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Staff Picks

 

  • Written with charm, wit, and restraint, the novel is about what it means to live in the present. A brilliant math professor, whose traumatic head injury leaves him with only eighty minutes of short-term memory, is reintroduced every morning to his housekeeper. Their strange and beautiful relationship, which includes her ten-year-old son, is one that builds from the mathematical equations still very much alive in his mind, connecting them in powerful ways and drawing them closer, like a family.

    - Linda Kass


  • A sensitive and haunting tale of friendship and love in a reimagined world where certain children exist to donate their organs when they reach early adulthood. Author Kazuo Ishiguro tenderly conveys the cloudy and amorphous reality that all children inhabit, in which there’s sensing without understanding, and clarity about some things, misunderstandings about others.

    - Linda Kass


  • In the hands of Ann Patchett, human connections are forged regardless of the unlikely context: A birthday gathering of international diplomats. A world-renowned soprano. A mansion of the Vice President of an undeveloped South American country. The friendships and compassion discovered by all the characters veil the real world waiting on the other side of the garden wall. Lyrical, profound, and unforgettable Bel Canto is a virtuoso performance, like the best of opera.

    - Linda Kass


  • The epic story of manned flight as only David McCullough can tell. From the backroom of their Dayton, Ohio bicycle shop, two humble brothers shrank our world.

    - John Gaylord


  • At once, a social study of the Appalachian culture and its emigres to the industrial north. At the same time a poignant and inspiring story of young Ohio boy who overcomes the mass dysfunction of his extended family with the love and support of his hardscrabble, hillbilly Mamaw and Papaw.

    - John Gaylord


  • If I could only take one book to a desert island, it would probably be this one. What I want from a novel is first a great story and then nothing short of some insights to the meaning of life.  Irving’s best: it’s about friendship, fate, faith, and has the best first sentence to a novel ever written.

    - Debra Boggs


  • Probably not for everyone, but the only book I have ever read more than once.  About every ten years when life has worn me down, I go back to this one to remind me that it’s supposed to be a great adventure.

    - Debra Boggs


  • I was always waiting for the next Pat Conroy; The Water is Wide, The Lords of Discipline, The Great Santini.  I would save them for my day off because I read every one from cover to cover in one sitting.  His novels are just really great reads.

    - Debra Boggs


  • This book not only tells the story of an outsider in a Utopian society, but it also presents any life lessons. Beautifully written with exceptional detail this book is a must read!

    - Miriam McCarty


  • This book has been challenged by many, but never fails to come out on top as an amazing read. Strong female characters make for an exhilarating read as you travel through the world of a young girl growing up in segregated America.

    - Miriam McCarty


  • It is hard to chose just one Shakespeare novel, but The Tempest takes the cake for creativity. Propsero is funny and sassy and his countless adventures will never leave you bored.

    - Miriam McCarty


  • A gripping historical account of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Great for both history buffs and fans of true crime.

    - Daniel Pawlowski


  • My favorite detective/crime novel, part of Nesbø's Harry Hole series. This chase to catch a demented serial killer is soon to be made into film as well.

    - Daniel Pawlowski


  • Engel's account of his 20 years of journalism in the Middle East. Fascinating and eye opening.

    - Daniel Pawlowski


  • I loved this book! It is from the perspective of a boy with cerebral palsy, and is a quirky, yet insightful story. You will laugh and cry at this powerful book in young adult fiction!

    - Katlyn Shanahan


  • This book is one that I can re-read and discover something new each time! When I first read it I began highlighting passages, but I soon had to stop as I was highlighting most of the book! Krauss truly understands people, love, and feelings and she perfectly captures them in this novel.

    - Katlyn Shanahan


  • This book shook me up! What a wonderful story about God, depression, and forgiveness. I love that God is portrayed as different people, one of those being a very loving and cheerful African American woman! She changed my views on religion and unconditional love and I can't thank this book enough!

    - Katlyn Shanahan


  • Also my favorite movie, I love the action and fast dialogue that brings new meaning and perspective each time it's re-read.

    - Nikki Snyder


  • I read this coming-of-age book when I was in the middle of my own life transformation, and each word seemed to be transcribed just for me. Inspiring and endearing.

    - Nikki Snyder 


  • It's a 68-page monologue; I sat down and read it in like two hours and then just sat for another two hours and thought about EVERYTHING. It fundamentally challenges world views.

    - Amanda Sorrell


  • Vonnegut explores some serious fundamental questions about human nature and why we act the way that we do.

    - Amanda Sorrell


  • A collection of short stories and essays that give you brutal honesty about the world and also the life of a writer.

    - Amanda Sorrell


  • An informative survey about beer, its history, and the culture surrounding it.  A must have for anyone interested in beer or the craft beer movement.

    - Adam Sharp


  • Part history and part travel memoir, Dalrymple retraces the steps of two 6th century monks and explores the decline of Christianity in the Middle East.

    - Adam Sharp


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