Staff Picks

Staff Review Mar 16, 2010

Conspirata by Robert Harris is a work of historical fiction set in ancient Rome. A sequel to Harris’ novel Imperium, Conspirata continues the story of the life of the great orator and politician Cicero. The book begins in the year 63 B.C., when Cicero was elected consul of Rome.

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Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell

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Mar 15, 2010

Sarah Vowell recounts her pilgrimage to the memorials, museums and historic markers denoting assassination attempts on Presidents Lincoln, Garfield and McKinley in her non fiction work Assassination Vacation.  She constant

Staff Review Mar 15, 2010

“I like Oxford. You can trust everyone in this town-from Highway 6 to the Interstate. But one think about Oxford is that if you’re and outsider, you don’t wanna cause any trouble. You mess with Oxford, you’re gonna have problems.” –Bob Lindley P. 42.

Staff Review Mar 14, 2010

Kalix MacRinnalch, youngest daughter of the reigning werewolf king and closet laudanum addict, is on the run. Which is unsurprising, since she attacked her father during an argument about her boyfriend and ran off. She's currently running from her family—who are split on the notion of whether she should be rescued or executed for treason—from rival clans, and from human hunters who see her and all her kind as abominations.

Staff Review Mar 13, 2010

Anyone who likes art, animation, or cute things should pick up The Little Book of Hindu Deities. A small book housed in our Young Adult section, it offers some basic info on Hinduism for the curious or those who want to brush up on Vishnu’s incarnations, but its real value is in Patel’s illustrations.

Staff Review Mar 12, 2010

I picked up the historical romance anthology The Heart of Christmas because of the name Mary Balogh on the cover and because I miss the old Regency Christmas anthologies.

Staff Review Mar 11, 2010

Helen's long-time friend, Nicola has terminal cancer. The doctors have done all they can but Nicola is determined to try alternative therapies. She asks Helen if she can stay with her for 3 weeks while she undergoes treatment at the Theodore Institute. Helen agrees but quickly discovers that she may have taken on more than she can handle. She also suspects that the Theodore Institute is a fraud. Helen's friendship is severely tested by Nicola's belief that the Institute can cure her cancer and by the physical demands of caring for her.

Staff Review Mar 11, 2010

If The Manhattan Hunt club had a sub-title it would be “vigilante on vigilante justice”. When Jeff Converse stops to help a woman in the subway, she mistakes him for her attacker. He convicted of rape and sentenced to time in prison. Without giving too much away, he finds himself in the tunnels under Manhattan being hunted by vigilantes who are unhappy with the current justice system.

Staff Review Mar 11, 2010

The Tokyo Zodiac Murders is an interesting mystery set in Japan. The introductory portion of the book contains some heavy imagery, so be forewarned. This is not a 'cozy' mystery. While reading the introductory chapter, I couldn't figure out where the mystery was going to come in to play. Afterall, here the book is laying out what is going to happen. Or so I thought.

Staff Review Mar 11, 2010

Furnham, a pioneer in the psychology of money, presents here a readable synthesis of years of research and study in the area. He provides information and advice that would benefit anyone. This book is a must for employers and human resources professionals. Anyone who is interested in money-- or who has someone close who would benefit from being more interested in the topic-- might take a look at this book. It's a quick, but solid, read.