Staff Picks


Roots Book Cover

225 recipes. Organized by root. Try the homemade ginger ale and the panko crusted goat cheese with roasted beet arugula salad.


1Q84 Book Cover

A compelling story about parallel universes, unbelievable events, and true love.


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Meet Alice Butler; cross word writer, cryptologist, and toy designer. This book is refreshing and original.

In One Person

In One Person Book Cover

This is an interesting novel on many levels. The story is narrated by the bisexual main character from the time he was a child until now, when he is in his seventies. It takes place in a small town in Vermont and includes many quirky characters among his family and friends, and even the local librarian whom he falls in love with as an adolescent. Read with an open mind it’s very engaging and enjoyable – Irving at his best.

The Dog Stars

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A heart-wrenching story in post apocalyptic Colorado of a small plane pilot, Hig, and his dog, living in their world of loss and survival. It begins 9 yrs after a flu and blood disease have wiped out most of human civilization. But when a random radio transmission comes through his radio, Hig risks everything and flies past his point of no return (not enough fuel to get home). Heller writes sparingly but intimately about nature, love, friendship, adventure and survival in a thought provoking way that makes you laugh, cry, and hope. One of the best books I’ve read this year.

The Night Strangers

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Chip Linton attempts to land a commercial airliner in a lake after the plane he is piloting malfunctions. He survives but 39 passengers perish. His family moves to Bethel, New Hampshire to start their lives over. As his wife and twin daughters adapt to life in this small town Chip fights his demons and PTSD from the crash. The local herbalists take an interest in the family but as the story unfolds it becomes clear that their interest is more sinister than altruistic. The story is well written with engaging characters and horror elements that bear similarity to a Stephen King novel.

Clara and Mr.Tiffany

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Everyone knows Tiffany lamps but few people know that some of the most creative designers of these lamps were women. It is late 1800's in New York City and working conditions for women were dramatically different, so Clara and her co-workers were quite progressive for their time. This was a fascinating story of Clara, her work and her times. It is a well-written story of Clara's struggle for personal and professional fulfillment.

The Scent of Rain and Lightning

The Scent of Rain and Lightning Book Cover

One summer afternoon, Jody receives the alarming news that the man who murdered her father is being released from prison and returning to her small town. It has been 23 years since her father was murdered and her mother disappeared and the accused man still insists that he did not do it. She grew up surrounded by loving grandparents and uncles, but now she is drawn into finding out what really happened way back then. Jody's tragic past seems to be unraveling in the present and she frantically searches for answers to what really happened all those years ago.

The Hermit’s Story

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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 Book Cover

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.