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Archived Staff Picks - September / October 2017

Gone Without a Trace
By Mary Torjussen
Recommended  by Krista 

Gone Without a Trace is a great psychological thriller from Mary Torjussen.  The book begins with a bang as Hannah discovers her boyfriend of four years is missing and every piece of their life together has been erased.  The book moves at a quick pace with lots of twists and turns as Hannah tries to discover what happened.

I really enjoyed trying to figure out what was happening and the quick pace kept the pages turning.

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

Come Sundown
By: Nora Roberts
Recommended by Kim

A saga of love, family ties, and twisted passions from the #1 New YorkTimes bestselling author of The Obsession...

The Bodine ranch and resort in western Montana is a family business, an idyllic spot for vacationers. A little over thirty thousand acres and home to four generations, it's kept running by Bodine Longbow with the help of a large staff, including new hire Callen Skinner. There was another member of the family once: Bodine's aunt, Alice, who ran off before Bodine was born. She never returned, and the Longbows don't talk about her much. The younger ones, who never met her, quietly presume she's dead. But she isn't. She is not far away, part of a new family, one she never chose--and her mind has been shattered...

When a bartender leaves the resort late one night, and Bo and Cal discover her battered body in the snow, it's the first sign that danger lurks in the mountains that surround them. The police suspect Cal, but Bo finds herself trusting him--and turning to him as another woman is murdered and the Longbows are stunned by Alice's sudden reappearance. The twisted story she has to tell about the past--and the threat that follows in her wake--will test the bonds of this strong family, and thrust Bodine into a darkness she could never have imagined. 

This title is available in Regular Print, Large Print, Sound Recording (CD) and Downloadable eBook formats.

The One Man
By: Andrew Gross
Recommended by Janet

"The One Man" is a superb tale of espionage and heroism. It captures the lingering horrors of World War II and the long-lasting effects on not only the victims of Nazi soldiers, but their families as well. 

In 1944 Physics professor Alfred Mendl is separated from his family and sent to the men's camp at Auschwitz where all of his belongings and life's work are destroyed. He is one of only two people in the world with his particular knowledge that could start a war or end it. 

Nathan Blum, who works at an intelligence office in Washington D.C. longs to contribute to the war effort and has important skills the U.S. suddenly needs. He is fluent in German and Polish and is Semitic looking. The government wants him to sneak into Auschwitz and escape with one man. 

This amazing story, based on truth, is a compelling celebration of the human will to survive. It is very powerful, emotional and gripping and hard to put down. 

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

The Night Manager
By:  John le Carre
Recommended by Pauline

The Night Manager - le Carré's first post-Cold War novel  +  the major BBC series starring Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston.

At the start of it all, Jonathan Pine is merely the night manager at a luxury hotel. But when a single attempt to pass on information to the British authorities - about an international businessman at the hotel with suspicious dealings - backfires terribly, and people close to Pine begin to die, he commits himself to a battle against powerful forces he cannot begin to imagine.

In a chilling tale of corrupt intelligence agencies, billion-dollar price tags and the truth of the brutal arms trade, John le Carré creates a claustrophobic world in which no one can be trusted.

This title is available in Regular Print and DVD formats.

Behind her eyes
By: Sarah Pinborough
Recommended by Rachel 

Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she's thrilled she finally connected with someone.

When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David -The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar...who says the kiss was a terrible mistake but who still can't keep his eyes off Louise.

And then Louise bumps into Adele, who's new to town and in need of a friend, but she also just happens to be married to David. David and Adele look like the picture-perfect husband and wife, but then why is David so controlling, and why is Adele so scared of him?

As Louise is drawn into David and Adele's orbit, she uncovers more puzzling questions than answers. The only thing that is crystal clear is that something in this marriage is very, very wrong, but Louise can't guess how wrong―and how far a person might go to protect their marriage's secrets. 

Just when you think you have figured out the ending Pinborough throws in another twist that could almost change the genre of the book entirely.

Very readable and full of mystery right to the very end. But don't be surprised if you're not pleased with the ending. 

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

Part of this review is from

Team of Rivals: the political genius of Abraham Lincoln
by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Recommended by Robert

Having seen the movie, Lincoln, based upon Doris Kearns Goodwin's "Team of Rivals", I expected that the book would mirror the story told in the film. I discovered that the scope of Ms. Goodwin's book was far wider as she examined the political lives of Abraham Lincoln and his team of rivals. How was it that a barely known one-term congressman from a backwoods state was able to capture the Republican Party's nomination for the 1860 presidential election? How did Lincoln beat four better known and experienced politicians and then bring them into his cabinet to face four years of bitter civil war? Ms. Goodwin takes the first third of her tome to provide a detailed description of how Lincoln and his rival arrived at the election of 1860. These include Edward Bates, a sixty-six year old Missouri judge who felt that he alone could carry conservative free states, Ohio Governor Salmon Chase, who represented the cutting edge of the antislavery wing of the Republic Party and New York William Henry Seward who appeared to be the natural inheritor of the new Republic Party. Each of these rivals believed that he was the superior choice to the little known lawyer from Illinois. We all know what happened next. That lawyer proved victorious and was immediately flung into the maelstrom of Southern secession and the American Civil War.  Then the unpredictable Lincoln approached his former rivals and Democrat Edwin Stanton and invited them into his Cabinet. He then marshalled their talents to the task of winning the war.  While ambitious Chase's  eventually accepted resignation, the other diverse members largely put aside their differences for the sake of the war efforts. Most became fervent admires admirers of Lincoln's form of leadership. Lincoln's ability to take a group of strong men with large egos to form a team which won a very bloody victory was evidence of the President's amazing talents. In the manner of a great coach, he knew his team and how to bring out the best in them.

While you do have to love reading history to tackle Ms. Goodwin's long book, its focus upon description of character over mere events makes it a  pleasant read. One comes out really feeling that you know all of the principal characters and liking most of them. The Lincoln who could tell a story to prove a point is a refreshing difference to a nowadays president who uses brash tweets to speak his mind. Ms. Goodwin brings us back to an era where a great leader used his understanding of others to achieve a very difficult end.  I have heard that Barack Obama has enjoyed this book. This does not surprise me. We can all benefit by learning more about Lincoln and his rivals.

This title is available in Regular print.


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