Staff Picks

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Salt houses

Hala Alyan
ISBN: 9780544912588

"From a dazzling new literary voice, a debut novel about a Palestinian family caught between present and past, between displacement and home ... On the eve of her daughter Alia's wedding, Salma reads the girl's future in a cup of coffee dregs. She sees an unsettled life for Alia and her children; she also sees travel, and luck. While she chooses to keep her predictions to herself that day, they will all soon come to pass when the family is up rooted in the wake of the Six-Day War of 1967. Salma is forced to leave her home in Nablus; Alia's brother gets pulled into a politically militarized world he can't escape; and Alia and her gentle-spirited husband move to Kuwait City, where they reluctantly build a life with their three children. When Saddam Hussein invades Kuwait in 1990, Alia and her family once again lose their home, their land, and their story as they know it, scattering to Beirut, Paris, Boston, and beyond. Soon Alia's children begin families of their own, once again navigating the burdens (and blessings) of assimilation in foreign cities. Lyrical and heartbreaking, Salt Houses is a remarkable debut novel that challenges and humanizes an age-old conflict we might think we understand--one that asks us to confront that most devastating of all truths: you can't go home again"-- Provided by publisher.

Recommended By: Liz

New suns : original speculative fiction by people of color

edited by Nisi Shawl
ISBN: 9781781085783

Join us in reading the SciFri Book Club's fall pick.

Ebook available from the Alaska Digital Library.

Recommended By: Kristie

What is given from the heart

by Patricia C. McKissack ; illustrated by April Harrison
ISBN: 9780375836152

Despite their own poverty since Daddy died, Mama tells nine-year-old James Otis they need to help Sarah, whose family lost everything in a fire.

Recommended By: Linda

Mrs. Morris and the ghost

Traci Wilton
ISBN: 9781496721518

Recommended By: Carolyn

Killers of the Flower Moon : the Osage murders and the birth of the FBI

David Grann
ISBN: 9780385534246

Presents a true account of the early twentieth-century murders of dozens of wealthy Osage and law-enforcement officials, citing the contributions and missteps of a fledgling FBI that eventually uncovered one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.

Recommended By: Jocelyn

A curse so dark and lonely

Brigid Kemmerer
ISBN: 9781681195087

Eighteen for the three hundred twenty-seventh time, Prince Rhen despairs of breaking the curse that turns him into a beast at the end of each day until feisty Harper enters his life.

Recommended By: Jamie

Meddling kids : a novel

by Edgar Cantero
ISBN: 9780385541992

"The summer of 1977. The Blyton Summer Detective Club (of Blyton Hills, a small mining town in Oregon's Zoinx River Valley) solved their final mystery and unmasked the elusive Sleepy Lake monster--another low-life fortune hunter trying to get his dirty hands on the legendary riches hidden in Deboën Mansion. And he would have gotten away with it too, if it weren't for those meddling kids. 1990. The former detectives have grown up and apart, each haunted by disturbing memories of their final night in the old haunted house. There are too many strange, half-remembered encounters and events that cannot be dismissed or explained away by a guy in a mask ... The time has come to get the team back together, face their fears, and find out what actually happened all those years ago at Sleepy Lake. It's their only chance to end the nightmares and, perhaps, save the world."--Jacket.

Recommended By: Ambler

Martha's halloween ideas [videorecording]

ISBN: 9781419831201

Martha's best ideas for Halloween feature recipes, pumpkin carving, costume ideas, scary make-up tips, and more!

Recommended By: Carlos