Staff Picks to Welcome You into Spring

“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.”  -Lemony Snicket

 

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Murder on the Orient Express: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot Mysteries #10) Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9780062073495
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - January 18th, 2011

Murder on the Orient Express has been popular as of late due to its newly-made film counterpart. Why they decided to make this particular Agatha Christie book a movie becomes abundantly clear as you begin reading, however. This story is so international and entertaining. Stereotypes come from all over the world to board a train which--SPOILER ALERT--leads to a murder on the train (not that much of a spoiler--it’s in the title). This book goes exceedingly well with its audiobook counterpart, which has a fantastic reader who attempts all types of accents on the train. I dare say this book is a great activity for the whole family!

- Recommended by Anne


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In a Dark, Dark Wood Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781501112331
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - April 19th, 2016

I love thrillers. I love mysteries. And I love being scared. A Dark, Dark Wood is the trifecta. I had to stop reading it at night because I started to get too scared! Nora is a crime writer that rarely enjoys leaving her apartment. After receiving an email invite from a long lost friend Nora reluctantly joins a group of women at a secluded glass house in the woods for a weekend getaway. Two days later she wakes up in the hospital, gravely injured and quickly learns that someone from that weekend getaway is dead.

- Recommended by Katie G.


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Beautiful Days: Stories Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062795786
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Published: Ecco - February 6th, 2018

Sometimes I need “a break”  from the commitment of an entire novel and immerse myself in short stories. Then, everyday becomes a new plot to indulge, ponder a bit and then move onto another story! Beautiful Days is a collection of 12 intriguing stories written by award-winning creative writer Joyce Carol Oates. I especially enjoyed the variety of her story topics, allowing my mind to swirl with each new story and leaving me with much to ponder!

- Recommended by Virgie


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White Houses Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780812995664
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Published: Random House - February 13th, 2018

Bloom’s White Houses is a fictionalized account of the decades-long relationship between two women, Eleanor Roosevelt (wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt) and Lorena Hickok, a prominent female reporter working for the White House.  Although coming from different backgrounds, Eleanor and Lorena shared a “commingling of souls.” As a public figure, Eleanor was determined to save the world. The private Eleanor just wanted to be loved. I felt like a fly on the wall as I read about Eleanor, Lorena and Franklin attempting to hide their love triangle. Bloom did extensive research to understand this trio of a complex relationship. The story left me with the reminder of the power of enduring friendships and the courage it takes to remain true to yourself.

- Recommended by Virgie


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The Chemist Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316387842
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Published: Back Bay Books - July 11th, 2017

Dr. Juliana Fortis was a specialized interrogation chemist for the United States government: until her superiors tried to have her killed. Now she’s on the run, using countless aliases and numerous death traps to keep one step ahead of the assassins that are still coming for her, 3 years after she made her escape.

But she’s tired of running, and her ex-boss has offered her an assignment that could let her off the hook permanently.  The real story, however, is always much more complicated than it seems. After a case of mistaken identity goes horribly awry, Juliana finds herself thrown with two more unlikely characters as they all battle for their lives. The Chemist is an adrenaline inducing rush from start to finish, and there’s no telling if anyone will make it out alive.

- Recommended by Megan


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The Power Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780316547611
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Published: Little Brown and Company - October 10th, 2017

How much would it change the world if women were suddenly given the upper hand? The Power follows four different characters - an abused foster kid, a gangster’s daughter, a reporter, and a politician - as they each grapple with the sudden appearance of electrical capabilities in women and young girls. These capabilities, which can range from a tiny spark to a current strong enough to kill a man, inspire devotion, fear, anger, resistance, and chaos. The order of things slowly but surely beings to topple; but is it really change, or merely a repackaging of the inevitable human tendencies?

- Recommended by Megan


Pride and Prejudice (Word Cloud Classics) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781607105541
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Published: Canterbury Classics - September 18th, 2012

This is a bit of an unorthodox review, as when I chose to read this books, it was because this was the farthest outside of my reading comfort zone I could think of. Romantic literature is most definitely not my forte. However, I found myself to love this book. Austen’s wit and always well-executed satire made this such a fun read. I can’t wait to continue my journey through the rest of her works!

- Recommended by Marissa


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Manhattan Beach Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781476716732
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Published: Scribner Book Company - October 3rd, 2017

This book was longlisted for The National Book Award in 2017. It is an intriguing look at pre WWII New York City.  The story of Anna Kerrigan; her father’s disappearance and her own foray into the working world as a woman in those days is interesting enough.   Different plots are woven into this book; the prevailing of them is pro-woman, though not anti-man. Anna has chosen not just to work, however, but to venture into the world of men in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, to be a diver - unheard of.  Having been able to work in any field I’ve chosen in my life, this perspective is a good, unique one. Beautifully crafted work.

- Recommended by Katie D.


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Razor Girl Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780345804907
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Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - May 2nd, 2017

This is the first of Carl Hiaasen’s books that I’ve read, and I was initially both puzzled and perturbed ; I put it down for a month or so.   He’s written several, so when I decided to pick it up again, I was determined to find why people find him so enjoyable, and I did. There’s great raucous humor in it, which either you DO enjoy, or not so much; there are also multiple mysteries going on at the same time.  The cast of characters include a redneck homophobic reality show star on Key West, disastrously making a personal appearance; a woman of questionable name(s) and identities; a disgraced cop who, instead of pursuing bad guys, is, in penance, being made to inspect restaurants.    It was worth waiting for.

- Recommended by Katie D.


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My Absolute Darling Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780735211179
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 29th, 2017

Turtle Alveston is being raised by her father, in his dark world of  survivalism of sorts. At 14 years old, she’s able to shoot a gun or rifle with deadly accuracy, and friends are not encouraged, nor wanted.  This is a tale of love gone completely wrong, taken to extremes about which most of us would never care to even have nightmares. When Turtle dares to have friends, her father is deviously clever in isolating her even further, in his warped sense of what he deems to be love.

- Recommended by Katie D.


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Speak No Evil: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780061284922
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Published: Harper - March 6th, 2018

A heartwarming and heartbreaking coming of age book is this; the story of a family who has emigrated from Nigeria to the States.  Outwardly, the family has all the trappings of the American dream; the son, Niru, is a first-rate student at a prestigious school both scholastically and athletically.  His parent are also successful in their chosen fields. What Niru hasn’t realized, at the age of 17, is that he is gay; and his best friend, Meredith, is at odds with him, since she’s in love with him.  Niru’s father finds a random text to a boy as yet unknown by Niru - and loses his conservative mind. He drags Niru back to Nigeria, where he is sure Niru will find his spiritual way back to being a “man”.  You will find Meredith and Niru’s love enduring and fleeting; and there is no way to go back, for anyone.

- Recommended b Katie D.


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The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062658807
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Published: William Morrow - January 17th, 2017

Are you kidding?! The guy’s last name literally translates to Viking! That alone should be reason enough to open this book. Once opened, you will be drawn into the strange and cozy traditions of the Danish household, complete with recipes both in and out of the kitchen for higher levels of happiness.  This book has lovely ideas and details which can be used to make your winter season a little bit brighter, even if Steamboat gets a bit more sun than Denmark. My favorite part about this book is how it influences you to really learn a new word, hygge, not by learning its translation, but by learning its feeling. Wiking does an awesome job of translating the concept of hygge across cultures.

- Recommended by Anne


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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393351903
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 28th, 2015

Death is pretty much the last thing any of us want to think, hear, or speak about, despite it being the background noise of our everyday lives. The fact is that death is inevitable - always has been, always will be. So why are we so afraid of it? In this book, Doughty shares her experiences in the death business, complete with horribly graphic descriptions, funny anecdotes, and insightful observations. She contends that in Western society, we’ve turned death into something to be ignored, sterilized, and relegated to the shadows. What if there was a better, more meaningful way to deal with death that actually involved peoples loved ones and dealt the dead the respect they deserve? From cultures who feed their dead to nature, to mortuary-cannibalistic cultures that eat the dead themselves, to fruit shrines and professional mourners, Doughty explores it all and brings us her measured opinions.

- Recommended by Megan


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The Biophilia Effect: A Scientific and Spiritual Exploration of the Healing Bond Between Humans and Nature Cover Image
By Clemens G. Arvay, Victoria Goodrich Graham (Translator), Marc Bekoff (Foreword by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781683640424
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Published: Sounds True - February 1st, 2018

When I hike in the mountains or through a field of beautiful wildflowers on the trail to Rabbit Ears, I am filled with feelings hard to describe; calm, exhilaration, happiness. NOW I know WHY! This book defines and explains biophilia as a human’s longing for nature. Through extensive research including scientific measurements of human immune systems, I have learned that we certainly have a communication with nature, a healing bond almost like an elixir, which takes place outside of our conscience. The author cites foreign countries who use nature as an officially recognized method of treating and preventing disease. Practical nature exercises are included at the end of the book. Being in nature can be the best thing you can do for your health. Now I feel like moving into a treehouse!

- Recommended by Virgie


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The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781501173240
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Published: Scribner Book Company - January 2nd, 2018

I often wonder how I have accumulated SO MUCH “STUFF.” Why do I have trouble letting go of things that I don’t even remember having? I sure wish I had read this book years ago. It’s not too late!
“Death Cleaning” is a Swedish term for removing unnecessary clutter to make your home orderly and free. This self-help book offers strategies which help one decide and then let go of clutter. Although I don’t particularly like the name of the process (Death Cleaning), the information given is very helpful. Giving one the courage to let go! ! This is a must read for anyone trying to down-size. It gives one courage to let go!

- Recommended by Virgie


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The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781501139895
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Published: Gallery Books - August 8th, 2017

Amy Schumer’s stand-up or movies may not be for everyone but this book is - it is an open, honest and hilarious look into her life and what really goes on inside her head. The chapters are arranged perfectly as she jumps from anecdote to anecdote and levels with her readers, the universe and herself. I am still LOL-ing.

- Recommended by Katie G.


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The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780735217713
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 6th, 2018

Francisco Cantu is a natural storyteller. A third generation Mexican-American, Cantu grew up along the border, and his lifelong interest in it lead him to a career as a field agent with the Border Patrol. This is Cantu’s account of what he experienced, from both the perspective of the agents and of the immigrants.

- Recommended by Marissa


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Tempests and Slaughter (the Numair Chronicles, Book One) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780375847110
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - February 6th, 2018

Arram has been given a chance to study and the University of Carthak.  He has the gift of magic. But he has no idea how very powerful he really is.  His friends, Varice is a very smart young girl that Arram has a crush on but can’t tell her.  And Ozorne is known as the leftover prince. He has so many brothers that will come before him in the royal line that he can get away with almost anything. As these three attend school and grow in their magical powers, they will forever change not only their country but their realm of Tortal. This is the newest book by one of my all time favorite authors.  She has taken a whole new outlook of Tortal by having her protagonist be male instead of female.  

If you liked this, you should also read Alanna : The First Adventure – this is her first book.

- Recommended by Chris


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Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary
$9.99
ISBN: 9780152050856
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - June 10th, 2010

There is not much for Mary to live for.  She is an orphan on the squalid streets of London in 1797, with hardly any food or clothes.  She comes across a way out, she will join a ships crew as a ship’s boy. But only one problem Mary is girl. These are her adventures, friends, and times on the high seas as Jacky Faber. This is a wonder series for teens who want all the action but none of the fantasy.  As historical fiction, Jacky Faber encounters all sort of real people and event from history. I really liked this series.

- Recommended by Chris


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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #1) Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781594746031
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Published: Quirk Books - June 4th, 2013

Miss Peregrine’s is a wonderfully exciting tale, particularly for fans of all things dark and quirky. The blend of the narrative with the photography makes this novel stand out from other young adult fiction. Jacob grew up idolizing his grandfather, and his stories of strength and survival during WWII. But when his grandfather is killed in front of him, Jacob begins following a trail of clues that leads him to a reality that he could never have dreamed of - a place that stands still in time, filled with the most peculiar people he has ever encountered. This was a really fun read, and is the first in a trilogy.

- Recommended by Marissa


One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781619635548
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Published: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books - January 3rd, 2017

This little volume is huge in original artistry by such artists as Pat Cummings, Ebony Glenn, Brian Pinkney, and the author, Nikki Grimes.  There is poetry by Langston Hughes, Jean Toomer, and other poets from Harlem who have enriched us all with their spirit and fervor; being of African-American descent in America is unknowable for ME, but this book allows me just a hint of a glimpse of a look, and I treasure this rare opportunity.  This is the winner of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, as well as being the recipient of other prestigious awards.

- Recommended by Katie D.


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Katy and the Big Snow Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780395185629
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - April 3rd, 1974

What a wonderful classic story of if you want it and put your mind to something, you can accomplish anything.  I love reading this every year when the snow starts to fall. This is a book that has stood the test of time. Virginia Lee Burton is a Caldecott winning author.

- Recommended by Chris


Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780307931474
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Published: Yearling Books - June 24th, 2014

Have you ever wanted to spend the night in a library?  Well these lucky kids get to.

Kyle really likes board games especially those by Lemoncello.  Mr. Lemoncello is opening a new library in Kyle’s town and has given the chance to win an overnight in the library.  There’s one catch through, you must solve the mystery to find the way out that is not the front door. You can either do this alone or as a group.

There are so many really cool things about this new library that you have to remember not to be distracted from the mission of leaving.  Will you make it out in time?

- Recommended by Chris


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Baby Monkey, Private Eye Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781338180619
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Published: Scholastic Press - February 27th, 2018

This book by Caldecott winner Selznick is yet another unique experience designed to bring out the best in emerging readers! This “chapter” book blends together the qualities of a picture book, a beginning reader and a graphic novel. The words used in text are simple and repetitive, perfect for those little readers who want to be “cool” by reading a chapter book. Check out this book. It’s really quite amazing … so long as you can think like a 5, 6 or 7 year old!

- Recommended by Virgie


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Snow (Sunburst Books) Cover Image
By Uri Shulevitz, Uri Shulevitz (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780374468620
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - October 6th, 2004

Caldecott Honor Picture Book Snow captures a young boy’s thrill of a snowfall from the very first flake, changing a town from gray to white. I must say, I feel the same thrill with a Steamboat snowfall!

- Recommended by Virgie


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A Sick Day for Amos McGee Cover Image
By Philip C. Stead, Erin E. Stead (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781596434028
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - May 25th, 2010

Nobody has better, and more unique, friends than Amos McGee, who works at a zoo as a friend to the animals. But what happens when the guy taking care of everyone else, gets sick? This is a sweet children’s book about friendship and taking care of one another. The illustrations are also very depicting--just notice McGee’s red nose!

- Recommended by Anne