Staff Picks: January 2020

Imaginary Friend [sound recording CD]

Imaginary Friend [sound recording CD] Book Cover

What a treat to find an author who can write as long as Stephen King and effectively pull you into the plot and the various characters. In some ways, it reminded me of IT but this story stands on its own with its unique main character (Christopher, age 7). Normally I struggle with CD narrators but this narrator was able to change her voice without distracting from the story. The storyline takes some unexpected turns that made me want to jump back into my car to finish listening! A very engaging and unique horror story.

The Alchemyst : The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel

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This is a separate adventure regarding Nicholas Flamel. No Harry Potter connection. Michael Scott (no Office Connection) writes a wonderful story that draws connections between all time periods myths, and legends into our modern world. Twin teens gain knowledge of a world where alchemy, magic, sorcery, and necromancers exist. By accident or prophecy? This is book one in a series and it sets the scene brilliantly for the next books. I recommend the entire series. I thoroughly enjoyed moving through the story from all of the perspectives of the characters, especially the twins as they learn more about themselves, this hidden world and past legends.

High Five

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This is a super fun and interactive book to read to your young book lovers!

The Oysterville Sewing Circle

The Oysterville Sewing Circle Book Cover

This is not your typical novel about a sewing circle but so much more with great character development set in the Pacific Northwest. It is about domestic violence and how necessary a support group is to these women who are trying to make it after this abuse.

Daisy Jones & the Six

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This novel is written as an oral history telling the story of a fictional iconic rock band in the 70s. You'll hear from all parties about their rise--and fall--and how it was that they came to write the most critically-acclaimed album of the decade. I loved how strong the women in the book were, and how they always stood up for themselves and their beliefs. This is one of those books that I kept thinking about long after I finished reading it. Probably my top pick of 2019!

Becoming

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An amazing autobiography that left me wanting more from my new and dear friend.

The Great Alone

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The Great Alone, by Kristin Hannah is a beautifully written novel about survival in the Alaskan wilderness and from domestic abuse at the hands of her father. Hannah's vivid descriptions of the Alaskan wilderness and lifestyle makes you feel as if you are actually there. The main character, Leni, displays resilience and courage beyond her years. She finds solace in the Alaska she has come to love, which she leaves and eventually returns to a lost love.