Staff Picks February 2015

By: Farrell, Mary Cronk.
A tribute to the American nurses trapped in the Philippines by the attack on Pearl Harbor describes the harrowing conditions under which they treated soldiers before being captured and forced to endure starvation and disease for three years.
By: Stegner, Wallace
Joe Allston is a retired literary agent who is, in his own words, "just killing time until time gets around to killing me." His parents and his only son are long dead, leaving him with neither ancestors nor descendants, tradition nor ties. His job, trafficking the talent of others, had not been his choice. He passes through life as a spectator. A postcard from a friend causes Allston to return to the journals of a trip he had taken years before, a journey to his mother's birthplace, where he'd sought a link with the past. The memories of that trip, both grotesque and poignant, move through layers of time and meaning, and reveal that Joe Allston isn't quite spectator enough. "Elegant and entertaining . . . Every scene [is] adroitly staged and each effect precisely acomplished."
By: Ruiz Zafón, Carlos, 1964-
A boy named Daniel selects a novel from a library of rare books, enjoying it so much that he searches for the rest of the author's works, only to discover that someone is destroying every book the author has ever written.
By: Carriger, Gail.
Continuing her studies at spy finishing school, Sophronia and her friends stow away on a train to return Sidheag to her werewolf pack only to uncover a plot that threatens all of London. By the best-selling author of the Parasol Protectorate series.
By: Reichl, Ruth.
A new installment in the Gourmet editor-in-chief's series of memoirs recounts her visits to some of the world's most acclaimed restaurants, both as herself and as an anonymous diner in disguise, to offer insight into how her dining experiences changed according to her character and whether or not she was recognized. By the author of Comfort Me with Apples.
By: Kaysen, Susanna
Jonathan Brand visits a group of Scandinavian islands in order to do his anthropology fieldwork, but in adjusting to the local culture, he finds himself caught up in the supposedly simple way of life
By: Ackerman, Diane. 1948-
Documents the heroic true story of Warsaw Zoo keepers and resistance activists Jan and Antonina Zabinski, who in the aftermath of Germany's invasion of Poland saved the lives of hundreds of Jewish citizens by smuggling them into empty cages and their home villa. 70,000 first printing.
By: Chast, Roz, author, illustrator.
A graphic memoir by a long-time <IT>New Yorker<RO> cartoonist celebrates the final years of her aging parents' lives through four-color cartoons, family photos and documents that reflect the artist's struggles with caregiver challenges. 75,000 first printing.
By: Dinesen, Isak, 1885-1962.
In describing her experiences managing a coffee plantation in Kenya, the author provides insights into the nature of African life
By: Clavell, James.
A bold English adventurer. An invincible Japanese warlord. A beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love. All brought together in an extraordinary saga of a time and a place aflame with conflict, passion, ambition, lust, and the struggle for power...
By: Moynahan, Brian, 1941-
Describes the concert played in August 1942 by a cobbled-together group of starving survivors—who were cold, sick and weak from Stalin's purges and the Nazi invasion of Russia—which offered a glimmer of hope during the darkest days of World War II. By the author of William Tyndale: If God Spare My Life.