Staff Picks

Ashley

Illuminate
Alfred A. Knopf
Their home planet under attack, Kady and Erza survive by fleeing, only to encounter a new threat.

My Lade Jane
Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows
A medieval love triangle creates a conspiracy for the crown.

Grunt: the curious science of humans at war
Mary Roach
A look into the science and work supporting soldiers.

The Dark Days Club : a Lady Helen novel
Alison Goodman
A conspiracy reveals many secrets for top echelons of society and one’s family.

Winger
Andrew Smith
Ryan Dean West grapples with boarding school, a crush, and rugby.

 

Barb

The Witching Hour
Anne Rice
Two people with supernatural powers seek to unravel the secrets of their origins.

The Night Circus
Erin Morgenstern
Childhood friends fall in love, exploring a new romance.

The Talisman
Stephen King and Peter Straub
Jack Sawyer journeys to save his mother.

Reckless
Cornelia Funke
After their father’s disappearance, two brothers find a magic mirror that leads to another world.

 

 

Brittany

The Goose Girl
Shannon Hale
Betrayed by her guards, Princess Anidori must reclaim the crown.

Clockwork Angel
Cassandra Clare
Searching for her older brother, Tessa Fell enters a supernatural underworld.

All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr
A blind French girl and a German boy’s paths collide as both try to survive World War II.

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
Grace Lin
A girl buys a magical goldfish, then joins a dragon on a journey to bring life back to their homes

 

Catherine

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrel
Susanna Clarke
In a world where magic exists, two people battle over the proper usage.

Welcome to Night Vale
Joseph Fink
In a small town two women’s paths converge changing everything.

Neverwhere
Neil Gaiman
An alternate London filled with people who fell through the cracks of reality.

Chocolat
Joanne Harris
A new chocolate shop sparks a change in this small French village.

 

Cindy

The Firefly Code
Megan Frazer Blakemore
A new girl on the block changes everything for this neighborhood.

Unstoppable Octobia May
Sharon Flake
Octobia lives in her Aunt’s boarding house, encountering a supernatural entity.

Thrice the Brinded Cat hath Mew’d
Alan Bradley
A murder sparks an investigation in this child’s life.

Countdown
Deborah Wiles
Franny Chapman’s family, friends, and world are a mess, can she find any peace?

The Best Man
Richard Peck
Two of Archer’s role models get married, leading to his sixth-grade year becoming unforgettable.

Dave

Ink and Bone: the Great Library
Rachel Caine
The Great Library holds secrets that begin to unravel from one person’s creation.

Sleeping Giants
Sylvain Neuvel
A mysterious mystery within the Earth is explored through a series of interviews and transcriptions.

Jackie

Bleak House
Charles Dickens
A family waiting in vain to receive an inheritance that will never come.

The Handmaid’s Tale
Margaret Atwood
Modern society taken over by a theocratic revolution, Offred survives a dangerous world.

Emma
Jane Austen
Emma experiences many romantic mishaps through her attempts at matchmaking.

11/22/63
Stephen King
An English teacher has the chance to travel back in time and change the course of history.

Outlander
Diana Gabaldon
Claire finds herself hurtled back in time, facing a more difficult world and a new love.

 

Jim

Leviathan Wakes
James S. Corey
Stumbling on an abandoned ship, the solar system is changed forever.

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
Stephen King
A memoir centered on King as a writer, talking on his habits and practices.

Blindness
José Saramago
An epidemic causing blindness hits the city, leading many to be confined to an empty hospital.

Between the World and Me
Ta-Nehisi Coates
A letter to Coates’ then-teenage son about his perception of what the feelings, symbolism, and realities associated with being Black in the United States are.

Joan

Best Boy
Eli Gottlieb
A middle-aged autistic resident rebels against changes in his environment.

The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss
Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt
A collection of correspondence between Anderson Cooper and his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt.

The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb
Melanie Benjamin
Mercy encounters new adventures, love, and international opportunities.

The Obituary Writer
Ann Hood
Claire struggles to decide between two lives she can follow, but a chance meeting changes her life.

Gone
Randy Wayne White
Hannah becomes an investigator after a client’s niece goes missing.

Katie

Dead Until Dark
Charlaine Harris
Two people in a small-town with supernatural abilities fall in love.

Where the Heart is
Billie Letts
A pregnant girl becomes a celebrity as the mother of the Wal-Mart Baby.

The Lathe of Heaven
Ursula K. Le Guin
George Orr wakes up one day to discover that his dreams have the ability to alter reality.

Kelly

Alas, Babylon
Pat Frank
A novel set in the peak of the Cold War, explores a post-apocalyptic future.

The Stand
Stephen King
A devastating plague leaves only a few survivors who experience dreams of a battle between good and evil.

Ken

Parasite
Mira Grant
Humanity thrives in this future, free from disease, however all that is about to change.

The Brutal Telling
Louise Penny
A stranger is found murdered in the village bistro and antiques store and all clues point to bistro owner Olivier being the killer.

When Christ and His Saints Slept
Sharon Kay Penman
Penman chronicles the story of two cousins, Maude and Stephen as they fight for England’s throne.

Kitty

News of the World
Paulette Jiles
A news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people.

The Whale: A Love Story
Mark Beauregard
Herman Melville finds himself hounded by creditors and his writing career at an end.

Seveneves
Neal Stephenson
After an event renders Earth uninhabitable, humanity flees to space.

My Name is Lucy Barton
Elizabeth Strout
Lucy Barton is recovering slowly from what should have been a simple operation.

The Swans of Fifth Avenue
Melanie Benjamin
Truman Capote gains access to New York high society, he builds an unlikely friendship with socialite Babe Paley.

 

Kyle

Stargirl
Jerry Spinelli
An eccentric student named Stargirl changes Mica High School forever.

The Alchemist
Paulo Coelho
An Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago travels from his homeland.

 

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling
A new crush, multi-school competition, and more keep Harry from living a normal wizard life.

Mary

Assasination Vacation
Sarah Vowell
Vowell travels the United States, researching assasinations of various U.S. Presidents.

A Dirty Job
Christopher Moore
Following the death of his wife, Charlie takes on a new job, retrieving souls of the dead.

Colonel Roosevelt
Edmund Morris
This biography recounts the last decade of Theodore Roosevelt’s life.

At Home
Bill Bryson
Bryson takes readers on a tour of his house, showing how each room has figured in the evolution of private life.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows
J.K. Rowling
The final adventure in J.K. Rowling’s phenomenal, best-selling Harry Potter book series.

 

Mechelle

Thirteen Moons
Charles Frazier
At the age of twelve, under the Wind moon, Will is given a horse, a key, and a map, and sent alone into the Indian Nation to run a trading post as a bound boy.

The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse 
Louise Erdrich
A woman who felt compelled by her beliefs to serve her people as a priest.

A Visit from the Goon Squad
Jennifer Egan
Bennie is an aging former punk rocker and record executive. Sasha is the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. Their paths cross in a book filled with music.

Robin

A Confederacy of Dunces
John Kennedy Toole
Toole’s novel introduces one of the most memorable characters in American literature.

The Lottery and Other Stories
Shirley Jackson
Shirley Jackson’s short stories represent a singular and ever-powerful genre unto themselves.

The Martian
Andy Weir
Stranded on Mars by a dust storm, astronaut Watney struggles to survive.

Dubliners
James Joyce
This work of art reflects life in Ireland at the turn of the last century, and by rejecting euphemism, reveals to the Irish their unromantic reality

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
James Joyce
Stephen Dedalus grows up in Ireland, devoting all his life to the art of writing

 

 

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