January Staff Picks to Kick Off the New Year

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one. - George R.R. Martin

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The Woman in the Window: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062678416
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Published: William Morrow - January 2nd, 2018

“It’s not paranoia if it’s really happening.”

Fans of film noir will really love this psychological thriller that follows an agoraphobic woman trapped in her home watching old black and white Hitchcock and other film noir movies.  Suddenly she becomes the star of her own film noir when she believes she witness a woman across the street being murdered.  This novel will be compared to Girl on the Train, Gone Girl… however this novel definitely raises the intellectual bar.  Smart, compelling novel!

- Recommended by Kim


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Annihilation: A Novel (The Southern Reach Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780374104092
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Published: FSG Originals - February 4th, 2014

“...the shadows of the abyss are like the petals of a monstrous flower that shall blossom within the skull and expand the mind beyond what any man can bear…”

Expeditions have been investigating the mysterious Area X for decades. As of yet, no explanation has been discovered for its strange properties, and no expedition has returned. Not fully, anyway. As the twelfth expedition ventures into the overgrown ruins, it becomes clear that Area X and even the expedition itself are not what they seem. Written in enchanting prose, Annihilation explores the unraveling of the mind and reality in an environment that defies explanation. The book is a sort of eldritch, lovecraftian horror masked by natural beauty, and is difficult to put down. Also available as an ebook.

- Recommended by Will


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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Cover Image
By Judith Viorst, Ray Cruz (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780689711732
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - July 15th, 1987

Alexander has a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Everything goes wrong and there is nothing he can do about it, except for a little sulking before moving on to the next thing, which inevitably goes poorly as well. This sweet storyline is as relatable to adults as it is to children. I’m just glad I have Alexander to consult when I have a day that doesn’t quite go my way.

- Recommended by Anne


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On the Night You Were Born Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780312601553
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - January 19th, 2010

Children’s chunky books come with all types of content, in a huge variety of storylines. It is easy to pick one up that has a very short, sweet message that can solicit a sigh of “awwww…” from the reader. This book, however, hits you right at the core. As a new aunt, going on nine months now, I found this story particularly tear-jerking. Just think back to that moment when your little one came into your life, and I’m pretty sure you will find the same deep appreciation for the message this book offers that I have.

- Recommended by Anne


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The Covenant: A Novel Cover Image
By James A. Michener, Steve Berry (Introduction by)
$20.00
ISBN: 9780812986693
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - March 10th, 2015

Michener begins his journey with you at the beginning of human civilizations, and finishes in the 1960s, smack in the middle of Apartheid in South Africa. After having lived in South Africa for a year and a half myself, I can attest to how much I learned from reading this book whilst living there. Not only will you come out of this 1200 page journey with a deep understanding of the impacts of colonial ebbs and flows on the African continent, but you’ll be itching to know more about this beautiful and exciting land full of a myriad of cultures that stretches across the Southern tip of the mother continent.

- Recommended by Anne


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The Unnamed Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780316034005
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Published: Back Bay Books - September 14th, 2010

This is a very odd story. I'm unsure if it is due to mental health, physical ailment, or just pure, unadulterated fantasy, Tim just can’t stop walking. The Unnamed is a story about sickness and health, but also the relationships in a family, and how those are tested and tried when true, strange tragedy strikes. Well written, this story will leave you uncomfortable and mystified. What is the other, and what does it want with practical, good-natured Tim?

- Recommended by Anne


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A Song for Snow (Hoot and Peep) Cover Image
By Lita Judge, Lita Judge (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781101994511
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Published: Dial Books - November 14th, 2017

Picture Book ages 3-8

This is a super cute all about waiting and how important it is.  Peep is so ready to see snow and to play in the snow.  Great things come to those who wait, is what Peep learns.  Lita Judge is both author and illustrator.  She does a wonderful job of both.

- Recommended by Chris


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No Hugs for Porcupine Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780762462254
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Published: Running Press Kids - December 5th, 2017

Picture Book ages 3-8

Poor Porcupine all he wants is to have some affection with the other forest creature, but because he has quills, no one wants to hug him.  This is book all about being different and being ok with it.  It also helps kids to think outside the box and shows them that it’s ok to be different.  This is  great book for anyone who needs to be cheered up.

- Recommended by Chris


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The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316310277
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - January 2nd, 2018

Teen  ages 13 and up

Jude was born in the human world and her sister is fey, but she doesn’t understand this until the day her sister’s father finds them and kills Jude’s  parents, then takes the girls back to the Land of Faerie.  Now Jude is the outsider and is bullied by all the upper class fey.  This drives Jude to make some new friends that are a little bit on the shady side of things.  This book is filled with secrets, betrayals, spying and some back stabbing.  All these things make this quite the page turner and extremely compelling.

- Recommended by Chris


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Zenith (Androma Saga #1) Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780373212590
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Published: Harlequin Teen - January 16th, 2018

Teen ages 13 and up

While on her ship the Marauder, Andi is the captain of an all female crew that consists of other headstrong, go get-em, ruthless,  troubled women.  But to the rest of the Mirabel Galaxy and beyond she is known as the Bloody Baroness.  But when she is finally caught by a bounty hunter with his own questionable past, Andi must change her plans and help the one person that she truly hates. This is a fast paced action filled space drama.  

- Recommended by Chris


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Carnegie's Maid Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781492646617
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - January 16th, 2018

Clara Kelly leaves her beloved Ireland in the 1860’s, the only hope for her family, who is struggling with the potato famine. If she could only get a job, her money sent home would help her family survive. Once off the ship, Clara assumes the identity of another Clara Kelly, who did not make it off the boat alive. She becomes the “lady’s maid” in the household of Andrew Carnegie, the richest man in the world at that time. Andrew, an immigrant himself, is mesmerized by Clara’s strength and intelligence, and they become clandestine friends, discussing everything from literature to the steel industry business. Clara Kelly plays a significant role in inspiring Andrew Carnegie’s philanthropy, which improved the lives of millions of people.

- Recommended by Virgie


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The Woman in the Window: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062678416
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Published: William Morrow - January 2nd, 2018

Anna Fox, a child psychologist, is an alcoholic agoraphobic hiding inside her home, alone, for the past year, drinking excessively and taking prescription drugs. Anna feels locked in … and locked out. She “connects” with her world by spying on her neighbors with the help of her Nikon D5500 Optika Lens camera. It is better than binoculars! When she witnesses a crime she calls 911, but no one will believe her story, stereotyping her as a “crazy hallucinator.” But she KNOWS what she saw! If you want a thriller of a story, that is far from simple and will keep you on edge until the end, then this is the book for you! This story is already being made into a motion picture.

- Recommended by Virgie


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The Girls in the Picture: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781101886809
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Published: Delacorte Press - January 16th, 2018

When Frances Marion and Mary Pickford met in 1949, Mary was considered the best-loved actress in the movies. After years of working together, Frances became the highest paid screenwriter in the movie industry. The story is what occurred during this time in the motion picture industry. It was interesting to watch strong women succeed in a man’s world, where women had assigned roles and unrealistic expectations, of which they had no part in choosing. In our current frenzy of sexual harassment claims in the media industry, it is amazing to see how far women have come!

If you enjoyed The Aviators Wife and The Swans of 5th Avenue then you’ll surely appreciate Benjamin’s newest novel.

- Recommended by Virgie


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Small Walt Cover Image
By Elizabeth Verdick, Marc Rosenthal (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481448451
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - October 31st, 2017

“My name is Walt, I plow and I salt. They say I’m small, but I’ll show them all.”

This fun story is about a little snowplow that is not taken seriously by the bigger plows, until a city-wide blizzard, when he shows his crew what he’s made of!

- Recommended by Virgie


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Love Cover Image
By Matt de la Peña, Loren Long (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524740917
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 9th, 2018

How do you explain the concept of “love” to a child? This beautifully illustrated picture book for kids shows all the different ways to experience and see “love.”  Love can be experienced  in the sound of your parents singing you to sleep or joyous laughter, encouragement or the embrace of a loved one when you’re afraid. This is simply a beautiful message that encourages gratitude and awareness of the importance of connections!

- Recommended by Virgie


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Home Fire: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780735217683
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 15th, 2017

Faced with a world that increasingly defines itself in black and white terms, Kamila Shamsie dares to write in vibrant color and explore the other side of the story. Home Fire follows a trio of siblings, originally from Pakistan but self-considered Brits. The eldest daughter is hard working and no-nonsense, but her two younger twin siblings - one girl, one boy - long for something different. Haunted by the stigma of their disgraced jihadi father, the boy gets roped into a world of extremism that promises him answers about his family that he just won’t get elsewhere. Shamsie based her novel off of the classic story Antigone, but her retelling of it is fresh, evocative, and begs the question - how far would you go in the name of family? Also available in eBook and audiobook.

- Recommended by Megan


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The Bell Jar Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780060837020
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - August 2nd, 2005

The Bell Jar is a good read regardless of the season, but I find it especially poignant during this time of year when we’re all thinking about resolutions. Plath tells the somewhat autobiographical story of Esther Greenwood, a young writer with a bright future ahead of her, who finds herself crumbling under the weight of her own potential and indecisiveness. Uplifting it is not, but the Fig Tree passage never fails to remind me that potential is a finite thing - eventually, we all have to choose our course and live with our decisions. Available in audiobook and eBook.

- Recommended by Megan


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Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9780547572253
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Published: Mariner Books - July 17th, 2012

Jason Traverner has got it all: world-wide fame, an equally famous lover, 30 million weekly viewers, and endless amounts of money. So how is Jason supposed to get by when he wakes up one morning to find that to his friends, his fans, and even to the law, he has never existed? In a world where everyone is meticulously tracked by the government, this nightmare becomes a reality for this world-renown performer. This beautiful study of the meaning of identity is one of PKD’s best.

- Recommended by Marissa


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Dream Big Dreams: Photographs from Barack Obama's Inspiring and Historic Presidency (Young Readers) Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9780316514392
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - November 21st, 2017

A beautiful collection of words and photographs by former Chief Official White House Photographer Pete Souza. A wonderful reflection on important values that children and aduts alike can learn from. Recommended for ages 8+.

- Recommended by Marissa