Staff Picks - February 2019

    • The Almost Sisters
      Joshilyn Jackson

      Leia is a white, late-thirties graphic novelist who is pregnant from a tryst with a somewhat younger black fan after a comic-con appearance. But that’s just the set-up for an often funny and ultimately moving story about an extended Southern family whose members are all facing critical decisions in their lives. Dealing with everything from sisterhood to dementia and murder, Jackson confronts many truths.

    • Bibliophile
      Jane Mount

      This visually stunning book is filled with hundreds of great book suggestions. I found so many new titles here to add to my ‘To Be Read’ list and the little passages are perfect bite size reading. Lovely and informative. – Cat

    • Check, Please!
      Ngozi Ukazu

      A hilarious coming-of-age story with so much heart. You do not have to be a hockey fan to enjoy this graphic novel. – Sarah L.

    • Code Name: Lise
      Larry Loftis

      This book reads like a spy novel, but every bit is backed up with research and fascinating footnotes. Odette Sansom, a mother of three who never believed she was special, managed to help run a network for the French Resistance, resisted torture and starvation when she was captured, and gained the respect of fellow resistance fighters, regular German soldiers and her prison guards. Perfect for fans of Unbroken, The Nightingale, and Code Girls.

    • A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War
      Joe Loconte

      How many of our imaginations have been captured by the timeless work of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis? But the tales of Narnia and Middle Earth were born on the battlefields of World War I, and in the post-war despair their stories sparked hope. I was inspired to a new appreciation for these two incredible writers by this exploration of their lives.

    • Kill the Queen
      Jennifer Estep

      I was familiar with some of the author’s other fantasy series and decided to try her new one. The story includes lots of court politics and individual skirmishes both physical and verbal, and a potential romance. The main character seems younger than her years, but events conspire to make her grow up quickly. Lots of action and even some pie baking advice. Think Gladiator meets Game of Thrones with pastry as a bonus.

    • Mad Love
      Paul Dini and Pat Cadigan

      A brand-new book based on the best-selling graphic novel! The definitive story that chronicles the obsession, the burning desire, the manic laughter, and the birth of one of the most controversial and popular comic book supervillains ever created: Harley Quinn.

    • Murder at the Brightwell
      Ashley Weaver

      Lovers of Agatha Christie and Jacqueline Winspear will enjoy this elegant murder mystery set on a holiday at the English seaside. Love, jealousy, and revenge are tangled together in this smart and sophisticated British mystery reminiscent of the genre’s golden age. Book one of the Amory Ames series.

    • Nothing Like Love
      Sabrina Rammanan

      A delightful coming of age story set in 1974 in Chance, Trinidad. Bright 18-year-old Vimla’s prospects are high until she’s caught holding hands at night with the village pundit's son. In this town, everyone knows everybody's business, and the residents all react differently to the chain of events this indiscretion leads to. This novel surprised me at many points and was full of humor, wit, great characters, and a subtle wisdom. - Carrie

    • Trail of Lightning
      Rebecca Roanhorse

      A Navajo woman named Maggie hunts down monsters with her supernatural powers in this apocalyptic fantasy. Most of the world is underwater, the result of a massive flood, but Maggie’s Navajo home has survived. Unfortunately, she now shares the land with the legendary gods and heroes of her people…and some wicked monsters. Fast paced with a sequel in the works. - Stephanie

    • Two Can Keep a Secret
      Karen M. McManus

      Ellery and her twin brother are sent to live with their grandmother in Echo Ridge, Vermont - a town known for keeping secrets. Their aunt disappeared at 17; five years later, the homecoming queen was murdered. This teen novel will have you guessing until the very end as Ellery tries to solve the mysteries of the past while trying to stay alive. Highly recommended!

    • What We Keep
      Bill Shapiro

      As a sentimental person, I so enjoyed this book of stories from all sorts of people on why we keep what we do. Like me, many tales related that we have these items in our homes because they reflect who we are and where we came from. Many times, what we keep brings solace to the soul. - Luann

    • The Word is Murder
      Anthony Horowitz

      This is the start of a new series that has the author writing a fictional version of himself as the Watson to a modern-day Holmes. He works directly with a brilliant, eccentric private investigator to write about a crime that is revealed as it happens. A new and different twist on the standard mystery.