Recently Added Staff Picks

61 Hours (Jack Reacher Series Book #14) by Lee Child

“…Child’s protagonist is a wandering knight who always finds trouble and inevitably solves it, with satisfying violence. As usual, Child’s writing is superb. Not only is this thriller believable, but the descriptions of the blizzard will make readers want to hug their furnaces. Fast paced and exciting, this is highly recommended for thriller fans.”  (From Library Journal)

Recommended By: Jackie Ranaldo, Readers’ Services Librarian

Every Man Dies Alone by Hans Fallada

It presents a richly detailed portrait of life in Berlin under the Nazis and tells the sweeping saga of one working-class couple who decides to take a stand when their only son is killed at the front. With nothing but their grief and each other against the awesome power of the Reich, they launch a simple, clandestine resistance campaign that soon has an enraged Gestapo on their trail, and a world of terrified neighbors and cynical snitches ready to turn them in.”   (From the Publisher)

Recommended By: Brenda Cherry, Reference Librarian

Getting Over It by Anna Maxted

“Wickedly funny and unfailingly honest, Getting over It charts the misadventures of Helen Bradshaw, a caustically charming twenty-something who isn’t exactly living out her dreams. She’s a lowly assistant editor at GirlTime magazine, drives an ancient Toyota, and has a history of choosing men who fall several thousand feet below acceptable boyfriend standard… Hilarious, wise, and compulsively readable, Getting over It marks the debut of one of the freshest, boldest new voices in women’s fiction.”   (From the Publisher)

Recommended By: Rosemarie Germaine, Senior Library Clerk

Shalimar the Clown by Salman Rushdie

“The lives of two vastly different men intersect for one fatal moment. Ambassador Maximilian Ophuls is stabbed in broad daylight by his Kashmiri Muslim chauffeur, a tragic eccentric who calls himself Shalimar the Clown. To explain how they arrived at that point, Salman Rushdie must reach back into the history of three continents and construct a parable of multiculturalism. A finely textured novel by a perpetual storyteller.”   (From Barnes and Noble)

Recommended By: Sonia Grgas, Readers’ Services Librarian

Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez

“In her debut, Perkins-Valdez eloquently plunges into a dark period of American history, chronicling the lives of four slave women—Lizzie, Reenie, Sweet and Mawu—who are their masters’ mistresses. The women meet when their owners vacation at the same summer resort in Ohio. There, they see free blacks for the first time and hear rumors of abolition, sparking their own desires to be free…Heart-wrenching, intriguing, original and suspenseful, this novel showcases Perkins-Valdez’s ability to bring the unfortunate past to life.” (From Publishers Weekly)

Recommended By: Evelyn Hershkowitz, Librarian Trainee

– posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

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