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Staff Pick: Are You Serious? by Van Duren

Photo of JohnVan Duren came out of the same 70’s Memphis music scene as the cultishly adored band Big Star, so it isn’t too surprising that his 1977 debut album Are You Serious? draws heavily from shared influences like Badfinger and Todd Rundgren.  Melodic almost to a fault, Are You Serious? is an overlooked gem of 70’s power-pop.

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on November 25, 2014 Categories: Music, Picks by John, Staff Picks

Staff Pick: Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich

Picture of DonnaJanet Evanovich fans should try one of her novels in audio form. Told with a heavy Jersey accent, Takedown Twenty will give you a chuckle as New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum gets caught up in numerous crazy antics including a runaway giraffe. This time she is after Uncle Sunny Sunucchi, who is loved and protected by many relatives.

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on November 18, 2014 Categories: Audiobooks, Picks by Donna, Staff Picks

Staff Pick: 32 Candles by Ernessa T. Carter

Photo of NancyIn Ernessa T. Carter’s spirited 32 Candles, Davidia Jones endures a tough childhood and then reinvents herself as a singer in Los Angeles.  When she runs into her high school crush, her attraction is back in an instant, but so is her memory of a hurtful prank.  When he pursues a romance, sparks fly.  Will she get the “happy Molly Ringwald ending” she’s always wanted?

 

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on November 11, 2014 Categories: Books, Picks by Nancy, Staff Picks

Staff Pick: Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Barb F. Staff picks photoIf you could change the course of your life or even the fate of the world – would you? This is the dilemma the main character in Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life faces as she is born and reborn throughout her life. This darkly humorous, alternate history grabs you from the beginning and every beginning after.

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on November 4, 2014 Categories: Books, Picks by Barbara F., Staff Picks

Staff Pick: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Cynthia staff picks photoReady Player One by Ernest Cline is the ultimate high stakes adventure in the ultimate virtual world. When the creator of that world dies, his vast estate is willed to the first to complete his challenges. Coalitions form, corporations create armies and a few, like teenage Parzival, go solo. You don’t have to know or like gaming to enjoy this classic underdog hero story with a bonus level of 80s references.

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on October 28, 2014 Categories: Books, Picks by Cynthia, Staff Picks

Staff Pick: Daily Rituals by Mason Currey

Photo of JennyDaily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey is filled with fascinating details on how famous creators scheduled their days, covering everything from how long they would work to their various quirks (Beethoven had a very unusual bathing routine). While the information may not be very useful, this little book is great for anyone interested in how people spend their time.

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on October 21, 2014 Categories: Books, Nonfiction, Picks by Jenny, Staff Picks

Staff Pick: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Colleen staff picks photoRainbow Rowell has found success recently with novels like Eleanor & Park and Landline; however, I highly recommend her novel Fangirl. It centers on twin girls in their freshman year of college and how one twin is finding her social anxiety to be a bigger issue than she anticipated.

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on October 14, 2014 Categories: Books, Picks by Colleen, Staff Picks

Staff Pick: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham

Cathleen staff picks photoAs tickled as I was to see Veronica Mars return, I missed the inventive noir detective work and motley associates. The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by creator Rob Thomas improves upon the movie, giving Veronica plenty of opportunity to outwit and out-quip those in Neptune who have something to hide.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on October 7, 2014 Categories: Books, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense, Picks by Cathleen, Staff Picks

Staff Pick: A Wolf Called Romeo by Nick Jans

Joyce Staff Picks photoIf you love nature and the outdoors then A Wolf Called Romeo by Nick Jans was written for you! It tells the incredible story of a black wolf who forgoes the life of the pack and seeks out contact with humans and their dogs near Juneau. It’s a moving, bittersweet read!

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on September 30, 2014 Categories: Books, Nonfiction, Picks by Joyce, Staff Picks

Staff Pick: Lost States by Michael J. Trinklein

Larry D. staff picks photoA short and fun read, Michael J. Trinklein describes unsuccessful proposals for new states in Lost States: True Stories of Texlahoma, Transylvania, and Other States That Never Made It. For each “state,” there is one page of easy, often witty, fact-filled narrative followed by a map illustrating what the state would have looked like. This is great for trivia and history buffs looking for some off-beat aspects of American history.

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on September 23, 2014 Categories: Books, Nonfiction, Picks by Larry, Staff Picks