All Staff Picks

The Notorious Izzy Fink
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An interesting story about Sam, a 13 year old boy who makes a living selling newspapers and his adventure with the mob in 1890s New York. A historical novel of immigrant life.
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Wonder why people speak the way they do? What’s going on in the mind of someone who uses the word “um” and “like” every few words? This books is strangely intriguing, and the writing itself strives to express the strangest nuances of English speaking and the oddities of the language.
Life With Mr. Dangerous
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Fantastically written, with engaging illustrations by Paul Hornschemeier, Life With Mr. Dangerous follows the story of Amy. Amy has a job she hates, she has just broken up with her jerk of a boyfriend, and her best friend lives on the other side of the country. Each frame contains an image that frequently tells the story better than words could. All through the book, Amy's favorite television show, Mr. Dangerous, creates a foil for her life. A great read for Graphic Novel fans.
How I Learned Geography
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Based on the authors childhood experience. About a family who flees from Poland to Turkestan and one day he learns how a special map helps him in his difficult situation.
Ikigami, Vol. 1
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What if you were randomly destined to die, at a predetermined moment, from the time you were 8 years old? This series set in a future Japan obsessed with population control offers sometimes heartwarming, sometimes dark insights into the human mind; what would you do if you were told you had less than a day to live? Recommend the whole series!
The Witness
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"Elizabeth Fitch's short-lived teenage rebellion began with L'Oreal Pure Black, a pair of scissors, and a fake ID. It ended in blood..." So begins the story of a woman on the run. A woman who went out for a night on the town, and ended up the only witness to a grisly double murder. Now she keeps to herself and trusts no one. As police chief, Brooks Gleason is naturally curious. He wants to find out everything he can about the mysterious woman calling herself Abigail Lowery. But as he digs into her past, he just might be getting a whole lot more than he bargained for.
The Grouchies
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A book that helps recognize and understand negative moods and the effect they have on those around you with a great lesson on turning bad moods into good ones.
Sabriel
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Sabriel is only a teenager and has already inherited her missing father’s title of “Abhorsen”; one who must quell the spirits of the undead by sending them back into the cold river of Death with seven magic bells. You won’t read many other fantasies like this one, which stands alone in its Neil Gaiman-esque horror and a rich fantasy world.
Build a Better Life By Stealing Office Supplies: Dogbert's Big Book of Business
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Dilbert's Scott Adams creates another hit comic collection. This book follows company executive Dogbert as he makes budget cuts, fires employees, and generally gives in to his evil impulses while trying to take over the world, or at least the company. A fantastic read for anyone who works in an office, Dogbert will have you laughing out loud from start to finish.
The Trip
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Louie is lonely in his new home, so he makes a shoebox diorama and takes an imaginary trip back to his old neighborhood.
Cake Wrecks
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Ever had a cake decorated and it had a little mistake on it? Well, count your blessings, because some of the cakes in this book are laugh-out-loud “what were they thinking?” moments. You may just opt to decorate your cakes yourself after reading this!
Quiet
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Why do social butterflies soar while wallflowers tend to get stepped on? This book offers validation for the thirty percent of us who live as introverts in an extroverted world. Susan Cain shows how our society has been transformed from a “culture of character” into “a culture of personality,” and argues that many important contributions can be lost when traits such as introspection are overlooked and undervalued.
Kenny
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This charming Australian mockumentary follows "knight in shining overalls" Kenny Smyth through his daily struggles as a porta-potty deliveryman and single father. Includes equal parts toilet humor and heart, with some nuggets of wisdom dropped along the way.
RASL, Vol. 1: The Drift
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This series by the critically-acclaimed author of “Bone” takes quantum science and wraps it in a drama that jumps dimensions.
The Help
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Ms Stockett tackles the Big Topics – love, loss, race relations, friendship, revenge, filial duty, civic duty, self-worth -- and does so with tenderness and grace. Though the setting is Jackson, Mississippi, 1964, the themes are universal, and people are so familiar, by the end of the book you wonder if this story was secretly written about your town, your family … or you?
Book of Secrets
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This album really showcases Loreena McKennitt's wonderful voice. Powerful lyrics and fantastic Celtic accompaniment.
Meanwhile
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What seems like an ordinary day soon turns into a strange twist-and-turn adventure through time and space! Here’s the thing, though: YOU determine the path the story will take. Can you find the “best” ending out of the numerous endings available?
The Great Turkey Walk
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Simon Green is 15yrs old when the school informs him he has learned all they have to teach him and he must go find his own way in life. Since he lives with his Aunt and Uncle, and they don’t want him, he sets out to make his own way in life. He KNOWS he’s simple minded, because he’s always been told that, but by the choices he makes, it soon becomes apparent that there is more under his hat than hair.

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