All Staff Picks

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.
Alabama Moon
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Moon is 10 years old. He has lived, hidden in the forrest with his dad, all of his life. He has never gone to school. He has only seen the store man once a year. . Then his dad dies in an accident and Moon must learn who to trust, how to find his way, and who is telling the truth as he tries to find his way “Out of the woods”. This little scrappy kid is amazing.
Yotsuba&!, Vol. 1
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Yotsuba is a little girl who makes fast friends and goes on all sorts of childlike-wonder-fueled adventures. The sense of whimsy/cuteness in this series is almost overpowering.
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.
Moving Mama to Town
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This is an amazing story about a 13 year old boy, Freddy Johnson, who faces incredible odds, death, desertion, backbreaking work, and learns to think ahead. It is told from his perspective, and what he thinks is common and ordinary then, is so incredible that if a 13 year old kid tried it today, it seems farfetched. It would even break the back of a mule.
Temperance
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A surreal story that revolves around lost memories, a cloistered city, and a little wooden doll named “Temperance”, the weirdness of the art and the story is just enough to reel you in to reading all the way to the end.
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.
No Place for Magic
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16 year old Emma – princess of her relm and heir to the throne who makes the best magic in her country, falls in love with a prince from another land who’s parents don’t especially appreciate magic at all. There is a little of everything in this wild, magical tale. . . dragons, magic, family dynamics, trickery, weddings, ghosts, trolls, and even kissing. It kept me interested right up to the last page.
Neuromancer
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"The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel." So begins Neuromancer, the genre-defining cyberpunk novel by William Gibson, winner of the "triple crown" of science fiction awards: the Nebula Award, the Philip K. Dick Award, and the Hugo Award. In a dystopian future, former ace hacker Case hustles his way through the Sprawl until he is tapped for the Ultimate Heist.
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?
Baseball Pals
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This is a story about Jimmy Todd who is the captain of the baseball team. He’s a good player and can’t seem to figure out how to make everyone happy at the same time on his team. What he learns, and how he solves this dilemma makes for a teeth gnashing read as you see what he doesn’t.
Audubon: Painter of Birds in the Wild Frontier
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The amazing life story of John James Audubon. Well-written and with many fascinating illustrations, this book is a great read for any child.
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.
Boston Jane: An Adventure
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An amusing tale of a very prim, properly trained young lady – Miss Jane Peck, to you – who leaves her comfortable home to go west at age 16 to marry the one she has fallen in love with. She meets with a very different lifestyle and discovers that all Indians are not savages. An enjoyable read that rolls your imagination right along with the adventure.
Pluto, Vol. 1
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Few mangas weave such a complex or layered story as Pluto. In the future, a mysterious force is destroying the most powerful androids in the world, and everyone is a suspect... As a mystery and as a science fiction manga, it stands high in both categories. Recommend the whole series!
Williwaw
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Two kids, a brother and sister, Ivan and September Crane, live on an island in Alaska with their Dad. When Dad gets a chance to recover their losses by taking a job on a fishing boat, the kids must learn to survive on their own, and get along with the grumpy old neighbor. Then they have to face the storm like the one that killed their mother. This true to life story, is something that is easy to relate to.
Hark!: A Vagrant
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Witty and absolutely hilarious comics about historical figures from a Canadian History major. What better thing to come out of a degree than an award-winning comic?
Hellsing, Vol. 1
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This manga series mixes vampires with World War II, in what (after a few volumes) soon becomes one of the most visceral, intense fantasy-historical-horror mangas you will ever read. Recommend the whole series!

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