Staff Picks - May 2019

    • The American Agent
      Jacqueline Winspear

      Beloved heroine Maisie Dobbs investigates the mysterious murder of an American war correspondent in London during the Blitz in a tale of love and war, terror and survival in the 15th book of the series. Entangled in an investigation linked to the power of wartime propaganda and American political intrigue in Britain, Maisie faces losing her dearest friend—and the possibility that she might be falling in love again. Fans of the series won’t be disappointed.

    • Cozy
      Isabel Gillies

      A fresh and inspiring look at the subtle art of cozy that shows fans of The Little Book of Hygge that true comfort comes from within. Being truly cozy means learning to identify the innermost truth of yourself and carrying it with you. Starting with yourself and broadening to your home, community, and the world at large, Gillies shows how to bring the truth of who you are to any situation.

    • An Ember in the Ashes
      Sabaa Tahir

      Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Both want to leave their respective responsibilities behind them, but under the brutal Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. I have read a lot of fantasy teen fiction, but this first book in a series blew me away. This is a cruel and savage world based on ancient Rome, and the story spares no one’s emotions. - Sarah L.

    • Empty Planet
      Darrell Jay Bricker and John Ibbitson

      An award-winning journalist and leading international social researcher make the provocative argument that the global population will soon begin to decline, dramatically reshaping the social, political, and economic landscape. A very readable book with startling conclusions on world population. An interesting look at different cultures. – Richard

    • The Familiars
      Stacey Halls

      This was a captivating read with a lush, melancholic atmosphere. The story mixes magical realism with the historical setting of the Pendle Witch Trials of 1612. I loved the character of Fleetwood, who begins the story trapped, sick, and with child but ends it as her own woman after she find ways to assert herself.

    • The Gentleman
      Forrest Leo

      This zany humorous novel follows a failed poet who inadvertently gives his much-despised wife to the devil; only to realize he might actually love her. What follows is a Monty Python-like tale where the hero, his scandalous sister, a world-class explorer, and a futuristic inventor all try to get to Hell to bring her back. A hilarious and fast paced read! I couldn’t put it down. – Cat

    • Girls With Sharp Sticks
      Suzanne Young

      This is a suspenseful YA book about a finishing school, set in the near-future, with a sinister agenda and "complete" control over the girls there. Worth a read!

    • How the Light Gets In
      Louise Penny

      Struggling to maintain the Homicide group during the holiday season in the wake of interdepartmental estrangements, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache quietly investigates the disappearance of a once-famous woman while seeking a safe-haven for his loyal colleagues in an increasingly hostile town. Gamache digs beneath the idyllic surface of village life in Three Pines, finding long buried secrets--and facing a few of his own ghosts in this ninth book of the series. As in the previous books, literary detective fiction and philosophy are intertwined with humor, tragedy, love, betrayal, intrigue, friendship, and faith.

    • I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
      Erika L. Sánchez

      This teen book brought me out of my reading comfort zone, but I’m glad it did! When the eldest teen sister in the story dies, the younger one, while still grieving, is expected by her parents to live like her sister did as the perfect Mexican daughter. I liked that the story line shows, as Julia advances towards the end of High School, that she is able to go about her own life in the way she wants, albeit with some struggles along the way. – Luann

    • Sadie
      Courtney Summers

      Told from the alternating perspectives of nineteen-year-old Sadie who runs away from her isolated Colorado town to find her younger sister's killer, and a true crime podcast exploring Sadie's disappearance. A gripping teen mystery about one young woman’s devotion to her little sister. Raw and fierce and heartbreaking, it’s a book you can’t put down. – Katie

    • Splinter in the Blood
      Ashley Dyer

      While a police officer fights for his life in the hospital, his trusted partner takes over an investigation into the serial killer behind the attack, a case that is compromised by the partner's deadly secret. This is solid suspense and one of the boldest, most inventive serial killer thrillers I have ever read! The forensic detail is amazing. I’d highly recommend if you’re a fan of thriller or suspense novels.

    • Warriors of the Storm
      Bernard Cornwell

      A fragile peace reigns in Wessex, Mercia and East Anglia. King Alfred’s son Edward and formidable daughter rule the kingdoms. But all around the restless Northmen are mounting raids. This is the ninth installment in Cornwell’s Saxon Stories, an epic saga of the making of England. It’s the basis for the hit BBC America program The Last Kingdom.

    • Wildflower
      Drew Barrymore

      The popular actress shares funny, insightful, and profound stories. View a portrait of Drew's life as she looks at the heartfelt memories from her past and present, ranging from her emancipation in her mid-teens, to the unique farewell she shared with her father, and her experiences as a mother.

    • The Winter People
      Jennifer McMahon

      Coming of age in an old farmhouse, nineteen-year-old Ruthie begins a search for her agoraphobic mother and discovers the century-old diary of the farmhouse's long-ago resident, a grieving mother who died under mysterious circumstances. A simmering literary thriller about ghostly secrets, dark choices, and the unbreakable bond between mothers and daughters . . . sometimes too unbreakable.

    • You
      You
      Caroline Kepnes

      A terrifying exploration of how vulnerable we all are to stalking and manipulation, this is a razor-sharp tale for our hyper-connected digital age. It’s a compulsively readable page-turner that's being compared to Gone Girl, American Psycho, and Stephen King's Misery. All I can say is, if you like creepy love stories narrated by a stalker, then this is the book for you. It’s currently a show on Netflix.