Current Staff Picks

Here’s a look at what library staff members are currently reading and enjoying.

Feed – by Mira Grant
Twenty years after a man-made virus infected the world, raising the dead and making millions into zombies, three bloggers search for the truth behind the infection. After a presidential candidate invites them to cover his campaign, zombies kill his daughter, and the bloggers must confront a powerful conspiracy. First Chapter 
Fifth Grave Past the Light – Darynda Jones
Resolving to avoid son of Satan and new next-door neighbor Reyes Farrow, Charley Davidson is forced to ask for Reyes’s help when she is approached by desperate ghosts and her sister is targeted by a serial killer.First Chapter

17 & Gone – Nova Ren Suma
Seventeen-year-old Lauren has visions of girls her own age who are gone without a trace, but while she tries to understand why they are speaking to her and whether she is next, Lauren has a brush with death and a shocking truth emerges, changing everything.

Code Name Verity - Elizabeth Wein
In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage and great courage as she relates what she must do to survive while keeping secret all that she can.

Pandemonium – Warren Fahy
A sequel to Fragment finds biologists Nell and Geoffrey Binswanger lured by a ruthless Russian tycoon to an underground metropolis, where they are confronted by a vicious menagerie of new and familiar biological horrors that are rising from their isolated subterranean world to consume and take over the planet. First Chapter

Libriomancer – by Jim C. Hines
Centuries ago, Johannes Gutenberg founded The Porters, a secret society of “libriomancers” who possess the magical power to extract objects from books. Now, however, Gutenberg has gone missing, vampires (ranging from Dracula to Twilight-esque “sparklers”) are attacking, and only former field agent Isaac Vainio, currently assigned to catalog the Copper River Library’s entire fantasy and science fiction collection, can save the day. Fortunately, he’s got the assistance of his loyal pet fire-spider, Smudge, and voluptuous dryad Lena Greenwood. Unfortunately, his stalwart companions can be as distracting as they are helpful. Libriomancer is the action-packed, humorous, and highly metafictional 1st book in the Magic ex Libris series.

Legend – by Marie Lu
Dystopian SF. Raised in an elite military family in what was once the Western United States, 15-year-old June has special abilities and hopes to be a model soldier for the Republic. Fifteen-year-old Day, on the other hand, is on the Republic’s most-wanted list — he’s a thief and guerrilla fighter who is only concerned with protecting his friends and family from the Republic’s brutal regime. When circumstances bring Day and June together, neither of their worlds will ever be the same again. Hunger Games devotees who are (not so) patiently awaiting its movie version should be satisfied in the meantime by this fast-paced, action-packed thrill ride.

Inferno – Dan Brown
n his international blockbusters The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, and The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown masterfully fused history, art, codes, and symbols. In this riveting new thriller, Brown returns to his element and has crafted his highest-stakes novel to date.

Chronicles the off-beat and occasionally extraterrestrial journeys, notions, and acquaintances of galactic traveler Arthur Dent. First Chapter

The Land of Painted Caves – by Jean M. Auel
The latest volume in a series that began with The Clan of the Cave Bear, set during the ice age.

Fascinated by dragons since childhood, Lady Isabella Trent devotes her time and considerable energy to the study of natural history, thus defying convention in the alternate Victorian England in which she lives, a society that discourages women from pursuing scientific careers. But when her intellect attracts the notice of famed explorer Lord Hilford, who invites her to join his expedition to the mountains of Vystrana in search of rock-wyrms, Lady Isabella will finally have the chance to prove herself to the world. Containing illustrations that enhance the novel’s intricate world-building, A Natural History of Dragons artfully combines fantasy, alternate history, and elements of mystery.

Splintered – A. G. Howard
A descendant of the inspiration for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, sixteen-year-old Alyssa Gardner fears she is mentally ill like her mother until she finds that Wonderland is real and, if she passes a series of tests to fix Alice’s mistakes, she may save her family from their curse.

Etiquette & Espionage – Gail Carriger
In an alternate England of 1851, spirited fourteen-year-old Sophronia is enrolled in a finishing school where, she is surprised to learn, lessons include not only the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also diversion, deceit, and espionage. First Chapter

La Corda d’Oro. Vol. 1 – Yuki Kure
Kahoko is a normal student in the General Education department with absolutely no musical skill, but all that changes when she catches a glimpse of an elusive fairy who lives on campus. The fairy grants Kahoko a magic violin, and before she knows it, she’s nominated to participate in the school’s music competition with five very attractive boys. Will she win love and fame, or will bitter rivalry rule the day?

The Son: A Novel – by Philipp Meyer
Kidnapped during a Comanche raid that leaves his mother and sister dead, 13-year-old Eli McCullough, the first white child born in the brand-new Republic of Texas, spends three years living with his captors. At 16, Eli regains his freedom and returns to a world that’s nothing like the one he left behind. Nevertheless, he’s determined to carve out a place for himself in this lawless land. Throughout Eli’s restless, adventurous life, he’ll join the Texas Rangers, become a cattle rancher, and fight for the Confederate Army during the Civil War — not to mention fall in love (more than once) and found a dynasty. Don’t miss this sweeping family saga set against a vivid backdrop of Texas history.

At 24, Susannah Cahalan was building a career as a journalist when unexplained headaches, fatigue, and ever-worsening symptoms lead to a month-long hospital stay that to this day Cahalan doesn’t remember, though friends and family saw episodes of paranoia, psychosis, and loss of physical control. After multiple misdiagnoses (Capgras syndrome, bipolar disorder, lupus, MS) and about a million dollars’ worth of testing, her doctors figured it out: she had been stricken with an extremely rare brain-attacking autoimmune disease called anti-NMDA-receptor autoimmune encephalitis. A fast-paced and engaging memoir of a terrifying medical mystery, Brain on Fire also includes plenty of accessible science for readers interested in autoimmune disease and research. First Chapter

The Engagements - J. Courtney Sullivan
The story of four couples linked over several decades by one diamond ring, and the woman who launched the most famous diamond campaign in the world. First Chapter

Lexicon – Max Barry
Recruited into an exclusive government school where students are taught the science of coercion to support a secretive organization of “poet” world manipulators, orphaned street hustler Emily Ruff becomes the school’s most talented prodigy before catastrophically falling in love, while a seemingly innocent young man is rendered a pawn in a dangerous power struggle.

The Shoemaker’s Wife – by Adriana Trigiani
When orphaned rapscallion Ciro shares a life-changing kiss with the lovely Enza, it sets the stage for an epic love story that will span decades and continents. Exiled from their tiny village in the Italian Alps (after witnessing a priest’s indiscretion), 16-year-old Ciro arrives in New York City, where he becomes a shoemaker’s apprentice. Not long after, Enza emigrates to America, using her skills as a seamstress to support her family back in Italy — and eventually becomes a costumer at the Metropolitan Opera House, dressing the great Caruso. Although Ciro and Enza enjoy a brief reunion in the city, World War I soon separates them once more as Ciro heads off to fight in the trenches. Will they find their way back to each other? Find out in this dramatic saga of the 20th-century immigrant experience.

The Stockholm Octavo – by Karen Engelmann
Having risen from penniless orphan to salaried bureaucrat, sekretaire Emil Larsson has everything he needs to secure his position in society — except a suitable wife. When cardsharp, seer, and political activist Mrs. Sofia Sparrow promises to help him find love through a tarot card spread known as the Octavo, Emil eagerly accepts her offer. As Emil searches for the eight individuals depicted in the cards — one of whom is his destined true love, all of whom are fated to play a crucial role in Emil’s success — he unwittingly becomes enmeshed in the political intrigue surrounding King Gustav III’s court. In addition to a colorful cast of characters and an intricate plot, this richly detailed debut, set in 1791 Stockholm, also depicts the cultural obsessions of the era, from the seductive art of the fan to the mystical geometry of cartomancy.

Author Jay Feldman explores the unexpected socio-political “aftershocks” of monster quakes that rocked the American Midwest from December 16, 1811 until April of 1812. The natural disaster magnified racial, military, economic, and religious tensions — and in turn precipitated the War of 1812 between American and British forces. The quake exposed the body of a dismembered slave (murdered by Thomas Jefferson’s nephew); Shawnee chief Tecumseh saw the quake as an omen of disaster and urged his tribes to war; and, despite the Mississippi’s post-quake flooding, the first steamboat made its way west. Feldman’s vivid portrait of upheaval on the American frontier is a tour de force of natural and human history writing.First Chapter

Boy Toy – Barry Lyga
After five years of fighting his way past flickers of memory about the teacher who molested him and the incident that brought the crime to light, eighteen-year-old Josh gets help in coping with his molester’s release from prison when he finally tells his best friends the whole truth. An ALA Best Book for Young Adults.

I Hunt Killers - Barry Lyga
Jazz learned all about being a serial killer from his father, but believes he has a conscience that will help fight his own urges and right some of his father’s wrongs, so he helps the police apprehend the town’s newest murderer.

Drama – Raina Telgemeier and Gurihiru
Designing sets for her middle school’s play, Callie tries to overcome limited carpentry skills, low ticket sales and squabbling crew members only to find her efforts further complicated by the arrival of two cute brothers. By the award-winning author of Smile.

The Candymakers – Wendy Mass
When four twelve-year-olds, including Logan, who has grown up never leaving his parents’ Life Is Sweet candy factory, compete in the Confectionary Association’s annual contest, they unexpectedly become friends and uncover secrets about themselves during the process.

The Circle. Book 1 : the Engelsfors Trilogy – Sara B. Elfgren, Mats Strandberg and Per Carlsson
Discovering their supernatural abilities in the aftermath of a classmate’s apparent suicide, six girls learn of their destiny to fight an ancient evil, an effort that challenges them to overcome their differences and practice magical skills as outlined in an ancient book.

A Chopped judge and Next Iron Chef contestant provides 125 recipes for classic comfort foods while sharing evocative anecdotes about her relationship with her legendary cookbook editor mother Maria Guarnaschelli and her work in leading French restaurants under such chefs as Guy Savoy and Daniel Boulud.  Table of Contents

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