Staff Picks

Stormbird by Conn Iggulden

In Conn Iggulden’s first book in the War of the Roses series, England and France’s bitter rivalry comes alive in vivid detail. Young Henry VI has just ascended to his English throne, yet he is known to be weak and ineffectual, relying almost completely upon his two advisers, low-born spymaster Derry Brewer and William de la Pole, the Duke of Suffolk. Derry and William secretly plan to unite the young French royal Margaret D’Anjou and Henry in marriage to quell hostilities, but hotheaded nobles like the Plantagenet Duke of York scheme for more war instead of peace.

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold in the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown

Competitive rowing in 1936 was popular and dominated by upper class, East Coast men. Author Brown gives us a thrilling look at a group of working class students from the University of Washington who were molded into the perfect rowing team and who peaked at just the right time for the 1936 Berlin Olympics. The story of the struggles of the team members coming of age during the Great Depression, the training and tactics needed to win, and the thrill of competing in Berlin are all woven into this exciting account of the triumph of these Americans on the world stage.

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More Love Less Panic: 7 Lessons I Learned About Life, Love and Parenting After We Adopted Our Son from Ethiopia by Claude Knobler

Moved by an article about the plight of orphans of the AIDS epidemic in Africa, Knobler and his wife adopted a five-year-old boy from Ethiopia. The energetic and free-spirited Nate quickly brought change to the dynamic of their quiet Jewish family that included their biological son and daughter. In this heartwarming memoir, Nobler weaves moving stories such as meeting Nate’s dying mother in Ethiopia with the hilarious tales of Nate’s adjustment to his new life. 

Talon by Julie Kagawa

Teen siblings Ember and Dante have a dangerous secret. They are dragons, trained to act as humans, given one summer to live as regular human teens to test their ability to blend in. Ember wants to spend the 3 months of freedom they have while living as human teens to experience everything a normal human girl would- parties, friendships, love, and more. If they fail, they risk being hunted down and killed and if they succeed, they’re destined to join Talon, the dragon organization set to take over the human world.

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Walking Home by Eric Walters

Muchoki has been through a lot: Kenyon rioters destroyed his home, his church, and his town. His father died giving Muchoki, his mother and younger sister Jata a chance to escape the turmoil. Now Muchoki, Jata, and his mother are living in a relocation camp. His mother has malaria, so they are waiting for her to become strong enough to travel to her parents’ village. Then the unthinkable happens: his mother dies. Muchoki must figure out a way to get out of the camp, and find his way to his grandparents’ village with his sister.

Autumn Falls by Bella Thorne

Following the death of her father, Autumn, her brother, and her mother move down to Aventura, Florida, to help take care of her grandmother. Fortunately, on her first day of school Autumn becomes friends with a quirky group of kids who take her under their wing, and sparks also fly between her and school quarterback Sean. Unfortunately, at the same time she draws the wrath of one of the most popular girls in school, Reenzie, because Reenzie and Sean have been friends for years. 

Archie Takes Flight by Wendy Mass

It’s Take Your Kid to Work Day, and Archie is finally allowed to tag along with his father.  His dad had the night shift in his yellow taxi.  Instead of picking up customers in the city, Archie discovers that his dad runs a space taxi. Archie is in charge of navigating the taxi from galaxy to galaxy, a skill he inherited from his grandfather.  It seems that stellar navigation is a family gift.  After getting their first fare from HQ, the local bagel shop, Archie and his father enter a new galaxy.

Texts From Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with your favorite literary characters by Mallory Ortberg

In this hilarious take on literary favorites, Mallory Ortberg holds imaginary and hilarious conversations via text message with everyone’s favorite characters and writers. From Achilles to Hamlet, Jessica Wakefield to Hermione Granger, Ortberg perfectly captures them in texts. This is a must read for literature lovers, English majors, and anyone who ever wanted to be best friends with a fictional character. 


Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick

This is the story of Amber Appleton, a relentlessly upbeat 17-year-old who engages daily in a strenuous and not always successful battle in the arena where "hope dukes it out with despair." Despair is wielding some pretty serious weapons, and for a while it seems like it might triumph, as a series of blows challenge Amber’s outlook. The story of how her friends try to bring her back to life is heart-aching and powerful (but not without humor!), and makes a wonderful, fresh and intense reading experience.


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