CrenshawMore Staff Picks +
Jackson and his family have fallen on hard times. Back into Jackson's head comes Crenshaw, the imaginary cat, who helps him and his family through the difficult times.
SunshineMore Staff Picks +
Rae Seddon bakes in her family's diner surrounded by eggs, flour...and vampires? Tired of her routine, Rae drives out to the lake-a known no-go zone since the catastrophic Voodoo Wars, in which malignant forces attacked humanity. That night, she never even heard them coming. Now trapped in a nightmare, she must do the unimaginable: wield long-buried power and forge an unnatural bond with a predator to combat an even greater evil. But will it be enough? And what, if anything, will remain of Rae once it's begun? My adoration of this book comes with a word of warning: these vampires are not misunderstood hotties; read at your own risk. Come for the artless world-building and sympathetic characters. Stay for the scrumptious-sounding baked goods. I'd risk vampire exsanguination for the Lemon Lechery alone. I'd be perpetually terrified and much too well-fed to do more than waddle away from any undead, but I'd die happy.
Going Postal : A Novel of DiscworldMore Staff Picks +
Moist von Lipwig, coward and career con-man, was sentenced to death and hanged for his crimes. Then he got a government job. Given an offer he can't refuse, he's installed as the Postmaster General of the city of Ankh-Morpork. He's completely unqualified. The backlog of undelivered letters goes back centuries. The remaining staff are crazier than overheated bedbugs. The mail sorter might destroy the universe. Oh, and nefarious forces want him dead. For real. But he may be just what the post office needs.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely FineMore Staff Picks +
This Scottish author's debut novel is part comic novel, part emotional thriller and part love story! Those who loved A Man Called Ove will recognize a similar deadpan, cranky, hilarious but irresistible character. A mysterious event from childhood has left her both physically and emotionally scarred. Ray, a gentle co-worker slowly draws her out of her shell. Eleanor's story will move readers.
The Art of Racing in the RainMore Staff Picks +
Garth Stein knows how a dog thinks! He knows how a race car handles in the rain. He knows grief. And he very skillfully blends the three topics together in this warm-hearted story told by Enzo, the "mutt." And by the way, Garth will be speaking here at the library on October 3!
The VisionMore Staff Picks +
Easily the best comic series of last year. This book imagines Vision – the A.I. robot of Marvel’s Avengers fame – taking a break from saving the world, and trying to live a “normal” life. This series reinvents Vision as a conflicted, deeply tragic character… A superhero story less about being a superhero, and more about family, reality, disappointment, and humanity.
The Pizza Diet: How I Lost 100 Pounds Eating My Favorite Food — and You Can, Too!More Staff Picks +
This book tells the story of Pasquale Cozzolino, a chef from Naples, Italy, who moved to New York City and became obese eating the typical American diet. In four years, he went from 254 pounds to 370 pounds, and even at 6'6," his doctor warned he could die of a heart attack if he didn't alter his eating habits. As someone who LOVES pizza, I devoured this book with gusto, and it did not disappoint. Not only did I learn a lot, it was a very entertaining read, as well. For all you chefs out there, there are also plenty of heart-healthy recipes included.
The SympathizerMore Staff Picks +
Delve into the mind of a communist double agent during the turbulent times of the Vietnam War. Sent to America to resettle with other Vietnamese refugees, our narrator keeps in contact with the Viet Cong still battling in the homeland, giving them information on their displaced enemy. Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize, The Sympathizer will shed new light on the human condition, of love and betrayal, and the devastating cost of idealism gone too far.
The Replacement CrushMore Staff Picks +
This was a fun romance with lots of awesome star trek quotes and references. The characters were realistic (except for maybe how awesome Dallas is at everything) and well balanced. I laughed at the inner monologues and could feel the hurt when Vivian felt hurt. The romance scenes were not too vulgar and there was minimal swearing. Witty and endearing.
Frogkisser!More Staff Picks +
A delightful and fun fantasy romp. Fun infusions of classic fairy tales into an entertaining story.