Staff Picks - April 2014RSS


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

Gossiping and sharing their personal secrets on e-mail in spite of their company's online monitoring practices, Beth and Jennifer unwittingly amuse Internet security officer Lincoln, who unexpectedly falls for Beth.

Cleopatra: A Life

By Stacy Schiff
Recommended By Ralph Guiteau, Readers' Services Librarian
With Ralph Guiteau, Readers' Services Librarian

Tuesday, February 11, 2014. 7:30 PM.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer brings to life the most intriguing woman in the history of the world: Cleopatra, the last queen of Egypt. Though her life spanned fewer than 40 years, it reshaped the contours of the ancient world.

Cuckoo’s Calling

By J.K. Rowling/Robert Galbraith
Recommended By Sonia Grgas, Readers' Services Librarian

“Working as a private investigator after losing his leg in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike takes the case of a legendary supermodel’s suspicious suicide and finds himself in a world of multi-millionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, desperate designers and hedonist pursuits (From the Publisher).”


By Joanna Trollope
Recommended By Rosemarie Germaine, Senior Library Clerk

“After her youngest son, and last one to marry, brings home his wife, Rachel, feels her role of family matriarch slipping away and must deal with the loss that comes with it, while maintaining the relationships she holds dear (From the Publisher).”

Dirty Love

By Andre Dubus III
Recommended By Lisa Caputo, Assistant Library Director

A collection of novellas examining the lives of suburbanites seeking solace and gratification in food, sex, work, and love.

Emily and Einstein

By Linda Francis Lee
Recommended By Rosemarie Germaine, Senior Library Clerk

“Losing her beloved husband in a tragic accident only to be informed that she must leave her comfortable Upper West Side home, Emily learns disturbing truths about her late husband’s true character and embarks on a journey for answers in the company of a scruffy little dog (From the Publisher).”

Fly Away

By Kristin Hannah
Recommended By Marie McLaughlin, Senior Library Clerk

“A follow-up to the best-selling Firefly Lane returns readers to the world of Tully, Kate, and Tully’s mother, who explore their understandings about love, family, loss and redemption while turning to each other in the hopes of salvaging their lives (From the Publisher).”

Free Man of Color

By Barbara Hambly
Series Benjamin January Mysteries
Recommended By Erica Converso, Reference Librarian

“In New Orleans in the 1830s, Benjamin January, a Creole musician and a free Black man, struggles to clear his name when he becomes a suspect in the murder of an octoroon woman (From the Publisher).”

Gold Coast

By Nelson DeMille
Series John Sutter Novels
Recommended By Audrey Honigman, Library Clerk

“Along the wealthy North Shore of New York’s Long Island, the once-affluent Wall Street attorney John Sutter meets Mafia kingpin Frank Bellarosa and finds himself drawn into a seductive world of money and violence (From the Publisher).”

How the Light Gets In

By Louise Penny
Series Inspector Armand Gamache Mysteries
Recommended By Jean Buchholtz, Library Clerk

“Struggling to maintain the Homicide group during the holiday season in the wake of interdepartmental estrangements, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache quietly investigates the disappearance of a once-famous mad poet while seeking a safe haven for his loyal colleagues in an increasingly hostile town (From the Publisher).”

I am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

By Malala Yousafzai
Recommended By Neela Vass, Library Clerk

“Describes the life of the young Pakistani student who advocated for women’s rights and education in the Taliban-controlled Swat Valley, survived an assassination attempt, and became the youngest nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize (From the Publisher).”

Imperfect Bliss

By Susan Fales-Hill
Recommended By Stacey Levine, Readers' Services Librarian

“Throwing herself into earning her Ph.D after an acrimonious divorce, Elizabeth, the second of four mixed-race sisters named after Windsor royals by their ambitious mother, is drawn into the romantic dramas of her sister, a television reality show bachelorette (From the Publisher).”

Lake Como

By Anita Hughes
Recommended By Evelyn Hershkowitz, Readers' Services Librarian

After walking in on her fiancée cheating on her with her boss, Hallie Elliot escapes to Lake Como in Italy where she becomes involved with a mysterious estate caretaker with a dark and secretive past.

Lesson Before Dying

By Ernest J. Gaines
Recommended By Jackie Ranaldo, Head of Readers' Services
With Jackie Ranaldo, Head of Readers' Services

Tuesday, September 24, 2013. 1:30 PM.

A frustrated teacher in a southern town, whose education is being underutilized, finds his own purpose in helping bring meaning to the last days of a young man due to be executed. In teaching one person to die with dignity, he redeems himself.

Prince of Tides

By Pat Conroy
Recommended By John Shea, Library Page

Interweaves the events of Tom Wingo's summer in New York and his relationship to Susan Lowenstein, his sister Savannah's beautiful psychiatrist and the complex history of the South Carolinian Wingo family, from World War II, through Vietnam.

Reconstructing Amelia

By Kimberly McCreight
Recommended By Amy B., Children's Librarian

“When her high-achieving 15-year-old daughter Amelia supposedly commits suicide after she is caught cheating, litigation lawyer and single mother Kate Baron, leveled by grief, must reconstruct the pieces of Amelia’s life to find the truth and vindicate the memory of the daughter whose life she could not save (From the Publisher).”

Sandrine’s Case

By Thomas H. Cook
Recommended By Ed Goldberg, Head of Reference

“Sharing a seemingly tranquil relationship with his brilliant bohemian wife only to find himself on trial for her murder, liberal arts college professor Samuel Madison struggles with a hostile town and media as well as his daughter’s distrust while reevaluating his marriage and falling in love with his dead wife all over again (From the Publisher).”


By Sherrilyn Kenyon
Series Dark-Hunter Novels
Recommended By Arlene Silverman, Library Clerk

“Traces the story of the Dark-Hunter leader’s powerful twin, who risks his life to prove his loyalty only to fall in love with a reluctant Atlantean goddess who resolves to pay back a debt at any cost (From the Publisher).”

White Smoke

By Andrew M. Greeley
Recommended By Brenda Cherry, Reference Librarian

“As the cardinals of the Church gather in Rome for the election of a new pope, Bishop John Blackwood Ryan, reporter Dennis Mulloy, and CNN correspondent and Mulloy’s ex-wife Patricia investigate a Vatican banking scandal and an assassin out to destroy the next pope (From the Publisher).”

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