Killing CommendatoreMore Staff Picks +
Haruki Murakami's newest work focuses on a recently divorced portrait painter and the set of odd circumstances he inadvertently becomes entwined in. The discovery of an unknown painting in his attic begins a journey involving a mysterious neighbor, a mystical pit, and the physical embodiment of an Idea. Follow along as the commonplace and the supernatural weave a unique tale that pushes the bounds of what is real and what is unreal.
All Systems RedMore Staff Picks +
All Systems Red is the first book in the Science Fiction series Murderbot Diaries. The protagonist and narrator is an apathetic security cyborg that hacked its own behavioral controls so it can watch too much TV instead of interacting with humans (which it finds boring and annoying). A fun sci-fi mystery with memorable characters.
Fifth SeasonMore Staff Picks +
Fifth Season is the first book in an amazing series. While many fantasy books are content to recycle the same pseudo-medieval archetypes, Jemisin builds a world unlike anything I have read before. The dark and dystopian story feels very fresh and relevant, offering plenty to think about.
The Ghost Army of World War IIMore Staff Picks +
This book details the formation of an American special deception unit in WWII. Using inflatable tanks, fake radio transmissions and a specialized collection of sound effects, the men (mostly artists) of the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops deceived the Germans regarding American troop strength and position.
Monsters of the Week: The Complete Critical Companion to The X-FilesMore Staff Picks +
In 1993, Fox debuted a strange new television show called The X-Files. Little did anyone suspect that the series would become one of the network’s biggest hits—and change the landscape of television in the process. This collection even includes exclusive interviews with some of the stars and screenwriters, as well as an original foreword by X-Files creator and show-runner, Chris Carter.
Racing to the Finish: My StoryMore Staff Picks +
It was a seemingly minor crash at Michigan International Speedway in June 2016 that ended the day early for Dale Earnhardt Jr. What he didn’t know was that it would also end his driving for the year. He’d dealt with concussions before, but concussions are like snowflakes, no two are the same. And recovery can be brutal, and lengthy. In this candid reflection, Earnhardt opens up about his frustration with the slow recovery, his admiration for the woman who stood by him through it all, and his determination to share his own experience so that others don’t have to suffer in silence. Steering his way to the final checkered flag of his storied career proved to be the most challenging race and most rewarding finish of his life.
The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He CreatedMore Staff Picks +
He lived in the present tense—in the camera’s lens. There was no frame he couldn’t or wouldn’t fill. He swung the heaviest bat, earned the most money, and incurred the biggest fines. Like all the new-fangled gadgets then flooding the marketplace—radios, automatic clothes washers, Brownie cameras, microphones and loudspeakers—Babe Ruth "made impossible events happen." Aided by his crucial partnership with Christy Walsh—business manager, spin doctor, damage control wizard, and surrogate father, all stuffed into one tightly buttoned double-breasted suit—Ruth drafted the blueprint for modern athletic stardom. Drawing from more than 250 interviews, a trove of previously untapped documents, and Ruth family records, Leavy breaks through the mythology that has obscured the legend and delivers the man.
Twelve Days of ChristmasMore Staff Picks +
I love a good conflict of personalities that moves from hate to love. Twelve Days of Christmas is just that. Woman meets man (her neighbor) and finds him rude, grumpy and a thief. She seeks council and advice on a Blog about her "Scrooge." Show kindness is the suggestion. 12 days later they are madly in love. Yes there are times when "love at first sight" really can happen, at least in a book!
The DisappearedMore Staff Picks +
Having David Chandler read to me keeps me driving down the road! I'm a total "Box by Chandler" listening fan. Box kept me guessing to the end on who the "Disappeared" were, and who Wyoming Game Warden Picket was going to find. Having Nate, the Falconer, added lots of adventure to the story. Box hasn't failed me yet!
There You’ll Find MeMore Staff Picks +
A wonderful book about a girl who travels to Ireland to follow in the footsteps of her older brother who was killed in a terrorist bombing. The reader comes alongside Finley as she struggles with grief, her belief in God, navigates friendships, romance, bullies, and eating disorders. I got sucked into the story quickly and laughed, cried, got angry, and felt frustrated right along with the characters!