Staff Picks - January 2019

    • All Systems Red
      Martha Wells

      Short, hilarious and amazingly endearing, the self-named Murderbot (a bot who would rather binge watch TV than do its job) is an instant fave. This is extremely accessible and compelling science fiction. I can recommend the whole series. - Katie

    • Drums of Autumn
      Diana Gabaldon

      The remarkable story of Claire and Jamie Fraser continues in the 4th book in the Outlander series, on which the current season of the TV series is based. The Frasers are faced with a bleak choice, return to an impoverished Scotland, or seize the chance of a new life in the American colonies despite Claire’s knowledge of the coming Revolution. They think their daughter, Brianna, is safe in the future but she travels to the past to find and save them.

    • An Expert in Murder
      Nicola Upson

      The first in a series featuring Josephine Tey, one of the writers of the Golden Age of British mysteries, as a character. Set in the world of 1930s British theatre, this is both a tribute to a popular writer and an atmospheric detective novel on its own. Traveling to London in 1934 to celebrate her play's triumphant final week, Tey is caught up by the murder of a fellow train passenger, in a case that raises the suspicions of Detective Inspector Archie Penrose. Thoroughly enjoyable!

    • The 4-Hour Workweek
      Timothy Ferriss

      Forget the old concept of retirement and deferred-life plans. There is no need to wait and every reason not to. In this expanded and updated edition, Ferriss has more than 100 pages of new content in his blueprint for how to live more and work less.

    • Heart Land
      Kimberly Stuart

      A story of reconnection, lost love, and the power of faith, Heart Land follows a struggling fashion designer back to her small Iowa hometown as she tries to follow her dreams of success and finding true love.

    • Indemnity Only
      Sara Paretsky

      The first in the series about V.I. Warshawski, a female private eye in Chicago. One night a man shows up at her office and says he’s a well-known banker and his son’s girlfriend is missing. He hires her to find the girl. Turns out, he’s not who he says he is. When V.I. turns up the real banker’s dead son, she’s sucked into a whirlwind of mobsters, bankers and missing family members in this page-turning mystery. - Katy

    • Innumerable Insects
      Michael S. Engel

      From the American Museum of Natural History comes the story of bugs. While they could live without us, we certainly couldn’t live without them! This book is filled with fantastic and historical illustrations from their rare book collection. It’s a real treat! - Sue

    • Jeeves and the King of Clubs
      Ben Schott

      A new Jeeves and Wooster novel, penned in homage to P.G. Wodehouse, in which literature's favorite gentleman and his gentleman's personal gentleman become spies in service to the Crown. Schott brings this odd couple back to life in a madcap adventure that is full of hijinks, entanglements, imbroglios, and Wodehousian wordplay. It will delight longtime fans and introduce a new audience to the comic joys of these beloved characters

    • Leave No Trace
      Mindy Mejia

      Maya, a young speech therapist (formerly a patient) of a psychiatric facility tries to connect with a young, violent male patient named Lucas. Ten years earlier, Lucas and his father went missing while camping in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota, but now Lucas has been found. What happened to the father and son during those ten years? Why won’t Lucas speak about it, and where is his father now? This was a moving and suspenseful book that kept me up until late in the evening. - Stephanie

    • News of the World
      Paulette Jiles

      Set in 1870 Texas, an elderly former Confederate army captain is hired to return a ten-year-old German girl, who’d been kidnapped by a Kiowa tribe, to her nearest relatives several hundred miles south. Having been indoctrinated four years in native customs, the girl, who speaks Kiowa fluently, but very little German and no English, isn’t keen on rejoining white civilization. Jiles creates vivid depictions of frontier life through a wealth of fine details, yet spices the plot with episodes of intense action. - Kevin

    • Ranger McIntyre: unmentionable murders
      James Work

      Introduces a new series with a lead character who seems to be a smarter version of Dudley Do-Right. Ranger McIntyre, of the recently created Rocky Mountain National Park, first discovers a body floating in the river wearing just underpants, then soon finds a second body, also only partially dressed. Quirky characters amble through this Prohibition era mystery as McIntyre puts the puzzle pieces together that lead to an ending that will leave readers eager for more.

    • Skulduggery Pleasant
      Derek Landy

      Stephanie's uncle Gordon is a writer of horror fiction. But when he dies and leaves her his estate, she learns that while he may have written horror it certainly wasn't fiction. Pursued by evil forces, Stephanie finds help from an unusual source - the wisecracking skeleton of a dead sorcerer... She's twelve. He's dead. But together they're going to save the world. Hopefully. The iconic first book in the bestselling teen fantasy series, now available in the U.S. Check out the excellent narrator on the audio book version! Fans of the Artemis Fowl series should enjoy this.

    • This Lie Will Kill You
      Chelsea Pitcher

      Clue meets Riverdale in this page-turning teen thriller that exposes the lies five teens tell about a deadly night one year ago. There was a party and someone died. Each of them played a part and none have told the truth, until now. They’ve been lured to an isolated mansion by someone bent on revenge. Five arrive but not all will leave – Will the truth set them free or will their lies destroy them all?

    • Winter Wheat
      Mildred Walker

      This coming-of-age story about a young Montana woman was nominated for a National Book Award when it was published in 1944. I was quite surprised the first time I read it as a junior high student, that a country teacher who wished to keep her job couldn’t be married; now as an adult, I am thankful that times have changed! I so enjoyed this soothing story from the prairie, even though the characters struggle. - Luann

    • The Witch Elm
      Tana French

      A stand-alone novel that has all the things readers love about the Dublin Murder Squad books--well developed characters, exquisite plotting, and deep explorations of human nature. Toby leads a charmed life with an idyllic childhood, a good family, a loving girlfriend, and promising prospects. But a vicious attack changes everything. Atmospheric, twisty, and perfect for readers who like Gillian Flynn or Kate Atkinson.