All Staff Picks

Bleak House
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Bleak House is a dark and tragic web of secrets and stories that revolve around the ice-cold beauty Lady Deadlock, and the terrible secret that she is desperately trying to hide. But discovering the truth about Lady Deadlock will set off a chain of events and discoveries for all around her, as people's past and present finally converge in a thrilling climax.
The Returned
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Harold and Lucille Hargrave's lives have been both joyful and sorrowful in the decades since their only son, Jacob, died tragically at his eighth birthday party in 1966. In their old age, they've settled comfortably into life without him, their wounds tempered through the grace of time. Until one day Jacob mysteriously appears on their doorstep--eight years old.
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In a highly organized and calculating Hell, senior devil Screwtape writes letters of advice to his nephew Wormwood, a demon tempter. Through their correspondence, Screwtape advises his nephew in the art of capturing a human soul, not through some great and wicked act, but through the mundane and everyday little decisions of life. You will never view your day to day life the same again.
An Unlikely Suitor
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Set in New York City, 1895, this book tells the story of three women connected by sisterhood and friendship, as they find love in unexpected places.
The Grudge Keeper
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No one in the town of Bonnyripple ever kept a grudge. No one, that is, except old Cornelius, the Grudge Keeper.
The Children of Hurin
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Children of Hurin is Tolkien's heart wrenching tragedy about two siblings on whom a irrevocable curse is placed. Separated at childhood and unable to outrun their doom, they grow up separated, enduring war, loss, and death, finally becoming the puppets of the cruel dragon Glaurung, as he manipulates their lives together in a terrible bond that will crush their hearts and ultimately take their lives.
To Win Her Heart
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Eden Spencer has sworn off relationships, focusing instead on her lending library, until the new blacksmith comes to town and begins to change her mind and her heart. But when Levi's troubled past catches up with him, shocking Eden, will she find the courage to forgive him and make room in her heart again for love?
Girl in Reverse
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A lovely story about a young girl learning about her past and her present.
You Will Be My Friend
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Another hilarious adventure with Lucy the bear. As Lucy tries to make friends with her fellow animals, her well-intentioned efforts meet with less success than she’d hoped.
Port Side Pirates!
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This kit contains a book with great illustrations (and lots of fun facts about pirates and their ships) as well as a music CD that allows you to sing along to the pirates' rip-roaring tunes!
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
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A.J. Fikry's life is not at all what he expected it to be. In the end it turns out better. (Some language)
Children Make Terrible Pets
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For the kids who wish they’d been raised by wolves, this is the story of Lucy the bear finding a new pet in the forest! It’s a great story, with plenty of humor for us big kids, along with fantastic illustrations.
Mario Party 8
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This video game plays like a board game, with mini games at the end of each round! A great game for younger kids. This can be played with up to four players at a time.
Prisoner of Night and Fog
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A very gripping historical fiction that takes place in 1930's Munich. The focus is on a Gretchen Muller, who grew up in the National Socialist Party under the wing of her uncle Dolf.
The Golden Compass
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This book has a unique and remarkable premise, as well as engaging writing. Add the fact that it is read by a full cast, which includes the author on the narrator’s part, and this becomes perhaps my favorite book to listen to. And I've done so more than once!
Kabuki: The Alchemy
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This (the seventh collection in the series) is a great 'jumping in' point for new readers. Kabuki, a former Japanese operative, had put down the sword and taken up the pen. The art is breathtaking - even if you don't want to read the story, look through this for the amazing artwork's sake!
She Is Not Invisible.
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A story that gives you a different view of the blind. When thrust into New York's underworld, blind teenager Laureth must use her remarkable skills at recognizing patterns, events, and numbers to save her father in a world without light.
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
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Steve Carell and Keira Knightley star as two people, barely more than strangers, who embark on a delightfully crazy journey before the world comes to an end.

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