Staff Picks August 2014

By: Hopwood, Shon.
Traces how the author, a local basketball star and son of church organizers, returned from the Navy with few prospects before committing five bank robberies and being sentenced to years in prison, describing how he rallied with the support of family and friends and learned savvy legal skills before building a promising life as a free man.
By: Fey, Tina, 1970-
From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon, comedian Tina Fey reveals all, and proves that you're no one until someone calls you bossy.
By: Donoghue, Emma, 1969-
Emma Donoghue's explosive new novel, based on an unsolved murder in 1876 San Francisco. Summer of 1876: San Francisco is in the fierce grip of a record-breaking heatwave and a smallpox epidemic. Through the window of a railroad saloon, a young woman called Jenny Bonnet is shot dead. The survivor, her friend Blanche Beunon, is a French burlesque dancer. Over the next three days, she will risk everything to bring Jenny's murderer to justice--if he doesn't track her down first. In thrilling, cinematic style, Frog Music digs up a long-forgotten, never-solved crime.
By: Hillenbrand, Laura.
On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared--Lt. Louis Zamperini. Captured by the Japanese and driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor.
By: Konigsburg, E. L.
Having run away with her younger brother to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, twelve-year-old Claudia strives to keep things in order in their new home and to become a changed person and a heroine to herself.
By: Peek, Thomas R.
An adventure of cross-cultural romance, political intrigue, goddesses, myth, and murder set amid the cultural tensions of contemporary Hawai'i.
By: Moriarty, Liane.
An annual school Trivia Night ends in a disastrous riot leaving one parent dead in what appears to be a tragic accident, but evidence shows it might have been premeditated in the new novel from the New York Times best-selling author of The Husband's Secret.
By: Myron, Vicki.
Collects stories of cats and the people who loved them, featuring new tales of, and inspired by, Dewey.
By: Kimball, Kristin.
Documents the first year spent by the Harvard-graduate author with her new husband on their sustainable farm in the Adirondacks, describing how she withdrew from big-city life to be married in their barn loft, the difficult obstacles they faced attempting to provide a whole diet for one hundred locals, and the rewards of a physical-labor lifestyle.
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: Reichl, Ruth.
Working as a public relations hotline consultant for a once-prestigious culinary magazine, Billie Breslin unexpectedly enters a world of New York restaurateurs and artisanal purveyors while reading World War II letters exchanged between a plucky 12-year-old and James Beard. A first novel by the best-selling author of Tender at the Bone.
By: Boyne, Daniel J.
A heroic story of women rowers who fought the tide of sexual prejudice to gain international glory.
By: Picoult, Jodi
Alice Metcalf was a devoted mother, loving wife, and accomplished scientist who studied grief among elephants. Yet it's been a decade since she disappeared under mysterious circumstances, leaving behind her small daughter, husband, and the animals to which she devoted her life. All signs point to abandonment . . . or worse. Still Jenna--now thirteen years old and truly orphaned by a father maddened by grief--steadfastly refuses to believe in her mother's desertion. So she decides to approach the two people who might still be able to help her find Alice and together these three lonely souls will discover truths destined to forever change their lives. Deeply moving and suspenseful, Leaving Time is a radiant exploration of the enduring love between mothers and daughters.
By: Zusak, Markus.
Living with a foster family in Germany during World War II, a young girl struggles to survive her day-to-day trials through stealing anything she can get her hands on, but when she discovers the beauty of literature, she realizes that she has been blessed with a gift that must be shared with others, including the Jewish man hiding in the basement.
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: Meyer, L. A. (Louis A.), 1942-
Putting her poverty-stricken past beyond her, Jacky embarks on a thrilling adventure aboard the HMS Dolphin, where, while learning to become a skilled sailor, she will do anything to keep the crew from finding out that she is a girl, in a gripping novel set in the eighteenth-century.