Staff Picks - March 2018

    • The Philosopher's Flight
      Tom Miller

      This thrilling debut is an epic historical fantasy set in a World-War-I-era America where magic and science have blended into a single extraordinary art. Miller writes with unrivaled imagination, ambition, and humor. The Philosopher's Flight is both a fantastical reimagining of American history and a beautifully composed coming-of-age tale for anyone who has ever felt like an outsider.

    • Poison
      John Lescroart

      Dismas Hardy is back in Lescroart’s latest thriller. Everyone’s a suspect when a successful San Francisco business man is found murdered. It’s up to Hardy to solve the mystery before he becomes the next victim. Lescroart will talk about the long and winding road he took to becoming a best-selling author and discuss this novel, at the AViD program on April 10th at the Central Library. 7PM

    • Renegades
      Marissa Meyer

      The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone...except the villains they overthrew. Nova has a reason to hate them, and she's on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice--and in Nova. But her allegiance is to the villains who have the power to end them both.  Read this teen novel and enter a high-stakes world of adventure, passion, danger, and betrayal.

    • Manhattan Beach
      Jennifer Egan

      Anna first meets Dexter Styles when her father Eddie is seeking a job during the Depression. After Eddie goes missing five years later, Anna supports the family by working at the Brooklyn Naval Yard in the war effort. One evening at a nightclub, she meets Dexter again, and begins to understand the complexity of her father's life and the reasons he might have vanished. Egan's description of New York in the 30s and 40s is so immersive that you feel like you're waking up when you have to put the book down. With the atmosphere of a noir thriller, Egan's follows Anna and Dexter into a world populated by gangsters, sailors, divers, bankers, and union men. This is a deft, dazzling exploration of a transformative moment in the lives and identities of women and men, of America and the world.

    • The Cruel Prince
      Holly Black

      These aren’t your Disney fairies! Kidnapped by the fae as a young child, Jude has spent her entire youth playing a dangerous game of survival as a mortal in the High Court of the Faerie. But when the High King’s abdication approaches and power-hungry successors plot, she thrusts herself into the middle of the action to insert her own influence and claim power over her tormentors. An intriguing romance, motley crew of side characters, and subtle exploration of sisterhood will keep the pages turning. But the real gem here is Black’s solid political intrigue and plot-twists that will leave readers panting for the next book. I know I am! - Erica

    • The Great American Cereal Book
      Marty Gitlin

      I love breakfast cereal and this book did not disappoint! From the creation of Corn Flakes to sugar sweetened cereal, this book has it all. The marketing of a movie-related toy to pack into the cereal box, to making a cereal with a movie character crunch, the history behind all the various creations of breakfast cereal is jam-packed in this book.  From Kellogg's to Post cereals, the making of all the many products is a fun lesson in history.    Luann

    • Mockingbird, Vol. 1: I can explain
      Chelsea Cain and Kate Niemczyk
      This comic series, unfortunately cut short, follows Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Bobbi Morse, on solo spy missions. This former Avenger has a scientific mind, a mastery of martial arts and perfect hair making her the perfect asset to save the Queen of England and do a little dog sitting. Get to know this lesser known Avenger, you don't know what you are missing. - Sarah L.
    • The Secret, Book & Scone Society
      Ellery Adams
      The first in an intriguing new series set in a quirky small-town club where the key to happiness, friendship--or solving a murder--can all be found in the pages of the right book. Nora Pennington, owner of Miracle Books, has a special talent--prescribing the perfect novel to ease a person's pain and lighten their burden. When a businessman reaches out to Nora, she knows exactly which novels will help. But before he can meet her, he's found dead. Nora forms the Secret, Book, and Scone Society. Determined to uncover the truth behind the businessman's demise, the club women meet in Nora's bookstore to share stories and trade support. And as they untangle a web of corruption, they also discover their own courage, purpose, and a sisterhood that will carry them through every challenge--proving it's never too late to turn the page and start over . . .
    • Tribe: on homecoming and belonging
      Sebastian Junger
      This brief book celebrates human connection as it existed in Stone-Age social groups, and how that connection may sometimes be replicated in the modern world. War, natural disaster and other times of great stress can eliminate the barriers that we normally create between people, and the bonds of the tribe will be reasserted. Survivors of these events may report that they were happiest during these stressful times. The tribal experience is communal, egalitarian, and strengthens the bonds of caring between members. Our modern individualism of the last few centuries is at odds with the tribal way, and depression and suicide have followed. A quick read, and thought-provoking. The library offers this book in all formats. - Dawn
    • American Street
      Ibi Aanu Zoboi
      Her mother is detained at the U.S. border when they try to leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, so Fabiola goes to live with her American aunt and cousins who are like strangers and have dark secrets. This teen story is superbly written with a swirl of gritty realism and a magical twist from Haitian culture.
    • A Treacherous Curse: a Veronica Speedwell mystery
      Deanna Raybourn

      Veronica Speedwell, Victorian adventuress, collects butterflies and dabbles in mysteries. When her enigmatic companion Stoker's former colleague goes missing from an Egyptian dig with a priceless diadem, she investigates mishaps that have plagued the expedition as well as enemies that threaten Stoker's career. Caught in a tangle of conspiracies and possible curses, Veronica must separate facts from fantasy to unravel a web of duplicity that may cost Stoker everything. This is the third book in the series and a perfectly good place to begin. If you'd like to read the series in order, start with A Curious Beginning.

    • Skeleton Creek
      Patrick Carman
      If you enjoy mysteries, you'll enjoy the first book of the Skeleton Creek children's series by Patrick Carman. It's told from the point of view of a young boy, Ryan, living in a mysterious and possibly haunted town called Skeleton Creek. He and his best friend Sarah unveil the town's mysterious beginnings through a series of journal entries and videos that you can access online using passwords that are provided throughout the book. - Marlu
    • The Night Market
      Jonathan Moore
      From an author who consistently gives us "suspense that never stops" (James Patterson), a near-future thriller that makes your most paranoid fantasies seem like child's play. A mind-bending, masterfully plotted thriller that will captivate fans of Blake Crouch, China Miéville, and Lauren Beukes.
    • Glass Houses
      Louise Penny
      This mystery starts with the trial and uses flashbacks to fill in the details. As usual with Penny, the characters are more important than the killing but the puzzle is also well done. It's book 13 in the Armand Gamache series which continues to be compelling. If you listen to the audio book version, don't miss the interview at the end!
    • Annihilation
      Jeff VanderMeer
      Join the 12th expedition to Area X, a region beyond the borders of humanity. Why is it so lush and yet so dangerous? A gripping, suspenseful fantasy thriller. The movie is now in theaters.
    • Speak: the graphic novel
      Laurie Halse Anderson
      The critically acclaimed, award-winning, modern teen classic is now a stunning graphic novel. With powerful illustrations by Emily Carroll, the compelling story comes alive for new audiences and fans of the novel.