Staff Choices

Posted by jfreier on 08/22/11
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Alex Miller is full partner at one of New York's most prestigious law firms, he has a beautiful wife and a young daughter and life is a dream until the death of his father. Alex meets the mysterious Michael Ohlig , his fathers' best friend but unknown to Alex except as an almost legendary figure in his fathers' life. Michael asks Alex to represent him when he is about to be indicted for fraud against his Boutique brokerage firm. Alex and his co-worker Abby Sloane lead the case and are drawn into an dangerous relationship and uncover many skeletons from Michael's past and also Alex's. This is a well written first novel by Adam Mitzner, good character development, surprises and he knows the law. This would appeal to fans of "Scott Turow" and early "John Grisham".
Posted by Uncle Will on 08/22/11
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Writing this Staff Choice recommendation is justified.   Even though this collection of short stories has been on our shelves since 2009, it is justified.   There is not one weak story out of the nine that appear.  That is justification in itself.
 
Justified is the FX television series starring Timothy Olyphant.   The  show still emits a buzz even though it is in its second season.  It is based on the short story Fire in the Hole that is included in this book.  The TV adaptation is dead-on in the pilot episode.  That alone speaks volumes about the kind of writer Leonard is.  Two of his strengths are being able to write descriptively and capture everyday dialog.
 
What other popular writer can create a cute encounter between two retirees that encompasses both a fading past and sweet future in only five pages? Such is Hanging Out at the Buena Vista.
 
In Karen Makes Out, U.S. Marshall, Karen Sisco, of film fame and former TV series Out of Sight, shows another unsuccessful slice of her sex life.
 
Sparks is the aptly titled story about an insurance company investigator looking into the suspicious house fire of a young widow of a recently departed millionaire.
 
The title story has a former burlesque dancer turned bored rich wife getting marriage counseling from her Columbian murdering maid.
 
Available in both written and audio book formats in our collection.  
 
This checkout would be most justified.
Posted by mingh on 08/21/11
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In the story of the War of Heaven, certain angels went against God and were plunged into the abyss. Their leader, Lucifer, was sent to the lowest depths of Hell from which he cannot escape. In The Paradise Prophecy, the war between the fallen angels and Michael the Archangel continues on Earth.  According to a prophecy, if the fallen angels can find the key and what it opens before the end of the 4th eclipse in a year, they will have freed Lucifer and will rule the Earth.
 
Agent Callahan is not sure who she works for in Washington DC, a group called the Section. But they are very keen on her finding out who killed a Christian pop star, a Turkish Antiquities owner, and others who have died with the sign of the devil beneath their charred bodies. She is not a believer but soon begins to see things that just cannot be, humans morphing into horrific creatures, beings with superhuman powers, and creatures disappearing into dust when killed.
 
Callahan is joined on her travels by a drunken Milton and Paradise Lost scholar who is capable of the Vision, When he shows her how these people died she comes to believe in demons and angels. But how are humans supposed to fight this?
 
The story travels from Los Angeles, to Sao Paulo, to London and Istanbul. Written by a screenwriter, the action builds to a thundering crescendo. This novel for fans of The DaVinci Code and other thrillers starts out with each chapter following a different character. As the reader sticks with the book, the characters start to come together to bring this war to its conclusion.
 
(Note:  Fans of the Left Behind series might find this more R-rated.)
Posted by cclapper on 08/18/11
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New York...City & State! -- Today, Working Toward the Future: Kristin Kimball was creating a dynamic life in the Big City... one of the biggest, in fact: New York City.  Then she went to interview a farmer working on a dream he's had for quite some time... and her life changed.  The farmer was building a business, a farm based upon 'CSA'.  CSA stands for "Community Supported Agriculture", and it fits into the 'locavore' concept.  Basically, local folks contract with a local farmer for a period, and then pick up food for the duration of their subscription.  Most CSA farms are vegetable operations, but this young farmer hoped to set up a CSA that would supply all the food their subscribers might need- vegies, meat, milk, eggs, maple syrup...  An ambitious undertaking.
 
And Kristin Kimball was entranced not just by the ideas, but by the young farmer himself.  And vice versa.
 
This is a book about relationships: Kristin and the farmer; their relationship with their animals and the land; the relationship we all have with our food and it's points of origin; and the relationships we all share with our planet's environment.  Even the ongoing relationship every one of us has with our 'work'.
 
I enjoyed this book tremendously.  Enough so that I won't hint how it turns out.  You can find out by coming to one of the two presentations the Library is hosting... with a discussion!
 
The talks will be at the Library on Thursday, August 18, 2011 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm,  and on Saturday, August 27, from 10 am till Noon.  Both get-togethers will be in the Lindsey Room.  You can register online or by phone- just give us a call.
 
 
NOTE!  You do *NOT* need to have read the book- just come on down and join the discussion!  I'm going to... and I hope to see you all there!
Posted by Pam I am on 08/18/11
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Silver Girl is the perfect book to read over a long summer weekend.  This book touches on friendship, betrayal, romance and redemption -- all against the backdrop of beautiful Nantucket.  Meredith Delinn is living a rich, privaledged life with her husband Freddy.  Then her world comes crashing down when Freddy is convicted of running a ponzi scheme and cheating his investors out of billions.  (ripped from the headlines of the Bernie Madoff scandal?)  Alone, and in hiding, Meredith reaches out to her long lost childhood friend, Connie.  Connie is also struggling alone as she recently lost her husband to cancer.  Connie and Meredith spend the summer at Connie's house in Nantucket attempting to rebuild their lives.  Slowly, the two learn how to embrace life again after loss.  Hildebrand also ties in a little romance with an old flame and a new flame.  There is a touch of mystery as Meredith has to help the feds recover some of Freddy's hidden money.  If you want an easy, entertaining book, this is a good choice.
Posted by Ultra Violet on 08/17/11
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Art Breen and his mother were abandoned by Art's father when he was just an infant. Mary Breen raised Art on her own until he was about 12 years old and she remarried to Ted McGann. Ted is a tough, manly drinker who is intimidating to delicate, young Art. Mary and Ted have two more children and lead a fairly happy life, even though Ted drinks heavily and is prone to violent outbursts. Art never quite fits in to the McGann family and is taken to a Seminary boarding school for high school. In the priesthood, Art comes into his own. He finds a way to relate to people that he never could access before. He still had a hard time dealing with men, but he found the women and children to be delightful and he delighted them. After a long, successful career at several different parishes, Art is in his fifties when he meets and befriends a young woman with a drug addiction. Kath Conlon has some serious problems and a neglected little boy. Art fears for the boys safety and for Kath's and offers free schooling for the child at the parish school. Kath is happy for the help, and Art arranges for a parishioner to get her a decent, cheap apartment. It comes as a great shock to Art and his family when Kath accuses him of molesting her son. As the story plays out, the accusation tests the faith of each member of Art's family, both in their religion, and each other.
 
Faith is written from multiple perspectives and spans several decades in the telling. Jennifer Haigh does an excellent job of capturing the feeling of the Irish Catholic experience in Boston. The honest analysis of the crisis of the pedophile priest controversy and how it has impacted the faith and futures of individuals and families is well-worth writing about. Definitely a thought-provoking story.
Posted by Auntie Anne. on 08/16/11
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In 1944, at the age of 23, Marshall Stone was a cocky young U.S. Army pilot with nine successful missions to brag about when his B-17 bomber was shot down in a Belgian field, near the French border.  With German troops closing in to capture him and his fellow downed crewmates, he fled into the nearby woods. Miraculously, he was found right away by nearby villagers who hid him from the Germans.  The people who helped him were part of a network of French citizens, from all walks of life, who formed the Resistance, sheltering and moving downed Allied airmen through covert routes to return them to their airbases in England.  To these brave people Marshall owed his life.
 
Forty years later, newly widowed and retired, Marshall Stone returned to that crash site in Belgium.  The overwhelming memories from that experience drove him to stay in France and try to find the people who helped him, especially a vivacious young girl in a blue beret.  In his odyssey, he finds many of those people, all of whom had their own terrifying experiences during the war.  But none more horrific than the story of the young French girl who helped him and so many other airmen to escape the German soldiers.  His journey becomes a life-changing experience, helping him to find closure and a second chance at life.
 
Based on the true wartime experiences of her late father-in-law, author Bobbie Ann Mason writes a very authentic account of the French Resistance during WWII. The details and vivid narratives bring history alive for the reader.
Posted by jfreier on 08/15/11
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Join Radar Hoverlander and his girlfriend Allie Quinn as they start their normal life in Santa Fe after a life as con artists. Radar and Allie along with their hapless friend Vic Mirplo try to begin a quiet life in Santa Fe after their last con net them over a million dollars. The idea of retiring from conning is easier than it sounds, when Radar is stalked by a large woman who turns out to be his Father a legendary grifter who was never there for him but now needs his help. Radar and Allie and Vic head to Las Vega s to save dear old Dad and the scams begin. A funny and wild ride, I think fans of "Carl Hiaasen", "Tim Dorsey" and "Elmore Leonard" would enjoy this book, I would read his first book "California Roll' first as this is a sequel.
Posted by mingh on 08/15/11
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Dana Yarbro knows how to keep secrets. From the time she was born she was schooled by her Mother and Father that she is not to let people know about her homelife. She is the secret daughter of a married man. Even though her Mother made her Father cross the line into Alabama to marry her--they couldn't marry in Georgia because he was already married--Dana knew that she was illegitimate, no matter what her parents said. Even more troubling is that her Father has a daughter, Chaurisse, the same age as Dana.
 
The first half of the book is told from Dana's viewpoint up until her teens. Because they both live in the same part of Atlanta, the daughters apply to the same schools. But it is the legitimate daughter who gets all of the perks. For instance, Dana loves science and her teachers suggest she apply to the science magnet school to get the advanced instruction that will help her get into medical school when she grows up. But Chaurisse has also applied. So their Father asks Dana to withdraw her application. This continues to happen throughout Dana's life and it embitters her and her Mother.
 
The second half of the book is told from the viewpoint of Chaurisse, her Father's legitimate daughter, who is only a few months older than Dana. All of the lies that Dana's parents have told her force her into learning more about this other daughter. Her Mother has told her that Chaurisse is mentally a little slow, she is not attractive, and she will never do anything with her life. Dana needs to find out if that is true. But as Chaurisse tells her story, Dana learns its nothing like what she has been told both good and bad.
 
This is the story of family secrets and the ruinous effect on the children of having to keep these secrets. The story moves along at a fairly quick pace. The development of the characters, especially the daughters, is very good. You will know them and feel for the women they become.
 
Posted by cclapper on 08/14/11
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The Outer Banks  -- 1813 and Almost Today:  Raging storm at sea; a ship misled by pirates and brigands founders in the islands off the Carolinas.  Crew and passengers ruthlessly murdered, all but one who seems touched by madness, clutching a portrait.  Condemned to life on the island, scrabbling to survive, she is secretly Theodosia Burr Alston, daughter of Aaron Burr and wife to the Governor of South Carolina.  Her life depends upon the help of others.   Forward through time- to the days of her great-great-great grandchildren struggling through their own isolated island lives.
 
Island atmosphere and the shadows of slavery, past lives, and personal tradition flow like wind through this tale.  Strong characters, unusual settings and actions: a good selection for a book discussion group or personal reading.  Recommended by Nancy Pearl, superstar Librarian and frequent NPR contributor.  I was struck by this story.  There are depths to consider here.  It's something to talk about with friends.
 
Unusual.  
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