Staff Favorites

Patrons often ask our staff to suggest books to read.The titles
on this list were compiled by asking our staff to recommend books they
have read and enjoyed.

 

 

          Winter 2013-14

 

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The Ancestor's Tale:P A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution by Richard Dawkind
Nonfiction
F McCall Smith

This is truly an excellent read and an intelligent way to present both the facts and the course of evolutionary history. It teaches a lot and isn't that one of the reasons we read?

Submitted by Art Lang 12/13

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Charming by Eliott James
Fantasy
F James
This book is a hoot. Think Stephanie Plum, vampire hunter. Or maybe Stephen Plum since he is a guy. Anyway, the snark is flying along with the knives, swords, machetes, etc. The world that is created is pretty interesting and the concept of the Pax Arcana is great. there are some crazy monsters in he book, some good, some bad, some kinda good. If you like your urban fantasy on the lighter side, but still full of action, try Charming.

Submitted by Jan Elkins 12/13

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Young Adult
YF Meyer
Cinder is a Cinderella type story. Cinder works as a mechanic, fixing things and using that income to help her step-family. The story takes place after World War 4. Cinder is a cyborg and has a hand and leg that are man-made, along with other systems in her body. There is a terrible plague, which kills everyone who gets it. The earth is in danger from the plague and also from a Lunar queen who can twist everyone's thinking and who uses a glamour to look beautiful to everyone. This queen will do anything to gain power over others. Cinder doesn't take kindly to the queen, or the plague. The story of what she does is very entertaining.

Submitted by Naomi Bass 12/13

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The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey
Young Adult

YF Yancey
This fast paced science fiction adventure keeps you on the edge of the seat wondering, "who the good guys?" In a post apocalyptic world, aliens have decimated the human population, and the humans that are left, including teen Cassie, don't know how to trust.

Submitted by Carrie Rogers-Whitehead 12/13

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The Good Lord Bird by James McBride
Historical Fiction

F McBride
This well-deserved winner of the 2013 National Book Award is the supposedly found diary of a young Black slave who, disguised as a girl, rode with abolitionist John Brown, and took part in the battle at Harper’s Ferry. Acerbic wit delivers harsh truths, folksy anecdotes abound and enthralling story-telling makes this a hard-to-put-down delight.

Submitted by Lee Alexander 12/13

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Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
Nonfiction
302 Gla
Asking why some people succeed while so many others never reach their potential, Gladwell explores the secrets behind everyday phenomenon including why most professional hockey players are born in the month of January and how many hours it takes to "master" something. Gladwell's stories are insightful and leave the reader asking for more.
Submitted by Jenn McKague-Schwartz 12/13

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A Question of Magic by E.D. Baker
Children
JF Baker
Serafina is like most girls in her village, except for one thing, she can read. Will this talent and the love of the blacksmith's son be enough to save her from the curse of Baba Yaga? A brand-new fairytale from the author of The Frog Princess.
Submitted by Tina Bartholoma 12/13

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Santa Responds: He's Had Enough--and He's Writing Back by Santa Claus
Humor
817.6 San
If Santa told us what he really thought of those silly, whiny, hard-to-read letters from kids, this is what they'd say.
Dear Billy,
I know you honestly believe that the good deeds you rattled off represent your behavior for the entire past year rather than the activities that occurred during the two hours leading up to the writing of this letter. Two hours of good behavior hardly justifies a new Playstation, let alone a trip to Disney World!!
Your pal,
Santa

Submitted by Bonnie Bradford 12/13

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Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Young Adult
YF Meyer
Scarlet is a fantasy about a young woman named Scarlet, whose grandmother has been kidnapped. The town officials have given up looking for her, when she meets a man who everyone calls Wolf. Wolf is an excellent fighter and fights on the street. He volunteers to help her find her grandmother who may have information on the whereabouts of a young cyborg named Cinder who is a fugitive from justice.The Lunar queen queen wants Cinder and releases genetically engineered fighters who are very ferocious killers to wreak havoc on the earth. The story is loosely patterned after Red Riding Hood.

Submitted by Naomi 12/13

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Study in Silks by Emma Jane Holloway
Steampunk Mystery
F Holloway
Evelina just wants to get through her first season with her reputation intact, but it won't be easy. She has a magic talent that can animate mechanicals, a talent which could break the Steamwork Barons' monopoly. Evelina will have to solve the mysteries surrounding her, with a little help from her uncle, Sherlock Holmes, if she's going to thrive in Victorian London.

Submitted by Tina Bartholoma 12/13

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A Turn of Light: Marrowdell by Julie E. Czerneda
Fantasy
F Czerneda
Born in a time and place where magic touches the world, Jenn Nalynn has great power, but ignorance could kill her and all she loves. It all starts when she mistakenly turns her guardian dragon into a human .Readers of David Eddings will like this series, while fans of George R.R. Martin will find it a bit pastoral.

Submitted by Tina Bartholoma 12/13

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Unleashed by David Rosenfelt
Mystery
F Rosenfelt
Lawyer/Detective Andy Carpenter is back along with the usual host of eccentric cohorts and criminals. Although he would rather watch basketball, hang out with his girlfriend and simply enjoy his wealth, Andy is drawn into representing a friend of a friend when her husband is poisoned and she is charged with his murder. It turns out there is more going on than just murder and the ensuing twists and turns are sprinkled with the usual dry wit and humor.

Submitted by Danette Hantla 12/13