An end-of-the-year installment of titles our Staff have been enjoying!
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
At Westish College (Wisconsin) on the shores of
Lake Michigan, baseball star Henry Skrimshander has big-league dreams for
stardom until an ordinary throw swerves off course thereby altering the lives of
five people. Yes, it is a baseball story – but so much more!
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Engaged in a fierce competition they have prepared for since childhood, magicians Celia and Marco unexpectedly fall in love with each other. They share a beautiful, poignant romance filled with magical and fateful results. Young Adults may also enjoy.
1105 Yakima Street by Debbie Macomber
the 10th installment in her Cedar Cove series, skilled author Macomber
creates another charming, romantic story with soothing charm and warmth.
New fans will be enchanted and loyal ones will not be disappointed.
The Ideal Man by Julie Garwood
Ellie Sullivan finds herself the target of a shady couple after she
witnesses the murder of an FBI officer. Romance appears when Agent Max
Daniels swears to protect her until she takes the witness stand.
Garwood’s popular style - a mix of fast pacing, danger and humor – are
all in evidence.
Blizzard! The Storm That Changed America by Jim Murphy (
J 974.71 MUR)
Using eyewitness accounts and newspaper articles of the “hurricane” snow storm that hit the Northeast in 1888, author Jim Murphy narrates the devastating impact the cold and snow had on people’s lives. A compelling story with solid information suitable for nine-year-olds and up.
Robert B. Parker’s Killing the Blues: A Jesse Stone Novel by Michael Brandman
This new installment to Parker’s best-selling series
finds Paradise, Massachusetts police chief Jesse Stone investigating a
series of car thefts in his usually quiet town. The ensuing violence and some personal issues challenge his efforts at returning peace to Paradise and his personal life as well.
Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff
Though not an easy, quick read, Schiff’s rich biography of perhaps the most intriguing woman in history should not be missed! What is exceptional about this tale is its fascinating, informative context in which Schiff reveals her heroine to be a woman who uses her wits, power and wealth to forge political and military alliances rather than her beauteous charms which past biographers have emphasized.
The Surrendered by Chang-rae Lee
What makes Lee’s Korean War story so palpable and haunting is not only its horrific portrayal of war but the intertwining stories Lee weaves though his characters lives once the war has ended. The reader is filled with immense sorrow: there is little glory but Lee does explore themes of redemption, honor and forgiveness and offers some hope.