Staff Picks: August 2013


Afterwards Book Cover

A woman runs into a burning school to rescue her teenage daughter. Both are grievously injured and are in comas. They find each other as spirits and follow their family and friends as they try to discover who set the fire and why. It may sound weird but works amazingly well and you come to care deeply for all of the characters. It is a compelling study of mothers and daughters and what we all would do for those we love. This book will stay with you long after you finish the last page.

The Golem and the Jinni

The Golem and the Jinni Book Cover

The golem and the jinni are two mythical creatures. Chava, a golem, is a creature made of clay and brought to life by an evil rabbi. Ahmad is a jinni, a creature born of fire and trapped for 1000 years in a copper flask. He is accidentally released in late nineteenth century New York City. While this may sound sort of strange, it is a wonderful story of two strange people who look like normal humans, become friends and help each other when no one else will. It is very well written and you care about these characters from the very first page. You come to the end too soon and will wish that there was more to read of Chava and Ahmad.