Staff Picks July 2014

By: Bogard, Paul, 1966-
A creative non-fiction writing instructor describes how ever-present, modern artificial lights have changed the way humans experience darkness and bemoans the fact that the primal dark sky can no longer influence science and art.
By: Shaara, Jeff, 1952- author.
The best-selling author of A Blaze of Glory presents a first installment in a new trilogy inspired by the Siege of Vicksburg that follows Ulysses S. Grant's successful cross of the Mississippi in May 1863 and his reluctant decision to surround Confederate soldiers and citizens in a ring of Federal entrenchments to starve them into surrendering.
By: Dorst, Doug, author.
A work from famed director J.J. Abrams and noted novelist Doug Dorst combines a traditional narrative with a second story in the form of notes scribbled in the margins by two readers of the main narrative, in a story that also features clues online and in real life.
By: Ross, Alex, 1968-
A colorful history of modern music is set against the backdrop of the events, personalities, social institutions, and cultural movements of the twentieth century, chronicling the evolution of mass culture and mass politics, technological innovation, revolution, social experiments, and more in terms of the music of the era.
By: Extence, Gavin.
Alex Woods was struck by a meteorite when he was ten years old, leaving scars that marked him for an extraordinary life. The son of a fortune teller, bookish, and an easy target for bullies, he hasn't had the most conventional childhood. When he meets curmudgeonly widower Mr. Peterson, he finds an unlikely friend. Someone who teaches him that that you only get one shot at life. That you have to make it count. So when, aged seventeen, Alex is stopped at Dover customs with 113 grams of marijuana, an urn full of ashes on the passenger seat, and an entire nation in uproar, he's fairly sure he's done the right thing .."
By: Brown, Daniel, 1951-
Traces the story of an American rowing team from the University of Washington that defeated elite rivals at Hitler's 1936 Berlin Olympics, sharing the experiences of such contributors as their enigmatic coach, a visionary boat builder and a homeless teen rower. By the author of Under a Flaming Sky.
By: Nesbø, Jo, 1960-
Serving time for crimes he did not commit in exchange for heroin payouts, Sonny Lofthus uses his spiritual charisma to navigate corrupt and violent elements in his life before learning disturbing truths about his police officer father's suicide.
By: Nyland, Elizabeth, author.
Presents more than seventy-five recipes for gluten-free dishes that contain coconut oil, with a discussion on the health benefits of the ingredient.
By: Donati, Sara, 1956-
A schoolmarm leaves England in 1792 to join her father and brother in a mountainous village in upstate New York, where she falls in love with a man torn between white and Native American culture.
By: Kessler, Zoë.
"In this unique and engaging memoir, journalist and popular blogger Zoèe Kessler shares her own story of being diagnosed with ADHD in her late 40s. Throughout the book she offers readers key coping skills based on her experience; skills that can help readers focus their energy, become more organized, and boost their self-esteem while tapping into creativity and humor"--
By: Delacourt, Grégoire.
A family woman and fabric-shop owner contemplates the dreams of her youth after winning the lottery, a fortune she decides to keep a secret while she reevaluates her adult choices and makes a list of the things she might want to change. Original. 75,000 first printing.
By: Kean, Sam, author.
Offers tales of victims affected by brain injuries and diseases, early studies of the function of the brain, and the history of neuroscience.
By: Powers, Richard, 1957-
An experimental composer becomes a fugitive after his home microbiology lab, set up to find music in surprising patterns, results in a Homeland Security raid in this new novel from the award-winning author of Generosity.
By: Mankell, Henning, 1948-
When his father-in-law, a retired naval officer, disappears under suspicious circumstances, Kurt Wallander uncovers disturbing evidence of Cold War espionage, a case that forces him to confront dark truths about his own nature.
By: McGruther, Jennifer.
The author of the popular Nourished Kitchen website shares 175 recipes based on the "traditional foods" philosophy of eating that emphasizes nutrient-rich whole grains, dairy, red meat, organ meats and fermented foods.
By: McKeown, Greg.
Outlines a systematic framework for enabling greater productivity without overworking, sharing strategies on how to eliminate unnecessary tasks while streamlining essential employee functions. By the co-author of the best-selling Multipliers.
By: Randazza, Janelle.
Somewhere between the advent of Facebook and launching Twitter to the masses, the Internet betrayed us. It allowed pages to be viewed by job interviewers, newsfeeds to be flooded by Aunt Julie, and for constant tweets about what color socks that random girl from the study group is going to wear today. This book is the hilarious reply all that says: enough is enough.
By: Fitzgerald, Laura Marx.
Her grandfather's dying words lead 13-year-old Theodora Tenpenny to a valuable, hidden painting she fears may be stolen, but it is her search for answers in her Greenwich Village neighborhood that brings a real treasure.