Librarian’s Picks Book List

Here are some favorite picks of the library staff.

The Little Stranger

The Little Stranger

Author: Sarah Waters
Publication Date: 2009-04-30

The Little Stranger follows the strange adventures of Dr. Faraday, the son of a maid who has built a life of quiet respectability as a country doctor. One dusty postwar summer in his home of rural Warwickshire, he is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for more than two centuries, the Georgian house, once grand and handsome, is now in decline-its masonry crumbling, its gardens choked with weeds, the clock in its stable yard permanently fixed at twenty to nine. But are the Ayreses haunted by something more ominous than a dying way of life? Little does Dr. Faraday know how closely, and how terrifyingly, their story is about to become entwined with his.

We Were Liars

We Were Liars

Author: E. Lockhart
Publication Date: 2014-05-13

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.
Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

The History of Love

The History of Love

Author: Nicole Krauss
Publication Date: 2005-05-17

Leo Gursky taps his radiator each evening to let his upstairs neighbor know he’s still alive. But it wasn’t always like this: in the Polish village of his youth, he fell in love and wrote a book. . . . Sixty years later and half a world away, fourteen-year-old Alma, who was named after a character in that book, undertakes an adventure to find her namesake and save her family. With virtuosic skill and soaring imaginative power, Nicole Krauss gradually draws these stories together toward a climax of “extraordinary depth and beauty”

Invisible Monsters

Invisible Monsters

Author: Chuck Palahniuk
Publication Date: 1999-09-17

She's a fashion model who has everything: a boyfriend, a career, a loyal best friend. But when a sudden freeway "accident" leaves her disfigured and incapable of speech, she goes from being the beautiful center of attention to being an invisible monster, so hideous that no one will acknowledge that she exists. Enter Brandy Alexander, Queen Supreme, one operation away from becoming a real woman, who will teach her that reinventing yourself means erasing your past and making up something better. And that salvation hides in the last places you'll ever want to look.

The Book of Joe

The Book of Joe

Author: Jonathon Tropper
Publication Date: 2005-01-25

Right after high school, Joe Goffman left sleepy Bush Falls, Connecticut and never looked back. Then he wrote a novel savaging everything in town, a novel that became a national bestseller and a huge hit movie. Fifteen years later, Joe is struggling to avoid the sophomore slump with his next novel when he gets a call: his father's had a stroke, so it's back to Bush Falls for the town's most famous pariah. His brother avoids him, his former classmates beat him up, and the members of the book club just hurl their copies of Bush Falls at his house. But with the help of some old friends, Joe discovers that coming home isn't all bad—and that maybe the best things in life are second chances.

A House in the Sky

A House in the Sky

Author: Amanda Lindhout
Publication Date: 2013-09-10

As a child, Amanda Lindhout escaped a violent household by paging through issues of National Geographic and imagining herself visiting its exotic locales. At the age of nineteen, working as a cocktail waitress, she began saving her tips so she could travel the globe. Aspiring to understand the world and live a significant life, she backpacked through Latin America, Laos, Bangladesh, and India, and emboldened by each adventure, went on to Sudan, Syria, and Pakistan. In war-ridden Afghanistan and Iraq she carved out a fledgling career as a television reporter. And then, in August 2008, she traveled to Somalia—“the most dangerous place on earth.” On her fourth day, she was abducted by a group of masked men along a dusty road.

Held hostage for 460 days, Amanda survives on memory—every lush detail of the world she experienced in her life before captivity—and on strategy, fortitude, and hope. When she is most desperate, she visits a house in the sky, high above the woman kept in chains, in the dark.

The Shooting in the Shop

The Shooting in the Shop

Author: Simon Brett
Publication Date: 2010-12-08

Carole Seddon hates Christmas -- it all seems rather a waste of time. So when her neighbour and best friend, Jude, drags her along to go shopping at a local store called Gallimaufry -- she can feel her inner-Scrooge knocking. But the sales are on and even Carole can't resist a bargain. Then a few days later -- Gallimaufry is burnt down and a body is discovered in the ashes. It seems like a tragic accident but no-one can die of natural causes when a gun is involved. The victim was young, pretty and successful -- who could possibly want her dead? With a host of suspects the lady detectives know they have their work cut out for them. And as they dig deeper they discover a host of half-truths and lies. It seems that someone in Fethering has a deep, dark, deadly secret -- and is prepared to kill to keep it.

Chelsea Mansions

Chelsea Mansions

Author: Barry Maitland
Publication Date: 2011-10-25

The annual Chelsea Flower Show is one of the tourist highlights of London. But this year, the event is tainted by the murder of an American tourist in a random act of violence. But when DCI David Brock's Serious Crime division of Scotland Yard investigates, they quickly discover that the killer somehow avoided having both his face and his escape captured on any of the many closed circuit cameras in the area. The conclusion is inescapable - what seemed a senseless, but random, event was in fact a carefully planned murder.

Under the Eye of Kali

Under the Eye of Kali

Author: Susan Oleksiw
Publication Date: 2010-05-19

In the middle of the tourist season in tropical South India, four American women meet over breakfast at Hotel Delite. Two of the Americans, Jean and Marge, are nurses traveling together; Emily is traveling with friends and Candy is traveling alone. Before the women have even spent twenty-four hours at the tropical resort, however, one is deathly ill and another is missing. Anita Ray, who helps her aunt manage the hotel, can find no cause for the first woman's sudden bad turn, and a search of the area turns up nothing more than a fragment of a sweater the second woman was last seen wearing. One is in a coma and the other has simply vanished. While Anita continues to search for the missing woman, she must also contend with a man shadowing her and a suspicious series of entries in the hotel ledger -- payments to a mysterious employee she has never seen. When Anita is later attacked by an unknown man, two of the least likely helpers come to her aid, offering a terrifyingly simple solution. For all their beauty and lushness, the tropics can have unexpected effects on newcomers, some of them permanent.

A Dark and Stormy Night

A Dark and Stormy Night

Author: Jeanne Dams
Publication Date: 2011-04-01

The new ‘Dorothy Martin’ mystery - When Dorothy Martin and her husband, retired Chief Constable Alan Nesbitt, are invited to a country house weekend, they expect nothing more explosive than the Guy Fawkes fireworks. Having read every Agatha Christie ever written, Dorothy should have known better. Rendered isolated and incommunicado by the storm, Dorothy and Alan nevertheless manage to work out what in the world has been happening at ancient Branston Abbey.

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