All Staff Picks

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.
Everything All the Time
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Band of Horses' music is great for inducing as well as enhancing feelings of optimism. Bring out your inner idealist with this album.
Suspect
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Both Scott James and his new partner, Maggie, have suffered wounds in their previous jobs. Now they are helping each other recover while training for the canine unit.
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.
The Confession
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Inspector Rutledge hears a man confess to a murder, and then a short time later finds the man dead. Another intriguing mystery in this series set in post WWI England.
Mustard’s Last Stand
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Ed Mustard is on the road with his ex-wives ashes traveling away from a failed attempt at becoming a successful Hollywood screenwriter. Because of the environmentalist actions of his feisty brother Roadkill he finds himself heading back to his hometown of Hancock in North Idaho. This funny first book by a local author will keep you interested and entertained.
English Vinglish
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Shashi is a housewife loved by her family but not always respected by them. Her limited English is a source of family amusement. A family wedding in the USA gives her an opportunity to take English classes, and for her family to notice how much they miss her.
Bad Blood
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Beautiful Alaskan scenery is the backdrop for this story of rival villages. A young man and woman from opposing villages are kept apart by this rivalry. Kate Shugak helps the couple while Sergeant Chopin searches for a murderer.
Empress Of Fashion: A Life Of Diana Vreeland
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Diana Vreeland worked 50 years in fashion, first as editor at Harper’s Bazaar, then editor at Vogue and finally consultant to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. She championed American fashion designers at a time when French couture still ruled the fashion world. Her imagination and innovations made her a force that is still remembered.
The Keeper Of Lost Causes
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The Copenhagen police set up Department Q to investigate cold cases. What starts as boring work for the detectives turns surprising and complicated in this new mystery series.
The Whites Of Their Eyes
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Benjamin and Jill are so over being intimidated by Mr. Lyman, and now, its war. These kids are smart, but are they smart enough to outwit Lyman? There’s enough action and mystery here to keep readers coming back for more.
Notorious Nineteen
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Stephanie Plum faces car bombs, tasers, and no money in this latest adventure. To pay the rent she takes on a much disliked assignment –being a bridesmaid.
Six Years
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Jake Fisher sees a funeral notice, and soon he is on a trail for a long lost love. Warning: you won’t be able to put this book down until you finish it.
Fear Itself
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Benjamin and Jill have figured out the first clue and found the first of the five safeguards. However, if they use it, they might just make things worse for themselves and the school. This series will have kids waiting impatiently for the next title so that they can find out what happens next.
Blue Moo: 17 Jukebox Hits From Way Back Never
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While known best for her classic board books, Sandra Boynton's music CD Blue Moo features such iconic artists as B.B. King, Neil Sedaka and Beach Boy Brian Wilson singing hilarious spoofs of their own musical styles. This is children's music that is just as much fun for the adults as for the kids (Okay, probably more fun, but don't tell your kids that.)
Searching For Sugar Man
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Incredible true story of an American musician who went back to his day job, never aware he had become a legend outside of the US. A moving tale of redemption.
We The Children
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Benjamin Pratt’s old school is about to be torn down to make room for an amusement park. That’s sounds pretty cool, but Benjamin and his friend Jill think there’s something fishy going on with the whole deal. These two kids with the help of five mysterious clues have only 28 days to figure out what’s going on before it’s too late. This is another good read from master storyteller Andrew Clements.
Code Name Verity
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Set in WWII Europe, Code Name Verity is the story of best friends who crash land their plane in German-occupied France. By turns harrowing, funny, and heartbreaking, the book begins with the written confession of one of the friends who is caught as a spy by the Nazis, and ends with the account of the desperate attempt to save her; but not all is as it first appears.

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