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Archived Staff Picks - October 2014


The Welcome Committee of Butternut Creek (Tales from Butternut Creek #1)
By:  Jane Myers Perrine
Recommended by Ann

If you like Dorothy Garlock or Jan Karon.  You will like this novel.  It is a delightful story.

The Welcome Committee of Butternut Creek:

Upon his arrival, Butternut Creek Christian Church's newly-minted minister is met by a welcome committee led by Miss Birdie and her friend Mercedes, a.k.a. "the Widows." Their first order of business, to educate him on how things should be done, quickly gives way to a campaign to find him a wife.

When their matchmaking efforts fizzle, the Widows turn to another new bachelor. Amputee and Afghan vet Sam simply wants to be left alone-- a desire that's as good as a red flag to the Widows! Soon they're scheming to pair him up with Willow, his beautiful physical therapist, a divorced mother of two who is afraid of commitment, Perrine's small-town tale is a big-time triumph of gentle humor, fast-paced plot, and wonderfully engaging character.


This title is available in Regular print format.

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Little Mercies
By:  Heather Gudenkauf
Recommended by Marilyn

Veteran social worker Ellen Moore has seen the worst side of humanity- the vilest acts one person can commit against another. She is a fiercely dedicated children's advocate and a devoted mother and wife. But one blistering summer day, a simple moment of distraction will have repercussions that Ellen could never have imagined, threatening to shatter everything she holds dear, and trapping her between the gears of the system she works for.


Meanwhile, ten-year-old Jenny Briard has been living with her well-meaning but irresponsible father since her mother left them, sleeping on friends' couches and moving in and out of cheap motels. When Jenny suddenly finds herself on her own, she is forced to survive with nothing but a few dollars and her street smarts. The last thing she wants is a social worker, but when Ellen's and Jenny's lives collide, little do they know just how much they can help one another.


A powerful and emotionally charged tale about motherhood and justice, Little Mercies is a searing portrait of the tenuous grasp we have on the things we love the most, and of the ties that unexpectedly bring us together.

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

Divergent--DVD 2014
Recommended by Kathy

DIVERGENT is a thrilling action-adventure film set in a world where people are divided into distinct factions based on human virtues. Tris  Prior (Shailene Woodley) is warned she is Divergent and will never

 fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy by a faction  leader (Kate Winslet)to destroy all Divergents, Tris must learn to trust  in the mysterious Four (Theo James) and together they must find out  what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it's too late.


Originally born into Abnegation, Tris is idealistic, vulnerable, brave and compassionate. When faced with

 the biggest decision of her life, she struggles between  choosing her family and her yearning desire

 to discover her true identity.


Strong, mentally tough and emotionally guarded,  Four  is one of the leaders in the Dauntless faction

with a mysterious past. As an instructor,  Four becomes close to Tris and helps guide her during her initiation process.


Divergent is the first installment of the best -selling book series by Veronica Roth.


This title is available on DVD as well as in Young Adult Fiction, Young Adult Book on CD, and Downloadable eBook and Audiobook formats.


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By Joe Hill
Recommended by Rachel


Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. On her Raleigh Tuff Burner bike, she makes her way to a rickety covered bridge that, within moments, takes her wherever she needs to go, whether it's across Massachusetts or across the country.

Charles Talent Manx has a way with children. He likes to take them for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the NOS4A2 vanity plate. With his old car, he can slip right out of the everyday world, and onto the hidden roads that transport them to an astonishing - and terrifying - playground of amusements he calls "Christmasland."

Then, one day, Vic goes looking for trouble--and finds Manx. That was a lifetime ago. Now Vic, the only kid to ever escape Manx's unmitigated evil, is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx never stopped thinking about Victoria McQueen. He's on the road again and he's picked up a new passenger: Vic's own son


Joe Hill is the son of Stephen King and Tabitha King and he certainly inherited his parent's literary talents! This book is full of twists and turns with a satisfying ending.


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

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by Kate Mosse
Recommended by Robert

First things first. This Mosse ends with an e. This is not a novel written by the English supermodel, but by the co-founder of Britain's Orange Prize. Addressing some of the same themes as Dan Brown did in the "Da Vinci Code", Kate Mosse has written a gripping thriller that features two heroines separated by eight hundred years of history. While assisting at an architectural dig in southwest France, Alice Tanner comes upon a cave where she finds two skeletons and a labyrinth pattern engraved on a ring.  As soon as she informs the dig's supervisor, a caste of unsavory characters who have their own plans for the mystery of the cave, appear. During the subsequent investigation, the ring and her supervisor disappear. Alice is stirred to learn more about what she may have found. We are then introduced to Alais, a teenage wife of a warrior living in Carcassonne. While walking in the woods, she herself has come upon a body. Eventually besieged by French crusaders striving to stamp out what we now know as the Albigensian heresy, Alais and her father are entrusted with hiding three sacred texts which, when brought together,  will reveal the secret of the Holy Grail. Others, including her sister, have their own plans for its use. As the story gradually moves along, Alais's historical quest merges into a new quest opened up by Alice Tanner's discovery in the caves.  Will Alice be successful in protecting Alais's legacy from those modern day usurpers of the Holy Grail's promise?

While this book is available in print, I decided to use the talking book version instead. It is a long read (16 cds), but it still holds one's attention.  We learn much about the history of southern France and the various sects which suffered greatly at the hands of "religious" people. Altogether, it is a good adventure yarn largely based on true events.

This title is available in Regular Print, Paperback, Large Print, and Book on CD formats.

The Testimony of the Hanged Man:  Inspector Ben Ross 5
By:  Ann Granger
Recommended by Pauline

A hanged man would say anything to save his life. But what if his testimony is true?

When Inspector Ben Ross is called to Newgate Prison by a man condemned to die by the hangman's noose he isn't expecting to give any credence to the man's testimony. But the account of a murder he witnessed over seventeen years ago is so utterly believable that Ben can't help wondering if what he's heard is true.

It's too late to save the man's life, but it's not too late to investigate a murder that has gone undetected for all these years.

This title is available in Regular Print format.

The Story Hour
By:  Thrity N. Umrigar
Recommended by Janet

An experienced psychologist who values her professional detachment with patients becomes involved with an Indian woman trapped in a loveless marriage.

A developing friendship between the two women struggling with cultural complexities and the truth is brilliantly woven into an unforgettable, unique story.

The boundaries of love, compassion and forgiveness are tested to reveal the depth of the human heart.

A beautiful story.

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


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