Staff Picks - August 2018

    • A Dark So Deadly
      Stuart MacBride

      Stuck on a squad with the other officers no one else wants, but who can’t be fired, DC Callum MacGregor accidentally gets handed the biggest murder investigation Oldcastle has ever seen and the ‘Misfit Mob’ works together to solve the case and bring a serial killer to swift justice. This stand-alone thriller from the author of the Logan McRae and Ash Henderson series features twisty plotting, great use of British dialect, and dazzling black humor.

    • Doctor Who and the Krikkit Men
      James Goss

      Rediscover a lost Doctor Who adventure by Douglas Adams (author of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy). In it, the Fourth Doctor and his companion Romana are tugged into a pan-galactic dance with fate as they rush to stop the Krikkitmen from gaining the key to escaping their prison and raining fiery retribution on the cosmos.

    • Educated: a memoir
      Tara Westover

      A surprising bestseller, this fascinating memoir follows Tara’s life in a survivalist family on Buck Peak, Idaho, through ignorance and isolation, blistering work and terrifying abuse to her ultimate education at Brigham Young University and Cambridge. If you liked Hillbilly Elegy, this is even more compulsively readable. - Dawn

    • Fool's Gold
      Jon Hollins

      Guardians of the Galaxy meets The Hobbit in this rollicking fantasy adventure. It's not easy to live in a world ruled by dragons. The taxes are high and their control is complete. But for one group of bold misfits, it's time to band together and steal back some of that wealth. No one said they were smart.

    • Hope Never Dies
      Andrew Shaffer

      Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama team up in this high-stakes noir thriller that combines a mystery worthy of Watson and Holmes with the laugh-out-loud bromantic chemistry of Lethal Weapon's Murtaugh and Riggs. Together they’ll plumb the darkest corners of Delaware, traveling from cheap motels to biker bars and beyond, as they uncover the sinister forces advancing America’s opioid epidemic. It’s a hoot!

    • The House on Mango Street
      Sandra Cisneros

      The best-selling coming-of-age classic is the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero, a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing who and what she will become. Told in a series of vignettes--sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous--this masterpiece is a story of childhood and self-discovery. Isn’t it time to read it - or read it again?

    • How Hard Can It Be?
      Allison Pearson

      Hilarious and poignant, this novel brings us the new adventures of Kate Reddy, the beleaguered heroine of I Don't Know How She Does It. She’s gotten through turning forty but now her kids are teenagers, her husband quit his job and she’s left to go back to work even though the job market isn't keen on hiring 49-year old mothers. Surely it will all work out in the end.

    • Property: stories between two novellas
      Lionel Shriver

      I've been enjoying short story collections this summer. I recently finished Property: Stories Between Two Novellas—darkly humorous stories that relate to the things we own, or think we do. - Heather

    • Spinning Silver
      Naomi Novik

      An old-fashioned fairy tale nonetheless full of surprises, magic and wonderful, strong female characters. This is an imaginative retelling of the Rumpelstiltskin story that you’ll want to return to again and again.

    • Universal Harvester
      John Darnielle

      This is a chilling story of a small Iowa town and the mystery that develops from a rented video (yes, VHS!) that the customer says ‘has something else on it besides the movie’. It leads two curious Video Hut employees to find out where the shadowy places on the tape were filmed. One is reluctant and the other is determined to get some answers. - Luann

    • What I Leave Behind
      Alison McGhee

      This sparsely worded teen novel packs an emotional punch in very few pages. The main character, Will, deals with his father’s suicide by walking and by trying to replicate his father’s famous cornbread recipe. After his best friend is raped at a party, Will starts to leave gifts for her and helping out the people around him. A beautifully written tribute to the power of how helping others helps yourself. Powerful and gorgeous. - Cat

    • The Wicked + the Divine
      Kieron Gillen

      If you enjoy reading graphic novels, learning about gods and mythology, great representation of diverse characters, and a little mystery and suspense, you'll enjoy this thrilling series about 12 gods that return as humans every 90 years, but only live two years each time. Book 7 coming in the fall. - Marlu

    • The Widows of Malabar Hill
      Sujata Massey

      A new series introduces Bombay's first female lawyer, Oxford graduate Perveen Mistry, as she investigates a suspicious will on behalf of three Muslim widows living in strict purdah seclusion who become subject to a murderous guardian's schemes for their inheritances. Inspired in part by a real woman, this is a richly wrought story of multicultural 1920s Bombay as well as the debut of a sharp and promising new sleuth.