Staff Picks

The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World's Greatest Piece of Cheese by Michael Paterniti

As a struggling writer in Michigan, Paterniti comes across an article about a cave-aged Spanish cheese, Paramo de Guzman, which changes his life forever. Made in a small village by Ambrosio Molinos it has been enjoyed by kings, celebrities and even the Pope.  Paterniti travels to Guzman to meet the larger-than-life cheese maker and his family.  It is here that he is drawn into the story of love that inspired the creation of the cheese and the betrayal that caused its demise.

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

The author of the Time Traveler’s Wife is back with another paranormal excursion. Twin daughters of estranged twin sisters inherit the estate of their aunt with the proviso that they must live in her apartment for a year. Chicago natives Julia and Valentina pack up and move to their new home which located adjacent to London’s historic Highgate Cemetery. The reader encounters ghosts, a family mystery, plot twists and an eccentric neighbor with OCD. The mix will keep you engaged to the end. ~Marty

Call number: Fiction NIFFENEGGER, A

Champion by Marie Lu

This final book in Lu’s Legend trilogy has all of the intrigue, action, and danger found in the first two volumes.  June has been chosen by new Elector Anden to serve as one of three Princeps-Elect, his closest government advisors.  Meanwhile, Day is acting as a commander in the military, but suffering from severe headaches and black-outs as a result of the experimental tests run on him by the government.  Day and June have not seen each other since the conclusion of Prodigy, and now June is urgently requesting to see Day.  However, despite his continued love for her, th

A Street Cat Named Bob: And How He Saved My Life by James Bowen

A London street musician and recovering addict who was himself recently off the streets takes in an injured ginger tomcat he found one day and soon establishes a simpatico relationship with the cat. He took Bob with him every day as he played guitar at the usual corner spots he’d claimed for himself. Bob became an instant attraction, and the result was increased income for Bowen as more money was tossed into his guitar case. This is a beautiful, never maudlin story of second chances for both man and beast.

Call number: 636.8 BOW 


The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan

In this bittersweet, character-driven novel, Sullivan weaves in and out of five apparently unrelated lives. The narrative follows a woman grieving over her son’s adultery and upcoming divorce, a middle class husband drowning in debt, a French woman who regrets leaving her husband for a younger man, the career-minded Frances Gerety, creator of the timeless phrase “A Diamond is Forever,” and a resolutely unmarried couple assisting with their cousin’s wedding plans. Their triumphs and tragedies slowly reveal the thread that connects them all. ~Lizzie

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

After his mother’s death for which he feels partly responsible, 13 year old Theo comes accidentally and illegally into possession of a historically significant painting called “The Goldfinch”.  Attempting to avoid the authorities, Theo initially stays with friends in New York City, and then travels to Las Vegas in an attempt at reconciliation with his estranged father.  Theo eventually returns east to roam the streets of New York City, consumed by his guilt, becoming immersed in a world of thugs, the displaced, gangsters and an underworld of the black market art trade.

The Curiosity by Stephen P. Kiernan

Dr. Kate Philo works for a brilliant but misanthropic scientist who has successfully “reanimated” small sea animals that have died and been preserved in Arctic ice. While supervising a crew on a voyage to bring back samples for further research, she encounters a huge iceberg that yields a very large find. At first they assume it is a seal, but soon discover that it is a frozen man. Will they be able to reanimate a human being? What are the ethics of bringing someone back from the dead?  What can be learned about our society today from someone who lived in an earlier time?

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Burial Rites tells the haunting tale of Agnes Magnusdottir, the last woman to be executed in Iceland in the 1800s. When Agnes is sentenced to death for killing two men, a farming family is forced to take her in as she awaits her execution. As the days go by, the truth unfolds and the events of that fatal night are brought to light amidst the bleak Icelandic landscape. ~Debra

Call number: Fiction  KENT, H.

Longbourn by Jo Baker

Author Jo Baker delivers another look into Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice by reimagining life inside Longbourn from the servants’ perspective. In Longbourn, the Bennet’s lives are peripheral to those of their longtime domestic staff, Mr. and Mrs. Hill. Mr. Hill serves as butler. Mrs. Hill, housekeeper and cook, directs housemaid Sarah with a deft hand and genuine familial affection. Sarah, in turn, instructs second housemaid, Polly.


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