All Staff Picks

 Proof Of Heaven
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As a highly trained neurosurgeon, Eben Alexander knew that near death experiences are simply fantasies produced by brains under extreme stress. But then his own brain was attacked by a rare disease and he had his own NDE while the part of his brain that produces consciousness was shut down. His story is compelling and inspirational.
Leaving Everything Most Loved
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Maisie Dobbs is struggling with personal decisions that will change her life dramatically when Scotland Yard asks her to look into a murder.
Magic Pickle Vs. The Egg Poacher
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A highly imaginative and funny story of a kosher dill pickle superhero and his battle against a mischievous egg. (This book might just grab the interest of kids who don't like to read!)
Out Of Order
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The author, the first woman to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, writes of other firsts, as well as traditions, and early history of the Supreme Court. The behind the scenes stories add to the fascinating history.
A Sunless Sea
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Hester and William Monk help their friend Oliver Rathbone defend a woman accused of murder. Their search uncovers secrets the woman is keeping and may lead her to the gallows. Victorian England’s view of cocaine form a part of the story.
My Beloved World
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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor never let any limitations get in her way. Whatever she lacked, she found a way to fill the gap. Her inspiring memoir provides a blueprint for success in life.
Dickens' Women
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The co-author, Miriam Margolyes (Professor Sprout in the Harry Potter movies), performs excerpts from Dickens’ works. Alternating with her performance, she discusses aspects of Dickens’ life that influenced his works.
Three Graves Full
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Jason Getty is worried about the two bodies the police find buried in his yard. Neither body is the one he buried.
Kinsey And Me
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Short stories with the author’s protagonist, Kinsey Millhone from her alphabet mysteries, alternate with her childhood memories in this story collection. The author details how writing provided both a livelihood and catharsis from her difficult childhood.
Ines of My Soul
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This book is a fictionalized account of the life of Ines Suarez who came from old world Spain to new world South America in the 16th century.
The Colossus Rises
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Jack McKinley has a problem. He has to find and retrieve seven magic Loculi that were stolen and hidden in ancient times, and he has to do so before the gene he has inherited kills him sometime before his 14th birthday. If that weren't enough to deal with, there are the others who will stop at nothing to gain the power of the Loculi.
Don’t Ever Get Old
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This poignant, sometimes funny, and fast moving mystery is nominated for the 2013 Edgar award for best first novel. Buck Schatz, POW camp survivor during WWII, retired from the Memphis police, and is bored out of his mind in retirement. An event from the past sparks an interest and a mystery.
Wonderstruck
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Though their stories take place 50 years apart, Ben and Rose’s searches, one for a father, the other for a famous actress, weave back and forth until they finally come together to form one. As Ben’s story unfolds in words, Rose’s story is told in pictures. This is Brian Selznick at his best.
The One and Only Ivan
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Ivan is a gorilla, who lives in cage in a shopping mall. He has promised his dearest friend to save a baby elephant from sharing his fate. This is his version of the story – and it’s a Newbery award winner.
My Ideal Bookshelf
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A swath of pop-culture personalities including authors, artists, musicians, scientists, and even skateboard legends write short essays describing their perfect book collection. It's not a collection of book lists as much a series of love letters to the written word.
Cloud Atlas: A Novel
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Literary pager-turner. Amazing book, fantastic read. Six different stories, loosely linked. The first five end in cliffhangers, and after the sixth we go back in reverse order and tie up the other five. As soon as I finished, I wanted to read it again.
Sailor Twain
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A mysterious and evocative story set on the historic Hudson River. The captain of a steamship who is also an author observes the strange behavior of a Frenchman whose brother has disappeared on the river traveling aboard. Strange mythology and the weaknesses of mankind are beautifully illustrated.
Goblin Secrets
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This was the kind of book I find hard to put down – there’s lots of action, imagination and mystery. No wonder it won the 2012 National Book Award.

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