All Staff Picks

Love Life
Collection:
Picked By:
Why is this a pick?:
Rob Lowe's second autobiography somehow manages to surpass his first in excellence. Rather than a (relatively) chronological story of his life (like Stories I Only Tell My Friends), this book is a collection of stories about the mysteries of life, love and parenthood. From accounts of sending his oldest son off to college, to tales from his wild years, to his honest portrayal of the ever-present threat of falling off the wagon, Rob Lowe manages to make his readers feel like they're experiencing it all right along with him.
Meat Eater
Collection:
Picked By:
Why is this a pick?:
“Meat Eater” is a collection of stories from Steve Rinella’s life spent hunting and fishing, choosing colleges to attend based on their proximity to good places to hunt and fish, and feeding himself from what he has brought home from hunting and fishing trips. He could come across as a simple man, but is actually uncommonly thoughtful with particularly good insight into human nature.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Collection:
Picked By:
Why is this a pick?:
Catching Fire is the second film in the Hunger Games series and is even better than the first. The Quarter Quell marks the 75th anniversary of the Hunger Games, and Katniss is once again called up to compete. Full of great performances by an amazing cast, Catching Fire is a great movie and, most importantly, stays fairly true to the beloved book series.
Divergent
Collection:
Picked By:
Why is this a pick?:
Set in a futuristic Chicago in a society where people are forced to choose between their family and their faction, a young Tris must decide where she belongs. To the delight of fans of the book, this movie stays true to the book with only minor deviations and the leads played the characters well.
Catch Me If You Can
Collection:
Picked By:
Why is this a pick?:
The story of an imposter who swindled his way into being a millionaire by the time he was 21 and spent it on extravagances. He manages to elude authorities worldwide while posing as a pilot, lawyer, doctor and professor. Definitely a captivating tale to follow and see what he manages to do with his life.
The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty
Collection:
Picked By:
Why is this a pick?:
The story of an ordinary man named, Walter Mitty, who is forced into the adventure of his life. Walter Mitty is a very uplifting and entertaining film that costars Kristen Wiig.
The Lego Movie
Collection:
Picked By:
Why is this a pick?:
Be prepared to both love and hate the featured song, “Everything is Awesome”, after watching this non-stop hilarious movie that both kids and adults can enjoy.
FastExercise
Collection:
Picked By:
Why is this a pick?:
Dr. Mosely presents the latest research showing the benefits of shorter, more intense bursts of exercise that should motivate anyone to give high intensity training a try.
The Glass Castle
Collection:
Picked By:
Why is this a pick?:
A memoir of the childhood of Jeanette Walls, author of “Half Broke Horses”, “The Silver Star”, and regular contributor to MSNBC.com. An amazing, beautifully told story about her nomadic upbringing with her unequipped parents and how she and her siblings were eventually able to leave home behind and make a new life for themselves.
Hyperbole And A Half
Collection:
Picked By:
Why is this a pick?:
Not for the faint of heart, this is a biography of sorts compiled from well-loved blog posts on the author’s website as well as some brand new stories. Allie Brosh is brilliant at relating complex emotions with simple and hilarious words and drawings. Best known for her insightful and profound telling of her own lengthy battle with depression.
You Should Have Known
Collection:
Picked By:
Why is this a pick?:
A compelling literary mystery about the very public implosion of an outwardly successful couple’s marriage and family life; it’s also an entertaining story that highlights our contemporary societal mores.
The Day The Crayons Quit
Collection:
Picked By:
Why is this a pick?:
A hilarious picture book that contains unique insight into the feelings of every crayon in the box. See how they really feel about being overly used, underused, and misused. Peach crayon in the best!
Thirteen Reasons Why
Collection:
Picked By:
Why is this a pick?:
On a series of tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, Clay Jensen must listen to all the reasons she decided to end her life. The tapes were sent to him because something he did, or didn't do, was one of them. Afraid of what he’ll hear, he begins to listen. Told from dual narratives, this story will keep you intrigued from start to finish.
Much Loved
Collection:
Picked By:
Why is this a pick?:
If you've ever known the love of a teddy bear or other soft friend, you'll enjoy this collection of photographs. Each picture of a well-loved stuffed animal is accompanied by a short bio, including the animal's name and age. Adorable!
Legend
Collection:
Picked By:
Why is this a pick?:
Day is the country’s most wanted criminal and he is now being accused of the murder of one of the military’s elite, Metias. June, Metias’ sister, is now in charge of tracking Day down, but of course things are not always that simple. Set in a futuristic United States, now known as the Republic, Legend is full of action and unexpected twists.
Enclave
Collection:
Picked By:
Why is this a pick?:
Set in an underground society by people who were driven underground when the surface of the earth destructed, survival is simply a way of life. Deuce is one of the lucky ones that have survived their first fifteen years and earns the right to be named and to be appointed a profession. As a huntress, she trains constantly in order to ward off the ever-impending attacks of the mutated monsters known as freaks.
Frozen
Collection:
Picked By:
Why is this a pick?:
The Frozen movie soundtrack is full of all the amazing songs from the beloved movie. As many times as I have heard it and replayed it in my head, the songs still don't get old. Favorite tracks: “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” And “In Summer”
Delirium
Collection:
Picked By:
Why is this a pick?:
In a future where love is banned and seen as a sickness, citizens undergo a procedure to cure them before they can be infected. But for Lena, it might already be too late. No longer content to live without it, she will risk everything for the chance to love.

Pages