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Archived Staff Picks - November 2011


 

Night Road
By Kristin Hannah
Recommended by Kim

 After a string of foster homes and the death of her drug-addict mother, Lexi Baill is taken in by a newly discovered great-aunt who lives near Seattle.  Lexi soon meets Mia and her twin brother Zach.  The friendship flourishes and the twins mother Jude draws Lexi into their family circle.  A slow growing attraction between Zach and Lexi begins, but then Lexi, Mia and Zach collectively make a bad decision that results in a tragedy with extreme repercussions.
Night Road is an emotionally complex novel that raises questions about friendship, forgiveness, mistakes, redemption and love. It is a heartbreaking novel that captures both the pain of loss and the power of hope. This is Kristin Hannah at her very best, telling an unforgettable story about the longing for family, the resilience of the human heart, and the courage it takes to forgive the people we love.

When reading this book I cried both sad and happy tears - if you want a book to read that you don't want to put down - Night Road is the one for you.

This title is available in Book, CD and Downloadable Audiobook formats.

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A Dirty Job
By Christopher Moore
Recommended by Rachel
 
For beta male Charlie Asher, proprietor of a shop in San Francisco, life and death meet in a maternity ward recovery room where his wife, Rachel, dies shortly after giving birth. Though security cameras catch nothing, Charlie swears he saw an impossibly tall black man in a mint green suit standing beside Rachel as she died. When objects in his store begin glowing, strangers drop dead before him and man-sized ravens start attacking him, Charlie figures something's up. Along comes Minty Fresh--the man in green--to enlighten him: turns out Charlie and Minty are Death Merchants, whose job (outlined in the Great Big Book of Death) is to gather up souls before the Forces of Darkness get to them. While Charlie's employees, Lily the Goth girl and Ray the ex-cop, mind the shop, and two enormous hellhounds babysit, Charlie attends to his dangerous soul-collecting duties, building toward a showdown with Death in a Gold Rush-era ship buried beneath San Francisco's financial district.

If your looking for a wildly funny, can't put down type of book Christopher Moore always hits the nail on the head!

This title is available in Book, Downloadable Audiobook and EBook formats.

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The Postmistress
By Sarah Blake
Recommended by Marilyn

In 1940, Iris James is the postmistress in coastal Franklin, Massachusetts. Iris knows more about the townspeople than she will ever say, and believes her job is to deliver secrets. Yet one day she does the unthinkable: slips a letter into her pocket, reads it, and doesn't deliver it.
Meanwhile, Frankie Bard broadcasts from overseas with Edward R. Murrow. Her dispatches beg listeners to pay heed as the Nazis bomb London nightly. Most of the townspeople of Franklin think the war can't touch them. But both Iris and Frankie know better...
The Postmistress is a tale of two worlds-one shattered by violence, the other willfully naïve-and of two women whose job is to deliver the news, yet who find themselves unable to do so. Through their eyes, and the eyes of everyday people caught in history's tide, it examines how stories are told, and how the fact of war is borne even through everyday life.

I listened to this book on my way back and forth to work.  Some days I wished that I worked further away.

This title is available in Book, CD, Large print, Downloadable Audiobook and EBook formats.
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Last Days of the Incas
By Kim MacQuarrie
Recommended by Robert

 Kim MacQuarrie, a four-time Emmy Award documentary filmmaker, writer and anthropologist, has produced an excellent history of the destruction of the Incan Empire by the Spanish conquistadors led by Francisco Pizarro. We learn how a small group of poorly educated, brutal and gold hungry Spaniards defeated the Incas, extending the influence of the Catholic Church as they did so. We also discover that the Incas pursued a 36 year guerilla war against the Spanish, using their knowledge of the Andes to defeat the Spanish on numerous occasions. In the later chapters of this book, Mr.MacQuarrie recounts the search for the lost Incan capital of Vilcabamba, a modern day adventure tale which begins with the explorations of the American Hiram Bingham in the early twentieth century and continues to this day.  This is fascinating, informative and readable history.

This title is available in Book format.

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Born Under a Million Shadows:  A Novel
By Andrea Busfield
Recommended by Pauline

A moving tale of the triumph of the human spirit amidst heartbreaking tragedy, told through the eyes of a charming, impish, and wickedly observant Afghan boy.
The Taliban have withdrawn from Kabul's streets, but the long shadows of their regime remain. In his short life, eleven-year-old Fawad has known more grief than most: his father and brother have been killed, his sister has been abducted, and Fawad and his mother, Mariya, must rely on the charity of parsimonious relatives to eke out a hand-to-mouth existence.
Ever the optimist, Fawad hopes for a better life, and his dream is realized when Mariya finds a position as a housekeeper for a charismatic Western woman, Georgie, and her two foreign friends.
Andrea Busfield captures the world of foreign aid workers and journalists, Georgie's destructive relationship with the powerful Afghan warlord Haji Khan and the hope and humanity of the Afghan people and the foreigners who live among them.

 This title is available in Book format.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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