Staff Picks


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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.

One Summer, America 1927

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This book is for those of you who like history. The author shares stories about different subjects and people that happened in 1927. And you thought 1927 was just about the history's severe depression. Bryson shares stories about Charles Lingbergh who was a true social misfit, Babe Ruth's explosion onto the baseball field, as well as Al Capone's adventures with the gangster scene. This book is full of amazing stories and details about fascinating people of this time.

Winter Garden

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A story about two sisters and their mother who told the girls a story about a prince and a peasant girl in Russia but never finished the tale. The mother was unemotional, detached vs the father who was the warm, welcoming parent. As the tale finally unfolds the background of the mother unfolds as well.

The Bird Eater

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This fairly new author (this is her 4th book) brings a fresh voice on the horror-theme. She ties modern day family issues with an interesting spin on being haunted by bad decisions and the non-living. Three pages in, I was pulled in and could not wait to see the outcome this family’s story.

Finders Keepers : A Tale of Archaeological Plunder and Obsession

Finders Keepers : A Tale of Archaeological Plunder and Obsession Book Cover

While hiking the deserts of the Southwest, the jungles of South America, Asia or the Far East we feel lucky to come across a relic of the past; do we ask ourselves is it ours to keep, ours to have displayed in a museum or hide away in a closet or basement where no one can enjoy or study them? Who do they belong to? Have Archaeologists and Anthropologists been some of the grave and site robbers and destructors of the past and are we grave and site robbers of the present? These are a few of the questions that well known naturalist, ecologist Craig Childs explores. Mr. Childs work is based upon the Native American ruins and the inconsistent nature of archaeological site excavations. He has included much history and done an enormous amount of research on this topic. He’s made the story engaging, at times suspenseful and has the reader questioning their own motives, rights and principles. I found myself both agreeing with Mr. Childs then at times disagreeing with him; I was constantly questioning myself which is an awesome sign of a good read.

Last To Know

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The author is known for her romantic adventures, however, this book is a mystery involving a murder on Evening Lake, a quiet community that is close to Boston and all of its crimes. The characters that she develops in this mystery are a mixed bag with expansive background information and colorful personalities. The main character is detective Harry Jordan who gets involved in a murder investigation concerning one of his neighbors and the small lake community. A great summer/fall mystery read with good character development.