Staff Picks for November 2019

Robin recommends:

The Bully Pulpit by Doris Kearns Goodwin.  About Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft

A Delicate Touch by Stuart Woods

Franklin and Winston by Jon Meachem.

Justin recommends:

Just read Guts by Raina Telgemeier.  Highly recommend.  Telgemeier is the author of several best sellers including Sisters, Smile, and DramaGuts is based on her childhood with the storyline focusing on conquering your fears as a teenage child.

Nina recommends:

I picked up Ambush by James Patterson at the Library tonight.

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.


Staff Picks April 2018


Dear Martin by Nic Stone

It was really good, but definitely for teens. About two buddies trying to get scholarships. it’s racially balanced, coming of age book. A good way to get inside the mind of a teenager, especially a guy. #harshlanguage

Vanessa C.

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff

In one of the most controversial political books of our time, Michael Wolff gives us his interpretation of the actions (and inactions) of those cohorts working inside the Trump campaign and White House during the past year.  The closest analogy is a group of puppet masters fighting over which one is allowed to control Donald Trump at any given time.  Most useful to the reader is a description of the various influential figures in the White House, their philosophies, and how they came to be there.  Obviously, those with a left-leaning point-of-view will applaud Wolff’s description of the chaos, perhaps be troubled by the revelations; those on the right will justify and deny the possibility that Trump’s White House could be that bad.  Certainly, this book only adds fire to the fury of the current political climate in Washington.

Robin H.

I just read The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian.  It kept my interest although it was a difficult read as it was a novel about sex trafficking

Cheri S.

The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce. A feel-good tale that has the love of music ringing throughout without the snarkiness of High Fidelity. I like how the author takes her time unveiling the protagonist’s character, keeping you guessing about the plot until the end. For fans of British fiction, feel good stories, men and women relationships fiction. A light read.

Jenneffer S.

Leonardo, da Vinci, by Walter Isaacson, is a masterpiece about a master artisan.  I am listening to the CDBK read by Alfred Molino.  It’s a large amount of information about the famous Leonardo yet flows easily from one life event to the next and you find yourself waiting for more.  It’s interesting and fascinating just like Leonardo himself.

Sandra Y. 

Staff Picks March 2018

I’ve been savoring, At Peace, by Dr. Sam Harrington. It’s been a pick up/put down book, evoking strong emotion, but been very helpful for me. I lost both my parents, and can recommend this for anyone going through a similar situation.

-Jennifer L.

I’m reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I feel like the only person who hasn’t yet seen it, or watched the movie!
-Nina E.
The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg and History of Bees by Maja Lunde.
-Bevin F.
Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane, author of Mystic River. This fast paced thriller is quite good.
-Nancy H.
I just read A World of Three Zeroes by Muhammad Yunus. The creator of the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, which offers microloans to poor women who want to start businesses, the crux of this book is that capitalism has failed us. If we trust our instincts as entrepreneurs, and try to make our world a better place, even making small steps, we can stop the cycles of poverty, haves and have nots, and also the destruction of our environment. Less of a road map than an essay, this is an inspiring book invoking us to action.
-Jenneffer S.