Staff Picks for April 2017

Edible Stories: a Novel in Sixteen Parts by Mark Kurlansky

I was reminded of Michael Paterniti’s collection, Love and Other Ways of Dying, as I was reading this. Both write like journalists, but artistic ones. A brilliant aspect of this collection is that the author weaves together all sixteen stories, but so subtly. I didn’t realize how they were relating until at least after reading story number eight; much like the heat of a chili slowly creeps up and suddenly you realize, ‘oh, it’s hot!’


Faithful by Alice Hoffman

An emotional journey that begins with a tragic accident and shows its effect on all the lives it touched. Hoffman’ characters are relatable and heartfelt.


The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker

This is the first book I’ve read by this author, and I will look for more. Truly Plaice is our main character. She is a very large person in a very small town. Everyone knows how small towns work, and this one is no different. But Truly tries hard to be the person she wants to be on the inside. Her life is intertwined with many interesting residents, including her beautiful, perfect sister and a long line of Dr. Robert Morgans. This book will get you invested in Truly’s life and decisions, and you may find it hard to put down until you finish.


Find Her by Lisa Gardner

Flora Dane is a victim.

Seven years ago, carefree college student Flora was kidnapped while on spring break. For 472 days, Flora learned just how much one person can endure.

Flora Dane is a survivor.

Miraculously alive after her ordeal, Flora has spent the past five years reacquainting herself with the rhythms of normal life, working with her FBI victim advocate, Samuel Keynes. She has a mother who’s never stopped loving her, a brother who is scared of the person she’s become, and a bedroom wall covered with photos of other girls who’ve never made it home.

Flora Dane is reckless.

. . . or is she? When Boston detective D. D. Warren is called to the scene of a crime—a dead man and the bound, naked woman who killed him—she learns that Flora has tangled with three other suspects since her return to society. Is Flora a victim or a vigilante? And with her firsthand knowledge of criminal behavior, could she hold the key to rescuing a missing college student whose abduction has rocked Boston? When Flora herself disappears, D.D. realizes a far more sinister predator is out there. One who’s determined that this time, Flora Dane will never escape. And now it is all up to D. D. Warren to find her.-Publisher


When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi -digital audio version from Overdrive

What I love about this memoir is how the author addresses his own mortality, but not just the struggles. He talks about how he and his wife, who were struggling in their relationship, began facing some really big value choices, and did it together. Paul’s cancer diagnosis could have easily driven them apart, but it did not. He still completes his medical residency, not just as a token gesture, but truly doing his best to pull his weight: he’s living his passion.  A compassionate, inspiring read.




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