Staff Picks - July 2015RSS

Against Football: One Fan's Reluctant Manifesto

By Steve Almond
Recommended By Ralph Guiteau, Readers' Services Librarian

Argues that not only is American football hazardous to players’ health, and especially to their brains, but also that American support of the sport encourages violence, prejudices, and other ethically troubling behavior.

Beautiful Mystery

By Louise Penny
Series Inspector Armand Gamacge Mysteries
Recommended By Brenda Cherry, Reference Librarian

When a peaceful monastery in Quebec is shattered by the murder of their renowned choir director, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir of the Sûreté du Québec are challenged to find the killer in a cloistered community that has taken a vow of silence.


By Deborah Meyler
Recommended By Ed Goldberg, Head of Reference

Discovering she is pregnant after her boyfriend dumps her, a young British student in New York takes on a part-time job at a shabby, used book store and finds salvation among the colorful characters who work and shop there.

Cat Getting Out of a Bag and Other Observations

By Jeffrey Brown
Recommended By Jackie Ranaldo, Head of Readers' Services

A collection of comics based on the author’s cat, depicting its antics as it eats, plays, purrs and engages in other distinctively feline behaviors.

Drinking Closer to Home

By Jessica Anya Blau
Recommended By Rosemarie Germaine, Senior Library Clerk

Following their mother’s heart attack, three adult children return home and try to sort out their lives, including Anna’s obsession with having sex with strangers, Portia’s unfaithful husband, and Emery’s desire for his own family.

Escape From Tibet: A True Story

By Nick Gray
Recommended By Neela Vass, Head of Acquisitions

Two brothers face cruelty, hardship, and hope, on the ultimate journey in search of freedom.

Four Nights with the Duke

By Eloisa James
Series Desperate Duchesses Series
Recommended By Kumarie Jakimo, Library Page

When Mia Carrington is forced to beg Evander Brody, Duke of Pindar, whom she once swore she would never marry, to enter into a marriage of convenience with her, he sets some conditions of his own before agreeing to her offer.

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

By Nicholas Kristof
Recommended By Pam Martin, Head of Adult Programming

“A Pulitzer Prize-winning husband-and-wife team speaks out against the oppression of women in the developing world, sharing example stories about victims and survivors who are working to raise awareness, counter abuse, and campaign for women’s rights (From the Publisher).”


Became the movie: Half the Sky

History of Love

By Nicole Krauss
Recommended By Pam Strudler, Children's Librarian

Sixty years after a book’s publication, its author remembers his lost love and missing son, while a teenage girl named for one of the book’s characters seeks her namesake, as well as a cure for her widowed mother’s loneliness.

Jeter Unfiltered

By Derek Jeter
Recommended By Amy B., Children's Librarian

“Offers a photographic retrospective of the Major League Baseball star and five-time World Series champion who retired after the 2014 season (From the Publisher).”


Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft

By Joe Hill
Recommended By Jessikah Chautin, Children's Librarian, Stacey Levine, Readers' Services Librarian

The story of the Keyhouse, a New England mansion, with doors that transform all who walk through them...and home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it opens the most terrible door of all.

Man Called Ove

By Fredrik Backman
Recommended By Audrey Honigman, Library Clerk

A curmudgeon hides a terrible personal loss beneath a cranky and short-tempered exterior while clashing with new neighbors, a boisterous family whose chattiness and habits lead to unexpected friendship.

Nora Webster

By Colm Toibin
Recommended By Lisa Jones, Readers' Services Librarian, Jean Simpson, Readers' Services Librarian

Struggling with grief and financial hardships after the death of her beloved husband, widow Nora Webster struggles to support her four children and clings to secrecy in the intrusive community of her childhood before finding her voice.

Objects of Her Affection

By Sonya Cobb
Recommended By Sonia Grgas, Health Reference Librarian

Sophie Porter is the last person in the world you’d expect to be stealing Renaissance masterpieces and that’s why she’s so good at it. Slipping objects out of her husband’s office at the Philadelphia Museum of Art satisfies something deep inside, during a time in her life when satisfactions are few and far between. Selling the treasures also happens to keep their house out of foreclosure – a house that means everything to Sophie. But the FBI is sniffing around, and Sophie is close to destroying the very life she’s working so hard to build. She knows she should give up her thieving ways. But, she may no longer be in control.

Peach Keeper

By Sarah Addison Allen
Recommended By Rosemarie Germaine, Senior Library Clerk

Returning to the hometown of her youth after a failed marriage, Willa struggles to find her place in a community where she no longer feels like she belongs.

Silver Bay

By JoJo Moyes
Recommended By Stacey Levine, Readers' Services Librarian

Liza McCullen, along with her young daughter, seeks solace from her checkered past at her aunt's hotel near the unspoiled beaches of Silver Bay—until mild-mannered Englishman Mike Dormer shows up and threatens to destroy everything Liza has worked so hard to protect.

Story of a New Name

By Elena Ferrante
Series Neapolitan Novels
Recommended By Lisa Caputo, Assistant Library Director

Lila is imprisoned by marriage, while Elena continues her journey of self-discovery, until their friendship, which is at the center of their emotional lives, forces them both to mature into women.

Two Sisters

By Mary Hogan
Recommended By Jean Simpson, Readers' Services Librarian

The third child in a family that wanted only two, 23-year-old Muriel Sullivant is forced to keep yet another terrible family secret when her perfect older sister Pia comes to New York City for a visit.

We Are Not Ourselves

By Matthew Thomas
Recommended By Karen Liebman, Library Director, Evelyn Hershkowitz, Readers' Services Librarian, Pam Martin, Head of Adult Programming, Lisa Jones, Readers' Services Librarian

“Raised by her Irish immigrant parents in a 1940s Queens apartment where alcohol and company combine in mercurial ways, Eileen marries an unambitious scientist with whom she endures an increasingly psychologically dark family life (From the Publisher).”

Woman With a Gun

By Phillip Margolin
Recommended By John Shea, Library Page

Inspired by an award-winning photograph, novelist Stacey Kim investigates the unsolved murder behind the photo and struggles to obtain key facts from a reclusive photographer.

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