This Month's Staff Picks

Amelia recommends Graveyard Shakes by Laura Terry

Laura Terry has put together a very spooky and fun graphic novel depicting the scary and adventurous parts of Halloween. Katia and her sister Victoria start the new year at a private boarding school. Katia embraces her quirks and fun side pushing away the fact kids make fun of her. After a fight, Katia runs away and Victoria goes looking for her. She finds herself in the underworld near a graveyard. Ghosts, ghouls, and a man named Nikola who is creating a spell which he is missing one ingredient for. Victoria has to then team up with a ghost and Nikola’s son to help save her sister from becoming part of a spell. Adventure packed with spooky ghosts and sorcerers, this book is perfect for the October season.

Calista recommends Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Darrow is a Red of Mars.  He and the other Reds mine deep into the Red planet.  Mining the helium-3 that will help complete the terraforming of the planet, making it habitable for all the colors.  When Darrow discovers that Mars Is habitable and has been for generations, his rage explodes.  By joining the Sons of Ares, a group of people that fight for the “low colors”, Darrow is secretly transformed into a Gold, learning everything about them in the process.  He must be smart if he is to take down the most powerful people in the Solar System.

Eileen recommends Artemis by Andy Weir

Jasmine Bashara never signed up to be a hero. She just wanted to get rich. Not crazy, eccentric-billionaire rich, like many of the visitors to her hometown of Artemis, humanity’s first and only lunar colony. Just rich enough to pay off a debt she’s owed for a long time. So when a chance at a huge score finally comes her way, Jazz can’t say no. The trouble is, engineering the perfect crime is just the start of Jazz’s problems. Because her little heist is about to land her in the middle of a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself. Trapped between competing forces, pursued by a killer and the law alike, even Jazz has to admit she’s in way over her head. She’ll have to hatch a truly spectacular scheme to have a chance at staying alive and saving her city. Jazz is no hero, but she is a very good criminal. That’ll have to do. Artemis is another irresistible brew of science, suspense, and humor from #1 bestselling author Andy Weir.

Kelly recommends Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

Lisa Wingate's riveting fictional account of five young children taken from their home at the request of the real life Georgia Tann, infamous for being the ringleader of the Tennessee Childrens' Home scandal.  For over 20 years in the mid 20th century thousands of young children were illegally taken and some say kidnapped from their families (some even from hospital newborn nurseries) and then were adopted (for a fee) by families Georgia Tann, the director of the Tennessee Childrens' Home Society.  Wingate's masterfully woven tale of heartbreak and redemption was a book I truly had a difficult time putting down. 

If you enjoy reading this book the author wrote a follow up nonfiction book based on true stories of actual former TCH adoptees.  Many of these adoptees contacted the author after Before We Were Yours was published to share their stories, prompting Wingate along with another author  to organize a gathering to document their stories and hopefully reunite these adoptees with long lost family.  Wingate did write a second book called Before and After, a non-fiction work based on these accounts.  BPL has both books.  

Linda recommends The Good Liar

Starring Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen. End of Review. Just kidding! The stakes are high in this cat-and-mouse game. Viewers know only so much which makes the ending especially satisfying. 

The formula is tried and true: Betty McLeish, (Mirren) a wealthy widow in search of companionship, casts her net online and the game begins.  Roy Courtnay, (McKellen) sees his next mark and dons a gentle persona to disguise his true intent. Lies and deception are his snare. Glimpses of the past reveal bit-by-bit what transpired long ago between these two. One has not forgotten what the other has cast aside. The liar’s carefully crafted plans are unraveled. The resolution finds each player partaking of a richly deserved “just dessert.”

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