Staff Picks - May 2018

    • An Argumentation of Historians
      Jodi Taylor

      Welcome back to Saint Mary’s Institute of Historical Research for the ninth outing in this heartbreaking and humorous series. Wonderfully written characters, fast-paced, full of sass – what more could you ask for in an alternate reality, time-travel adventure? A word of advice, read it on a day off because once you start, you won’t be able to put it down!

    • Brazen
      Pénélope Bagieu

      With her characteristic wit and dazzling drawings, celebrated graphic novelist Bagieu profiles the lives of feisty female role models - some world famous, some little known. From Nellie Bly to Mae Jemison or Josephine Baker to Naziq al-Abid, the stories in this comic biography are sure to inspire the next generation of rebel ladies.

    • The Dark Side of the Road
      Simon R. Green

      An entertaining read, written with a sly humor and a touch of Green's Nightside that will please both mystery purists and fans of subtler dark urban fantasy. A fun spin on the classic English locked room mystery at a snowed-in country manor with all the usual suspects. No one is who they appear to be, particularly the investigator Ishmael Jones.

    • The Extraordinary Life of A.A. Milne
      Nadia Cohen

      Milne is a household name, thanks to his beloved children’s stories, but he was never able to enjoy the fame they brought him. He resented their overshadowing of everything else he wrote and his son grew to loathe his famous father, accusing him of exploiting his childhood. This book delves into the life of Milne to shed light on new places, and tell stories untold.

    • Kiss the Ground
      Joshua Tickell

      Discover the power of soil to reverse climate change and how regenerative farming can give us better health and restore the ground beneath our feet. Tickell presents an informative and persuasive argument to save the planet.

    • Last Hope Island
      Lynne Olson

      An engrossing account of how Britain became the base of operations for the exiled leaders of Europe in their desperate struggle to reclaim their continent from Hitler. (I pulled this straight from Goodreads, but it is a really good description of the book) - Sarah L.

    • Lists of Note
      Shaun Usher

      A book of lists, from Leonardo da Vinci's to-do list to F. Scott Fitzgerald's list of advice to his daughter to Ben Franklin's list of words for drunkenness. The book's presentation is beautiful, and the lists are both fascinating and enlightening.

    • Rebound
      Kwame Alexander

      A dynamic children’s novel in verse with striking graphic novel panels, it's a companion to his Newbery Award winning The Crossover. But this time Chuck Bell takes center stage as readers see how he became the jazz music worshipping basketball star his sons look up to.

    • The Silence
      Tim Lebbon

      Set in present-day England this is a horror tale about a species of flying lizard that’s accidentally released from an underground cave. They multiply rapidly, eating everything, and everyone, in their path. Being blind, they can only hunt by sound so it’s reminiscent of the current film A Quiet Place though it was written earlier. The movie based on this book is in production now. Very good story!

    • The Sixth Extinction
      Elizabeth Kolbert

      In this well-written history of the world, Kolbert looks at the five mass extinction events that have plagued earth from its creation until now. These are periods where a majority of species have died out. Then she makes a case that we are in a sixth extinction moment, this one brought about by human activity. An informative, fascinating, if sobering read. - Cat

    • To All the Boys I've Loved Before
      Jenny Han

      When Lara Jean has a crush, she writes him a letter and seals it in the hatbox her mother left her. When those letters find their way into the world, she must face up to crushes past and confront her true feelings. A film adaptation of this teen novel is due for release in the summer.

    • We Are Never Meeting in Real Life
      Samantha Irby

      A collection of entertaining personal essays that are self-deprecating, honest, heartbreaking and heartwarming (I highly recommend the audio version). Irby tackles everything from her complicated childhood to mental health to modern dating. I especially enjoyed her essays on falling in love and how surprisingly predictable and boring it can be – and should be?

    • You Are a Badass
      Jen Sincero

      Serves up 27 bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice, and easy exercises. By the end, you'll understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can't change, how to change what you don't love, and how to use The Force to kick some serious ass.