Staff Picks

Joy For Beginners

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This is a great chick book. Kate has survived cancer and the ensuing treatment. She is challenged by her friend Marion to celebrate her new lease on life by taking a river trip with her daughter. Kate is reticent but then Marion challenges all six of the friends to also do something that scares them. The reader follows each of the friends and their personal challenge.


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In the near future we will be able to cryogenically freeze our head & brain to live again on a different donor body. We will be the same but different. We will have some physical skills that we might never have had in our first body. But, we will still love the same people. How do we adapt to these changes? And, how do the people we love adapt to the changes in us.

The Book of Life

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This is the final book in her trilogy that began with Discovery of Witches. Diana Bishop and her vampire scientist husband, Matthew Clairmont return to the present to find the missing pages in Ashmole 782 before it falls into the deadly hands of other creatures. Get ready for an adventure with these two characters who will use ancient knowledge and modern science and will travel from the University to Venice to learn what the witches knew long ago. The closure of the trilogy is a nice read for those who love the author's quirky and loving characters.

The Bartender’s Tale

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This is a delightful story about a simpler time, a father’s love for his son and their adventures in a small northern Montana town. The father is a proprietor of a bar, aka, the local community watering hole. We follow Rusty and his best friend, Francie, through their childhood, their adventures and their coming of age. I did not want this to book to end.

The Queen of the Tearling

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In a possible future without technology on new land after the British/American Crossing we seem destined to repeat the past. The utopian socialism established by our founder William Tear has collapsed and we are living a feudalistic déjà vu brought on by old fashioned greed and corruption. Can the magic of compassion and integrity in a new queen inspire the masses and root out the evil of apathy? First of a trilogy!

The Museum of Extraordinary Things

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Alice Hoffman’s The Museum of Extraordinary Things is the story of an electric and impassioned love between two young people in New York during the first decades of the twentieth century. Coralie Sardie is the daughter of the sinister impresario behind The Museum of Extraordinary Things, a Coney Island boardwalk freak show that thrills the masses. Coralie appears as the Mermaid in her father’s “museum,” spending her days in a fish tank. One night Coralie stumbles upon a young man taking pictures of moonlit trees in the woods. Eddie Cohen is the son of a Russian immigrant who has run away from his father's Orthodox community and lives on his own. Coralie is smitten and Eddie ultimately saves her from her strange life. Hoffman has created a novel rich in history and filled with fascinating characters. The added sense of danger and mystery will keep you reading into the night.


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This is a young adult book about a teen flying to see his father in Alaska for the summer. The plane crashes and the pilot is killed. He has to use his ingenuity to stay alive and struggles with finding hope and the will to survive. We follow his struggles in the wilderness to stay alive.

Ambition and Desire: the dangerous life of Josephine Bonaparte

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This well written non-fiction history of Josephine Bonaparte reads almost like a novel. It follows Josephine as a young, somewhat lazy and not particularly educated, girl through her adulterous years in which she develops her political skills and charms that become her essence of survival through adulthood. She strengthens through an unhappy first marriage and divorce, France's political turmoil, and as a prisoner watching her friends die by guillotine almost meeting the same fate. Upon first meeting, Napoleon is pulled to Josephine like an addiction. As life progresses marriage occurs, wars are won, and more power is gained by Napoleon. Josephine, in turn, becomes deeply attached to Napoleon. She is everything Napoleon is not. Napoleon is brash, rude and socially inept. After years of marriage and as crowned Emperor, Napoleon needs an heir that Josephine cannot deliver most likely due to health effects from being a prisoner. The divorce was painful for both Napoleon and Josephine. Although their tumultuous relationship reveals flawed traits of both Josephine and Napoleon the reader will be brought to realize why their relationship continues to intrigue us to this day. (If you like this you may be interested in reading Saundra Gulland's fictional trilogy on Josephine. You will be pleased with how closely it follows this non-fiction writing.)

The Prince of Venice Beach

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If you’re a street kid who lives in a tree-house & spends your time surfing, skating & playing basketball what kind of job could you hope to get? What are your assets & strengths? And, what are your weaknesses? You’re officially “missing” until you turn 18 (unless you want to get shipped back to Nebraska) so that means no driver’s license & no car. But, let’s focus on what you do have…

Red Rising

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RED RISING is a government resistant novel not unlike The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins, with heightened violence. However, the new twist of this resistance takes place on colonized Mars. Darrow is born a Red, the slave class. He is charismatic, a hard worker, clever and strong, and not likely to cause problems with the establishment. That is until his young wife is executed by the hand of the Golds, the ruling class, for singing a forbidden song. Darrow has the opportunity to be reborn as a Gold to enter their ranks to begin the rebellion from within their class. The violence and pain he endures is for the sake of his martyred wife. Much of this book, which is written with the intention of being a series, features a year long trial for all the young, eligible Golds to prove their worthiness and value and to be chosen for their careers. Despite the violence, you will enjoy each page and eagerly await book 2!