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Staff Pick: Redeployment by Phil Klay

Picture of NancyThrough a variety of voices, Phil Klay’s Redeployment explores with unflinching detail what it means to serve in the Iraq War. There are intense combat stories as well as vivid accounts of readjusting to civilian life back home. This National Book Award winner is intense and yet several of the tales artfully convey distance and numbness.

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on August 1, 2015 Categories: Books, Literary, Picks by Nancy, Staff Picks

Staff Pick: Mort(e) by Robert Repino

Picture of BarbarbaMort(e) by Robert Repino will feed your need for a quirky indulgence this summer. The story chronicles the “war with no name” where human extinction is the goal. A race of intelligent ants has plotted for years to create an army of self-aware animals who will rise up and overthrow their human masters. Mort(e) a former house cat turned war hero tries to discover the origins of a deadly plague while relentlessly searching for his prewar friend Sheba.

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on July 28, 2015 Categories: Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Picks by Barbara F., Staff Picks

Staff Pick: The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth

Picture of JennyKate Forsyth takes us back to the Napoleonic Wars and into the story of Dortchen Wild, a dreamy girl responsible for telling the Brothers Grimm several of the stories found in their collections. Taut with the tension of trying to believe in the magic and beauty of fairy tales while being faced with life’s cruelties, The Wild Girl vividly seeps into your heart leaving a lingering enchanting darkness.

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on July 21, 2015 Categories: Books, Historical Fiction, Picks by Jenny, Staff Picks

Staff Pick: Gulp by Mary Roach

Cover of GulpLarry from Fiction/AV/Teen Services suggests Gulp by Mary Roach

Ever wonder how your body digests the food you eat? Or why when you smell food you can also taste it? Or what really goes on in your stomach and gut? Then this book is for you. In Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, author Mary Roach explains the entire process of eating and digesting in great detail. Sounds gross? It’s not at all. The author’s witty writing style along with the use of layman’s language in a smooth flowing (no pun intended) narrative makes the book both a fun and fascinating read. Did you know we produce two types of saliva? And what exactly are gastric juices? Why doesn’t the stomach digest itself? This book will answer these questions and more.

 

 

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Stiff
by Mary Roach
This humorous yet engrossing book tells the story of our bodies when we are no longer with them.

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Fantastic Voyage
by Isaac Asimov
An elite team of medical and scientific professionals are miniaturized to enter the bloodstream of a top government scientist afflicted with a stroke. Their mission is to perform an emergency surgical procedure to save the man’s life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Feed
by M.T. Anderson
Computers are now small chips implanted in the human brain and controlled by your thoughts. While there are benefits to always being connected to the network there’s also a price to pay.

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I Sing the Body Electric
by Ray Bradbury
The title story features a made-to-order android, created to care for the children of a widowed man. It’s the story of a family and a machine with all the attributes of a human being except for one: it is perfect.

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Altered Carbon
by Richard Morgan
Death is nearly obsolete as human consciousness can be downloaded into a new body. Former UN envoy Takeshi Kovacs is “resleeved” into a body for the specific purpose of proving that the body’s death was not suicide but murder.

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on July 16, 2015 Categories: Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Nonfiction, Staff Picks

Staff Pick: Trees: In the Shadow by Warren Ellis and Jason Howard

Picture of ColleenTrees, Volume One: In The Shadow by Warren Ellis (author) and Jason Howard (artist) is a unique concept for a graphic novel about a post-apocalyptic world, told via multiple narrators from all over the alien-invaded earth. The artwork is really well done, and I appreciate that each story had its own styling. Readers will definitely look forward to future volumes.

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on July 14, 2015 Categories: Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Picks by Colleen, Staff Picks

Staff Pick: Phenomenal Woman: Four Poems Celebrating Women by Maya Angelou

Cathleen staff picks photoFew articulate as inspiring a blend of grace and gravitas as the transcendent Maya Angelou. Phenomenal Woman celebrates the steel of femininity via a quartet of elegant yet unadorned poems that swell the heart, soothe the soul, and energize a pride in the complex selves we are called to be.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on July 7, 2015 Categories: Books, Literary, Picks by Cathleen, Staff Picks

Staff Pick: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Picture of JoyceMarie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is motivating! The de-cluttering and organizing guru has us consider which things “spark joy” in us to determine what to keep and what to let go. Her organizing and storing ideas are transformative!  You’ll be inspired to simplify and de-clutter your life!

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By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on June 30, 2015 Categories: Audiobooks, Nonfiction, Picks by Joyce, Staff Picks

Staff Picks: Warming Up by Mary Hutchings Reed

Picture of LarryCecilia is talented but depressed and unsure of what to do with her life.  As she struggles with questioning her worth, abilities, and purpose she befriends a homeless, runaway teenager that conned her out of sixty dollars. The well-crafted plot with its twists, secrets, and steady build-up to the end makes the book a page turner along with finely developed characters.  With its warmth and satisfying outcome, Warming Up by Mary Hutchings Reed is a pleasure to read.

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on June 23, 2015 Categories: Books, Picks by Larry, Staff Picks

Staff Pick: Murder at the Brightwell by Ashley Weaver

Picture of MartaCrisp characters, witty dialogue, engaging mystery, and an excellent love triangle create a strong debut in Murder at the Brightwell by Ashley Weaver. When Amory Ames travels to a seaside resort in order to help an old beau, she never intended to reignite her husband’s interest, much less get involved in a murder investigation.

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on June 9, 2015 Categories: Books, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense, Picks by Marta, Staff Picks

Staff Pick: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Cover of We Were LiarsBarbara from Fiction/AV/Teen services suggests We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.

We Were Liars is narrated by Cadence Sinclaire Eastman, heiress to old money and one of “the liars,” an inseparable group made up of her cousins and their friend. The four liars have made the family private island just off Cape Cod their personal domain of fun and privilege every summer since they were eight. This ends the summer of Cadence’s fifteenth year when she suffers a mysterious injury that leaves her with amnesia, debilitating headaches, and a constant need for painkillers. The story unfolds two years later as she tries to piece together the mystery of that summer and the events that altered her life and her relationship with the liars. Lockhart weaves a hauntingly suspenseful tale of old money, privilege, and family dysfunction.

 

 

 

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The Half Life of Molly Pierce
by Katrina Leno
Molly, a seventeen-year-old girl who suffers from dissociative identity disorder, has played host to Mabel, a completely distinct personality, for most her life. When Molly faces a crisis Mabel doesn’t know she can handle, Mabel lets Molly in on her secrets.

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Before I Go to Sleep
by S.J. Watson
A fast paced thriller in which an amnesiac who, following a mysterious accident, cannot remember her past or form new memories, desperately tries to uncover the truth about who she is—and whom she can trust.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Black Out
by Lisa Unger
A woman has to quickly piece together disturbing events–one of which is the murder of her psychologist–before her past comes to claim her future and her daughter.

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Complicit
by Stephanie Kuehn
Jamie’s mother was murdered when he was six. About seven years later, his sister Cate was incarcerated for burning down a neighbor’s barn, and now Jamie, fifteen, learns that Cate has been released and is coming back for him.

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We Are the Goldens
by Dana Reinhardt
Since their parents’ divorce when they were young, Nell and her sister Layla have provided each other stability and support. When Layla starts to pull away, Nell discovers a secret: Layla is involved with one of their teachers. Nell struggles with what to do

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on June 4, 2015 Categories: Books, Picks by Barbara F., Staff Picks