Staff Picks

Created on February 17, 2022, 4:05 pm

Last Updated February 17, 2022, 4:05 pm

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Gottlieb, a long time editor and publisher (Knopf, The New Yorker, etc.) has written a memoir of his life in books, full of anecdotal fun stuff. AT 88 years old, Gottlieb knows everyone and has ready everything and this is the book to prove it. A must for bibliophiles. - Diane K
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With a son heading to middle school, I have found this book helpful with providing my child the tools to succeed. I also now have more patience after learning how a boy's brain develops. This is a great resource for parents! - Connie W
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Maggie and Ira Moran have been married for twenty-eight years–and it shows: in their quarrels, in their routines, and in their ability to tolerate with affection each other’s eccentricities. - Ann M
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This riveting story of a mother and son -- both struggling to break free from an exploitative farm that preys on the hard labor of the addicted -- is told partly from the perspective of the *** *** the mother is addicted to. - Michelle F
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This bitingly witty comic biography highlights the stories of indomitable women from all over the world and history. The artwork conveys the stories beautifully. - Brit A
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A searing collection written from a kaleidoscope of voices about the assassination of Medgar Evers. With only Evers's voice missing, these incredibly moving poems pack a lingering punch. - Jennie R
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In 1930s colonial Malaya, story lines combine and tangle in unexpected ways. Choo’s opulent writing, masterful plotting and world building weaves obligation and colonialism with folklore. The result is compelling and mesmerizing. - Jennie R
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Alexa Von Tobel's new book is a refreshing and straight foward read on personal finance in today's digital world. She shows you how to easily leverage tools to improve how you earn, save and invest. A quick but good read! - Alexandra S
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An amazing adventure as a group of renegade girls scouts explore the opium dens and thieves lairs that make up the secret city below New York. Add in secret identities and an exiled princess and everyone will want to know who is Kiki Strike? - Jennie R
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A dual narrative of two sisters growing up in the IRA, and ten siblings searching for truth after their mother was disappeared. Meticulously researched but a gripping read, this page-turner uses Jean McConville's murder as a lens to shed light on the Troubles writ large. - Jennie R
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Clark creates a fascinating alternate-history paranormal steampunk Cairo roiling with political tension in this mystery about two detectives trying to rid a tram car of an unknown and malevolent spirit—all in under 150 pages. - Jennie R
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This charming piece of historical fiction focuses on the woman behind Andrew Wyatt's iconic painting, "Christina's World." Disabled, confined and lonely, Christina chronicles her hopes, dreams, and life in her decaying ancestral home surrounded by family and friends. - Patricia W
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Young Rachel Kalama is separated from her family and sent alone to a *** colony on the Hawaiian island of Moloka'i. This historical fiction novel will mesmerize you with the depth of human emotion and drama Rachel experiences over several decades on the island. - Janelle O
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One day 2% of the Earth’s population disappears. This show is about the aftermath for some of the residents of Mapleton, NY. Very dramatic, kinda bonkers, and only 28 episodes! - Michelle M
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When Seth records a snippet of someone singing a blues song on one of his walks around New York, Carter convinces him that they should put it on the internet as the real thing. Things quickly get out of hand in this wonderful, disorienting novel about cultural appropriation. - Michelle M
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This fantasy novella is set in an alternate New Orleans, where air pirates roam the skies and the Haitian Revolution was won with the magic of West African gods. It's a quick read in a fascinating setting -- but I'm really hoping the author writes LOTS of sequels. - Charlotte M
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Following multiple story lines—Burma in 1942, India in 1946, and Washington, D.C in 2004—Anwar tells of the partition of India and the Bhola cyclone which killed over 500,000 people. A compelling story for fans of literary history. - Karen G
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Dylan has spent the last year of her life avoiding the reality TV crew following her pageant queen sister, Dusty. But there's no getting out of the spectacle of Dusty's wedding to a young Scottish lord. The only bright spot? Jamie, a groomsman with a secret. - Nico P
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Historical fiction at its best. Henry VIII's right hand man, Thomas Cromwell, schemes to replace Henry's second wife, Anne Boleyn. This is the sequel to Wolf Hall, which was made into a TV series. - Kathleen C
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A fascinating look into the little-known world of freight shipping, without which international commerce would grind to a halt. Amazon drones, move aside. - Kathleen C