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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: Enon by Paul Harding

Donna S. staff picks photoPaul Harding has written another book about the Crosby family. They first appeared in Tinkers, his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Enon tells the story of grandson Charlie, who is grieving the sudden death of his only child, Kate. Now he must learn to live without her.

By MPPL on May 6, 2014 Categories: Audiobooks, Books, Picks by Donna, Staff Picks

Staff Pick: Living Proof by Buddy Guy

Donna S staff pick photoIn 2012, blues guitarist and singer Buddy Guy was honored by the Kennedy Center for outstanding contributions to American culture. Buddy Guy was a member of Muddy Waters’ band, house guitarist at Chess Records, and a pioneer of Chicago blues. Check out the album Living Proof to hear his signature sound.

By Readers' Advisor on March 11, 2014 Categories: Music, Picks by Donna, Staff Picks

Staff Pick: Il Divo

Donna S staff pick photoEnticed by a friend’s recommendation, I discovered the operatic group Il Divo. Wow! What powerful voices and what a full orchestral sound supports this talented quartet of male singers. If you like dramatic, deep music like Andrea Bocelli, but also enjoy pop music, try Il Divo, their first, self-titled album.

By Readers' Advisor on December 10, 2013 Categories: Music, Picks by Donna, Staff Picks

Donna S.’s Pick: American Grown

Donna S staff pick photoOur First Lady, Michelle Obama, wrote American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America. This colorful book discusses the successes and failures of starting a garden. Community gardens are praised for bringing neighborhoods together and nutrition and exercise are touched on.

By Readers' Advisor on September 10, 2013 Categories: Books, Nonfiction, Picks by Donna, Staff Picks

Brothers Emanuel: A Memoir of an American Family

Brothers Emanuel book coverDonna S. of Fiction/AV/Teen Services recommends Brothers Emanuel: A Memoir of an American Family by Ezekiel J. Emanuel:

You may know the name, Rahm Emanuel. He worked on the campaign to elect President Bill Clinton, was Chief of Staff for President Barack Obama, and is currently the mayor of Chicago – but he is not the only talented Emanuel. Ari is the Hollywood super-agent who inspired the character Ari Gold on Entourage and Ezekiel is one of the world’s leading bioethicists and oncologists. Brothers Emanuel tells the stories of three rambunctious, overachieving brothers growing up Jewish in Chicago during the ‘60s and ‘70s with a civil rights activist mother and an immigrant physician father. It is also an examination of how three such extraordinary go-getters could develop out of a family of modest beginnings.

By Readers' Advisor on July 1, 2013 Categories: Books, Nonfiction, Picks by Donna, Staff Picks

Donna S.’s Pick: Paris: A Love Story

Donna S staff pick photoKati Marton is an award-winning journalist and foreign correspondent for NPR and ABC. She was married to news anchor Peter Jennings and then to the diplomat Richard Holbrooke. After Holbrooke’s sudden death Marton decided to return to Paris. New and old fond memories are recounted in Paris: A Love Story.

By Readers' Advisor on June 11, 2013 Categories: Books, Nonfiction, Picks by Donna, Staff Picks

Donna S.’s Pick: Home Front

Donna S staff pick photoIn Home Front, Kristin Hannah explores military females serving in war zones. Joleen, a U.S. Army reservist, has been called to active duty. She leaves behind her family, including her shaky marriage, to fly Black Hawk helicopters in Iraq, and nothing is the same when she gets home.

By Readers' Advisor on March 26, 2013 Categories: Books, Picks by Donna, Staff Picks

Donna S.’s Pick: The Orchard


Donna S staff pick photoThe Orchard by Theresa Weir tells the story of a street-wise girl who marries into an old and well-respected farm family. Insight is given on farm traditions, the standard use of pesticides, its effect on the land, and dealing with the iron will of a family matriarch.

By Readers' Advisor on January 8, 2013 Categories: Books, Nonfiction, Picks by Donna, Staff Picks

Donna S.’s Pick: Poorer Richard’s America


Donna S staff pick photoPoorer Richard’s America: What Would Ben Say?, by Tom Blair, touches on current hot topics like the national deficit, prejudice, Wall Street, the auto industry, religion, and foreign affairs. Blair uses Benjamin Franklin quotes to frame the current political climate for enlightening results.

By Readers' Advisor on October 16, 2012 Categories: Books, Nonfiction, Picks by Donna, Staff Picks