Staff Picks - June 2019

    • Celtic Empire
      Clive Cussler

      The murders of a U.N. science team in El Salvador, a deadly collision in the Detroit waterways and an attack on the Nile are linked to the ancient story of a fugitive Egyptian princess. Cussler sends his intrepid heroes Dirk Pitt and Al Giordino on their wildest, boldest mission into the ancient world. Another fabulous read.

    • Digital Minimalism
      Cal Newport

      Minimalism is the art of knowing how much is just enough. Digital minimalism applies this idea to our personal technology. It's the key to living a focused life in an increasingly noisy world. This timely and enlightening book introduces a philosophy for technology use that has already improved countless lives.

    • Don't Stop Believin'
      Olivia Newton John

      With candor, humor, and warmth, legendary musician, actress, activist, and icon Olivia Newton-John reveals her life story--from her unforgettable rise to fame in the classic musical Grease to her advocacy for health and wellness in light of her battles with cancer. An extraordinary can't-miss memoir.

    • Evil Genius
      Catherine Jinks

      Child prodigy Cadel Piggott, an antisocial computer hacker, discovers his true identity when he enrolls as a first-year student at an advanced crime academy. An engrossing teen thriller with darkness and humor, freaks and geeks, Evil Genius explores the fine line between good and evil in a strange world of manipulations and subterfuge where nothing is as it seems. First in the series.

    • Field Notes on Love
      Jennifer E. Smith

      Two teens, Hugo and Mae, are strangers until they share a cross-country train trip that teaches them about love, each other, and the futures they can build for themselves. But when life outside the train catches up to them, can they find a way to keep their feelings for each other from getting derailed?

    • The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning
      Margareta Magnusson

      A charming, practical, and unsentimental approach to putting a home in order while reflecting on the tiny joys that make up a long life. Artist Margareta Magnusson, with Scandinavian humor and wisdom, instructs readers on the basics of decluttering and introduces an element of fun to a potentially daunting task.

    • The Huntress
      Kate Quinn

      From the author of The Alice Network comes another fascinating historical novel about a battle-haunted English journalist and a Russian female bomber pilot who join forces to track the Huntress, a Nazi war criminal gone to ground in America. In this immersive, heart-wrenching story, Quinn illuminates the consequences of war on individual lives, and the price we pay to seek justice and truth.

    • The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock
      Imogen Hermes Gowar

      In 1780s London, a prosperous merchant finds his quiet life upended when he unexpectedly receives a most unusual creature--and meets a most extraordinary woman. Gowar’s debut is a spellbinding novel of a merchant, a mermaid, and a madam--an unforgettable confection that explores obsession, wonder, and the deepest desires of the heart with bawdy wit, intrigue, and a touch of magic.

    • No Beast So Fierce
      Dane Huckelbridge

      A great choice for anyone interested in conservation and exploring the history of tiger-human interactions. Using the Champawat Tiger as a case study, it explores concepts of colonialism and environmental conservation throughout India's history. I enjoyed how it moves between the narrative of the case study and wider issues, tying them together in ways that really got me thinking about modern conservation efforts. – Erica

    • A Piece of the World
      Christina Baker Kline

      If you’ve seen Andrew Wyeth’s painting titled Christina’s World you were no doubt struck by a sense of mystery surrounding the sole figure lying in the grass. This historical novel introduces us to Wyeth’s unlikely muse, Christina Olson. It tells her heartbreaking but hopeful story of life on the lonely, rugged coast of Maine. With lyrical descriptions, Kline writes like Wyeth paints, creating an elegant work of fiction. - Theresa

    • The Red Address Book
      Sofia Lundberg

      Living alone in her Stockholm apartment, a 96-year-old woman reminisces through the pages of a long-kept address book before starting to write down stories from her past, unlocking family secrets in unexpectedly beneficial ways. A charming novel that prompts reflection on the stories we all should carry to the next generation, and the surprises in life that can await even the oldest among us.

    • The Road Back to You
      Ian Morgan Cron

      This is an easy and engaging introduction to the Enneagram, and how it can help you understand yourself (and others) better. I already found the Enneagram interesting, but I really liked this book's simple and practical way of discussing it, and the specific suggestions it includes for each type of person to lean into strengths and transform recurring problems. - Carrie

    • Severance
      Ling Ma

      Maybe it's the end of the world, but not for Candace Chen, a millennial, first-generation American and office drone meandering her way into adulthood in this offbeat, wryly funny, apocalyptic satire. A send-up and takedown of the rituals, routines, and missed opportunities of contemporary life, this is a moving family story, a quirky coming-of-adulthood tale, and a hilarious, deadpan satire. Most important, it's a heartfelt tribute to the connections that drive us to do more than survive.

    • Ungovernable
      Therese Oneill

      The author of Unmentionable presents an uproarious illustrated guide to Victorian child-rearing. Oneill conducts an unforgettable tour through the backwards, pseudoscientific, downright bizarre parenting fashions of the Victorians to provide perspective on – and comic relief from – the age-old struggle to bring up baby.