Staff Picks

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. 

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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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The Riddle of the Labyrinth by Margalit Fox

For fans of: The Lost Painting by Jonathan Harr, The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown and The Lost City of Z by David Grann.

When archaeologist Arthur Evans unearthed the ruins of a  sophisticated Bronze Age civilization that flowered on Crete 1,000 years before Classical Greece, he discovered a cache of ancient tablets, Europe’s earliest written records. Award-winning New York Times journalist Margalit Fox's riveting real-life intellectual detective story travels from the Bronze Age Aegean to the turn of the 20th century to the colorful personal stories of the decipherers.

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The I.T. Crowd (Series)

For fans of: The Office, 30 Rock, Peep Show.

In the gleaming high-rise offices of Reynholm Industries, powerful executives oversee billion dollar business deals. But in the dark and shabby basement, the company's IT Support Team bitter slacker Roy, socially inept Moss, and their new boss, computer illiterate Jen rule their own domain of professional irresponsibility, mega-nerd ecstasy, and random acts of personal insanity.

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The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

For fans of : Agatha Christie, P.D. James, Midsomer Murders.

While in the hospital recovering from injuries sustained from falling through a trap door, Scotland Yard Inspector Alan Grant becomes intrigued by a portrait of Richard III. Could such a sensitive face actually belong to one of history's most heinous villains—a king who killed his brother's children to secure his crown? Grant determines to find out once and for all what kind of man Richard was and who in fact killed the princes in the tower.

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Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

For fans of: Philippa Gregory, Salman Rushdie. 

England in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years and marry Anne Boleyn. The pope and most of Europe opposes him. Into this impasse steps Thomas Cromwell: a wholly original man, a charmer and a bully, both idealist and opportunist, astute in reading people, and implacable in his ambition. But Henry is volatile: one day tender, one day murderous. Cromwell helps him break the opposition, but what will be the price of his triumph?

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An Idiot Abroad (DVD)

For fans of: The Ricky Gervais Show, the British Office. 

An Idiot Abroad demonstrates that it takes a unique mind to reduce the Seven Wonders of the World to a string of dirty, far-flung tourist traps, but if the mind in question is that of Karl Pilkington, the feat is less extraordinary than expected. Viewed as either a perverse documentary look at a (thankfully) singular mind or 21st-century Theatre of Cruelty, An Idiot Abroad is guaranteed to produce astonished laughter, and is a worthy addition to Gervais and Merchant's ever-expanding canon of uncomfortable humor.

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Vertigo (DVD)

For fans of: Chinatown (1974), Diabolique (1954),  Mulholland Drive (2001).

Dismissed when first released, later heralded as one of director Alfred Hitchcock's finest films (and, according to Hitchcock, his most personal one), this adaptation of the French novel D'entre les morts weaves an intricate web of obsession and deceit. A retired San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's much-younger wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.

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The Stranger by Camilla Lackberg

For fans of: Karin Fossum, Henning Mankell, Patricia Cornwell. 

A woman is found dead, apparently the victim of a tragic car crash. At the same time a reality TV show is being shot in the town. As cameras shadow the stars’ every move, relations with the locals are strained to breaking point. When a drunken party ends with a particularly unpopular contestant’s murder, the cast and crew are obvious suspects. As the country tunes in, the bodies mount up. Under the intense glare of the media spotlight, Patrik faces his toughest investigation yet…

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