Staff Picks: July 2012

The Power of Habit

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From individuals to organizations thousands of habits are performed daily and unconsciously. The Power of Habit explores the science behind habits, their profound consequences, and how to change them. This book is well researched and Duhigg’s journalistic style creates an interesting easy read.

The Cove

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Located in the rugged Appalachias of North Carolina, the cove is a dark forbidding place that is shunned by the local townsfolk. Laurel Shelton is a young woman who lives within its shadow and is thought to be a witch. She lives there with only her brother Hank who has just returned from France during WWI missing his right hand. The story begins with the arrival of a mute stranger to the cove and develops as their lives become entwined in the issues of friendship, loyalty, and love.

The Watery Part of the World : a novel

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This novel begins in 1813 when the daughter of Aaron Burr, enroute to meet her father in New York, is shipwrecked on an island off the coast of North Carolina. The story spans 150 years of the island and the intricate love stories that evolved there concerning the three main characters: two sisters and the black man who takes care of them. It’s a heartbraking novel about what we’ll sacrifice for love and what we won’t.