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Archived Staff Picks - May 2019

The Other Wife
By: Michael Robotham
Recommended by Marilyn

William and Mary have been married sixty years. William is a celebrated surgeon, Mary a devoted wife. Both are strong believers in right and wrong.
William and Olivia have been together twenty years. Olivia was once a tennis star, but her career has long since faded.
Clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin knows only one of these stories to be true. But when he is called to his father's hospital bed after a brutal attack, everything he once knew is turned upside down. Is it possible his father, the upstanding citizen, was leading a double life?
And who is the strange woman crying at William's bedside, covered in his blood - a friend, a mistress, a fantasist or a killer?

This title is available in Regular Print.
This review is from Booktopian.

When Woman ruled the world: Six Queens of Egypt
By: Kara Cooney
Recommended by Emily

 

Female rulers are a rare phenomenon--but thousands of years ago in ancient Egypt, women reigned supreme. Regularly, repeatedly, and with impunity, queens like Hatshepsut, Nefertiti, and Cleopatra controlled the totalitarian state as power-brokers and rulers. But throughout human history, women in positions of power were more often used as political pawns in a male-dominated society. What was so special about ancient Egypt that provided women this kind of access to the highest political office? What was it about these women that allowed them to transcend patriarchal obstacles? What did Egypt gain from its liberal reliance on female leadership, and could today's world learn from its example? 
Celebrated Egyptologist Kara Cooney delivers a fascinating tale of female power, exploring the reasons why it has seldom been allowed through the ages, and why we should care.  

 

This title is available in Regular Print format.
(Review taken from back of the book)


Shelter in Place

By: Nora Roberts

Recommended by Kim

Sometimes, there is nowhere safe to hide.
It was a typical evening at a mall outside Portland, Maine. Three teenage friends waited for the movie to start. A boy flirted with the girl selling sunglasses. Mothers and children shopped together, and the manager at the video-game store tended to customers. Then the shooters arrived.
The chaos and carnage lasted only eight minutes before the killers were taken down. But for those who lived through it, the effects would last forever. In the years that followed, one would dedicate himself to a law enforcement career. Another would close herself off, trying to bury the memory of huddling in a ladies' room, hopelessly clutching her cell phone--until she finally found a way to pour her emotions into her art.
But one person wasn't satisfied with the shockingly high death toll at the DownEast Mall. And as the survivors slowly heal, find shelter, and rebuild, they will discover that another conspirator is lying in wait--and this time, there might be nowhere safe to hide.

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

Midnight fugue
By: Reginald Hill
Recommended by Pauline

The search for a colleague long presumed dead leads Chief Supt. Andrew Dalziel to 16 of the most jam-packed hours ever to strike the Mid-Yorkshire Constabulary.
Following the death of their daughter Lucy seven years ago, Gina Wolfe left her husband Alex, a one-time police inspector dropped from the Ilford force over unproved accusations of bribery. Alex retaliated by disappearing.
Now Gina’s fallen in love with his old boss, Commander Mick Purdy, and can’t remarry unless Alex is proven to be dead. The problem is, he doesn’t act dead. Someone’s sent a recent photo of a man who looks like his twin to Gina, and Purdy has encouraged her to talk to his old mate Andy Dalziel about tracking him down.
Before Andy can do more than take Gina to lunch, a nefarious pair stalking her on behalf of shady financier Goldie Gidman make their move. The resulting violence will send one of Andy’s favorite constables to the hospital, an inoffensive young man to the morgue, DCI Peter Pascoe to the forefront and the survivors scurrying about as if they were being chased by malefactors with pitchforks and burning brands.
What mystery there is in the case of Alex Wolfe’s disappearance is solved with insolent dispatch, but Hill keeps a particularly nasty surprise up his sleeve for last.

This title is available in Regular Print format.

A Star is Born—DVD
Recommended by Kathy

There’s a scene early into Bradley Cooper’s crowd-pleasing “A Star is Born” that distills what it’s really about and why it will hook viewers till the last frame. Cooper’s Jackson Maine, an alt-country singer with a bit more heavy guitar, is getting drunk in a drag club after a show when he meets Lady Gaga’s Ally. Having worked at the club before, and now waitressing elsewhere, she’s come back to sing a song, a jaw-dropping version of “La Vie en Rose.”   She sashays her way down the bar and ends up locking eyes with Maine as her vocals continue to rise. He is blown away by her talent, but there’s something deeper in that eye contact. Something ineffable. Not long after, while Ally is getting ready to leave with Maine to get another drink, he plays a heartfelt song of his own for the club owner, and she comes out as he’s wrapping up, making eye contact as his vocals find emotional depth. These are two people who fall in love with each other’s talent as much as anything else, inspired by one another in a way that artists often are. This story has been told several times before—and influenced other similar romances—but Cooper and Gaga find a way to make this feel fresh and new. It’s in their eyes.

This title is available in DVD format.
Review taken from https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/a-star-is-born-2018

The Last Romantics
By: Tara Conklin
Recommended by Rachel

Renee, Caroline, Joseph, and Fiona Skinner have to learn to survive on their own. The unexpected death of their father causes their mother Noni to go into a deep depression seldom leaving her room even to provide the basic needs for her four young children. The "Pause" lasted three year, and in that time the children form a close bond learning to rely on each other for support. "The Pause" ends after an Aunt stays with the family for a while, providing a strong and sensible adult presence that helps to pull Noni out of the abyss. Noni becomes stronger, gets a job and from that point on stresses the importance of not relying upon a man for success.
Throughout their lives, they suffer through great tragedies and hardships, and although they fight and have their issues, their love for one another never wanes.
Told primarily through Fiona’s eyes, beginning in the year 2079 and alternating back to the past, the reader gets to see a complete picture of each of the sibling’s lives. The Last Romantics is a beautifully written tribute to the love between these four siblings. It is an emotional and touching read.

This title is avaliable in Regular Print, Large Print, and Downloadable Audiobook (Hoopla) formats.

 

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