Recently Added Staff Picks

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

“Through the story of the brilliant but conflicted young Raskolnikov and the murder he commits, Fyodor Dostoevsky explores the theme of redemption through suffering. Crime and Punishment put Dostoevsky at the forefront of Russian writers when it appeared in 1866 and is now one of the most famous and influential novels in world literature.”   (From the Publisher)

Recommended by: Ali Tirmazi, Library Clerk

Food of a Younger Land by edited and illustrated by Mark Kurlansky

“A genuine culinary and historical keepsake: in the late 1930s the WPA farmed out a writing project with the ambition of other New Deal programs: an encyclopedia of American food and food traditions from coast-to-coast similar to the federal travel guides. After Pearl Harbor, the war effort halted the project for good; the book was never published, and the files were archived in the Library of Congress. Food historian Kurlansky brought the unassembled materials to light and created this version of the guide that never was…”   (Publishers Weekly)

Recommended by: Brenda Cherry, Reference Librarian

Moor’s Last Sigh by Salman Rushdie

Time Magazine’s Best Book of the Year.  Booker Prize-winning author Rushdie combines a ferociously witty family saga with a surreally imagined and sometimes blasphemous chronicle of modern India and flavors the mixture with peppery soliloquies on art, ethnicity, religious fanaticism, and the terrifying power of love… ”  (From the Publisher)

Recommended  by:  Sonia Grgas, Readers’ Services Librarian Trainee

Stones From the River by Ursula Hegi

“At the beginning of World War I, Trudi Montag, a dwarf, is born to an unstable mother and a gentle father in a small Rheinish town. Through the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich into the era following World War II she first struggles with–and later draws strength and wisdom from–her inability to fit into a conformist and repressive society. As the town’s librarian and historian, Trudi keeps track of many secrets, revealing the universality of her experience. While Hegi’s treatment of history and politics is engaging, her novel’s appeal lies in the humanity of its characters. Particularly strong is her portrayal of, and insight into, the community of women and children as they react to changing conditions in the town. A sensitive and rewarding book.”  (Library Journal)

Recommended by: Pam Martin, Head of Adult Programming

Losing Mum and Pup by Christopher Buckley

“So begins award-winning author Christopher Buckley in the most personal and transcendent work of his life, the tragicomic true story of the year in which both of his parents died…As Buckley tells the story of their final year together, he takes readers on a surprisingly entertaining tour, capturing the heartbreaking and disorienting feeling of becoming a fifty-five-year-old orphan. Through it all, Buckley maintains his sense of humor by recalling the words of Oscar Wilde: “To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune. To lose both looks like carelessness.”   (From the Publisher)

Recommended by: Evelyn Hershkowitz, Readers’ Services Librarian Trainee

– posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services


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