All Staff Picks

Moonwalking with Einstein
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Joshua Foers takes us along on his journey from forgetful everyman to US Memory Champion. Along the way he explores how memory works and the impact memory has on our lives.
Fish
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A subtle and sophisticated exploration of life, the strength of humanity, and survival in an unforgiving world, Fish is a story that will teach those who doubt that, when hope is almost extinguished, miracles can happen.
A Painted House
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Using his own childhood for inspiration (and leaving the lawyers behind), bestselling author John Grisham sets A Painted House in 1950s rural Arkansas. During harvest time, together with hired Mexicans and hill people, seven-year-old Luke Chandler picks cotton on his family's rented 80 acres.
Three Black Swans
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I loved the suspense. Teen drama, girls figuring out their place in life, and family secrets all play into the conclusion of this great book.
Ruby Holler
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Thirteen-year-old fraternal twins Dallas and Florida have grown up in a terrible orphanage but their lives change forever when an eccentric but sweet older couple invites them each on an adventure, beginning in an almost magical place called Ruby Holler.
The Alchemist
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A fable about undauntingly following one's dreams, listening to one's heart, and reading life's omens features dialogue between a boy and an unnamed being.
Circus Ship
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With the shipwreck of the circus ship, the animals swim to shore and find a village to explore. As they find camouflaged places to hide, the villagers realize the animals are not so scary and they end up helping hide them. A fun story with beautiful illustrations.
Hunger Games
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Excitement, great characters, surprising plot twists. You won't be able to put it down!
Girl With A Pearl Earring
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Girl with a pearl earring tells the story of Griet, a 16-year-old Dutch girl, who becomes a maid in the house of the painter Johannes Vermeer. Her calm and perceptive manner not only helps her in her household duties, but also attracts Vermeer's attention.
A Thousand Days in Venice
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When Fernando spots Marlena across the Piazza San Marco, it is love at first sight. A year later he manages to meet her and convince the American chef to marry him and move to Venice. Romance and great recipes.
October Baby
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Lifelong illness, a surprise discovery, tension with Dad and Mom, a road trip with friends. This movie has much to say about growing up, facing tough situations and moving forward. I loved it.
One Second After
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One man struggles to save his family and his small North Carolina town after America loses a war, in one second, a war based upon an Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) weapon that will send America back to the Dark Ages.
Bernie
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A brilliant and quirky story of a likeable Texas mortician who befriends a widow that no one can stand, then murders her and manages to hide the crime for months! With Jack Black and Shirley MacLaine.
Paper Made!
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From repurposing a book into a purse to creating desktop organizers, you'll love this book. Great ideas, fun pictures and easy directions.
The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had
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In Moundville, Alabama, in 1917, twelve-year-old Dit hopes the new postmaster will have a son his age, but instead he meets Emma, who is black, and their friendship challenges accepted ways of thinking and leads them to save the life of a condemned man.
Argo
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An edge of your seat thriller based on the real-life rescue of 6 American diplomats from Iran during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. Directed by and starring Ben Affleck.
May Bird
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Three years after her return from the Ever After, May Bird, now thirteen, draws her scattered friends--Pumpkin, Fabbio, Beatrice, and Lucius--out of hiding to take a final stand against Evil Bo Cleevil, as May herself makes ready to live up to the prophecy that placed the fate of the Ever After, and her own world, in her hands.
Flowers for Algernon
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Charlie Gordon, a youth with limited mental capabilities, along with a laboratory rat named Algernon become the joint objects of a scientific alteration to see if Charlie can become "normal."

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