Staff Picks June 2019

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Debbie Macomber’s: A Girl’s Guide to Moving On

Liz Braswell’s: As Old as Time

Siobhan Dowd’s: Bog Child

Jason Berry’s: City of a Million Dreams

Leigh Bardugo’s: Crooked Kingdom

Andrew Lane’s: Death Cloud

Tara Westover’s: Educated

Donna Eden’s: Energy Medicine

E.E. Cummings’: Complete Poems

Heidi McLaughlin’s: Finding My Forever

Amanda Quick’s: The Girl Who Knew Too Much

Neil Gaiman’s: Good Omens


June 2018 Staff picks

A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership by James Comey

The sad truth is that much of what James Comey has to say in this book has been drowned out by the voices of political pundits on both ends of the spectrum and by ongoing events. This is a very good book about ethical leadership. Throughout his many jobs as an attorney in both the public and private sectors, Comey rises through the ranks but always drifts back to law enforcement as his vocation. A very small portion of the book is devoted to his years at the FBI and his decisions about the investigations into Hillary Clinton’s emails and Donald Trump. Comey’s explanations provide insight into how and why he made the decisions affecting the 2016 presidential election. Read it for yourself, and make your own judgements.

Shoot First (Think Later) by Stuart Woods

Stone Barrington is in trouble again (no surprise there). This time he travels to Key West with his friends Dino and Vivian for a meeting, playing a round of golf, when he finds himself in the midst of gunfire. This time the target is a beautiful tech billionaire, Meg, who becomes Stone’s new companion. A disgruntled former employee has it in for Meg, and Stone takes her to Maine and England to escape a hired killer. A typical Stuart Woods jet-setting jaunt; an entertaining, clever plot with amusing characters caught in interesting situations.
Robin H.

I just finished re-reading The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams. The play has many autobiographical ties to Mr. William’s life growing up. A powerful play that takes place in an apartment building during the 1940’s. The Glass Menageries refers to the mental fragility of the character, Laura Wingfield – a young girl with a slight limp that has caused her to retreat to a world of fantasy through her glass figures.
Nancy H.

I just started Ghost by Jason Reynolds, one of our Battle of the Books selections. I have been reading about 7-8 so far. It seems like it is going to be really good one like the others I have finished in the last couple of weeks.
Nina E.

I am reading EMPIRE FALLS by Richard Russo. It is funny and bittersweet.
 Cheri S.

May 2018 Staff Picks

The Detective London McKenna mystery series by Alex Gates is dark. I’ve read a few of them, but they are not easy reads. The pace is very quick, though.

Nina E.

I am currently reading Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper. For fans of Wonder, but 10 times a better read!

Out of My Mind is narrated by a girl with cerebral palsy who’s very intelligent but unable to express herself verbally or physically. Hoping for the ending I expect, but there have been some unexpected story lines.

2018-2019 Middle School Battle of the book list

Justin M.

I am reading Flat Broke with Two Goats which is a memoir by Jennifer McGahan.  Her book was chosen for The Big Read.  She was at Main St. Books in Davidson on Saturday evening.  I enjoyed seeing her.  The first part of the book is difficult to read as her first marriage was an abusive relationship.  The second part of the book is about homesteading in North Carolina near Asheville.

Cheri S.

I just read The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud.  I read it for pleasure.  It was on the Battle of the Book reading list last year.  This was an exciting fantasy book about young teens that run a ghost hunting agency.  I would definitely recommend it, but it is probably not for everyone since it is can be bit dark and scary. 

Rachel V.