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July 2014 Staff Picks Week 4
Monday, July 28, 2014


Death of a Dreamer by M.C. Beaton

In Death of a Dreamer, after a harsh winter in the Highland village of Lochdubh, spring has finally arrived.  With the arrival of spring, blistery winds have died down, heavy snowfall begins to melt, and there is a feeling of renewal in the air—which is why spring is Hamish Macbeth’s favorite season.

Hamish Macbeth has seen many newcomers arrive to Lochdubh—newcomers who follow the romantic notion of living life in a small, rural Scotland village.  All of the newcomers wind up leaving because of the boredom that comes with living life in a small, rural village. This frequent observation of the coming and going of newcomers is as regular to Hamish Macbeth as his cat and dog sharing his bed with him; which is all the reason why Hamish is surprised to see that newcomer Effie Garrard not only stuck out the harsh Lochdubh winter, but that she has no intention of leaving.

Effie’s presence in Lochdubh is short-lived, however, as her body is discovered in the Highlands. Though his superiors rule her death a suicide, Hamish—with his uncanny sixth sense—suspects foul play.   Now it is up to Hamish to not only prove Effie was murdered, but how and why, all while trying to re-establish himself in a relationship—which cloud’s Hamish’s sixth sense of impending danger.

If you like this book, you may also like A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie or The Black Box by Michael Connelly.

Myisha F.



July 2014 Theme Week 4
Monday, July 28, 2014



Demon Fish: Travels Through the Hidden World of Sharks

What better season to read about sharks than summer?  Learn how different cultures view sharks and relate to them: people can go shark hunting in Miami, and shark fin soup remains a status symbol in China, while some will swim with sharks in the Yucatan.  Environmental journalist Juliet Eilperin reminds readers of why, even after eons, the shark remains one of the most awe-inspiring creatures.  Enjoy this story on the beach, and add a little spark to your relaxing vacation!



The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

This collection of essays by Yale graduate Marina Keegan is all the more poignant because of her tragic and fatal car accident just days after entering adult life.  Marina captures the voice of her generation in haunting tones, and highlights the desires of all of us in a simple and honest style.  Wise beyond her years, and yet filled with a delightful humor of youth, Marina’s essays show a promise that the world will miss.



The Dinner: a Novel by Herman Koch

Dubbed a “European Gone Girl” by the Wall Street Journal, The Dinner is a delicious, psychological thriller.  Two couples, who are in-laws, meet for dinner at an upscale restaurant in Amsterdam.  Over the course of the dinner, the razor sharp narrator, Paul; shares with us the horrific acts and dilemma created by their teenage sons.  You’ll see just how far each couple will go to protect their children and will wonder what you would do faced with the same situation.  A thought provoking novel that is unforgettable.


July 2014 Theme Week 3
Monday, July 21, 2014




Flora and Ulysses: the illuminated adventures – Kate DiCamillo

Don’t let the reading level fool you. Flora and Ulysses is a piece of juvenile fiction that speaks to all levels of reader sophistication. Flora is a 10-year-old girl and cynic. Ulysses is an ordinary squirrel. Ordinary, that is, until one day he is sucked into a vacuum, only be revived by Flora’s expert CPR skills. Ulysses awakes, born anew, with the powers to comprehend speech, type poetry, and fly. Together, Flora and Ulysses set out on an adventure to vanquish malfeasance and rediscover hope. Another worthy read from this author: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.


A Street Car Named Bob: And How He Saved My Life by James Bowen
 
This heartwarming quick read walks you through the journey of a London street musician who stumbles across an injured stray. With barely enough money for himself, he takes on the stray, only intending to do so temporarily. The bond the two forms become inspirational as Bob’s influence quickly transforms the author’s life in unexpected and profound ways.



Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Book Store – Robin Sloan

After being laid off from his tech career, Clay Jannon finds employment at a peculiar 24-hour bookstore in San Francisco. More peculiar than the bookstore is its clientele. Not long after taking his position as clerk, Clay discovers that these patrons are not the recluse bibliophiles he presumed, but rather members of an ancient and clandestine cult dedicated to unlocking a powerful secret. Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Book Store follows Clay through his adventure of discovery, combining the mystery of The Da Vinci Code with the action of the National Treasure movies and the search power of Google.



July 2014 Staff Picks Week 3
Monday, July 21, 2014


One Summer : America, 1927 by Bill Bryson

There are a lot of great summers, but extraordinary summers are rare.  America experienced one such rare summer in 1927.  The concentration of events that profoundly affected this country was unprecedented and will likely never be seen again in one summer.  During these few months, Charles Lindbergh flew nonstop across the Atlantic Ocean.  The most destructive river flood in the history of the U.S. occurred.  Known as The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, 27,000 square miles of land was inundated up to a depth of 30 feet causing 246 deaths and over $400 million dollars in damages.  Babe Ruth was setting a record 60 home runs as part of the New York Yankees’ Murder Row lineup.  The Ford Motor Company was transitioning from the legendary Model T to the new Model A and the advent of the talking-picture era began with the release of The Jazz Singer starring Al Jolson.

Bill Bryson, author of The Life and Times of theThunderbolt Kid, takes us back to this wondrous and tragic summer offering delicious details and breathtaking suspense.  Bryson pulls no punches as he examines how the twentieth century truly became the American century for good or ill. 




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Locke and Key: Vol. 1 Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill
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Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller by Joseph Lambert
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Aug 6, 7:00 pm

Saga. Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan
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The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan


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The Dinner by Herman Koch
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