April Adult Picks

Here’s what we’ve been reading lately. What about you?

Inside the O'Briens Inside the O’Briens
by Lisa Genova
Joe O’Brien, a veteran police officer, is just not acting the same. His wife Rose finally convinces him to go to the doctor where he is diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease. They have four children and each child has a 50/50 chance of coming down with HD. The children rally around Joe, supporting him as his symptoms worsen, each trying to decide if they want to be tested for the gene. A heartbreaking, heartwarming story of love and commitment and family. -Debbie

Girl On the Train Girl On the Train
by Paula Hawkins
Brings back memories (in some ways) of Rear Window, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, but with a more in depth psycho-emotional plot. The plot, by the way, is quite good. I do not believe you will figure it out until the end. Good read, but pay attention to details. -John

Station Eleven Station Eleven
by Emily St. John Mandel
“Station Eleven” tells the story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity. Reading this inspired me to read The Passage by Justin Cronin, which I’m currently enjoying. -Serena

NYPD Red 3 NYPD Red 3
by James Patterson
NYPD Red is the elite, highly trained task force assigned to protect the rich, the famous, and the connected. And Detective Zach Jordan and his partner Kylie MacDonald-the woman who broke his heart at the police academy-are the best of the best, brilliant and tireless investigators who will stop at nothing to deliver justice. -Crystal

Never Knowing Never Knowing
by Chevy Stevens
“Never Knowing” is a fast-paced, riveting, and adrenaline-filled psychological thriller. You will not want to put this book down! -Sara

Outcast Outcast Vol. 1 – A Darkness Surrounds Him
by Robert Kirkman
741.59 KIR
Well-crafted tale of a man seeking to understand why he is haunted by demonic possessions. For fans of Kirkman’s “The Walking Dead” or horror comics in general. -Mike

Lessons of History Lessons of History
by Will and Ariel Durant
901 DUR
Haven’t gotten around to reading Will and Ariel Durant’s 10-volume Pulitzer-winning “The Story of Civilization” yet? Try their concise and insightful “best parts” version instead. -Mike

March Adult Picks

Squeezing in at the end of the month, here are our adult favorites for March:

Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hookby Gary Vaynerchuk
658.872 VAY
Social media expert Vaynerchuk’s “Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook” is a brilliant analysis of what works and what doesn’t on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest. Packed with examples, this is a must read for anyone desiring to improve their business’s social media strategy.

The Sculptor The Sculptor
by Scott McCloud
741.597 MCC

Thanks to a deal with Death, artist David Smith gains the ability to mold anything he can imagine, but with only 200 days to do it. With so much power of choice and the complication of a new romantic relationship, the pressure to create weighs heavily on David. Scott McCloud, best known for “Understanding Comics” and its sequels, has produced a beautiful graphic novel with a powerful, emotional resolution.

Crash & Burn Crash & Burn
by Lisa Gardner

Sergeant Wyatt Foster is frustrated when even the search dogs can’t find any trace of the mysterious missing child. Until Nicky’s husband, Thomas, arrives with a host of shattering revelations: Nicole Frank suffers from a rare brain injury and the police shouldn’t trust anything she says.

Private Vegas Private Vegas
by James Patterson

Private Jack Morgan spends most of his time in Los Angeles, where his top investigation firm has its headquarters. But a hunt for two criminals leads him to the city of sin–and to a murder ring that is more seductively threatening than anything he’s witnessed before. “Private Vegas” brings James Patterson’s Private series to a sensational new level.

Obsession in Death Obsession in Death
by J.D. Robb

In her newest murder mystery, Robb once again hurls the reader into the world of crime fighting in the year 2060. This time, Lt. Dallas is the target of an obsessed fan murdering people in order to gain her affection. Readers are kept guessing the identity of the murderer right up until the end in a climax that put Dallas’s friends in mortal jeopardy. Fans of the Dallas/Roarke love story won’t be disappointed in this combination of romance and suspense set in the future.

January Adult Picks

We have some more Adult Fiction and Nonfiction picks for you:

The Boston Girl The Boston Girl
by Anita Diamant


This book is narrated by Addie Baum, an 85 year old woman who is telling her life story to her granddaughter after being asked “How did you get to be the woman you are today?” It starts in 1915 and ends in 1985 and is a simple story of courage, hardship, love….life. I wish I had asked my grandmothers that question.

Mistletoe Promise Mistletoe Promise
by Richard Paul Evans


Elise Dutton dreads the arrival of another holiday season. Three years earlier, her husband cheated on her with her best friend, resulting in a bitter divorce that left her alone, broken, and distrustful. Then, one November day, a stranger approaches Elise in the mall food court. Though she recognizes the man from her building, Elise has never formally met him. Tired of spending the holidays alone, the man offers her a proposition. For the next eight weeks—until the evening of December 24—he suggests that they pretend to be a couple.

Still Life With Bread Crumbs Still Life With Bread Crumbs
by Anna Quindlen


Rebecca, 60 and divorced, was once a successful photographer whose work provided a very comfortable lifestyle. Expenses rise and income dwindles. In order to save money, she moves from her luxury NYC apartment into a “cottage” in the country. Read this in one sitting and really enjoyed all the characters. Descriptions of the cottage and the country surrounding it made me feel like I could actually see it.

Landline Landline
by Rainbow Rowell


Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble; it has been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems beside the point now. Maybe that was always beside the point. Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go.

A Fine Summer’s Day A Fine Summer’s Day
by Charles Todd


Fans of Todd’s Ian Rutledge character won’t want to miss this pre-World War I story of his last case before joining the fight in France. A series of murders throughout England are suspiciously similar, and the inspector is caught up in an effort to rule them as suicide. As Britain readies for war, Ian struggles to see that justice is done while keeping his sister and fiancé safe from the murderer. Well-written, with an interesting plot set against a historical background, Todd has crafted an excellent mystery appropriate for the anniversary of the start of World War I.

Clean Eats Clean Eats
by Alejandro Junger

641.563 JUN

Discover what hundreds of thousands of people worldwide have experienced—the incredible life-enhancing benefits of the Clean program. New York Times bestselling author of Clean and Clean Gut and leader in the filed of integrative medicine Dr. Alejandro Junger makes living clean easier than ever before. Clean Eats has everything you need to enjoy delicious, nutritious, life-enhancing food every day.

Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?
by Roz Chast

741.569 CHA

Roz Chast’s graphic memoir of caring for her elderly parents and coping with their personality quirks is dark, humorous, and heartbreaking.


One ClickMooresville Public Library is pleased to announce the launch of OneClickdigital, an online service that allows patrons to check out eAudiobooks, including bestsellers, Recorded Books exclusives, classics, selections for children and young adults, and much more.

Patrons have free access to eAudio at home, in the library, or on the go. Titles are multi-access, so multiple users can check out a given title at the same time, eliminating holds. OneClickdigital is compatible with all popular listening devices, and mobile apps are available for the iPhone®, Android™, and Kindle Fire. OneClickdigital features an easy-to-use interface with streamlined navigation, fast downloads, and automatic software updates.

The library also offers several other sources of free downloadable audiobooks, music, and video including North Carolina Digital Library, Hoopla, and Zinio. Links to these services can be found on the library’s webpage: MooresvilleLibrary.org.

August Adult Staff Picks

We rounded up some more fantastic titles to keep you reading!

Room Room
by Emma Donoghue


Jack has spent his life in a small space his mother calls Room, and while Jack uses his imagination to create fantasies to entertain himself, his mother finds a way for them to escape.

Phantom Instinct Phantom Instinct
by Meg Gardiner


In Edgar Award–winning author Meg Gardiner’s new stand-alone thriller, an injured cop and an ex-thief hunt down a killer nobody else believes exists.

Mr. Mercedes Mr. Mercedes
by Stephen King


There are no scary clowns or paranormal activity in this Stephen King book. This time it is the man driving the car that is terrifying, not the car!

The City The City
by Dean Koontz


Here is the riveting, soul-stirring story of Jonah Kirk, son of an exceptional singer, grandson of a formidable “piano man,” a musical prodigy beginning to explore his own gifts when he crosses a group of extremely dangerous people, with shattering consequences.

Defending Jacob Defending Jacob
by William Landay


When his fourteen-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student, assistant D.A. Andy Barber is torn between loyalty and justice as facts come to light.

Rockefeller Suit The Man in the Rockefeller Suit: The Astonishing Rise and Spectacular Fall of a Serial Imposter
by Mark Seal

364.163 SEA

“The Man in the Rockefeller Suit” is the incredible page-turning true story of the German-born scam artist who rose to wealth and prominence with a progressive line of false identities.

Bento Everyday Bento
by Wendy Copley

641.53 COP

Your kids will look forward to lunch every single day with the delightful collection of recipes in Everyday Bento! The bento food movement teaches us that foods can be attractive, nutritious, fun and delicious all at the same time. Kids love to try foods that bring a smile to their faces, and will often eat things they wouldn’t otherwise try.

Manual The manual to manhood : how to cook the perfect steak, change a tire, impress a girl & 97 other skills you need to survive
by Jonathan Catherman

646.7 CAT

There’s a lot a young man in the making needs to succeed as he grows up and prepares to make his way in the world. Many of the most important skills and character traits he should acquire he might not be quick to ask how to do because, well then, people would know he doesn’t know what he is doing, yet For all the guys who want some great advise from world class experts about getting life together, Jonathan Catherman offers this collection of one hundred step-by-step instructions on almost everything a guy needs to know.

A Long Way Gone A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
by Ishmael Beah

966.404 BEA

Difficult and heartbreaking to read because of the graphic descriptions of war and the lives of the child-soldiers of Sierra Leone, but definitely worth it.
-Jennifer S.

Adult Picks for June

We are in the thick of Summer Reading now– here are some books to keep you reading!

The Winter Witch The Winter Witch
by Paula Brackston


Whisking you back in time to the early 1800’s in the hills of Wales a young man wanting to take his rightful position as head Drover must first take a new wife after loosing his first wife in childbirth. He marries a girl from a far away town the he knows very little about. As the life together begins strange things start happening. The story has a little mystery, a touch of romance and a bit of witchcraft.

Land More Kind A Land More Kind Than Home
by Wiley Cash


Wiley Cash is an author from Gastonia, NC. I thoroughly enjoyed his first book, “A Land More Kind Than Home” and recommended it to anyone who would listen!

Dark Road to Mercy This Dark Road to Mercy
by Wiley Cash


“This Dark Road to Mercy” is Cash’s second book. He has a magical way with words that makes me reread some passages over and over again. If it had been my books and not the library’s there would have been lots of yellow highlights in both of his books. I just love the way he writes.

Gone-AwayThe Gone-Away World
By Nick Harkaway

A hilarious, action-packed look at the apocalypse that combines a touching tale of friendship, a thrilling war story, and an all out kung-fu infused mission to save the world. But they quickly realize that this assignment is not all it seems, and before it is over they will have encountered everything from mimes, ninjas, and pirates to one ultra-sinister mastermind, whose only goal is world domination. Fast-paced, tongue-in-cheek, definitely quirky and unusual. I loved it. It was totally different from anything I’ve ever read with a great twist ending.
-Jennifer S.

The Invention of WingsThe Invention of Wings
By Sue Monk Kidd

Historic fiction on slavery in Charleston, South Carolina during the early 1800’s. The novel is based on the lives of a two girls and over a period of 35 years. The story of each girl is heartbreaking and inspiring as they both set out to break through the limitations set on them by birth, society, family and church. This is a story you won’t soon forget.

The Winter PeopleThe Winter People
By Jennifer McMahon

Genuinely creepy in parts, this novel mix of modern and century-old secrets will have you hooked and possibly sleeping with the lights on.

Husband's SecretThe Husband’s Secret
By Liane Moriarity

What would you do? That is the question “The Husband’s Secret” will leave you asking. After the discovery of a letter, three family’s lives become destined to collide. Each family struggles with their own morality while trying to do what is best for their family.

RosieThe Rosie Project
By Graeme Simsion

Fans of TV show The Big Bang Theory will love the main character in this book. It was so funny it made me laugh out loud!

Bear Mud, Sweat, and Tears: The Autobiography
by Bear Grylls


The star of the survival series “Man Vs. Wild” recounts his adventurous life, from his experiences with mountaineering and martial arts to the free-fall parachuting accident in Africa that almost left him paralyzed.

Fingerprints of the Gods
Fingerprints of the Gods

by Graham Hancock

930 HAN

In his intriguing work, Graham Hancock offers a number of mysteries regarding Humanity and Civilization, and then proceeds to write his conclusions.

May Adult Staff Picks

eveShotgun Lovesongs
Nickolas Butler

I am an impatient reader and if books become too descriptive I tend to skim until the action starts up again. In “Shotgun Lovesongs” I found myself reading every word and sometimes rereading descriptive passages several times because I loved the way they were written. It has been placed on my “Read Again” list.

Harry QuebertThe Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair
Joel Dicker

Already an international bestseller, “The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair” is a fast-paced thriller packed with unique characters and plenty of twists that will have you guessing until the very end.

Fear NothingFear Nothing
Lisa Gardner

The last thing Boston Detective D.D. Warren remembers is walking the crime scene after dark. Then, a creaking floorboard, a low voice crooning in her ear–she is later told she managed to discharge her weapon three times. All she knows is that she is seriously injured, unable to move her left arm, unable to return to work.

Iris Johansen

Eve Duncan’s mission in life is to bring closure to the families who have experienced the agony of a missing child. As a forensic sculptor, she is able to piece together bones, create a face, and bring an identity to a child who would have otherwise gone unidentified. Eve is brilliant, driven, and tormented—because her own daughter, Bonnie, was taken from her years ago.

EveMr. Churchill’s Secretary
by Susan Elia MacNeal

This period piece is the first in a series of three books about Maggie Hope, a young woman from America who returns to England in search of her roots. She gets caught up in the events of the day, landing a job as a secretary for Winston Churchill, replacing a young woman who is found murdered. Of course, Maggie finds herself in danger as she attempts to solve the murder and find out what really happened to her parents, supposedly killed under mysterious circumstances. A delightful new mystery series for fans of historical fiction set in the backdrop of war-time Britain.

This is whereThis is where I leave you
Jonathan Tropper

“This Is Where I Leave You” is Jonathan Tropper’s most accomplished work to date, and a riotously funny, emotionally raw novel about love, marriage, divorce, family, and the ties that bind, whether we like it or not.

Ten Tiny BreathsTen Tiny Breaths K. A. Tucker
Kacey Cleary’s whole life imploded four years ago in a drunk-driving accident. Now she’s working hard to bury the pieces left behind. All but one: her little sister, Livie. Kacey can swallow the constant disapproval from her born-again aunt Darla over her self-destructive lifestyle; she can stop herself from going kick-boxer crazy on Uncle Raymond when he loses the girls’ college funds at a blackjack table. She just needs to keep it together until Livie is no longer a minor, and then they can get the hell out of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Henrietta LacksThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Rebecca Skloot

Henrietta Lacks, as HeLa, is known to present-day scientists for her cells from cervical cancer. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells were taken without her knowledge and still live decades after her death.

Adult Staff Picks for March

Looking for your next read? Here are some books we read and loved!

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

Karen Joy Fowler

This book is described on the jacket as “wickedly funny yet emotionally devastating” and it is that and more. I can’t stop thinking about it and plan on recommending it to everyone I know. It is definitely one of my favorites and will be put on my “read again” list.

The Enchanted April

Elizabeth von Arnim

The Enchanted April is a wonderful find from the fiction shelves of relationships, families, and self-discovery that revolves around four women who meet at a medieval Italian castle rented for the month of April. The cold, wet rain of a February in London drives the ladies to seek the warm sea air enveloped in the aromas of wisteria. While it starts out a little slow, the story quickly develops into one that you will not want to put down as you become enchanted in the developing friendship of the women and the villa gardens they inhabit.

Murder as a Fine Art

David Morrell

Rambo and The Brotherhood of the Rose creator David Morrell takes on the Victorian Detective novel in Murder as a Fine Art. Thomas De Quincey, author of Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, is accused of a series of gruesome murders and must track down the real culprit. While the story can be a bit over the top at times, it fast paced and always entertaining.

Sex on the Moon : The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History

Ben Mezrich

Sex on the Moon is an adventure worthy of D. B. Cooper. Mezrich tells the story of Thad Roberts, a NASA co-op student, who stole several grams of moon rocks from a lab at NASA. The story is a non-stop adventure is filled with adventure, romance and humor, and you will come to root for Thad as one of the more likable bad guys of American history.

Favorite Books of 2013

Let’s kick things off with my favorite books from 2013, while I’m still adjusting to 2014. Quite a few of these books were published in 2013, but I included older titles as well–those need some love too!


Conspiracy of Faith
Jussi Adler-Olsen

In Adler-Olsen’s third entry in the Department Q series, Detective Carl Mørck and his unorthodox team of assistants investigate a bloody message in a bottle that washes ashore 14 years after its composition. Conspiracy of Faith lives up to the expectations built by the first Department Q entry “The Keeper of Lost Causes”, and surpasses the somewhat disappointing follow-up “The Absent One”, with intricate plotting and suspense.

levelsoflifeLevels of Life
Julian Barnes

The first two parts of this history/personal memoir hybrid detail the thrills of ballooning and of new love, and the inevitable plunges back to earth for each. These serve as a preamble to the final section, in which Barnes meditates upon the deep grief that accompanied the loss of his wife.

human_heartAny Human Heart
William Boyd

“Any Human Heart” is the personal journals of the fictional Logan Mountstuart, a remarkable man who wanders through much of the twentieth century, as a spy, a writer, a soldier, and a lover. I found myself rooting for Mountstuart, despite his deep flaws in character, through all his triumphs and tragedies in this clever and moving novel.

theprofessorshouseThe Professor’s House
Willa Cather

Willa Cather’s best novel details an aging professor whose routine is upset by the move to a new house. He clings to the past and reflects back on the impact that an idealistic student had on his family.

oceanendlaneThe Ocean at the End of the Lane
Neil Gaiman

This coming-of-age tale of a young boy and his other-worldly tormentor haunted me long after the book was finished. “Ocean” is Neil Gaiman’s best novel since “Coraline”.

dogstars The Dog Stars
Peter Heller

Following a global outbreak that wipes out much of the population, pilot Hig, his dog, and a gruff survival partner Bangley struggle to protect what’s left of their existence. Heller’s novel is less about physical survival and more a meditation on spiritual survival in a world where so much has been stripped away.

doctorsleepDoctor Sleep
Stephen King

Though very different in form and tone, Stephen King’s “Doctor Sleep” was a welcome follow-up to “The Shining”. Worth reading if for no other reason to find out just what happened to those characters decades later.

Pierre Lemaitre

Full of twists of plot and parallel points of view, “Alex” lives up to its “exhilarating, literary, Hitchcockian” (Le Monde) description. Due to some brutally violent scenes, it’s not for everyone, but I for one look forward to the next translation in the Commandant Camille Verhoeven series.

rosieprojectThe Rosie Project
Graeme Simsion

Simsion’s debut novel is best consumed with a large bowl of popcorn by your side. Despite hitting all the standard plot points expected in a romantic comedy, I still flew through the pages “The Rosie Project” pulling for self-micromanaged Don to set aside his social quirks and find his perfect match.


Tenth of December
George Saunders

Those who enjoy biting satire will find much to love in these complex and dark morality tales from Saunders. His previous collection, “Civilwarland in Bad Decline”, is also a winner.

joyinthemorningJoy in the Morning
P. G. Wodehouse

The adventures of Bertie Wooster and his faithful valet Jeeves are always good for a laugh, and this one just might be Wodehouse’s funniest.

Have a beloved book from last year that you want to recommend? Talk to us in the comments section!

–Michael Hawkins
Head of Adult Services