Staff Picks

Title Author Description Staff Review
Jacqueline Winspear Four years after she set sail from England, leaving everything she most loved behind, Maisie Dobbs at last returns, only to find herself in a dangerous place . . .

"This is part of a wonderful mystery series starring Maisie Dobbs.   The atmosphere of the time is really brought to life and Maisie’s struggle to both recover from her loss as well as to help solve the murder really draw you into the story.  I was sad to finish the book knowing I will have to wait a while to visit Maisie again to find out the next chapter in her life." ~ Cindy P.

Kate Carlisle When book-restoration expert Brooklyn Wainwright temporarily relocates to her parents’ place in Northern California, she finds that wooden barrels aren’t the only things buried in the wine caves of Sonoma….

"Working in a library I always enjoy a book-themed mystery.  Carlisle always has a sense of fun with her characters and the plot is interesting and well timed. This entry in the series is a little lighter on the book restoration information, but still very enjoyable." ~ Cindy P.

Elly Griffiths The chilling discovery of a downed World War II plane with a body inside leads Ruth and DCI Nelson to uncover a wealthy family's secrets in the seventh Ruth Galloway mystery.

"A buried World War II plane is uncovered, the pilot’s body is in the cockpit.  It turns out he was murdered and not originally buried with the plane. What an intriguing start!

The twists of the story and the relationships between forensic anthropologist Ruth Galloway and Detective Harry Nelson and their colleagues/families make this a hard to put down read." ~Cindy P.

Ruth Reichl Billie Breslin has traveled far from her California home to take a job at Delicious, the most iconic food magazine in New York and, thus, the world. When the publication is suddenly shut down, the colorful staff, who have become an extended family for Billie, must pick up their lives and move on. Not Billie, though. She is offered a new job: staying behind in the magazine's deserted downtown mansion offices to uphold the Delicious Guarantee, a public relations hotline for complaints and recipes.

"An entertaining novel with secrets, romance, friendships, recipes, makeovers, forgiveness, and humor. Delightful fun." ~Alice

Rita Williams-Garcia Eleven-year-old Brooklyn girl Delphine feels overwhelmed with worries and responsibilities. She's just started sixth grade and is self-conscious about being the tallest girl in the class, and nervous about her first school dance. She's supposed to be watching her sisters, but Fern and Vonetta are hard to control. Her uncle Darnell is home from Vietnam and seems different. And her pa has a girlfriend. At least Delphine can write to her mother in Oakland, California, for advice. But why does her mother tell her to 'be eleven' when Delphine is now twelve?"

"A rich view of the turbulence of the 1960s for upper elementary grades. The Gaither sisters are really into “Black Power” and they love the Jackson Five! But Big Ma can’t see that change can be good. Isn’t it enough that their Dad has a new girlfriend and their uncle has just returned from the Vietnam War? Conflict is inevitable as everyone struggles to adjust to new realities.
Winner of the Coretta Scott King award .**** (Four Stars, out of 5)" ~ Betsy

Barbara N. Horowitz, Kathryn Bowers In the spring of 2005, cardiologist Barbara Natterson-Horowitz was called to consult on an unusual patient: an Emperor tamarin at the Los Angeles Zoo. While examining the tiny monkey's sick heart, she learned that wild animals can die of a form of cardiac arrest brought on by extreme emotional stress. It was a syndrome identical to a human condition but one that veterinarians called by a different name--and treated in innovative ways.

"Loved this book even if some of it was over my head...those with a biology background might have a richer understanding. But the gist is that physicians and veterinarians can learn a lot from each other. Animals and humans share many of the same diseases - being overweight, getting cancer, and even psychiatric problems. In some cases vets have further knowledge which could be applied to human care. And when you look at diseases which can be transmitted from species to species, this book is even more important for understanding and for working together. Learned about this book from the author's ted talk." ~Cynthia

John J. Ratey, Eric Hagerman Explores the mind-body connection, presenting startling research to prove that exercise is truly our best defense against everything from depression to ADD to addiction to aggression to menopause to Alzheimer's.

"The author has a strong case for why exercise is good for you......besides the health benefits, think of how it can stave off aging, anxiety, or depression.  Great motivation to keep exercising!" ~Cynthia

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