Staff Picks

'The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls' by Claire Legrand

A creepy new read by a new author

Twelve-year-old Victoria is determined to keep everything perfect: her grades, her appearance, and her best friend, overly messy Lawrence.

'In the President's Secret Service'

By Ronald Kessler

Kessler’s book about the behind scenes of the secret service, is a partisan, gossip-rant about U.S. presidents. Former Presidents, Reagan, Bush and Ford were mellifluously described as outstanding American presidents, while agents derided Clinton, Johnson and Carter as inconsiderate or deceptively arrogant, womanizers.

'River of Smoke' by Amitav Ghosh

Staff Recommendations

If you are not familiar with the work of Amitav Ghosh, you are in for an enriching reading experience.  If you want to know what the atmosphere was like in the area of India and China in the early part of the 19th century, the author will treat you to vivid descriptions so real that you will actually feel like you are living in that time and place.  Ghosh seems to know everything about the East in the early 19th centu

February Goodreads Book Review

'True Grit'

Charles Portis’ classic novel, True Grit, tells the story of young Mattie Ross, a 14-year-old seeking justice for her father’s murder. She states in the opening line of the novel, “People do not give it credence that a 14-year-old girl could leave home and go off in the wintertime to avenge her father’s blood but it did not seem so strange then, although I will say it did not happen every day.” She is right about this sort of thing not happening every day, but then again, strong, young female characters like Mattie do not come around every day either.Mattie hires an ornery old U.S. Marshal, Rooster Cogburn, to help her track down her father’s killer, and the pair are joined by Texas Ranger LeBoeuf, who has been hunting the killer, Tom Chaney, for an unrelated homicide in Texas.  At first the two older men try to leave Mattie behind, but her dogged pursuit eventually convinces them that she is up to the task.

One Kiss Is All It Takes

In the fourth book of the Witch & Wizard series, Wisty and Whit Allgood have defeated the ruthless dictator that ruled their world. Along the way, they made some amazing allies and some awful enemies. Now that the fight is over, they're faced with a different problem as Wisty finds herself attracted to the new kid on the block.

Spotlight on Series

Aldo Zelnick Comic Novels

Curl up, get cozy, and read!Artsy-Fartsy By Karla OceanakJUV J OCEANAK

Book Review: 'Fresh Off the Boat' by Eddie Huang

There is one thing you will notice about Eddie Huang fairly early on in

Biography of an Unknown Graffiti Artist

New Book about Banksy

When Wall and Piece came out a few years ago, I did not know much about the graffiti artist Banksy, but I was intrigued.

February Goodreads Book Review

'It's Kind of a Funny Story'

Ned Vizzini’s It’s Kind of a Funny Story tells the tale of Craig Gilner, a 15-year-old high school student who suffers from anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts. While much of the subject material in the novel is quite serious, the whole story is infused with humor, and it is much more amusing than a story about mental illness has any right to be. The novel begins with Craig detailing the few things in life that give him pleasure, as well as the many, many things that cause him anxiety. It seems that nearly everything in his life causes stress. School, girls, his friends, and his parents—they all contribute to Craig’s neuroses that have gotten bad enough that he can barely eat, sleep, or function normally. After a lengthy introduction to Craig’s problems, and one particularly bad night that ends with him calling a suicide hotline, Craig visits the emergency room. 

Book Review: The 4-Hour Chef

Have you been looking for that perfect cookbook that covers everything from kale chips to field dressing a deer to olive oil gummy bears? Look no further -- that book has finally been published!

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