Staff Picks - October 2014RSS

Eleanor & Park

By Rainbow Rowell
Recommended By Jessikah Chautin, Children's Librarian, Sharon Long, Teen Librarian

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits - smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

Fair Play

By Deeanne Gist
Recommended By Arlene Silverman, Library Clerk

“There is an immediate attraction when lady doctor Billy Jack Tate and a Texas Ranger Hunter Scott meet at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, but when the Fair is over, the conservative lawman and the progressive doctor face difficult choices (From the Publisher).”

Family Life

By Akhil Sharma
Recommended By Lisa Jones, Readers' Services Librarian, Neela Vass, Head of Acquisitions

Finally joining their father in America, Ajay and Birju enjoy their new, extraordinary life until tragedy strikes, leaving one brother incapacitated and the other practically orphaned.

Foundation: The History of England from its Earliest Beginnings to the Tudors

By Peter Ackroyd
Recommended By Ralph Guiteau, Readers' Services Librarian

The first entry in a six-volume epic traces the birth of England, documenting the region's primeval origins through the death of Henry VII and covering the construction of Stonehenge, the establishment of common law, and the roles of successive invasions.


By Donna Tartt
Recommended By Karen Liebman, Library Director, Evelyn Hershkowitz, Readers' Services Librarian

Taken in by a wealthy friend after surviving an accident that killed his mother, 13 year-old Theo Decker tries to adjust to life on Park Avenue.

Green Rider

By Kristen Britain
Series Green Rider
Recommended By Megan Kass, Reference Librarian

“After an unexpected confrontation with a dying knight, Karigan G’ladahon becomes the unlikely bearer of a vital message to the King, on a mission during which she faces assassins and other deadly dangers in a world of complex magic (From the Publisher).”

Half Empty

By David Rakoff
Recommended By Pam Martin, Head of Adult Programming

“Presents a whimsical defense of pessimism that intersperses accounts of the author’s own experiences with wry observations on universal absurdities and injustices (From the Publisher).”

Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig

By Jonathan Eig
Recommended By Amy B., Children's Librarian

“Recounts the life of the Hall of Fame ballplayer whose career was cut short by the disease now commonly called after him, in a portrait that shares details about his rivalry with Babe Ruth, the onset of his illness, and the final years of his life (From the Publisher).”

Midnight in Peking

By Paul French
Recommended By Audrey Honigman, Library Clerk

“Chronicles the efforts of two detectives-one British and one Chinese-as they raced to find an Englishwoman’s killer in 1937 before the Japanese invasion of Peking (From the Publisher).”

Off Course

By Michelle Huneven
Recommended By Lisa Caputo, Assistant Library Director

“Working on her uninspiring dissertation in her parent’s shabby 1980’s Sierras home, economics PhD candidate Cressida Hartley is drawn into the drama of the local mountain community before falling victim to her own perilous reasoning (From the Publisher).”

Paris Architect

By Charles Belfoure
Recommended By Jackie Ranaldo, Head of Readers' Services, Pam Strudler, Children's Librarian

A Parisian architect is paid handsomely to devise secret hiding spaces for Jews in his Nazi-occupied country but struggles with risking his life for a cause he is ambivalent towards, until a personal failure brings home their suffering.

Precious Thing

By Colette McBeth
Recommended By Stacey Levine, Readers' Services Librarian

Astonished to discover that a police press conference assignment is about her best friend from high school, television journalist Rachel endeavors to learn the fate of her missing friend before making a discovery that brings everything they once shared into question.


By Ken Grimwood
Recommended By Christine Belling, Systems Manager

“A fatal heart attack returns forty-three-year-old Jeff Winston to his eighteen-year-old body, in 1963, and, with his memory of the next twenty-five years intact and the freedom to change his actions, he begins to live his life over again (From the Publisher).”


By Erica Orloff
Recommended By Sonia Grgas, Health Reference Librarian

“Ava O’Neil, the daughter of the Roofer, the leader of an Irish gang known for throwing enemies from the rooftops of Hell’s Kitchen tenements, unwittingly becomes a pawn in Hollywood when a famous director decides to base a film on the Roofer’s life - an endeavor that exposes dark family secrets (From the Publisher).”


By David Baldacci
Series Will Robie Novels
Recommended By John Shea, Library Page

The highly skilled assassin who brought in a rogue assassin “The Hit” and who became a target himself when he refused a mission in The Innocent returns for his third adventure in the best-selling series.

Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic

By Emily Croy Barker
Recommended By Stacey Levine, Readers' Services Librarian

Wandering through a portal into a different world where she is transformed into a stunning beauty, Nora pursues a romance with the masterful Raclin.

Troubled Man

By Henning Mankell
Series Kurt Wallander Mysteries
Recommended By Sue Ann R., Head of Children's Services

“When his father-in-law, a retired naval officer, disappears under suspicious circumstances, Kurt Wallander uncovers disturbing evidence of Cold War espionage, a case that forces him to confront dark truths about his own nature (From the Publisher).”

Very Thought of You

By Rosie Alison
Recommended By Brenda Cherry, Reference Librarian

“Torn from her mother to escape the impending Blitz during the summer of 1939, eight-year-old Anna Sands is relocated with other children to a large Yorkshire estate where she is drawn into the unraveling relationship of an enigmatic couple (From the Publisher).”

W is for Wasted

By Sue Grafton
Series Kinsey Millhone Mysteries
Recommended By Ed Goldberg, Head of Reference

Kinsey investigates two seemingly unrelated deaths, the first of a local, shady PI, the second a John Doe on the beach in this 23rd mystery in the best-selling alphabetic series from the author of V is for Vengeance.

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