recommended By Evelyn Hershkowitz, Readers' Services Librarian

The creative director for George magazine shares the story of his relationship with JFK Jr., describing the magazine’s tumultuous early days, the life lessons he learned throughout his career, and the character qualities that marked JFK Jr.’s achievements

My Real Children

By Jo Walton
Recommended By Jessikah Chautin, Children's Librarian

Remembering two different pasts that reflect contrasting historical events and relationships with different people, and elderly Patricia Cowan wonders about her identity.

Open Season

By Linda Howard
Recommended By Stacey Levine, Readers' Services Librarian

Small-town librarian Daisy Minor is tired of not having a life and sets out to transform herself, but her plans go awry when she witnesses a deadly crime and becomes the target of a killer who will do anything to keep her quiet.

Presumed Innocent

By Scott Turrow
Series Kindle County
Recommended By Audrey Honigman, Library Clerk

When a beautiful lawyer from the prosecuting attorney’s office, Carolyn Polhemus, is brutally murdered, assistant prosecutor Rusty Sabich is entrusted with the case. But he and Carolyn were much more than colleagues, and a zealous fellow prosecutor becomes convinced that Sabich is guilty of the crime


By Ken Bruen
Series Jack Taylor
Recommended By Ralph Guiteau, Readers' Services Librarian

The decapitation killing of Father Joyce in the confessional of a Galway church shocks all of Ireland, including Jack Taylor, a man devastated by a recent personal loss, who finds himself investigating crimes of the past to solve this case


By John Scalzi
Recommended By Megan Kass, Systems Manager

Enjoying his assignment with the Xenobiology lab on board the prestigious Intrepid, ensign Andrew Dahl worries about casualties suffered by low-ranking officers during away missions before making a shocking discovery about the starship’s actual purpose

Secret Adversary

By Agatha Christie
Series Tommy and Tuppence Mysteries
Recommended By Brenda Cherry, Reference Librarian

"Investigating the case of a woman who has been missing for five years, Tommy and Tuppence Beresford uncover just enough information to solve the mystery and put their own lives in jeopardy (From the Publisher)."

Star Island

By Carl Hiaasen
Series Skink
Recommended By Sonia Grgas, Health Reference Librarian

Ann DeLuisa, body double for drug-addled pop star Cherry Pye, is kidnapped by an obsessed paparazzo and Cherry’s entourage must rescue her while keeping her existence a secret from Cherry’s public and from Cherry herself

Wind is Not a River

By Brian Payton
Recommended By Jackie Ranaldo, Head of Readers' Services

Desperate to understand the war that claimed the life of his brother, journalist John Easley heads to Alaska to investigate the Japanese invasion of the Aleutian Islands, while his wife is forced to reimagine who she is and what she is capable of doing after he disappears

You Should Have Known

By Jean Hanff Korelitz
Recommended By Evelyn Hershkowitz, Readers' Services Librarian

A successful New York City oncologist with the perfect family she always wanted has her life turned upside down after her husband goes missing and a chain of horrible revelations sends her reeling.

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