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Archived Staff Picks - August 2016

First Comes Love
By Emily Giffin
Recommended by Yvonne

Last Paragraph:   "But there is one constant, one thing you can always count on: that not only does love come first, but in the end, it is the only thing that remains."

First Come Love is the first book by Emily Giffin that I have read and it was surprising how quickly I became involved in the storylines of the two sisters.  I do enjoy a book that gives us a look inside families and can address real challenges that spouses, parents, children and siblings all struggle with.  This book delivers that and yet keeps a light relatable tone that caught and kept my interest-enjoy!

The summary below is adapted from GoodReads:

Growing up, Josie and Meredith Garland shared a loving, if sometimes contentious relationship.  Josie was impulsive, spirited, and outgoing; Meredith hardworking, thoughtful, and reserved.  Fifteen years after tragedy strikes the family, Josie and Meredith are in their late thirties, following very different paths.  

Josie, a first grade teacher, is single--and this close to swearing off dating forever but so wants to become a mother.
Meredith is a successful attorney, married to a wonderful man and has a beautiful four-year-old daughter. Yet lately, Meredith feels dissatisfied and restless, secretly wondering if she chose the life that was expected of her rather than the one she truly desired.
As the anniversary of their tragedy looms and painful secrets from the past begin to surface, Josie and Meredith must not only confront the issues that divide them, but also come to terms with their own choices. In their journey toward understanding and forgiveness, both sisters discover they need each other more than they knew . . . and that in the recipe for true happiness, love always comes first.
Emotionally honest and utterly enthralling, First Comes Love is a story about family, friendship, and the courage to follow your own heart--wherever that may lead.

This title is available in Regular Print, Book on CD and Downloadable eBook formats.

The Girl in the Blue Coat   
by Monica Hesse
Recommended by Marilyn

Amsterdam, 1943. Hanneke spends her days finding and delivering sought-after black market goods to paying customers, nights hiding the true nature of her work from her concerned parents, and every waking moment mourning her boyfriend, who was killed on the Dutch front lines when the German army invaded. Her illegal work keeps her family afloat, and Hanneke also likes to think of it as a small act of rebellion against the Nazis.

On a routine delivery, a client asks Hanneke for help. Expecting to hear that Mrs. Janssen wants meat or kerosene, Hanneke is shocked by the older woman's frantic plea to find a person: a Jewish teenager Mrs. Janssen had been hiding, who has vanished without a trace from a secret room. Hanneke initially wants nothing to do with such a dangerous task but is ultimately drawn into a web of mysteries and stunning revelations--where the only way out is through.

Beautifully written, intricately plotted, and meticulously researched, Girl in the Blue Coat is an extraordinary, unforgettable story of bravery, grief, and love in impossible times. (Goodreads)

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

Recommended by Kathy

"The tension is rooted in psychology rather than gimmickry, and evinces a command of craft that feels old-fashioned in the most refreshing possible sense. "   Justin Chang,Chief Film Critic, Variety

Outside is dangerous...inside is terrifying in the heart-pounding new thriller from producer J. J. Abrams.  After a catastrophic car crash, a young woman (Mary Elizabeth Winstead, A Good Day to Die Hard) wakes up in a survivalist's (John Goodman, Argo) underground bunker.  He claims to have saved her from an apocalyptic attack that has left the outside world uninhabitable.  But, as his increasingly suspicious actions lead her to questions his motives, she'll have to escape in order to discover the truth.

The Sculptor

By Scott McCloud
Recommended by Rachel


The Sculptor is a graphic novel by American cartoonist Scott McCloud . It's the story of David Smith a frustrated broke artist who strikes a deal with Death. David will have the power to sculpt out of any material with just his hands as tools in exchange he only has 200 days to live. This graphic novel is touching and a must read for anyone who has ever wanted something so much they would give anything for it. It's a story of artistic en-devour, loss, hope and  inspiration.


This title is available as a Graphic Novel.

The Obsession
By: Nora Roberts
Recommended by Kim

Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father's crimes and made him infamous.

Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, thousands of miles away from everything she's ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up--especially the determined Xander Keaton.

Naomi can feel her defenses failing, and knows that the connection her new life offers is something she's always secretly craved. But as she's learned time and again, her past is never more than a nightmare away.

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

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The Black Widow
By Daniel Silva
Recommended by Pauline

Bestselling author Daniel Silva delivers another spellbinding international thriller--one that finds the legendary Gabriel Allon grappling with an ISIS mastermind.

Gabriel Allon, the art restorer, spy, and assassin is poised to become the chief of Israel's secret intelligence service. But on the eve of his promotion, events conspire to lure him into the field for one final operation. ISIS has detonated a massive bomb in the Marais district of Paris, and a desperate French government wants Gabriel to eliminate the man responsible before he can strike again.


One of the escaped Paris terrorists, Safia Bourihane, has been dubbed the black widow, but far more interesting is another black widow, this one created by Gabriel himself. Natalie Mizrahi, a doctor in Jerusalem, is recruited, trained, and inserted into a massive operation to locate Saladin so Gabriel can kill him.


Gabriel's process of turning a civilian into a spy and the meticulous maneuvering of his team are fascinating, suspenseful, and bated-breath exciting.


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


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