Staff Picks

The Dark Net : a novel

The Dark Net : a novel Book Cover

This is an engaging book that blends supernatural horror with technology - the Internet can be a dark place but is made especially so with demonic forces using it for humanity's destruction.

Drop the Ball

Drop the Ball Book Cover

This book is about working parents, sharing duties and letting go. I found it very interesting, humorous and at times relatable. I especially enjoyed the anecdotes the author shares about her friends and mentors. The author reads this book on CD which adds a nice touch.

Alive inside

Alive inside Book Cover

This is my all time favorite Sundance film. It's a moving documentary about a Social Worker, Dan Cohen, who helps people that have severe memory loss. Some of them are are unable to speak or communicate. Dan Cohen, the Social Worker and founder of the nonprofit Music & Memory, connects people to music. Not just ordinary music but music that has special meaning for them. What happens to them is nothing short of miraculous. This film made me cry and laugh and made me hopeful. I love this film so much.

Bubble Gum Brain

Bubble Gum Brain Book Cover

I wanted to share how much my daughter Olivia and I enjoyed this book. We read it recently and she thought it was really funny! I am going to reference her using her bubble gum brain and trying new things (I too will try to remember that I need a Bubble Gum Brain!). No more Brick Brain's for us!!

Mastering the art of Japanese home cooking

Mastering the art of Japanese home cooking Book Cover

If you have ever visited Japan, or plan to, this cookbook will give you a glimpse into the culinary tastes of Japanese cooking. The recipes and techniques are paired with pictures of the delicious foods. My personal favorite is Yaki Onigiri. Yaki Onigiri is simply grilled rice balls. They are delicious!

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up Book Cover

"A tidy house is a tidy mind" - I couldn't agree with this more! As a mother of two young children, my life is often chaotic and messy, leaving me feeling out of control and mentally unorganized. Thanks to this book, I have a sustainable lifestyle free of excess clutter. I try my best to only keep items that spark joy or are useful, including kitchen items, my wardrobe, books, art supplies...everything! This book has taught me to be a more conscious consumer and allows me to come home at the end of a long day to a peaceful and inviting home. I truly believe living by the principles in this book can change your life!

One of Us Is Lying

One of Us Is Lying Book Cover

If you are looking for a pure, easy to read, light and entertaining teen mystery, look no further. I liked this book and couldn't put it down. It was fun to try to figure out who the killer was. I was wrong! Such a fun easy read. This book is a #1 Best Seller for Teen & Young Adult Mysteries & Detective Stories.

The bright hour : a memoir of living and dying

The bright hour : a memoir of living and dying Book Cover

Although this memoir was heart wrenchingly sad in parts, there were as many beautiful day to day moments included that made it very enjoyable at the same time. I was so impressed with the author’s ability to show humor and gratitude for life while going through treatment for terminal cancer. For me it was a thought provoking book that helped me gain even more appreciation for the importance of family, friends and ordinary moments.

Lemongrass, ginger and mint Vietnamese cookbook : classic Vietnamese restaurant favorites at home

Lemongrass, ginger and mint Vietnamese cookbook : classic Vietnamese restaurant favorites at home Book Cover

I have hunted for a long time for a recipe that does justice to my favorite Vietnamese restaurant in Illinois. The Grilled Pork Banh Mi (page 92) and Carrot and Daikon Pickles (page 91) recipes have come the closest! Plus, they are fairly easy and quick. As our tradition, before dinner, you must have a Vietnamese Coffee (page 176).

Pretty little liars

Pretty little liars Book Cover

You will not be able to stop yourself from binging this series! The writing is spectacular, the acting is wonderful, and it’s based on a great book!