Staff Picks October 2014

By: Wilkerson, Isabel.
In an epic history covering the period from the end of World War I through the 1970s, a Pulitzer Prize winner chronicles the decades-long migration of African Americans from the South to the North and West through the stories of three individuals and their families. Reprint. A best-selling book. A National Book Critics Circle Award finalist.
By: Matthiessen, Peter.
From the two-time National Book Award winning author of The Snow Leopard and Shadow Country, a short, powerful novel about an American professor of Holocaust Studies who, over the course of a weeklong spiritual retreat at Auschwitz, is forced to grapplewith his own past and a family secret: the Jewish mother abandoned to her doom by his Gentile father.
By: Flores-Scott, Patrick, author.
In the two years since his mother left him with his grandparents in Des Moines, Washington, Sam has avoided making friends and has become a slacker, but being paired with a new student for a slam poetry unit transforms his life.
By: Craven, Margaret.
With only two years to live, a young missionary is sent to an Indian village in British Columbia where he learns to face death without fear
By: Duncan, Glen, 1965-
Rendered the last of his kind after a colleague's death, 200-year-old werewolf Jake struggles with depression and contemplates suicide until powerful forces that have personal agendas and the power to keep him alive take over his life.
By: Robbins, Tom, 1932- author.
Inviting readers into his private world, an internationally best-selling author and American icon shares stories from his unconventional life, from his Appalachian childhood to his adventures around the world, that is as unlikely, magical and bizarre as those of his quixotic characters.
By: Todd, Charles.
While home on leave, World War I battlefield nurse Bess Crawford finds her career, honor and life in jeopardy when the wounded soldier she is supposed to accompany to Buckingham Palace, where he is to be decorated by the King, commits murder and then disappears.
By: Gladwell, Malcolm, 1963-
The best-selling author of Outliers uncovers the hidden rules that shape the balance between the weak and the mighty, the powerful and the dispossessed.
By: Darlington, Terry.
The author describes how, after they retired, he and his wife sailed their canal narrowboat across the English Channel to the South of France, accompanied by their whippet Jim, despite warnings from experts on the dangers of the voyage, offering an account of the difficult trip and the colorful characters, experiences, and culture they encountered along the way to Carcassonne.
By: deWitt, Patrick, 1975-
Set against the backdrop of the California Gold Rush, this darkly comic novel follows the misadventures of the fabled Sisters brothers, two hired guns who, under the order of the mysterious Commodore, try to kill Hermann Kermit Warm, a man who gives them a run for their money.
By: Lamb, Wally, author.
Anna Oh, a middle-age wife, mother and artist, divorces her husband after 27 years of marriage to marry Vivica, the Manhattan art dealer who orchestrated her professional success.
By: Kooser, Ted.
Presents a collection of poems that celebrate everyday life.
By: Atkinson, Kate.
What if you could live again and again, until you got it right? On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war. Does Ursula's apparently infinite number of lives give her the power to save the world from its inevitable destiny? And if she can -- will she? Darkly comic, startlingly poignant, and utterly original.