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

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Picked by Jane on Monday, January 30
On Christmas night in 2017 Hannah and her husband host a family dinner at their home for her parents and brother Mako and sister-in-law Liza. Mako announces that he has reserved an expensive cabin in the woods for the four of them and Hannah’s best friend Cricket and her boyfriend.  Mixed feelings about a weekend together are concerning but they put their feelings aside to show gratitude for a...
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Picked by Jane on Tuesday, January 10
Joel Backman is the Broker. He was a very successful power broker that received a secret compromise on the world’s most sophisticated satellite surveillance system. When the creators of the program are killed and a senator that helped him to make a deal with foreign countries for the program is killed, his involvement is revealed and he is sent to prison for 16 years. He takes his secrets with...
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Picked by Colleen on Thursday, December 22
"It is wartime in German-occupied Poland. A mother hides with her five-year-old daughter, a musical prodigy whose slightest sound may cost them their lives. The girl is forbidden from making a sound, so the yellow bird sings. He sings whatever the girl composes in her head: high-pitched trills of piccolo; low-throated growls of contrabassoon. Music helps the flowers bloom. When the daisies grow...
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Picked by Colleen on Thursday, December 22
In the late nineteenth century, a group of German-speaking Mennonites traveled from Russia into Central Asia, where their charismatic leader predicted Christ would return. Over a century later, Sofia Samatar joins a tour following their path, fascinated not by the hardships of their journey, but by its aftermath: the establishment of a small Christian village in the Muslim Khanate of Khiva. Named...
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Picked by Leslie on Thursday, December 22
Hand-picking the keenest insights and funniest exchanges from eighty-four episodes of the groundbreaking streaming series, this carefully curated book offers excerpts from casual yet intimate conversations with the funniest people alive and behind-the-scenes photos and anecdotes.
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Picked by Mary Anne on Thursday, December 22
"A simple mix up throws one innocent man into the crosshairs of sinister government secrets and ruthless political ambitions in New York Times bestselling author Joseph Finder's timely, electrifying new thriller. Michael Tanner is on his way home from a business trip when he accidentally picks up the wrong MacBook in an airport security line. He doesn't notice the mix-up until he arrives home in...
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Picked by Mary Anne on Thursday, December 22
"Lucy Barton is a writer, but her ex-husband, William, remains a hard man to read. William, she confesses, has always been a mystery to me. Another mystery is why the two have remained connected after all these years. They just are. So Lucy is both surprised and not surprised when William asks her to join him on a trip to investigate a recently uncovered family secret--one of those secrets that...
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Picked by Mary Anne on Wednesday, December 21
"Frankie Elkin is an average middle-aged woman, a recovering alcoholic with more regrets than belongings. But she spends her life doing what no one else will--searching for missing people the world has stopped looking for. When the police have given up, when the public no longer remembers, when the media has never paid attention, Frankie starts looking. A new case brings her to Mattapan, a Boston...
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Picked by Jane on Thursday, December 08
On a cold November day in Three Pines, a small village of Montreal, a mysterious figure appears. The figure stands silent in dark robes through rain and sleet and soon the villagers’ feelings go from curiosity to fear. Newly appointed Chief Superintended of the Surete du Quebec, Armand Gamache, suspects that the creature’s appearance has a dark purpose. However the figure is not breaking any law...
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Picked by Jane on Monday, November 21
The story begins at one of the many charity ball events in Palm Beach. For every disease, there seems to be another ball organized and attended by a group of wealthy widows. The organizers are a group of avid supporters of the president of the times. They call themselves the Potussies. When one of the women goes missing at a lavish gala, chaos breaks out. Katherine Pew Fitzsimmons better known as...
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Picked by Mary Anne on Thursday, November 10
Hannah Jones is thrilled to be accepted at Oxford, and as she settles in, feels privileged to be part of such a prestigious university. Hannah even becomes good friends with her roommate, April Clarke-Cliveden, a wealthy socialite who can be kind or cruel, and loves playing practical jokes that are a little over the top, making her more than a few enemies. Hannah arrives home one night and sees a...
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Picked by Jane on Monday, November 07
Travis Devine is a young man that takes the 6:20 commuter train to Manhattan every day. He gets up each morning, does a strenuous workout and then takes the long train ride to a job that he hates. Devine was a West Point graduate, a ranger in the elite Seventy-Fifth Ranger Regiment, he had twin Purples, a Silver Star and slew of other medals and ribbons. He had risen to the rank of Captain and...
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Picked by Mary Anne on Wednesday, October 19
The members of the Thursday Murder Club are at it again, when Cooper’s Chase Retirement Village heats up again with a cold case that turns hot. This is the third installment in Richard Osman’s bestselling series, beginning with The Thursday Murder Club (2020), followed by The Man Who Died Twice (2021). The members of the club aren’t your usual retirees. They meet to study unsolved cold cases, and...
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Picked by Mary Anne on Tuesday, October 18
"In the first line of Ocean State, we learn that a high school student was murdered, and we find out who did it. The story that unfolds from there with incredible momentum is thus one of the build-up to and fall-out from the murder, told through the alternating perspectives of the four women at its heart. Angel, the murderer, Carol, her mother, and Birdy, the victim, all come alive on the page as...
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Picked by Mary Anne on Tuesday, October 18
"Just in time for the centennial celebration of groundbreaking noir fiction writer Patricia Highsmith comes a reissue of her propulsive, engrossing debut, Strangers on a Train, with a new introduction by best-selling author Paula Hawkins. Guy Haines and Charles Anthony Bruno are passengers on the same train. Haines is a successful architect in the midst of a divorce, Bruno a mysterious smooth-...
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Picked by Jen on Tuesday, October 18
"An ordinary man undergoes a startling transformation-and fears that all of humanity may be next-in the mindblowing new thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of Dark Matter and Recursion Logan Ramsay can feel his brain...changing. And his body too. He's becoming something other than himself. Maybe even something other than human. As he sets out to discover who did this to him, and...
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Picked by Colleen on Tuesday, October 18
Celebrated NPR correspondent Nina Totenberg delivers an extraordinary memoir of her personal successes, struggles, and life-affirming relationships, including her beautiful friendship of nearly fifty years with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
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Picked by Colleen on Tuesday, October 18
   "Horizontal Vertigo: the title refers to the fear of ever-impending earthquakes, which led Mexicans to build their capital city outward rather than upward. With the perspicacity of a keenly observant flâneur, Villoro wanders through the city seemingly without a plan, describing people, places, and things, while brilliantly drawing connections among them, the better to reveal, in all its...
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Picked by Gabby on Tuesday, October 18
Two teens, two diaries, two sordid scandals. All from the same dark place- a serial con artist who betrayed a grieving family, stole a dead boy's identity, and swindled her way to the National Book Awards.
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Picked by Mary Anne on Wednesday, September 07
Shirley Jackson was the prolific author of novels (The Haunting of Hill House, We Have Always Lived in the Castle) and hundreds of short stories. Jackson was known mainly for her writing in the horror and mystery genres.  Life Among the Savages is something else completely! It is a funny, laugh-out-loud story of family life in Vermont in the 1950’s.  Based on Jackson’s own children and family, it...