Recently Added Staff Picks

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

“An incredible novel about how a young girl’s love of books helps a community survive World War II and the Holocaust.  It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, this groundbreaking novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist books. This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.”   (From the Publisher)

Recommended by Audrey Honigman, Library Clerk

Bums: An Oral History of the Brooklyn Dodgers by Peter Golenbock

“It’s been over 50 years since they moved to Los Angeles, but the Brooklyn Dodgers remain ingrained in the fabric of our national pastime. Golenbock’s oral history of these “lovable losers” tells the team’s tale through the words of Pee Wee Reese, Leo Durocher, Duke Snider, and other Brooklyn greats.”   (From the Publisher)

Recommended by Susan Santa, Readers’ Services Librarian

The Darkest Room by Johann Theorin

“At the start of Theorin’s intense and atmospheric thriller, Stockholm schoolteacher Joakim Westin has just joined his wife, Katrine, and their two young children at their new house on Eel Point on the northern island of Öland. When Katrine mysteriously drowns in shallow water near Eel Point’s twin lighthouses, Joakim can’t shake the feeling that Katrine is still with him. Though the police declare Katrine’s death an accident, a new rookie cop in the area, Tilda Davidsson, isn’t convinced and quietly pursues her own investigation. Joakim and Tilda’s paths intertwine as they both uncover disturbing secrets about Eel Point’s past. Theorin crafts a modern ghost story, expertly weaving together the present with glimpses into the lives—and deaths—of Eel Point’s previous residents. Fans of dark Scandinavian crime fiction will welcome this new voice.”   (From Publishers Weekly)

Recommended by Jackie Ranaldo, Readers’ Services Librarian

An Outrageous Affair by Penny Vincenzi

“A mysterious, tragic accident in the 1950s; an inexplicable suicide twenty years later. What was the strange link between the two — and Caroline Hunterton’s long-buried past? A secret which could not be kept forever, especially from her two daughters, Chloe and Fleur. Fate had separated the sisters in time and distance but bound them in mutual hatred — until journalist Magnus Phillips decided to tell the story that would tear their lives apart. Moving from wartime Suffolk to ’50s Hollywood, from glitzy Madison Avenue to London’s theatrical aristocracy and the machinations of checkbook publishing, An Outrageous Affair explores the extraordinary, sometimes fatal consequences of truth.”   (From the Publisher)

Recommended by Rosemarie Germaine, Senior Library Clerk

Queen of the Big Time by Adriana Trigiani

“This heartrending story of forbidden love chronicles the remarkable life of the Castellucas, an Italian-American family, over the course of three generations. In the late 1800s, the residents of a small village in the Bari region of Italy, on the shores of the Adriatic Sea, made a mass migration to the promised land: America. They settled in Roseto, Pennsylvania, and re-created their former lives in their new home — down to the very last detail of who lived next door to whom. The village’s celebration of Our Lady of Mount Carmel — or “the Big Time,” as the occasion is called by the young women who compete to be the pageant’s queen — is the centerpiece of Roseto’s old-world tradition… An epic of small-town life, The Queen of the Big Time is the story of a determined, passionate woman who, through decades of change, cannot forget her first love.”  (from the Publisher)

Recommended by Brenda Cherry, Reference Librarian

– posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services


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