Staff Picks: June 2017

Nimona

Nimona Book Cover

One of my favorite graphic novels. Is Nimona a villain or a heroin? Read to find out…

The Scorpio Races

The Scorpio Races Book Cover

It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die. At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep where no one else can see them. Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races, but fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.

August: Osage County

August: Osage County Book Cover

Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts are outstanding as mother and daughter in this story about family dynamics, dysfunction and addiction in the rural US. The drama is enthralling, bordering on disturbing, and the performances are unforgettable.

Flipped

Flipped Book Cover

Julianna likes Bryce, but Bryce doesn't like Julianna. Six years pass. Julianna stops liking Bryce. And—wait for it—Bryce now likes Julianna. Each chapter switches off between Julianna and Bryce which allows us to understand the story as it develops from their different perspectives. This is a very quick read that is amusing, sweet, heart-warming, and fun.