Staff Picks - October 2018

    • The Boy Next Door
      Meg Cabot

      This hilarious and charming book is written in the form of emails and messages and chronicles the hapless life of Melissa Fuller, a newspaper editor in New York. The fun begins when Melissa saves her neighbor from a break-in and the neighbor's mysterious nephew moves into house sit and take care of her Great Dane. - Carrie

    • Going to the Mountain
      Ndaba Mandela

      Nelson Mandela's grandson Ndaba began life in the Soweto, in South Africa's era of apartheid, but went to live with his grandfather Nelson at age 12. His journey is fascinating, and gives a sense of the problems and possibilities of the country. The book also provides insight into Ndaba's famous grandfather. - Richard

    • Greenglass House
      Kate Milford

      Milo’s house is an Inn with a lot of history. During a snowstorm, mysterious strangers arrive one-by-one and one of them drops an old map with a deep connection to Greenglass House. Milo and a new friend work to solve the mystery surrounding the strange guests. This is a great mystery adventure that will appeal to adults even though it’s children’s fiction. - Katy

    • A Higher Loyalty
      James B. Comey

      The former FBI director shares his experiences over the past two decades working in the American government and explores ethical leadership and how it drives sound decision-making.

    • House of Dreams
      Liz Rosenberg

      This is a children’s biography of the writer of Anne of Green Gables and has cool illustrations. It would be of interest to older readers who are fans of L. M. Montgomery.

    • How to Instant Pot
      Daniel Shumski

      I love this Instant Pot book. So far, some of my go-to recipes from this book are: pineapple skirt steak, baked potatoes, sesame rice, and steamed carrots. I was completely new to this multi-use appliance and this book helped explain the different functions, it includes enticing pictures, and uses ingredients I recognize. - Brenda

    • Next Year in Havana
      Chanel Cleeton

      In 1958, Elisa and her family are forced to leave their beloved Cuba as Fidel Castro takes power. Now, after the death of her grandmother, Marisol travels to Havana to find out the roots of her family's identity and unearths revolutionary secrets. With a dual story line, both set a Cuba, readers are given a glimpse into the small island nation. - Sarah L.

    • The Night the Lights Went Out
      Karen White

      Sins and secrets abound in this novel set in fictional Sweet Apple, Georgia. If you liked Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, this will give you the suspense and twists that keep you guessing until the very end. - Luann

    • The Prisoner in the Castle
      Susan Elia MacNeal

      I just finished this and it’s definitely worth a look for mystery fans! It has a great combination of historical fiction (WWII) and Agatha Christie touches (trapped on a remote island). It continues the Maggie Hope series, but it’s not necessary to know everything that happened before it to read this one.

    • Sadie
      Courtney Summers

      After her sister’s death, Sadie sets out on a mission to bring the murderer to justice. Totally engrossing, this teen novel alternates between Sadie’s perspective and the transcript for a Serial-style podcast.

    • Sheet Pan Suppers
      Molly Gilbert

      Maximum ease, minimal cleanup, and mouthwatering recipes. In other words, a revelation that will change the way we cook. It's the one-pot meal reinvented. All you need is a sheet pan, your oven and this book. And it’s not just weeknight suppers, there are also special occasion meals, meatless meals and extras like party snacks, brunch dishes and desserts. Yum!

    • Surprise Me
      Sophie Kinsella

      A witty and emotionally charged novel that delves into the heart of a marriage, and how those we love and think we know best can sometimes surprise us the most. Little does Sylvie suspect where Project Surprise Me will lead.

    • Toil & Trouble
      Various Authors

      History is filled with tales of women accused of witchcraft, of fearsome girls with arcane knowledge. This teen collection features fifteen stories of girls embracing their power, reclaiming their destinies and using their magic. It reveals a universal truth: there's nothing more powerful than a teenage girl who believes in herself.

    • You're on an Airplane
      Parker Posey

      Parker's irreverent, hilarious, and enchanting memoir gives you the opportunity to feel as if she’s your airplane seat companion. Full of personal stories, whimsical how-tos, recipes, and beautiful handmade collages made by the author this is a delight in every way. Posey opens up about the art of acting, life on the set, and the realities of its accompanying fame as well as her other creative interests.