All Staff Picks

Goliath
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This book is a new take on the historic victim in the Bibles Old Testament. We end up having great sympathy for him whose skill is in being an administrator. Without revealing the ending of this humorous tome, I advise you to keep your eye on his nine year old shield bearer.
The Beginner's Goodbye
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Anne Tyler has written her nineteenth novel in the same bright style that pulls the reader into the heart of her characters in this story. Aaron is a middle-aged editor who undergoes a traumatic widowhood. He must try to see past the event and find his footing in an unclear world. While his house is being remodeled and repaired so must also be feelings regarding his wife and those who are still actively remaining in his small neighborhood of friends and family.
Celebritrees
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For the budding arborist. This book includes illustrations and brief histories of some notable trees throughout the world, including The Bodhi Tree of Sri Lanka and The Major Oak of Sherwood Forest—which is said to have been a meeting place for Robin Hood and his merry men.
Evolution: The Story of Life on Earth
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Illustrated by Kevin and Zander Cannon this effectively simplified and light-hearted account of scientific understanding of the steps of evolution upon Earth is an excellent teaching tool for readers who would like to learn about the whole picture. The lesson is learned and taught by the Glarglians, inhabitants of an imaginary planet to each other while studying the planet from afar. The graphic design used to describe the Professors outline work well for older students of life.
Dragons Wild
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So Griffen finally graduates from college with a lackadaisical academic career and hopes to land a comfortable job with his Uncle Mal who has supported him and his sister Valerie after their parents died. His interview is an eye opening jolt and derails his best intentions in a decidedly unexpected fashion. What if you found out you were a possible dragon and under potential pursuit by others of your kind? This first book in this series uses humor to make the situation charming.
The Darjeeling Limited
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Visually engaging and uniquely funny, this film tells the story of three brothers who reunite on a spiritual journey through India to confront unsettled family issues and “let go of baggage” along the way.
Revolution 2.0
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During the Egyptian uprising in the summer of 2010 a thirty year old Google executive anonymously launched a Facebook page to protest the death of one man at the hands of security forces. This page expanded quickly and moved from online protests to a nonconfrontational movement. For his efforts he was held for interrogation giving a tearful speech on national television, four days later the president of Egypt was gone. This is a heroic journey made using social media.
Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Led Zeppelin
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The Rockabye Baby! collection provides renditions of well-known songs by mainstream artists, which are great for introducing the little ones in your life to the music you enjoy, or for winding down yourself. With compilations of songs by everyone from The Beatles, the Beach Boys, to Bob Marley and the Wailers, to Nine Inch Nails, and Bjork, there is something for everyone
Matilda Bone
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Matilda is sent to a bonesetter in an apprenticeship. The wisdom that is shared with her is sometimes hard for her to believe
Drop Dead Healthy
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After an unexpected life-threatening medical crisis this middle-aged author decided to try to achieve a better shot at longevity. His two young sons and wife, who also did not want to be a young widow, were strong motivators as well. He goes through a wide variety of approaches from fitness and diet to environmental cleansing and neurofeedback. A humorous approach in writing through his discoveries offers helpful ideas painlessly with the same style used in his other books including The Year of Living Biblically.
Beekeeping
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A cursory look into apiculture and the fascinating life of the honeybee. This book includes information on the many benefits and uses for everything that bees produce and collect in their hives, from wax to pollen to honey.
Shakespeare Retold
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Modern telling of Much ado about nothing, Macbeth, The taming of the Shrew, and A midsummer night’s dream. These tales will have you laughing, crying and falling in love.
The Chicken Whisperer’s Guide to Keeping Chickens
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A simply told informative look at the basic general information the chicken keeper might want to know with beautiful photos. From selecting and housing a flock to raising chicks and using artistic techniques to decorate excess eggs this book is a fun read about this interesting trend. The authors’ backgrounds include radio shows, magazine articles and interviews with both academic and common sense 4H hand-on training and experience.
Deceptively Delicious
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Jessica Seinfeld mixes pureed vegetables into everything from pancakes to chicken strips to cupcakes in order to sneak more nutrition into her family’s diet. Some personal favorites of mine include her Greek dip with chickpeas and artichoke hearts and blueberry cupcakes with spinach
Stephanie’s Ponytail
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Stephanie is finding it hard being the trend setter.
The Dog Who Danced
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We start off traveling in an 18-wheeler towards Boston with Justine Meade and her dog Mack Blue Merle Shetland Sheepdog. Events transpire that cause them to be separated and the story of the bond between them and healing power of unconditional love as they navigate back towards each other is wonderfully told. What can we learn about ourselves and our relationship to the world through partnerships with animals is touchingly explored.
Nory Ryan's song
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An historical fiction about a young girl who faces the hardships of the Irish potato famine of the 1840s.
Thirteenth Princess
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A beautiful retailing of the twelve dancing princess.

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