March 2017 Staff Picks

“A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.” –Chinese Proverb. Books to welcome spring in this month's staff picks.

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Lincoln in the Bardo Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780812995343
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Published: Random House - February 14th, 2017

Wow! I’m so happy I discovered this book before it was published because it came out last week it went straight to #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. This is the most creative, unusual, beautifully written book I have read in a while. Abraham Lincoln and his wife had a son whose death was devastating. There are historical accounts of Lincoln going to his crypt and cradling the corpse of their beloved boy. This historical fact is intertwined with the incredible story of the boy’s spirit remaining trapped in the Bardo because his father won’t let him go. I could go on, but you must read it to appreciate the creative brilliance!

-Recommended by Kim


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The Handmaid's Tale Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780385490818
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Published: Anchor Books - March 13th, 1998

“There were marches, of course, a lot of women and some men…. And when it was known that the police, or the army, or whoever they were, would open fire almost as soon as any of the marches even started, the marches stopped.”

This book chronicles the life of a woman in Gilead, North America. In a world where births are scarce, fertile women like Offred have become a commodity. Given to the Commanders to bear their children, everyday life has become a cold nightmare. Horrifying, intriguing, and punctuated by moments of macabre humor, Atwood weaves a world that is both chilling, and at times disturbingly topical.

-Recommended by Will


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We Were the Lucky Ones Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780399563089
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Published: Viking - February 14th, 2017

The Kurcs were a well-to-do close-knit Jewish family of seven. Their lives changed drastically in 1939 when Germany invaded Poland, tearing their family apart, scattering them in all directions. The Kurc’s vitality had been depleted, their human dignity stripped away. They played mental tricks to ignore the daily horrors that surrounded them.

Based on a true story, the Kurcs unbelievably found their way back together after the war. This story is a testament to family, resilience, and to life! I still cannot get it out of my head!

-Recommended by Virgie


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Leviathan Wakes Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780316129084
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Published: Orbit - June 15th, 2011

I’m a sucker for space opera, and this book marks the beginning of a story the scope of which hasn’t been seen since the days of Herbert, Asimov, or more recently Robinson. Set in the near(ish) future, humankind has spread throughout the solar system. Earth and Mars vie for control of the vast mineral resources of the Belt, and tensions are rising. When a crew of ice haulers happens upon a mysterious abandoned ship, a secret is revealed that could throw the whole system into interplanetary war. Filled with political intrigue, space battles, and a tech-noir style murder mystery, this book is a must-read for sci-fi fans!

-Recommended by Will


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The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780399185045
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Published: Avery Publishing Group - September 20th, 2016

Bring two spiritual masters and moral leaders together for a week to share intimate stories about what they have witnessed and learned in their often difficult lives. Add a co-writer who weaves their stories together, connecting their thoughts with the science of joy. End with a section of “joy strategies.” The result: an inspirational book. This is your invitation to seek and find happiness in this world!

-Recommended by Virgie


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The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393242713
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 7th, 2017

As a wilderness junkie, I immediately wanted to read this book to learn about how I am changed through my experiences with nature, and the read did not disappoint. This book explores the science behind how nature affects us, physically, psychologically and emotionally. Every time I put the book down, I felt compelled and inspired to trek out into nature to get my fix. Pun intended. I had the pleasure of meeting Florence Williams and listening to her speak about this book and it was wonderful learning the research behind it. I recommend this to any and all nature and science enthusiasts.

-Recommended by Beryl


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Healing After Loss:: Daily Meditations for Working Through Grief Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780380773381
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Published: Harper Perennial - December 1994

t’s difficult to know how to console someone who has lost a loved one. This page-a-day book offers thoughtful words intended to inspire and comfort. Written by a father who lost his 16 year-old daughter, the author understands the short attention span experienced by many in the early stages of grieving. His daily meditations are brief, providing daily “baby steps” to cope. This is the book I give to friends who are grieving a loss.

-Recommended by Virgie


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The Just One Thing: Effective Strategies to Get You Where You Need to Go Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781608820313
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Published: New Harbinger Publications - October 2011

I don’t always speak in hyperboles, but really, this book changed my life. This self-help book is easy to pick up, read, and follow. It doesn’t require a huge time commitment, and isn’t loaded with psychological verbiage. Hanson provides quick tips and how to actually complete them in order to have a more relaxed, anxiety-free mind. I keep this book by my bedside. It has truly made me a more conscious being.

-Recommended by Victoria


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House Plants: How to Look After Your Indoor Plants: With Helpful Advice, Step-By-Step Projects, and Inventive Planting Ideas Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781782493600
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Published: Cico - September 6th, 2016

With spring arriving quicker than normal, it is definitely time to start thinking about blooms, plants and gardening! This book provides helpful information for growing plants of culinary and decorative value inside your home. It includes tips on tools needed, types of containers, plants suited to certain lighting, and more. This is a great book for any city dweller with no room to garden outside.

-Recommended by Victoria


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Cooking with Cheese: Over 80 Deliciously Inspiring Recipes from Soups and Salads to Pasta and Pies Cover Image
By Ryland Peters & Small (Compiled by)
$21.95
ISBN: 9781849757188
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Published: Ryland Peters & Small - March 10th, 2016

Cheese has been touted as the secret to happiness, and now happiness can be yours with 80 cheesy recipes. This is a mostly-vegetarian cookbook and I would say that just about all of the recipes can be adapted to include or exclude meat accordingly--but you probably don’t need to change a thing when you’ve got all that melty goodness of delicious cheese! Beautiful, inspirational photos will surely move you to ditch takeout and cook tonight.

-Recommended by Jamie


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Dance Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781481487078
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - February 14th, 2017

Calling all you little shakers and movers! Listen to the jazzy rhymes while you pull interactive tabs to help Chicky Baby learn to dance the Hippopota Hula, the Gator Mashed Potater and many more moves! FUN! FUN! FUN!

-Recommended by Virgie
 


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Stellaluna Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780152802172
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Published: Harcourt Children's Books - April 30th, 1993

This heartwarming story follows the journey of an intrepid young bat named Stellaluna. During her travels she meets other species and learns of their similarities and differences, reunites with lost family members and explores new environments. Through this expedition she learns a valuable lesson for all youngsters, that thought we may be different from one another, but it is the friendship and love that we have for each other, that is important.

-Recommended by Beryl


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Runs with Courage Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781585369850
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Published: Sleeping Bear Press - February 2017

The life of ten year-old Four Winds is disrupted when she is taken away from her Lakota family and forced to live in a boarding school run by white people. Based on events that occurred in the 1880’s, this story takes a close look at culture, and what it means to instantly have it forcibly erased. In my opinion, this story is a catalyst for discussions concerning the differences and acceptance among cultures.

-Recommended by Virgie


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The Orphan's Tale Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780778319818
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Published: Mira Books - February 21st, 2017

This is the tale of of two women who take cover together because of the war. Noa is young and  running away from her mistakes with a German soldier. Along the way she finds a boxcar full of babies and decides to take one, not really knowing what she is getting herself into. All she knows that she is just trying to fill a void. Astrid is a women in her mid life. She is also running away from her life but for different reasons. Both of these women have to make the best of what is handed them and be in the circus at the same time. Astrid is from a circus family and knows all the hardships of show life, but she takes Noa under her wing to teach her the art of being an aerialist. This is a very light hearted WWII story that is more about friendship than war.

-Recommended by Chris


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Savvy Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780142414330
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Published: Puffin Books - March 23rd, 2010

Mibs comes from a very special family. On her thirteenth birthday, she receives a Savvy, or a magic power. However, she does not know what her savvy is until that day. And until she learns to scumble her savvy, shenanigans ensue. Typically, these come in with a bang. This is a wonderful book, Ingrid Law puts so much marvelous vocabulary into her stories that you just have to keep turning the page to know what happens next.

-Recommended by Chris