Staff Picks

Windigo Island

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The award-winning author of the best-selling Cork O'Connor series, William Kent Krueger pens novels with pulse-racing suspense. In Windigo Island, the corpse of an Ojibwe girl washes ashore. What follows is an intense search for young girls missing from the reservation. O'Connor is a former sheriff turned PI with an Irish/Ojibwe heritage. Krueger infuses his novels with a great sense of geography while keeping you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what will happen. Excellent narration makes this a good series for listening.

Mermaids in Paradise

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Equal parts fantasy and social commentary. Millet is a female Christopher Moore. Laugh out loud funny and caustic. Honest and heart-breaking. A story about a honeymoon gone haywire - when you plan on a relaxing get-away you just might get the opposite. But, sometimes what you get can be exactly what you need.

13 hours : the inside account of what really happened in Benghazi

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This is a must read for every American who wants to hear the truth of this horrible attack back on September 11, 2012. "It is a fast paced down to earth account given by the survivors of this attack" said one reader. I must agree as I found the story of these men who survived as our real heroes, not the politicians. They were brave and courageous in the 13 hours of hell that occurred in Libya and I thank them for their bravery. This book gives a very different view from what our government was saying about this event. It is a very good read.

The Book with No Pictures

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You might think a book with no pictures seems boring and serious. Except . . . here’s how book works. Everything written on the page has to be said by the person reading it aloud. Even if the words say . . . BLORK. Or BLUURF. The book is ridiculously fun for the kids to hear, and the reader won't be able to resist smiling. The kids will beg to hear it over and over! This book will become a staple children's book, you'll be so glad you checked it out!


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A prize winning poet, essayist and an English professor, Mr. Lerner authors a most unique story in this novel which is "on the edge of fiction." The reader is in the narrator's head (possibly Ben Lerner's....or not) enjoying the trip through a few years of his life in NYC. This novel is like no other that I have read. The author’s language will impress you and hold your interest as he jumps from story to story--you will laugh too.


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This is a delightful first novel by Ms. Wood's published in 2008. It is a quick, easy read told in first person through 31 year old Perry Crandall who has a 76 IQ. Perry is raised by his grandmother who has taught him many things-- most importantly, who to trust and how to play the Washington state lottery. After the sad death of his Gram, his mother and other relatives want nothing to do with Perry. That is... until he wins $12 million dollars in the lottery. Will Perry survive against the greed of his family and his many new found friends? Perry Crandall is not to be underestimated! Seeing the world through Perry's eyes, done magnificently through simple metaphors, will delight the reader. Enjoy!

At Night We Walk In Circles

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At Night We Walk In Circles tells the story of Nelson, a young actor and aspiring playwright whose life is not going the way he planned. Things start looking up when he lands a role in a touring revival of a play written by Henry Nunez, a playwright he very much admires. The theater troupe, known as Diciembre, sets out to retrace their steps in the Andean provinces where they toured many years earlier at the height of their country's civil war. Towards the end of the tour, Henry makes a spur of the moment itinerary change--a change that will ultimately lead to Nelson's downfall. Night We Walk In Circles)(Alarcón) (reviewed by Megan) F ALARCON


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For those of us enthralled by language this book explores the hidden power of language for both good and evil. And the magic of persuasion and manipulation that we are all subject to, all of us except the “poets”; a secret society trained somewhere outside of Arlington, VA. Who are they? What is their purpose? Why are they important? And, what do they have to do with an innocent brainwashed man named Wil? What if there was a word – one word, ancient and deadly?

I Remember You

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[Winner of the Icelandic Crime Fiction Award] I was not sure what to expect from this author since this was one of the first times I read her books but this story gave me the chills! Three friends head off to an island to fix up a house to possible rent out and it turns into horrifying trip that will change them forever. It is partly based on a true story which makes it even more terrifying. Keep the lights on.

My Beloved World

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A fascinating read about a very determined and self-motivated child/woman who overcame much in her life without feeling sorry for herself.