Staff Picks: September 2012

The Hermit’s Story

The Hermit’s Story Book Cover

Bass is skilled in the mythical use of earth, air, fire, and water in this diverse collection of short stories - ranging from traveling across a frozen lake under the ice to a family's visit to Monticello showing a critical eye towards Jefferson's obsessions. Interesting stories that are far ranging and amazing.

Boleto

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Will Testerman is a young Wyoming horse trainer determined to make something of himself. He sees his chance with a beautiful young filly and spends his savings to buy her. He begins her training in the corrals of home, then on a ranch in the rugged Absaroka Mountains, and on to the treacherous polo fields of southern California. I found this an engrossing story of perseverance, heartache, and redemption.

The Bells: A Novel

The Bells: A Novel Book Cover

This book pulled me in from the first page. It's narrator is a man leaving his legacy for his son, laying bare all the mysteries of his coming-of-age. Starting in the Swiss Alps and ending in Vienna, it tells a story of music, love, and tragedy.

The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession

The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession Book Cover

A ‘Big Year’ is a competition where people try to see the most birds in the US in a single calendar year. Competitive birding?! I know it seems like an oxymoron, but as a budding birder I was intrigued. Environmental journalist Obmascik blends humor and obsession as he recounts the adventures of the 1998 Big Year’s three main competitors. Now a motion picture starring Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson; this quick read will appeal to birders and beyond.

There’s No Place Like Here

There’s No Place Like Here Book Cover

Sandy Shortt of Leitrim, Ireland becomes obsessed with missing things as a child, when a girl from her class disappears and is never found. She becomes fixated on missing socks, toys and other items as a child and continues the obsession as an adult by starting a missing persons’ agency. The story moves from being a mystery to a fantasy when Sandy disappears and ends up in the place where all of the missing things and people have gone. The reader, Sile Nic Fheorais, has a clear and easy to understand voice with an Irish accent that brings the setting to life.