Staff Picks: March 2011

The Signal

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This is a western story of childhood, love of land and family, and what is truly meaningful in life and the difficulty of finding the truth. Read by T. Ryder Smith who really makes the story come alive.

Bloodroot

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Bloodroot is a flower whose blood-red sap possesses the power to heal and to poison, and this book tells a story of incendiary romance that consumes everyone in its path. Myra Lamb is a wild young girl who grows up on Bloodroot Mountain in the Smokey Mtns of Tennessee. Her grandmother Byrdie, passes down “the touch” that bewitches animals and people alike. Doug is the neighbor boy who longs for Myra yet is destined never to have her. Against a backdrop of beautiful but unforgiving country, a dark mystery unfolds of one family across generations. In this audiobook all the characters are read by people whose voices bring to life the characters they portray.

The Lake of Dreams: a novel

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This complex family history is set in the Finger Lakes area of upstate New York. It is the story of Lucy Jarrett, who returns to her childhood home and accidentally discovers her family's hidden past. Lucy is in transition and is attempting to figure out what comes next for her. Besides still being distraught by her father's death in a fishing accident years earlier, she questions her current arrangement with her boyfriend and career choices. Lucy reconnects with her first boyfriend and digs into her family's mysterious past while she is home. The mystery of her family's secret past is very interesting and ends nicely in present day.

The Wednesday Sisters

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This book tells the wonderful story of the friendship of five women in Palo Alto, California. The women are very different but are bonded by a shared love of literature and the Miss America Pageant, which they watch together every year. The women start a writing club and meet weekly. They also experience the history of Vietnam, the race for the moon, and the women’s movement. Humorous and enjoyable!