Staff Picks - July 2018

    • A Bed of Scorpions
      Judith Flanders

      After an art dealer is found dead in his gallery, book editor Samantha Clair is caught between loyalties to her new boyfriend, police inspector Jake Field, and her ex-boyfriend, the deceased's art-dealing partner. Armed with her trusty weapons of satire, cynicism, and a stock of irrelevant information culled from novels, she races to find a killer who’s determined to find her first. Second in the series and every bit as good as the first!

    • Brief Cases
      Jim Butcher

      An all-new Dresden Files story headlines this urban fantasy short story collection starring Chicago’s only professional wizard, Harry Dresden. With twelve stories in all, it offers both longtime fans and first-time readers tantalizing glimpses into Harry's funny, gritty, and unforgettable realm, whetting their appetites for more to come from the wizard with a heart of gold.

    • Class. The Stone House
      A. K. Benedict

      Can't get enough of Class on BBC America? This thrilling companion teen novel to the new Doctor Who spin-off features the group of extraordinary humans (and aliens) from the show, facing down a wholly original threat. Don't go near the house, whatever you do. It wants the lonely, the lost, the vulnerable. It wants you.

    • The Flintstones
      Mark Russell

      This graphic novel has made the modern Stone Age family relevant again by being topical and candid. Still set in Bedrock, these cave-people tackle the subjects of consumerism, historical amnesia, bullying and more. A new take on an old classic that's both poignant and hilarious. - Sarah L.

    • Forest Bathing
      Qing Li

      We suffer from nature deficit disorder, but studies show spending mindful, intentional time around trees--what the Japanese call shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing--can promote health and happiness. Once you discover the healing power of trees, you can lose yourself in the beauty of your surroundings, leave everyday stress behind, and reach a place of greater calm and wellness. It can be as simple as standing in the shade of blooming trees in a nearby park and breathing deeply. Try it!

    • A Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue
      Mackenzi Lee

      This teen novel is a glorious romp through 1700s Europe following Henry Montague, his sister Felicity, and his best friend (and crush) Percy as they go on their Grand Tour. There are highwaymen, pirates, thievery, sex, and alchemy. Full of adventure, interesting characters, and a lovely unconventional romance. I couldn’t put it down. A great summer read! - Cat

    • Love & War
      Melissa De la Cruz

      This teen historical fiction continues the story of newlyweds Alexander and Eliza Hamilton as he starts his law office in New York. Eliza establishes their home with much excitement, but misses Alex terribly as he recruits clients. She’s in a new element in New York, but is determined to make her marriage work, making friends, furnishing their home, but most importantly, standing up to citizens who want to mock Alex, who’s determined to call the former 13 Colonies a country.

    • Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur

      If you enjoy graphic novels and exploring the Marvel Universe, this is a great place to start. The first volume of this teen series includes the Hulk and an introduction to the preteen super genius and prehistoric dino duo. - Marlu

    • My Lady's Choosing
      Kitty Curran

      For the romance reader looking for something different! This choose your own adventure novel manages to be a real romance as well as an entertaining parody of the genre, set within the regency romance setting. The choose your own style is entertaining and effective. - Carrie

    • Neverworld Wake
      Marisha Pessl

      After a car accident, five estranged friends become stuck in an alternate reality, reliving the same day again and again. The Keeper of the realm gives them an ultimatum: decide who lives or spend eternity waking up to the same day in the Neverworld. This teen book felt wholly original to me and had me wishing I could wake in the Neverworld, just so I could re-read this novel every day. - Gen

    • The Opposite of Here
      Tara Altebrando

      On a seventeenth-birthday cruise with her parents and three friends, just months after her boyfriend died, Natalie is surprised to connect with a fellow passenger, who then mysteriously disappears. With her signature thrilling storytelling, the author explores our vulnerability to the power of suggestion--and the lies we tell others and ourselves--in a twisting, Hitchcock-inspired teen mystery with high stakes and dark secrets.

    • Uncommon Type
      Tom Hanks

      A collection of seventeen wonderful short stories showing that two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actor. The stories reflect a myriad of emotions, settings, and time periods with two common threads: the typewriter and uncommonly normal men and women. The tales are surprising, intelligent, heartwarming and Hank’s charm and wit come through them all.

    • The Way of Kings
      Brandon Sanderson

      A long-waged war against a little understood foe escalates as many characters prod the edges of reality to discover who they really are and what they should really believe. This is book one in the Stormlight Archive, the next two books are already published and I’m looking forward to reading my way through this fantasy series!