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Life After Life is this week’s staff pick. By Kate Atkinson, this book follows the unusual life of Ursula Todd who continuously reincarnates, and whose life plays out a bit differently each time.  Our staffer loved this book and thinks it deserves all those awards it won.  While initially confusing it’s worth the effort, and soon the life on loop becomes quite normal and you can’t wait to see where Ursula goes next. Highly recommended for anyone who likes the unusual.  A companion novel about her brother Teddy will be released in May, making now a great time to read all about Ursula.

“On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born, the third child of a wealthy English banker and his wife. Sadly, she dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in any number of ways. Clearly history (and Kate Atkinson) have plans for her: In Ursula rests nothing less than the fate of civilization.

Wildly inventive, darkly comic, startlingly poignant — this is Kate Atkinson at her absolute best, playing with time and history, telling a story that is breathtaking for both its audacity and its endless satisfactions.”–Taken from Goodreads.com

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Her by Harriet Lane is this week’s staff pick.  Our staffer called it an ‘engrossing psychological suspense novel’ about two women and their apparent friendship.  You can find this one in New Fiction.

You don’t remember her–but she remembers you.

On the face of it, Emma and Nina have very little in common. Isolated and exhausted by early motherhood, Emma finds her confidence is fading fast. Nina–sophisticated, generous, effortlessly in control–seems to have all the answers.

It’s easy to see why Emma is drawn to Nina. But what does Nina see in her?

A seemingly innocent friendship slowly develops into a dangerous game of cat and mouse as Nina eases her way into Emma’s life. Soon, it becomes clear that Nina wants something from the unwitting Emma–something that might just destroy her.”–Taken from Goodreads.com

 

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What’s your New Years resolution? If it involves reading more or starting a new book club, we can help!

We have oodles of Book Club Kits available for check out.  These are available all year long and are constantly updated.  If you want to find out more, please visit the Book Club section of our website, where you’ll find a list of available titles and how you can request a kit.

As for reading more, we offer a variety of book recommendations.

– Staff Pick Bookmarks (located at the Circulation and Reference desks) These change frequently and are always stocked

– Staff Pick of the Week : blog post and added to our Facebook album (one for 2014 and one for 2015)

– We’re encouraging everyone (staff included) to participate in a reading challenge.  This year, we picked Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge.  We made flyers for it that you can find at Circulation and Reference

-Check out our Pinterest Book Recommendations board – we’ve posted tons of lists of all kinds. There is definitely something you’ll love here!

-We have a book recommendation page where you can get newsletters on your favorite types of books sent straight to your email

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For the end of 2014/beginning of 2015 instead of a new Staff Pick of the Week, we’re going to list the books that you, our fantastic patrons, read the most this year.  We’re going to do the Top 10 in several categories.

We also have your most read titles of 2014 on Bookmarks at the Circulation desk!

Adult Fiction: 

1. Inferno – Dan Brown

2. Sycamore Row – John Grisham

3. The Storyteller – Jodi Picoult

4. The Hit – David Baldacci

5. Mistress – James Patterson

6. And the Mountains Echoed – Khaled Hosseini

7. Cross My Heart – James Patterson

8. Daddy’s Gone A Hunting – Mary Higgins Clark

9. NYPD Red 2 – James Patterson

10. The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt

 

Young Adult Fiction:

1. Allegiant – Veronica Roth

2. Prodigy – Marie Lu

3. Clockwork Princess – Cassandra Clare

4. The Elite – Kiera Cass

5. The Moon and More – Sarah Dessen

6. Ali’s Pretty Little Lies – Sara Shepard

7. The Kiss – James Patterson

8. The Fall of Five – Pittacus Lore

9. Perfect Scoundrels – Ally Carter

10. Oblivion – Anthony Horowitz
Biography:

1. My Beloved World – Sonia Sotomayor

2. Waiting to be Heard – Amanda Knox

3. The First Muslim: The story of Muhammad – Lesley Hazleton

4. A House in the Sky – Amanda Lindhout

5. The Reason I Jump – Naoki Higashida

6. I am Malala – Malala Yousafzai

7. Empty Mantions – Bill Dedman

8. Ava Gardner – Peter Evans

9. Anne Frank – Melissa Muller

10. The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks – Jeanne Theoharis

 

Nonfiction:

1. Lean in : women, work, and the will to lead – Sheryl Sandberg

2. David and Goliath : underdogs, misfits, and the art of battling giants – Malcolm Gladwell

3. Killing Jesus : a history – Bill O’Reilly

4. Core strength training : the complete step-by-step guide to a stronger body and better posture for men and women

5. Dad is fat – Jim Gaffigan

6. The bully pulpit : Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the golden age of journalism – Doris Kearns Goodwin

7. Culinaria Hungary – Aniko Gergely

8. Zealot : the life and times of Jesus of Nazareth – Reza Aslan

9. The adobo road cookbook : a Filipino food journey – Marvin Gabpultos

10. Past tense : 365 daily tools for putting stress behind you – for good! – Shawn Kilgarlin

 

J FIC:

1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Hard Luck – Jeff Kinney

2. The House of Hades – Rick Riordan

3. Tales from a Not-So-Happy Heartbreaker – Rachel Renee Russell

4. Big Nate Flips Out – Lincoln Peirce

5. The First Samurai – Leonardo Favia

6. Stick Dog – Tom Watson

7. Day of Doom – David Baldacci

8. My Brother is a Big, Fat Liar – James Patterson

9. The Secret of the Fairies – Thea Stilton

10. Mystery of the Midnight Rider – Carolyn Keene

 

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In honor of the holidays, we suggest the hilarious Christopher Moore’s The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror.  Our staffer can’t recommend this enough, read it now.

‘Twas the night (okay, more like the week) before Christmas, and all through the tiny community of Pine Cove, California, people are busy buying, wrapping, packing, and generally getting into the holiday spirit.

But not everybody is feeling the joy. Little Joshua Barker is in desperate need of a holiday miracle. No, he’s not on his deathbed; no, his dog hasn’t run away from home. But Josh is sure that he saw Santa take a shovel to the head, and now the seven-year-old has only one prayer: Please, Santa, come back from the dead.

But hold on! There’s an angel waiting in the wings. (Wings, get it?) It’s none other than the Archangel Raziel come to Earth seeking a small child with a wish that needs granting. Unfortunately, our angel’s not sporting the brightest halo in the bunch, and before you can say “Kris Kringle,” he’s botched his sacred mission and sent the residents of Pine Cove headlong into Christmas chaos, culminating in the most hilarious and horrifying holiday party the town has ever seen.”–Taken from Goodreads.com

 


The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror

Christopher Moore

Published: Oct 13, 2005 by William Morrow
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