Staff Picks - August 2014RSS

Astoria: John Jacob Astor & Thomas Jefferson’s Lost Pacific Empire

By Peter Stark
Recommended By Brenda Cherry, Reference Librarian

“Drawing on original source material, this gripping true story, filled with high adventure and incredible hardship, documents the three-year expedition, from 1810 to 1813, to establish Fort Astoria, a trading post on the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest (From the Publisher).”


By David Cullen
Recommended By Amy B., Children's Librarian

“Discusses the school shooting at Columbine High School in 1999, reflecting on the killers’ histories and the portrayal of the event by the media (From the Publisher).”

Deepest Secret

By Carla Buckley
Recommended By Arlene Silverman, Library Clerk

“Wishing for a normal life after being diagnosed with a rare medical condition that makes him lethally sensitive to light, 13-year-old Tyler roams the nighttime streets to observe the neighborhood family lives he covets to become a key witness in the disappearance of a young girl (From the Publisher).”


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

In Bruen's eighth Jack Taylor novel, the Galway PI clashes with Satan himself--or so all the clues scream.

Half the Kingdom

By Lore Segal
Recommended By Audrey Honigman, Library Clerk

“A dark comedy about life in post-September 11 America features characters struggling with a broken medical system in a Manhattan emergency room where an upsurge in sudden-onset Alzheimer’s raises questions about a possible terrorist plot (From the Publisher).”

History Decoded: Solving the 10 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time

By Brad Meltzer
Recommended By Alisa Fogel, Reference Librarian

“A book inspired by the History Network show explores unexplained mysteries, including what the government is hiding in Area 51, and what happened to the Confederacy’s nineteen million dollars in gold and silver at the end of the Civil War (From the Publisher).”

Kiss and Tell

By Fern Michaels
Series Sisterhood
Recommended By Marie McLaughlin, Senior Library Clerk

“After discovering emails suggesting dishonest dealings at a local assisted-living facility, Myra and Annie, the Sisterhood leaders, begin an investigation into financial wizard Emanuel Macklin with the help of some new and untested allies (From the Publisher).”

Last Dead Girl

By Harry Dolan
Series David Loogan
Recommended By Ed Goldberg, Head of Reference

“Falling in love with a beautiful young law student after a chance encounter on a rainy April night, David is discouraged by a bruise on Jana’s cheek that she refuses to explain and is horrified when he is declared a prime suspect in her subsequent murder (From the Publisher).”

Little Failure: A Memoir

By Gary Shteyngart
Recommended By Lisa Caputo, Assistant Library Director

“Traces the author’s experiences as a young bullied Jewish-Russian immigrant in Queens, his haphazard college pursuits, and his initial forays into a literary career (From the Publisher).”


By George Eliot
Recommended By Sonia Grgas, Health Reference Librarian

“In nineteenth-century England, Dorthea Brooke’s wishes to defy social conventions are inhibited by the strict nature of her surroundings (From the Publisher).”

Museum of Extraordinary Things

By Alice Hoffman
Recommended By Lisa Jones, Readers' Services Librarian, Evelyn Hershkowitz, Readers' Services Librarian
With Lisa Jones, Readers' Services Librarian

Tuesday, October 28, 2014. 1:30 PM.

The daughter of a curiosities museum's front man pursues an impassioned love affair with a Russian immigrant photographer who after fleeing his Lower East Side Orthodox community has captured poignant images of the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire.

My Gentle Barn: Creating a Sanctuary Where Animals Heal & Children Learn to Hope

By Ellie Laks
Recommended By Sue Ann R., Head of Children's Services

“Traces the uplifting story of a Los Angeles-based nonprofit animal rescue that has saved hundreds of creatures from unsafe conditions, describing how the author and shelter volunteers rehabilitate their charges, many of whom become companions for at-risk inner-city and special-needs children (From the Publisher).”

Never List

By Koethi Zan
Recommended By Stacey Levine, Readers' Services Librarian

“Having lived lives of careful prudence, best friends Sarah and Jennifer are abducted from a cab and held captive for three years in a dungeon-like cellar by a sadistic man, a trauma Sarah endeavors to understand a decade later as she pursues healing and unravels a horrifying mystery (From the Publisher).”

Odd Thomas

By Dean Koontz
Series Odd Thomas Novels
Recommended By Jessikah Chautin, Children's Librarian

“Over the course of two days, Odd Thomas, his soulmate Stormy Llewellyn, and an assortment of allies make their way through a dark, terrifying world in which past and present, and life and death collide as they try to avert a cataclysm (From the Publisher).”

One Breath Away

By Heather Gudenkauf
Recommended By Rosemarie Germaine, Senior Library Clerk, Jackie Ranaldo, Head of Readers' Services, Audrey Honigman, Library Clerk

When an unknown man armed with a gun walks into an elementary school classroom, holding the children hostage, Officer Meg Barrett watches and waits for his demands, while Evelyn Oliver, trapped in her classroom, wonders how to save her students.

Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York

By Deborah Blum
Recommended By Megan Kass, Reference Librarian

Chronicles the story of New York City's first forensic scientists to describe Jazz Age poisoning cases, including a family's inexplicable balding, Barnum and Bailey's Blue Man, and the crumbling bones of factory workers.

Rebel Island

By Rick Riordan
Series Tres Navarre Mysteries
Recommended By Merry Cohen, Library Clerk

“Enjoying his honeymoon at a Gulf Coast island resort, Tres Navarre finds his peaceful sojourn turning deadly when a U.S. Marshal is found murdered, the island is wracked by a hurricane, and he discovers that a desperate fugitive killer is on the island (From the Publisher).”

Sycamore Row

By John Grisham
Recommended By John Shea, Library Page, Evelyn Hershkowitz, Readers' Services Librarian

When wealthy Seth Hubbard hangs himself from a sycamore tree and leaves his fortune to his black maid, Jake Brigance once again finds himself embroiled in a controversial trial that will expose old racial tensions and force Ford County to confront its tortured history.

Wish You Happy Forever: What China’s Orphans Taught Me About Moving Mountains

By Jenny Bowen
Recommended By Neela Vass, Head of Acquisitions

“The founder of Half the Sky Foundation, an organization dedicated to transforming Chinese orphanages and the lives of the neglected girls who live in them, details her relentless perseverance and unwavering commitment to this cause (From the Publisher).”

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