Staff Picks

Checkout these staff recommended books.

One way

S.J. Morden
2018
ISBN: 9780316522182

Monday's not coming

a novel by Tiffany D. Jackson
2018
ISBN: 9780062422675

When her friend Monday Charles goes missing and Monday's mother refuses to give her a straight answer, Claudia digs into her disappearance.

Shadow divers : the true adventure of two Americans who risked everything to solve one of the last mysteries of World War II

by Robert Kurson
2004
ISBN: 9780375508585

Into thin air and Sebastian Junger's The perfect storm comes a true tale of riveting adventure in which two weekend scuba divers risk everything to solve a great historical mysteryand make history themselves. For John Chatterton and Richie Kohler, deep wreck diving was more than a sport. Testing themselves against treacherous currents, braving depths that induced hallucinatory effects, navigating through wreckage as perilous as a minefield, they pushed themselves to their limits and beyond, brushing against death more than once in the rusting hulks of sunken ships. But in the fall of 1991, not even these courageous divers were prepared for what they found 230 feet below the surface, in the frigid Atlantic waters sixty miles off the coast of New Jersey: a World War II German U-boat, its ruined interior a macabre wasteland of twisted metal, tangled wires, and human bonesall buried under decades of accumulated sediment. No identifying marks were visible on the submarine or the few artifacts brought to the surface. No historian, expert, or government had a clue as to which U-boat the men had found. In fact, the official records all agreed that there simply could not be a sunken U-boat and crew at that location. Over the next six years, an elite team of divers embarked on a quest to solve the mystery. Some of them would not live to see its end. Chatterton and Kohler, at first bitter rivals, would be drawn into a friendship that deepened to an almost mystical sense of brotherhood with each other and with the drowned U-boat sailorsformer enemies of their country. As the mens marriages frayed under the pressure of a shared obsession, their dives grew more daring, and each realized that he was hunting more than the identities of a lost U-boat and its nameless crew. Author Robert Kursons account of this quest is at once thrilling and emotionally complex, and it is written with a vivid sense of what divers actually experience when they meet the dangers of the oceans underworld. The story of Shadow Divers often seems too amazing to be true, but it all happened, two hundred thirty feet down, in the deep blue sea.

Everything I left unsaid : a novel

M. O'Keefe
2015
ISBN: 9781101884485

"When Annie McKay hears a mysterious phone ringing in the trailer she just moved into, the last thing she expected was to be tempted--awakened--by the low, deep voice on the other end. The stranger was was looking for someone else. Instead he found her. And she's unable to resist. Fleeing a dangerous marriage--alone, on the run, and with her husband looking for her--Annie is reluctant to trust anyone. But the stranger on the other end of the line somehow makes her feel safe and alive in a hot, secret world of their own creation. And Annie can tell he wants to help her. Maybe it's the thrill, maybe it's the promise, maybe it's him. She doesn't know anything about the man--except that he's seducing her and she's falling under his spell. But one thing is certain: if Annie lets him get any closer, she won't be able to hide anymore. And that's the most dangerous thing of all"-- Provided by publisher.

Aunt Dimity and the king's ransom

Nancy Atherton
2018
ISBN: 9780525522652

"On a dull and dreary October day, Lori Shepherd and her husband Bill set off for the historic town of Rye, on the southeast coast of England, for a quiet weekend together without the kids. Bill must first pay a visit to a reclusive client--but after Lori drops him off, a powerful storm drives her off course and leaves her stranded in an ancient, rambling inn called The King's Ransom. When Lori is spooked by ghostly noises in the night, Aunt Dimity reminds her rather tartly that not all ghosts intend to harm the living. But the longer Lori is stuck at the inn, the stranger things seem..."-- Provided by publisher.

The serpent's secret

Sayantani DasGupta ; illustrations by Vivienne To
2018
ISBN: 9781338277142

Up until her twelfth birthday, Kiranmala considered herself an ordinary sixth-grader in Parsippany, New Jersey, but then her parents disappear and a drooling rakkhosh demon shows up in her kitchen, and soon she is swept into another dimension, full of magic, winged horses, talking birds (very annoying), and cute princes--and somehow Kiranmala needs to sort it all out, find her parents, and basically save the world.

Boy erased : a memoir

Garrard Conley
2016
ISBN: 9781594633010

"A poignant account by a survivor of a church-supported sexual orientation conversion therapy facility that claimed to 'cure' homosexuality describes its intense Bible study program and the daily threats of his abandonment by family, friends and God, an experience that transformed the author's relationships and self-understandings"--NoveList.

Best frints in the whole universe

Antoinette Portis
2016
ISBN: 9781626721364

Yelfred and Omek of planet Boborp are best frints, even when they have disagreements.