Staff Picks - June 2015RSS

Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death

By M.C. Beaton
Series Agatha Raisin Mysteries
Recommended By Sonia Grgas, Health Reference Librarian

In order to introduce herself to the picturesque English village where she has just retired, Mrs. Agatha Raisin enters a quiche in a local competition and promptly finds herself a murder suspect when the judge dies from her poisonous pie.

All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion

By Fannie Flagg
Recommended By Brenda Cherry, Reference Librarian

“A novel spanning decades, generations and America in the 1940s and today, centers around five women who worked in a Phillips 66 gas station during the WWII years (From the Publisher).”

Billy Joel: The Definitive Biography

By Fred Schruers
Recommended By Jackie Ranaldo, Head of Readers' Services

Draws on exclusive interviews to profile the acclaimed musician's life and career, discussing such topics as his upbringing in the Long Island suburbs, entry into the 1970s music scene, and relationships with his closest associates.

Book of Life

By Deborah Harkness
Series All Souls Trilogy
Recommended By Stacey Levine, Readers' Services Librarian

Historian and witch Diana Bishop and her vampire scientist husband Matthew Clairmont return from a trip to the past still searching for the elusive alchemy tome “Ashmole 782."

Darkness, Darkness

By John Harvey
Series Charlie Resnick Mysteries
Recommended By Ed Goldberg, Head of Reference

“The discovery of the body of a young woman who disappeared thirty years prior during the British miners’ strike brings Charlie Resnick out of virtual retirement to assist in the murder investigation, forcing him to confront his past (From the Publisher).”

Dive From Clausen's Pier

By Ann Packer
Recommended By Evelyn Hershkowitz, Readers' Services Librarian

When her fiancée Mike is left paralyzed following a tragic accident, Carrie Bell begins to question her familiar world, from her everyday life in Wisconsin to her relationships, as she sets out to rediscover her own identity.


Became the TV Movie: The Dive from Clausen’s Pier

Dog Who Came in From the Cold: A Corduroy Mansions Novel

By Alexander McCall Smith
Series Corduroy Mansions Novels
Recommended By Rosemarie Germaine, Senior Library Clerk

Terence Moongrove’s estate is turned upside down by the cosmological experiments of two New Age operators, while literary agent Barbara Ragg takes on a companion of the Abominable Snowman and Pimlico terrier Freddie de la Hay is recruited by MI6.

Food: A Love Story

By Jim Gaffigan
Recommended By Amy B., Children's Librarian

Celebrates the comedian’s offbeat love affair with American junk foods, sharing his observations about such topics as unappetizing coconut water, the essential nature of pretzel bread, and the deliciousness of bacon cheeseburgers.

Good Girl

By Mary Kubica
Recommended By Pam Strudler, Children's Librarian, Evelyn Hershkowitz, Readers' Services Librarian

The daughter of a prominent Chicago judge and his socialite wife, inner-city art teacher Mia Dennett is taken hostage by her one-night stand, Colin Thatcher, who, instead of delivering her to his employers, hides her in a secluded cabin in rural Minnesota to keep her safe from harm.

Joy in the Morning

By Betty Smith
Recommended By Sue Ann R., Head of Children's Services

“In 1927, in Brooklyn, New York, Carl Brown and Annie McGairy meet and fall in love. Though only eighteen, Annie travels alone halfway across the country to the Midwestern University where Carl is studying law—and there they marry. But their first year together is much more difficult than they anticipated, in a faraway place with little money and few friends. With hardship and poverty weighing heavily upon them, Annie and Carl come to realize that their greatest sources of strength, loyalty and love, will help them make it through (From the Publisher).”


By Stephen King
Recommended By Jean Simpson, Readers' Services Librarian

In a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever.

Leaving Time

By Jodi Picoult
Recommended By Arlene Silverman, Library Clerk

Abandoned by a grief-stricken father and accomplished-scientist mother who disappeared under mysterious circumstances, 13-year-old Jenna Metcalf approaches a disgraced psychic and a jaded detective in the hopes of finding answers.

Little Failure: A Memoir

By Gary Shteyngart
Recommended By Lisa Caputo, Assistant Library Director
With Ralph Guiteau, Readers' Services Librarian, Barney Levantino, Reference Librarian

Tuesday, March 10, 2015. 7:30 PM.

“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).”

Lucia, Lucia

By Adriana Trigiani
Recommended By Pam Martin, Head of Adult Programming

The daughter of an Italian immigrant family in 1950 Greenwich Village, Lucia Sartori pursues a career in the fashion industry until she falls in love with a handsome stranger, who must win over her traditional family to marry her.

Parable of the Sower

By Octavia E. Butler
Recommended By Jackie Ranaldo, Head of Readers' Services, Stacey Levine, Readers' Services Librarian
With Jackie Ranaldo, Head of Readers' Services, Jessikah Chautin, Children's Librarian

Monday, January 6, 2014. 7 PM.

"In 2025 California, an eighteen-year-old African American woman, suffering from a hereditary trait that causes her to feel others' pain as well as her own, flees northward from her small community and its desperate savages (From the Publisher)."

Remedy for Love

By Bill Roorbach
Recommended By Lisa Jones, Readers' Services Librarian

When the "Storm of the Century" forces Eric to find refuge in a cabin where Danielle, a homeless woman he took pity on, is squatting, the two of them are forced into close quarters and begin to reveal their deepest secrets to one another.

Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing

By Mira Jacob
Recommended By Jean Buchholtz, Library Clerk, Audrey Honigman, Library Clerk

Decades after an interrupted visit to his mother’s home in 1979 India triggers a haunting series of events, brain surgeon Thomas Eapen begins having conversations with his dead relatives, prompting his daughter to investigate a painful family history.


By Patricia McCormick
Recommended By Neela Vass, Head of Acquisitions

Lakshmi is a thirteen–year–old girl from Nepal who is sent to work in prostitution in India to help the family and she survives and reclaims her life.

Summer We Fell Apart

By Robin Antalek
Recommended By Rosemarie Germaine, Senior Library Clerk

Four children of dysfunctional parents, Amy, the baby, George, the good son, Kate, daddy’s girl, and Finn, the drunk, try to make peace with their past, and with each other, as they struggle to attain adulthood after the death of their father.

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