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Staff Picks & Recommendations - Books, Movies, Music & Online Courses

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Picked by Jane on Tuesday, January 18
Elsa is a seven year old girl that is exceptionally bright, but different than other little girls her age. She spends most of her time with her grandmother who is very different, also.  She lives in an apartment building with a wide range of characters. Some she gets along with and others are difficult. Her grandmother tells Elsa fairy tale stories that she makes up in the Land-of-Almost-Awake. ...
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Picked by Suzanne on Tuesday, January 11
From the author of Daisy Jones and the Six, Malibu Rising is a delightfully soapy tale of four siblings and a fateful event. It is told over the course of 24 hours, set in 1983, with flashbacks leading the reader through events and introducing characters leading to the party of the year in Malibu. The pace is quick and it accelerates as time goes on, literally marking the hours at the beginning...
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Picked by Jane on Wednesday, December 29
The story begins at a college rave party. Two young woman attending Godwyn University become the center of the story. Mia and Serena meet and chat with friends together until Serena meets two young men that share her interest in the online game of World of Warcraft.  When Serena notices that one of the young men she is talking to tries to slip something into her drink, he strikes her to prevent...
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Picked by Colleen on Wednesday, December 15
A founder of the Rise Up Climate Movement discusses ways we can all build a livable future, with a focus on the role of African voices, while revealing the rampant inequalities within the climate-justice movement.
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Picked by Colleen on Wednesday, December 15
Drawing on diaries, letters and rarely seen memoirs, the author describes the stories of the enterprising Victorian women who used their supposed clairvoyance during the séance craze to win fame, fortune and influence across the era’s rigid boundaries of gender and class.
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Picked by Jules on Wednesday, December 15
Two sisters: beautiful, sophisticated Louise and attractive, witty and intelligent Sarah who has always felt left behind. Then Louise marries the wealthy but unappealing novelist Stephen Halifax, and Sarah, recently graduated from Oxford, is thrown back into family affairs. As Louise enters a high-profile world of glamour, parties and gossip columns, Sarah, drifting in London with her degree and...
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Picked by Jen on Wednesday, December 15
When Kristen Radtke was in her twenties, she learned that, as her father was growing up, he would crawl onto his roof in rural Wisconsin and send signals out on his ham radio. Those CQ calls were his attempt to reach somebody--anybody--who would respond. In Seek You, Radtke uses this image as her jumping off point into a piercing exploration of loneliness and the ways in which we attempt to feel...
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Picked by Jen on Wednesday, December 15
A passionate young foreign service officer, a dedicated journalist, and a smart, determined, but as yet untested new secretary of state must team up to defeat an intricate, carefully constructed conspiracy planned to take advantage of four years of an American government out of touch with international affairs.
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Picked by Mary Anne on Wednesday, December 15
The bestselling author of A Gentleman in Moscow and Rules of Civility and master of absorbing, sophisticated fiction returns with a stylish and propulsive novel set in 1950s America. In June, 1954, eighteen-year-old Emmett Watson is driven home to Nebraska by the warden of the juvenile work farm where he has just served fifteen months for involuntary manslaughter. His mother long gone, his father...
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Picked by Mary Anne on Wednesday, December 15
In an award-winning debut based on true events, a 9-year-old reality-television enthusiast in India uses crime-show approaches to investigate the disappearance of a classmate, before additional abductions shatter life in his sprawling city home.
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Picked by Jane on Wednesday, December 15
Tara was born in 1986 and was raised in a jagged patch of Idaho in the shadow of a mountain called Buck’s Peak. She is one of seven children born to parents of Mormon faith and untrusting of government institutions. Because of their feelings toward public education, her parents took her three older brothers out of school and never allowed her and three younger siblings to attend public school....
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Picked by Diane on Wednesday, December 15
This is a great read for anyone who would like to know what to look for in a company when picking a stock to invest in. The author was working as a river guide and decided he wanted more out of life. He decided he wanted to start investing but did not want a mutual fund manager to decide his future. He started researching for years everything about what goes into picking a long lasting stock. His...
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Picked by Diane on Thursday, December 09
This was an excellent read for anyone. It teaches things about financial literacy that you don’t learn in school, as well as the differences between what the rich teach their children, and what the middle class and poor teach their children about money. It is a story of a boy named Bob who grew up in Hawaii and his father “poor dad” who is in his 50’s and is an educator who works for the state...
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Picked by Mary Anne on Thursday, December 02
Louise Erdrich won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Night Watchman, and has outdone herself with her latest novel, The Sentence. It doesn’t get any better than this for book lovers, with a tale of a haunted bookstore, and the effect this has on the employees, especially Tookie. Tookie is recently released from prison, after getting set up in a body-snatching episode, which resulted in a ridiculously...
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Picked by Mary Anne on Tuesday, November 23
Osman has written a captivating sequel to his debut crime novel, The Thursday Murder Club. In The Man Who Died Twice, Elizabeth, an ex-spy, is contacted by someone in her past who needs a place to hide while M16, the Mafia, and assorted bad guys, are after him for the theft of millions of dollars in diamonds. Elizabeth calls on her friends at the Coopers Chase Retirement  Village, Joyce, Ibrahim...
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Picked by Katie on Monday, November 22
This powerful story is about an astrobiologist father, and his sensitive son, who are struggling to live in a world without their wife and mother, Alyssa. Alyssa has been killed in an auto accident, and 9 year old Robin tries to keep her memories alive by asking his father, Theo, to recount events and play videos of her.  Alyssa was a passionate lawyer who fought for environmental issues.  Robin...
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Picked by Jen on Monday, November 15
A woman hiding her identity behind half a century of secrets lands in the center of a dangerous conspiracy involving a neighbor's disappearance from their South Carolina retirement community. By the best-selling author of The Face on the Milk Carton.
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Picked by Jules on Monday, November 15
Enduring budget cuts at his small liberal arts college, literature professor Jason Fitger despairs of his writing ambitions and imposed role in a star pupil's would-be opus while writing wryly comic, passive-aggressive letters to students and colleagues.
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Picked by David on Monday, November 15
The award-winning author of Witchmark presents a romantic fantasy set in a magical Regency England, where a sorceress must balance magic-ending familial duty with her ambition to become her world’s first great sorceress
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Picked by Mary Anne on Monday, November 15
Returning to the east coast to recover from a drunk driving accident she caused, 29-year-old Sunday Brennan must protect her family from a man from her past who brings her family’s pub business to the brink of financial ruin.
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