Tara's Pick

Without a Map
Without a Map

Meredith Hall's writing is tender, vulnerable and beautiful; yet she never feels sorry for herself. She writes about giving up her child for adoption in 1965 in Maine. You are drawn into her story because of her forced choices and the time in which the story takes place. She exposes her inner soul to us as we follow her path and her search for redemption.


Tara's Pick

The Death of Santini
The Death of Santini

Pat Conroy is my favorite author. Get ready for a tumultous ride, this is an emotional memoir. Conroy continues his relationship with his dad that comes full circle in this book. Conroy as always has a silver-tongue, and everything he writes although written in angst is beautiful beyond belief.


Tara's Pick

Incognito
Incognito

Historical fiction at its best! Take a wonderful journey back to the gilded age in New York.This story is both a mystery and a romance with many twists and turns. Thoroughly enjoyable read!


Tara's Pick

Shutter Island
Shutter Island

Lehane's novel, Shutter Island, is a mystery filled with twists and suspense! Teddy Daniels is a U.S. Marshal investigating the disappearance of Rachel Solando from a hospital for the criminally insane! It is a riveting novel that you cannot put down!


Tara's Pick

Katherine
Katherine

Classic romance novel that tells the true story of a love affair that changed history!


Max's Pick

Travels With My Aunt
Travels With My Aunt

A funny tongue-in-cheek novel about a worldly aunt and her reclusive nephew. While she tries to cajole her reclusive nephew into travelling around the world he ponders how he should arrange his Dahlias next spring. The only novel Greene wrote "Just for the fun of it". I am so glad he did. There is a great movie adaptation to watch after reading.


Max's Pick

The Lover
The Lover

A short novel with so much going on. The story reads like a string of strange memories. One of the most interesting books I've ever read, and the only novel I find myself wanting to re-read.


Max's Pick

I'll Be Right There
I'll Be Right There

South Korean Literature has exploded onto the scene in the past two years and Kyung-Sook Shin is the best of them all. A great book if you a feeling nostalgic. A group of friends learn that their favorite college professor is on his deathbed. As they prepare to visit the man that brought them together they re-evaluate the events that brought them together and eventually seperated them. Fans of Haruki Murakiami cannot miss this novel.


Max's Pick

The Orphan Master's Son
The Orphan Master's Son

Johnson's Pulitzer Prize winning story begins rather whimsically for a tale that takes place in North Korea. Memorable characters and bizarre settings help transport the reader all over the world. Especially enjoyable was the North Korean's observations during a traditional Texan Barbecue. This is a multi-faceted novel that provides a window into the darkest place in the world.


Max's Pick

"The Thin Man"

This might be the perfect book, a murder mystery with plent of humour. Nick and Nora are New York City Socialites who solve mysteries while sipping on mixed drinks. This novel is laugh out loud funny. You will not be disappointed.


Max's Pick

The Day of the Triffids
The Day of the Triffids

With a first sentence that can attract any reader, this is an eerily realistic science-fiction novel. Triffids are plant-like aliens with a whip-like stinger. They are very slow moving so they never pose that much of a threat. Until a spectacular meteor shower causes almost all the world to go blind and an opportunity for the Triffids to take over.


Louise, Tara's Pick

All This and Heaven Too
All This and Heaven Too

All This and Heaven Too is based on the true story of a French governess and the aristocratic family she works for. After a shocking murder occurs, Henriette is drawn into one of the darkest scandals of the 19th century.


Tara's Pick

Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight

Alexandra Fuller's early childhood memoir describes "unusual dysfunctional family life" growing up in Africa. Somehow while describing the hardships and beauty of Africa, she leaves us all envious!


Tara's Pick

I Capture the Castle
I Capture the Castle

This coming-of-age novel is told through the eyes of 17-year-old Cassandra, who chroncicles the daily lives of herself, her beautiful older sister Rose and younger brother Thomas, their eccentric father, their melodramatic stepmother, their aesthetically pleasing but intellectually stunted servant Stephen, and their ferocious bull-terrier Heloise. Life is fairly predictable for the two modern girls living in a rundown English castle, but all of that changes when two young American millionaires arrive. Cassandra's sharp sense of humor keeps the reader laughing as the family fights to keep their castle--and their sanity.


Chuck's Pick

Acqua Alta
Acqua Alta

Commissario Guido Brunetti of the Venice police must solve a series of brutal murders during the acqua alta - when the rising seas and pelting rains are flooding his city. The well-contrived plot centers on the theft of rare Chinese ceramics and involves an Italian diva, an American archeologist, a crime boss and his thugs as well as Brunetti's colorful colleagues and family.Donna Leonhas written several murder mysterys which capture the magical atmosphere and mystery of Venice. Add her central character, Detective Brunetti and his ironic commentary on his fellow contrymen to the mix, and one becomes immersed in the charms and idiosyncrasies of Italy.


Louise's Pick

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

A historical novel about two girls from different walks of life who become friends. A great read!


Louise's Pick

The Samurai's Garden
The Samurai's Garden

The Samurai's Garden is a beautiful story of unconditional love "between friends". A story to be savored!


Entire Staff Recommends

The Kite Runner
The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner is a brilliant debut novel. Set in Afghanistan and America, the book follows a friendship between two men that is tested by time, distance, and betrayal. A harrowing, haunting read!


Entire Staff Recommends

The Thirteenth Tale
The Thirteenth Tale

"Politeness is a virtue I neither possess nor esteem in others. We need not concern ourselves with it." With these words, Vida Winter--the reclusive and elusive writer in Setterfield's debut novel--establishes herself as a force to be reckoned with. Margaret Lea, a shy young woman who works in her family's bookstore, has journeyed to Vida's home to begin penning a descriptiongraphy of the famous novelist. Margaret leaves home in hopes of understanding the woman whose very name has symbolized mystery for decades; as the story unfolds, Margaret learns that Vida's outlandish novels pale in comparison with the chaos that has marked the writer's real life; that in spite of our pasts, we still have our futures; and that real life may be more dangerous--and ultimately more rewarding--than she had realized.


Entire Staff Recommends

A Walk in the Woods
A Walk in the Woods

Funny, funny, funny! Enjoy Bill Bryson's wit. You will laugh out loud.


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