Staff Picks

Servants of the Storm by Delilah S Dawson

Dovey witnessed her best friend Carly die in one of the most violent hurricanes Savannah, Georgia has ever seen. One year later, she is being heavily medicated with mysterious white pills that arrive monthly in an unmarked glass bottle. Due to the pills, Dovey is able to cope with day-to-day activities like attending school or play practice, but feels as if she is in a dead fog and cannot remember anything beyond the time Carly died. While at a past favorite coffee shop, Dovey is positive she sees Carly, but loses her in an alley.

The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

Nastya Kashnikov has struggled to surface for the past two years, ever since the mysterious incident that cost her everything – including her identity as an acclaimed pianist - and utterly broke her spirit.  Now she just wants to put the past behind her and keep everyone at a distance.  She’s doing a pretty good job of it, too, with her snark, sneering and sarcasm.  Until she finds herself inexplicably drawn to the one person at her new school who seems as isolated and alone as she is,  Josh Bennett.  After the loss of his family,  all Josh wants is

Hung Up by Kristen Tracy

Lucy leaves repeated voicemail messages with a trophy company complaining about a mishandled order, but no one answers or returns her calls. Finally James answers his new phone. While trying to convince Lucy that he is not the trophy company, he tells her what town he lives in and where he goes to school. They become phone friends, sharing stories of family and friends. Two months and many conversations later they make plans to meet, but a family issue keeps James away. They don’t meet face-to-face until the end of the book.

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Isla has been hopelessly in love with Josh, her classmate at their boarding school in Paris, for years. When she comes face-to-face with him in a chance meeting the summer before their senior year, their relationship takes off. But when their rule-breaking gets Josh expelled, the two are forced apart to different continents. Is their relationship strong enough to hold? 

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The Hundred–Foot Journey by Richard Morais

When a horrific fire destroys their modest Mumbai restaurant and steals the life of a beloved wife and Mummy, the grief-stricken Haji family emigrates from India.  An extended period of mourning spent traveling throughout Europe culminates with this gregarious family opening an inexpensive Indian restaurant in the small alpine town of Lumiere, France.  Cultural differences soon escalate between the Haji family and Gertrude Mallory---longtime owner of a two-star restaurant a hundred-feet across the street---leading to a terrible accident jeopardizing the health of  fourteen-ye

Road Ends by Mary Lawson

Road Ends completes Lawson’s trilogy of work set in the remote rural landscape of Northwestern Ontario.  The Cartwright’s---a sprawling dysfunctional family with seven children---reside in the small, farming community of Struan.  Family patriarch and breadwinner, Edward Cartwright, is manager of the local bank. The story unfolds from multiple points of view alternating between him and the two oldest Cartwright offspring, Tom and Megan, both in their early twenties.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Karou’s art school classmates don’t know much about her, other than she is an orphan, has vivid blue hair that never fades, and fills her sketchbooks with drawings of fantastical beasts called Chimera.  What her classmates don’t realize is that these characters aren’t from Karou’s imagination, but are actually her adopted family.  Karou grew up in her adopted father, Brisbane’s, otherworldly trade shop.

Grandmaster by David Klass

Daniel  Pratzer is a newbie on the freshman chess team at his private school. He has made modest progress, but as a patzer (beginner), Daniel is shocked when his super-achieving co-captains ask him to participate in a special tournament. The Manhattan tournament is comprised of three father-son teams.  The captains admit it’s not Daniel’s skill they’re after - it’s Daniel’s dad they want on their team. With Mr. Pratzer’s skill as a Grandmaster, they are sure they’ll win the $10,000 prize.

Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly

Seraphina is about to be crowned heir to the mermaid throne, when suddenly both of her parents are killed in an attack on her city. Sera goes on the run. Nightmares plague her and drive her and five other mermaids to try to stop an ancient evil that wants to destroy mermaid-kind. Seraphina must deal with a lot to save all and become the mermaid heir.

Life by Keith Richards

Richards of the Rolling Stones may not be quite as famous as his “glimmer twin” Mick Jagger, but his life has been in the public eye and scrutinized for decades.  Countless articles and books and documentaries have attempted to infiltrate the true rock and roll lifestyle of the Rolling Stones and their decades spent making music and on tour, but nothing comes close to the amazement of hearing it straight from Richards himself.  The audiobook version of Life is a masterpiece, hearing the voices of Johnny Depp, rocker Joe Hurley, and an aged Keith Richards himself adds a

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