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Staff Picks -  October  2016

Are you interested in what some of the QWPL staff are reading, watching or listening to? Here is a sampling of staff reviews of materials available to library users in our community. We hope that you find these informative and entertaining.  Look for new reviews each month.

 Book cover for Lilac Girls   Book cover for Insidious   Book cover for Divine Misfortune   Book cover for The Lost Wife   Book cover for Bonheoffer   DVD Cover for Mother's and daughters

Lilac Girls 
by Martha Hall Kelly
Recommended by Marilyn

Inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this debut novel reveals a story of love, redemption, and secrets that were hidden for decades.
New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline's world is forever changed when Hitler's army invades Poland in September 1939--and then sets its sights on France.
An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she is drawn deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement. In a tense atmosphere of watchful eyes and suspecting neighbors, one false move can have dire consequences.
For the ambitious young German doctor, Herta Oberheuser, an ad for a government medical position seems her ticket out of a desolate life. Once hired, though, she finds herself trapped in a male-dominated realm of Nazi secrets and power.
The lives of these three women are set on a collision course when the unthinkable happens and Kasia is sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi concentration camp for women. Their stories cross continents--from New York to Paris, Germany, and Poland--as Caroline and Kasia strive to bring justice to those whom history has forgotten. (Goodreads review)

This title is available in Regular Print, Downloadable eBook and AudioBook formats.

By Catherine Coulter
Recommended by Kim

Insidious is the twentieth thriller in #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter's FBI series. 

Venus Rasmussen, a powerful woman who runs the international conglomerate Rasmussen Industries, believes someone is poisoning her.  After Savich and Sherlock visit with her, someone attempts to shoot her in broad daylight.  Who's trying to kill her and why?  A member of her family or her grandson who's been missing for ten years and suddenly reappears?  Savich and Sherlock must peel away the layers ot uncover the incredible truth about who would target Venus.

Meanwhile, Special Agent Cam Wittier leaves Washington for Los Angeles to work with local Detective Daniel Montoya to lead the hunt for the Starlet Slasher, a seriel killer who has cut the throats of five young actresses.  When a sixth young actress is murdered, Cam comes to realize the truth might be closer than she'd ever want to believe.

With breakneck speed and unexpected twists and turns, Coulter's Insidious will leave you breathless until the shocking conclusions.

I enjoy reading a mystery that keeps me guessing right up until the end and this one delivered.

This title is available in Regular Print format.

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Divine Misfortune
By A. Lee Martinez
Recommended by Rachel

"Hello. My name is Anubis. I like long walks on the beach, carrying departed souls into the underworld, and the cinema of Mr. Woody Allen."

Teri and Phil had never needed their own personal god. But when Phil is passed up for a promotion - again-it's time to take matters into their own hands. And look online. 

Choosing a god isn't as simple as you would think. There are too many choices; and they often have very hefty prices for their eternal devotion: blood, money, sacrifices, and vows of chastity. But then they found Luka, raccoon god of prosperity. All he wants is a small cut of their good fortune. 

Oh -- and can he crash on their couch for a few days? 

Throw in a heartbroken love goddess and an ancient deity bent on revenge and not even the gods can save Teri and Phil.

This title is available in Regular Print format.
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The Lost Wife
By: Alyson Richman
Recommended by Pauline

Josef and Lenka met as students in Prague in 1936. Three years later, with Nazis crossing the border, they rushed to marry, but circumstances then force them apart. Josef ended up in New York, while Lenka was sent to a work camp, where her artistic talents connect her to "an underground network of painters illustrating the atrocities" of the Jewish ghettos. Later on she is sent to Auschwitz which she survived.

Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there is an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers...

From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit, and the strength of memory.

This title is available in Regular Print and Downloadable eBook formats.

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
By: Eric Metaxas
Recommended by Emily

"Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act." - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

As Adolf Hitler and the Nazis seduced a nation, bullied a continent, and attempted to exterminate the Jews of Europe, a small number of dissidents and saboteurs worked to dismantle the Third Reich from the inside. One of these was Dietrich Bonhoeffer--a pastor and author. In this New York Times best-selling biography, Eric Metaxas takes both strands of Bonhoeffer's life--the theologian and the spy--and draws them together to tell a searing story of incredible moral courage in the face of monstrous evil. Metaxas presents the fullest accounting of Bonhoeffer's heart-wrenching decision to leave the safe haven of America to return to Hitler's Germany, and sheds new light on Bonhoeffer's involvement in the famous Valkyrie plot and in "Operation 7," the effort to smuggle Jews into neutral Switzerland. In a deeply moving narrative, Metaxas uses previously unavailable documents including personal letters, detailed journal entries, and firsthand personal accounts to reveal dimensions of Bonhoeffer's life and theology never before seen.

This title is available in Regular Print and Downloadable eBook formats.
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Recommended by Kathy

While I enjoyed watching this movie and it featured several good actors, I found the abundance of storylines and wealth of characters oftentimes confusing. ­­--Kathy

Rigby Gray (Selma Blair) is a rock photographer who's riding a career high when an unlikely and unexpected pregnancy forces her to turn her lens inward. As Rigby slowly comes to terms with what it might mean to change her life forever, she discovers with fresh eyes her own relationship with her estranged mother.

Through a series of photographs documenting motherhood in all its varieties, she considers what it means to be maternal at all. This film is a celebration of the unparalleled love between mothers and their children and the myriad ways they connect in today's modern world.

Also starring :  Courteney Cox, Eva Amurri Martino, Christina Ricci, Susan Sarandon, Mira Sorvino, Sharon Stone, Paul Wesley, Elizabeth Daily

This title is available in DVD format.

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