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Staff Pick: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

Donna S. staff picks photoThe Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin is the tale of a man who owns a bookstore and loves only books. One day a baby is abandoned in his shop and slowly his life changes. Treat yourself to a heartwarming celebration of the stories in each of our lives.

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on August 19, 2014 Categories: Books, Picks by Donna, Staff Picks

Staff Pick: Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia

Nancy staff picks photoIn Kate Racculia’s Bellweather Rhapsody, high school musicians and their chaperones gather for a music festival at a huge old hotel. It’s the 15-year anniversary of a shocking crime in Room 712, a blizzard is approaching, and one of the students disappears. This unique premise drew me in, but the sharp writing and eccentric characters kept me hooked.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on August 12, 2014 Categories: Books, Picks by Nancy, Staff Picks

Staff Pick: Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer

Barb F. Staff picks photoMoonwalking with Einstein follows the year-long journey of one man training to compete in the U.S. Memory Championship. Foer has no previous training, no special abilities, and often forgets where he puts his keys, but he becomes a memory champion. This book includes a fascinating look at the cultural history of memory, a cast of remarkable people, and amazing feats of memory.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on August 5, 2014 Categories: Books, Nonfiction, Picks by Barbara F., Staff Picks

Staff Pick: Trapped Under the Sea by Neil Swidey

Trapped Under the Sea book coverJo R. of Research Services recommends Trapped Under the Sea: One Engineering Marvel, Five Men, and a Disaster Ten Miles Into the Darkness by Neil Swidey:

Twenty-five years ago, Boston had the dirtiest harbor in America. After generations of dumping waste directly into the harbor, the sea floor was coated with a “black mayonnaise” layer of sewage. In the 1990s, the city undertook a state-of-the-art sewage treatment plant with a 10-mile tunnel designed to carry waste out of the harbor and into the sea. When a series of bad decisions, engineering problems, and clashing corporations endangered the project, a team of five commercial divers was called upon to rescue the clean-up effort. Not all of them came back alive. This book is really their story. Even if you don’t normally read nonfiction, this action-filled account makes it hard to put down. And if you like your nonfiction fast-paced and suspenseful, Trapped Under the Sea is the perfect book for you.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on August 4, 2014 Categories: Books, Nonfiction, Staff Picks

Staff Pick: Vivian Maier

Cynthia staff picks photoVivian Maier was an area nanny whose ubiquitous camera captured life in Chicago in the mid-century. Her rich, evocative work remained unnoticed until 2007 when thousands of negatives were purchased at a storage unit auction. Curiosity in the woman and appreciation for her work have since skyrocketed. Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows offers a glimpse at her talent, and the new DVD Finding Vivian Maier attempts to shed light on the artist.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on July 29, 2014 Categories: Books, Movies and TV, Nonfiction, Picks by Cynthia, Staff Picks

Staff Pick: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Denise staff picks photoIt’s not often that I read a novel that I know is going to make me cry and actually like it! Jojo Moyes’ Me Before You is the story of two unlikely people who meet and fall in love. Sounds simple, but there is absolutely nothing simple about it.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on July 22, 2014 Categories: Books, Picks by Denise, Staff Picks

Staff Pick: Attack on Titan

Colleen staff picks photoThe anime and manga series Attack on Titan is an action-packed and unique story. Set in a world where huge man-eating giants called Titans terrorize the earth, this story follows a group of young people who are sick of living in fear.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on July 15, 2014 Categories: Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Movies and TV, Picks by Colleen, Staff Picks

Staff Pick: Bron / Broen (The Bridge)

Cathleen staff picks photoA body is discovered lying across the border of Sweden and Denmark, and it’s only the first in a series of violent crimes designed to draw attention to social ills. A fascinating achievement of international television, Bron / Broen (The Bridge) straddles intersecting character arcs in a tension-filled series that examines the boundaries we cross.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on July 8, 2014 Categories: Movies and TV, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense, Picks by Cathleen, Staff Picks

Staff Pick: Stella Bain by Anita Shreve

Joyce Staff Picks photoAwakening in a casualty tent in France, 1916, Stella Bain, an American woman suffering from shell shock and amnesia, must find out who she is and recover the life she had. Anita Shreve’s newest title tells a story of love, loss, strength, and forgiveness against the backdrop of war.

By MPPL on July 1, 2014 Categories: Books, Historical Fiction, Picks by Joyce, Staff Picks

Staff Pick: Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1798-1815 by Gordon S. Wood

Larry staff picks photoA readable, fascinating history of the early United States, Empire of Liberty describes political and social philosophies of the time and their effect on American society and events. Without directly saying so, the book makes it evident that the roots of current American thought can be traced back to that time, with often striking parallels.

By MPPL on June 24, 2014 Categories: Books, Nonfiction, Picks by Larry, Staff Picks