All Staff Picks

The Story Of Spanish
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A fascinating study of the development and change in the Spanish language through the centuries.
Big City Otto
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When Otto the elephant’s best friend, Georgie, is chimp-napped by the Man with the Wooden Nose, Otto and his parrot friend, Crackers, travel to America in search of him. Laughter and pandemonium are never far when Otto and Crackers are on the hunt.
The Hour Of The Red God
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Set in modern day Nairobi, Detective Mollel searches for a killer who might be connected to the upcoming elections.
The Map Of Lost Memories
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Set in 1925 Cambodia, Irene Blum, a museum curator, searches for ancient Khmer scrolls. To her surprise, she finds more information about her own history.
The Madonnas of Leningrad
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A family wedding brings back memories of surviving WWII in Leningrad. Marina worked at the Hermitage museum as a docent, and remembers how the art provided a retreat from the horrors of war.
Hawaii
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Part of the Music Rough Guide series, this album samples beautiful Polynesian music fused with slack key and slide guitar from different eras. Some of the tracks show its connection to American blues music.
The Meanest Birthday Girl
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A little girl learns a lesson about selfishness when she receives a special gift from a friend. The book's stylish illustration embellishes the story.
The Heist
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A new series with special agent Kate O’Hare chasing con man Nicolas Fox. Like the Stephanie Plum series, there are terrific secondary characters.
Cold Cereal
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The Goodco cereal company is trying to take over the world, and a group of children and assorted magical creatures must stop them. Filled to overflowing with a delightful mish mash of Celtic folklore, Arthurian legend, Shakespeare, and puzzle-solving, the characters are likable and the plot is fast. But for adults the best part is the satire.
 The One And Only Ivan
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A delightful story of captivity, hope, and rescue as told by a gentle silverback gorilla named Ivan who has been in captivity for as long as he can remember...and he can't remember much. Until he makes a promise to a friend, and realizes that by remembering he can not only keep his promise, he can help himself as well.
The English Girl
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The story starts in Corsica, moves to France and England and ends up in Russia. Spy and art restorer, Gabriel Allon, must rescue a kidnap victim.
The Truth Of Me
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Robbie and his dog, Ellie, spend the summer with his grandmother. Even though Robbie is young, he discovers the kind of person he wants to be. The truths that Robbie uncovers helps him connect with his mother.
Midnight Rising
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This new telling of the raid on Harper's Ferry by John Brown and his motley army lends an interesting perspective on characters, like Abraham Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth, and John Brown himself, that we thought we already knew.
Saving Italy
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In the middle of WWII a new army unit called the monuments men was created to save the art being looted by the Nazis.
The Man Who Cast Two Shadows
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This second title in the NYPD sergeant Kathleen Mallory series is as difficult to put down as the first book. Mallory, a street orphan adopted by a police detective and his wife grows up to join the police herself. This series influenced Stieg Laarson’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
Binky the Space Cat
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Binky, a house cat, is on a mission to build a rocket ship so that he can go into outer space, explore new worlds and battle aliens. Once his space ship is complete and he is ready to blast off, he realizes that he’s forgotten something very important. This is the first in a series of Binky adventures.
The 500
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The author’s first novel has been nominated for the Anthony and the Edgar, top mystery prizes. Struggling student, Mike Ford, gets his dream job, pays off his student loans and discovers his dream job is a nightmare.
Murder in Chelsea
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The latest title in the gaslight series set in 19th century New York finds midwife Sarah Brandt discovering more about her adopted daughter’s past.

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