Staff Picks

Frog Music

by Emma Donoghue

Summer of 1876: San Francisco is in the fierce grip of a record-breaking heat wave and a smallpox epidemic. Through the window of a railroad saloon, a young woman named Jenny Bonnet is shot dead.

The survivor, her friend Blanche Beunon, is a French burlesque dancer. Over the next three days, she will risk everything to bring Jenny's murderer to justice--if he doesn't track her down first.

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The Bear

by Claire Cameron

For fans of Room by Emma Donoghue

While camping with her family on a remote island, five-year-old Anna awakes in the night to the sound of her mother screaming. A rogue black bear is attacking the family's campsite -- and pouncing on her parents as prey.

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First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

First Grave on the Right

by Darynda Jones

For fans of:  MaryJanice Davidson, Janet Evanovich and the Ghost Whisperer

The grim reaper gets a shiny cool makeover in Jones's blazing hot debut, a paranormal romantic thriller. Charlotte Jean "Charley" Davidson, a 27-year-old PI and consultant for the Albuquerque, N.Mex., police department, exists on two planes—one for the dead, the other for the living.

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Johnny Cash: The Life by Robert Hilburn

Johnny Cash: The Life

by Robert Hilburn

In this, the definitive biography of an American legend, Robert Hilburn conveys the unvarnished truth about a musical superstar. Johnny Cash's extraordinary career stretched from his days at Sun Records with Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis to the remarkable creative last hurrah, at age 69, that resulted in the brave, moving "Hurt" video.

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S. by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst

S.

A young woman picks up a book left behind by a stranger. Inside it are his margin notes, which reveal a reader entranced by the story and by its mysterious author. She responds with notes of her own, leaving the book for the stranger, and so begins an unlikely conversation that plunges them both into the unknown.

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The Art of Falling by Kathryn Craft

The Art of Falling

All Penny has ever wanted to do is dance—and when that chance is taken from her, it pushes her to the brink of despair, from which she might never return. When she wakes up after a traumatic fall, bruised and battered but miraculously alive, Penny must confront the memories that have haunted her for years, using her love of movement to pick up the pieces of her shattered life.

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The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

The Rosie Project

Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date.  He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand.  Conceding to the statistical prbability that there is a significant someone for everyone, he embarks upon The Wife Project.  In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner.  She will be punctual and logical-most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.

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Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

Can twelve 12-year-olds escape from the most ridiculously brilliant library ever created?

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library plunks a dozen sixth-graders into the middle of a futuristic library for a night of nonstop fun and adventure.

In a nod to Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, this fast-paced new novel features an eccentric billionaire who welcomes a group of children into a fantasy setting full of weird, wondrous touches.

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Beyond Belief by Jenna Miscavige

Beyond Belief by Jenna Miscavige Hill with Lisa Pulitzer

For fans of Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer, Escape by Carolyn Jessop and Stolen Innocence by Elissa Walls.

The niece of controversial Scientology leader David Miscavige presents a tell-all memoir about her life in the Church of Scientology.  The author was raised as a Scientologist, but left the controversial religion in 2005.  In this memoir, she shares her true story of life inside the upper ranks of the sect, details

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Cartwheel by Jennifer Dubois

Cartwheel by Jennifer Dubois

For fans of:  Emma Donoghue, Adam Johnson, Ann Patchett, & Curtis Sittenfeld.

Lily Hayes, 21, is a study-abroad student in Buenos Aires. Her life seems fairly unexceptional until her roommate, Katy, is brutally murdered, and Lily, charged with the crime, is remanded to prison pending her trial. But is she guilty, and who is Lily, really? To find answers to these questions, the novel is told from multiple points of view—not only that of Lily but also that of her

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The Mindy Project Season 1 (DVD)

For fans of: 30 Rock, Girls, The Office.

She's smart. She's successful. But when it comes to finding true love, she's a work-in-progress. Meet Mindy (Mindy Kaling), a single OB/GYN who wants her life to be like a romantic comedy, but just can't find the right leading man. As she attempts to balance her unpredictable workplace with some truly offbeat dating situations, Mindy soon discovers that the prescription for happiness is filled with comical side effects.

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On the Map by Simon Garfield

For fans of: Bill Bryson, Maphead by Ken Jennings, Just My Type by Simon Garfield.

Featuring a foreword by Dava Sobel and packed with fascinating tales of cartographic intrigue, outsize personalities, and amusing “pocket maps” on an array of subjects from how to fold a map to the strangest maps on the Internet, On the Map is a rich historical tapestry infused with Garfield’s signature narrative flair.

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The Redeemer by Jo Nesbo

For fans of: Tess Gerritsen, Mary Higgins Clark, Michael Connelly.

One freezing night in Oslo Christmas shoppers gather to listen to a Salvation Army street concert. An explosion cuts through the music, and a man in uniform falls to the ground, shot in the head at point-blank range. Harry Hole and his team have little to work with: no immediate suspect, no weapon and no motive.

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Africa: Eye to Eye with the Unknown (DVD)

For fans of: Planet Earth, Life, Animal Planet.

Naturalist David Attenborough is once again our narrator/onscreen host, and he's on hand for multiple moments that aren't simply educational and revelatory, but also jaw-droppingly beautiful, with cinematography so rich and detailed you might even think some of these shots are studio-enhanced special effects.

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Tatsumi (DVD)

For fans of: Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life, Persepolis and Yoshihiro Tatsumi's work

Tatsumi celebrates the life and work of Yoshihiro Tatsumi-a manga pioneer who transformed the genre with cinematic inspiration and psychological depth.  Singaporean filmmaker and former comic artist Eric Khoo (Be With Me) brings Tatsumi's 2010 graphic memoir A Drifting Life and five of his classic stories to vivid, stunning life. An inventive animated tribute to a groundbreaking artist, the film is as gorgeous, shocking and darkly funny as the works themselves.

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