Staff Favorites 2019

Staff Favorites 2019

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A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a Faith Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780735225237
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Published: Viking - October 15th, 2019

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Timothy Egan puts himself into the story in this remarkable memoir. Raised in a devout Irish Catholic family, Egan has wrestled with his faith as the clerical abuse scandal and the Church's position on women have impacted his family. He also notes the increasing popularity of secularism throughout the world. To work out his feelings about religion, whether or not it has been good for the world, and whether or not his faith can be restored, Egan makes a Pilgrimage along the Via Francigena. You will learn much about European history, and you will want to visit every town along the way. This is a remarkable story! ~ Jane


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City of Girls: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781594634734
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 4th, 2019

In turns, this book is sassy and fun, then heartbreaking, then deeply moving, and finally absolutely and utterly satisfying. It is set in the glamorous world of pre-war New York City and the exciting show girl theater culture, with all of the wild and fast drama of that age. Essentially, it is a book that examines women’s relationships, to each other and to the men in their lives, and to themselves. It encourages women to be unapologetically authentic, because that’s when life is lived at its best. Read it! It’s grand. ~ Jane


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The World That We Knew: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501137570
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 24th, 2019

Using beautiful prose, historical references, and magical realism Alice Hoffman has created a masterful folktale. In desperation to send her daughter Lea to safety from Germany during WWII, a Jewish mother convinces a Rabbi’s brilliant daughter Ettie to create a Golem to protect Lea on her journey. Both girls make it to war torn France with the Golem Ava, where their paths diverge. It is a story of hope, survival, revenge, and deep love. Finally, it is a meditation on what it is to be human. ~ Jane


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Machines Like Me: A Novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780385545112
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Published: Nan A. Talese - April 23rd, 2019

The AI personal assistant McEwen puts in the flat of the not so clever protagonist, with a not much more clever girlfriend, is on steroids compared to the ones now on the market.  What it does to their lives should make all of us think twice about ever letting something like that in our house.  Or maybe it’s no longer an “it.” ~ Dave


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Middlemarch Cover Image
By George Eliot, Rosemary Ashton (Editor), Rosemary Ashton (Introduction by), Rosemary Ashton (Notes by)
$12.00
ISBN: 9780141439549
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Published: Penguin Classics - March 25th, 2003

Tess of the D’Ubervilles, Thomas Hardy and George Eliot’s Middlemarch both revolve around 19th century English mores, particularly as they speak to both the constricted lives of peasant women (“Tess of the D’Ubervilles”) and the gentry (“Middlemarch”.  Tess can never outrun her shadow and the privileged women of Middlemarch are equally tethered to strict rules of acceptable behavior.  At least Eliot in her engrossing story makes clear that men are nearly as hidebound as women. ~ Dave


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Tess of the D'Urbervilles Cover Image
By Thomas Hardy, Tim Dolin (Editor), Tim Dolin (Notes by), Margaret Randolph Higonnet (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780141439594
Availability: Backordered
Published: Penguin Classics - May 27th, 2003

Tess of the D’Ubervilles, Thomas Hardy and George Eliot’s Middlemarch both revolve around 19th century English mores, particularly as they speak to both the constricted lives of peasant women (“Tess of the D’Ubervilles”) and the gentry (“Middlemarch”.  Tess can never outrun her shadow and the privileged women of Middlemarch are equally tethered to strict rules of acceptable behavior.  At least Eliot in her engrossing story makes clear that men are nearly as hidebound as women. ~ Dave


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The Water Dancer: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399590597
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Published: One World - September 24th, 2019

This anguished and moving story of a young slave in Virginia, and his journey to, through, and with the Underground Railroad, is a must read for anyone wanting to better understand the psychic wound that still exists generations after slavery has ended. Peopled with real life characters (Harriet Tubman, for one), Coate’s exquisite storytelling is a privilege to behold. ~ Victoria


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The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780062820693
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Published: Dey Street Books - September 10th, 2019

From Samantha’s childhood in Ireland to her days as our UN Ambassador, you will be turning pages for sure on this one. ~ Kathie


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The Testaments: The Sequel to The Handmaid's Tale Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385543781
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Published: Nan A. Talese - September 10th, 2019

A fitting finish for the story of the two characters in The Hand Maids Tale who had no say in their future: the daughters of Offred. Margaret Atwood is brilliant in putting the pieces together! ~ Victoria


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Silver, Sword, and Stone: Three Crucibles in the Latin American Story Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781501104244
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 27th, 2019

Arana tells the resilient and often violent history of a huge part of the world through three contemporary experiences, a miner, a criminal, and a Catholic priest. While the history of a quarter of the globe cannot be contained by this less-than-500-page volume, for those of us seeking a mostly mindful introduction to the region, this volume cannot be missed. Throughout all, the natural beauty, rich history, and, hope for this region and her people shines through. ~ Kathleen


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The Library Book Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781476740195
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 1st, 2019

For all you libraries lovers out there The Library Book is fascinating. I say this because, for one thing I’m still thinking about it! Staff writer at The New Yorker and author of Rin Tin Tin & The Orchid Thief among others, Susan Orlean’s research on this stunning time in Los Angeles was amazing. If you want to step back a little and remember your earlier days at the library, and hear about some library history, this is the book! ~ Kathie 


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Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525510543
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Published: Random House - August 6th, 2019

New Yorker staff writer, Jezebel alum, (and millennial) Tolentino writes each of her nine essays in the vein of Lindy West, with each one to be chewed-on and digested, maybe even read again. Trick Mirror's stand out essays were The Cult of Old Virginia, where UVA grapples with false rape accusations amidst nation-wide conversations about campus assault and the #MeToo movement, and The Story of a Generation in Seven Scams, which paints the state of many a millennial mind without too much apathy and a small dose of schadenfreude.  ~ Kathleen


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Stay and Fight: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374268121
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - July 9th, 2019

An impromptu and contentious family, but one with amazing bonds, faces the challenges of life in Appalachia. You may not like every character, but you will love them by the end. ~ Victoria


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Red at the Bone: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525535270
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 17th, 2019

This compelling story of a proud, multigenerational black family in Brooklyn moves through the past and present. The scars that mark the family are deep, but so are the joys. Great voice for Black History Month. ~ Victoria


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Small in the City Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780823442614
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Published: Neal Porter Books - September 3rd, 2019

Sweet story about a lost pet and the patience of a young and very wise boy. Heartwarming for sure  :) ~ Kathie


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Underland: A Deep Time Journey Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393242140
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 4th, 2019

Macfarlane is a writer of great brilliance and wonder. In this marvelous and moving book, he takes us along on descents into the worlds below our feet, including the catacombs of Paris, a storage vault for nuclear waste far below the Polar ice cap, and numerous caverns both natural and manmade. Dividing his book into three sections — “Seeing,” “Hiding,” and “Haunting” — he skillfully melds scientific and personal mysteries into these underground explorations, touching on various ways we both violate and honor the earth. These places below the surface can harbor great darkness and sometimes great horror, Macfarlane suggests, but they can also hold much beauty and delight. ~ John


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The Overstory: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393356687
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 2nd, 2019

I don’t ordinarily go in for longer novels, but Powers’ masterful saga illuminates and dramatizes the seamless interconnection between trees and humankind in a way I find both revolutionary and tremendously satisfying. The intricate narrative tendrils follow nine characters as their lives intertwine with trees, sometimes in surprising ways, offering readers a view of the arboreal universe as a global society with a vital relation to our own. Culminating in protests involving old-growth trees in the western states, Powers’ revelatory work stands as a rich panorama and a profoundly important work. ~ John


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The Dutch House: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062963673
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Published: Harper - September 24th, 2019

At the end of WWII, Cyril Conroy parlays his epic sense of real estate strategy into substantial wealth and with it the purchase of a stunning estate in the suburbs of Philadelphia. An architectural gem, it overwhelms his young wife and ultimately becomes the undoing of all that Cyril holds dear. The story is told by Danny, Cyril’s son and Maeve, his brilliant and resilient daughter. Truly a riches to rags tale, Cyril’s family is upended by his wife’s sudden departure, his early death and the avariciousness of his young widow. Before his funeral flowers have wilted, she banishes Danny and Maeve from the house, penniless, and rules as mistress of the manor with her two young daughters. Ah, but Danny and Maeve are their father’s children. They are deeply bonded and imprinted with cunning survival skills which, despite the pain of a past that will not fade, enable them to grow. In the shadow of the once grand house, they find that redemption, forgiveness and even love is possible. Ann Patchett once again thrills us with a family saga populated by people we cannot fail to care about and a fairy tale setting that wows us with its substance and artistry. ~ Susan


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Elevation Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781982102326
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Published: Scribner - November 12th, 2019

Elevation is perhaps the most touching and relevant novel of King’s career. Stephen is "king" of the short story, and Elevation excels in part due to its length, and also its characters. The voice of the people has never been truer in any of the works by the Master of the Written Word. I’ve always had a soft spot for Stephen King’s shorter fiction, but Elevation takes the genre to new heights and tops them all. ~ Jenna


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The Personality Brokers: The Strange History of Myers-Briggs and the Birth of Personality Testing Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781101974148
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Published: Anchor - September 10th, 2019

Although the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) has been used by many large organizations, it is a deeply flawed and unreliable source of genuine insights about individual personalities.  Merve Emre provides here a fascinating narrative about the origins of MBTI through lively biographies of its primary creators. ~ David


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Nothing to See Here Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062913463
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Published: Ecco - October 29th, 2019

Wilson writes his coming of age story in which Lillian manages to treat her two charges with dignity and love, and, in doing so, begins to treats herself with the same all while wising up to the fact that these two self-immolating children are not what they seem. A must for folks looking for an easy dark comedy read with tons of heart! ~ Kathleen


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The Unteachables Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062563903
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Published: Balzer + Bray - December 30th, 2019

Mr Holland’s Opus meets The Breakfast Club, The Unteachables is a story about a ragtag group of misfits and their checked-out teacher. Gordon Korman is one of my favorite contemporary writers of school-based stories. He knows how to make you laugh, cheer and pull at the heart-strings. His characters have distinctive personalities that are unusual enough from feeling too cliché. He pulls together an impactful story and makes you want to hug the book by the last page. (Ages 8+) ~ Jenna


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Strange Planet (Strange Planet Series) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062970701
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Published: Morrow Gift - November 19th, 2019

Imagine a set of cartoon characters who appear to be alien beings but who experience many of the same daily joys and frustrations that we do. Then imagine that these beings are somehow naive and curious AND wise, with complex vocabularies and gentle senses of humor. Pyle's characters make us aware of the strangeness of many of the things we take for granted on our own planet. ~ David


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Maybe Cover Image
By Kobi Yamada, Gabriella Barouch (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781946873750
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Published: Compendium Publishing & Communications - September 15th, 2019

With its incredible illustrations and simple, yet endearingly delightful prose, Maybe is an instant classic. It will inspire both young and old to go out an do something stupendous. (So what are you waiting for?) - Jenna


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The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735217737
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 5th, 2019

A stark outlook on the volatile, terrifying landscape of immigration at our southern border, Cantús account originates from four years working for the Border Patrol, and takes on tragic dimensions when a good friend visits family in Mexico and is unable to return. Cantú also provides an excellent overview on how the current border environment evolved through the history of U.S./Mexico relations, and the role of drug trafficking and cartels in the brutality that surrounds the immigrant experience. I really appreciate how Cantús book serves as a call to action by melding his precise, lyrical observations with his own personal and family life, his own dreams and nightmares. ~ John


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Sarah Jane Cover Image
$23.95
ISBN: 9781641290807
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Published: Soho Crime - October 1st, 2019

Sara Jane Pullman’s life has given her a remarkably grounded grasp of reality that serves her well when she is suddenly promoted to de facto Sheriff in a small rural town when the real sheriff disappears. This is small town policing is delicate at best. Everyone has skeletons in their closets and neither Sarah Jane nor her predecessor are exempt, and herein lies the tale. This book reminded me of Derek Miller’s wonderful American By Day, the sequel to one of my all time faves, Norwegian By Night. James Salis is a master of noir-- not too dark, characters not too broken, and writing full of ethical contemplation and honest reflection. Its slender size belies the significant impact of this wonderful story. ~ Susan


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Blue Monday: A Frieda Klein Mystery Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143122722
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Published: Penguin Books - March 5th, 2013

Author collaborations writing as one voice can be tricky, but husband and wife team Nicci Gerard and Sean French have done it for over a decade. Blue Monday is the first of their Frieda Klein mystery series and after reading it I immediately reached for #2 Tuesday’s GoneBlue Monday begins with a 1987 unsolved kidnapping and fast-forwards to 2009 when psychotherapist Frieda Klein takes on a new patient, a middle-aged man who was abandoned as a newborn and is suffering panic attacks and an obsession to have a son. From this point authors French carefully construct the London setting and the characters of Dr. Klein and DCI Karlsson, who become increasingly more complex as the books progress, and reel out a thought-provoking psychological thriller. This is a series well worth your time! ~ Susan


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The Mueller Report: Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781612197814
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Published: Melville House - April 30th, 2019

Months before the revelations about Trump's attempts to extort political favors from Ukraine to embarrass his likely 2020 rival Joe Biden, this report laid out in impressive detail the shocking extent of connections between Trump and Russian interference in our 2016 election.  Robert Mueller's report helps enormously to document the most corrupt presidential campaign and administration in our nation's history. ~ David