Staff Picks

Staff Picks

Staff Picks

Andy Warhol was a Hoarder by Claudia Kalb

What an interesting way of looking at mental health conditions! Each chapter features a famous personality.  People such as Marilyn Monroe, Abraham Lincoln, Princess Diana, and, well yes of course, Andy Warhol, each in their own way exhibited behaviors that can be clearly diagnosed in retrospect. The book is packed with interesting bits of biographical tidbits that highlight key characteristics of conditions, including autism, bipolar disorder, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and schizophrenia.  A real page-turner for those interested in either historical figures or mental health. You will be left with a deeper understanding of both. ~Claire Michelle, HH

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

In the far off future, all diseases have a cure, there are no food shortages, no catastrophic events that cause mass destruction, crime, and all other forms of natural death have been eradicated, leading to immortal lives. Sounds wonderful, until you realize over population and boredom are completely unavoidable. The Scythedom was created and it is their task to "glean" and keep the population in check. Two teens are picked to apprentice a scythe and train in the "art" of taking a life, but at a cost, the apprentice who loses, will be gleaned. ~Adrianna, CCL

Good Friday on The Rez by David Bunnell

This 280-mile day trip takes the reader through 500 years of the history of Native Americans, the West, and of the author’s life.  Bunnell, a founder of tech startups and publications like PC Magazine and Macworld, was once an idealistic teacher on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota, where he became immersed in Lakota history and culture. In this memoir, he makes tragic events vivid by telling the personal stories of the individuals who experienced them.

This book can be quite sad, and that is as it should be. There are also stories of the resilience and triumph of Native people, particularly in those chapters devoted to his friend Vernell White Thunder, descendent of chiefs - who owns hundreds of acres of ranch land, runs several thriving businesses and is a leader and elder of his tribe. ~Mary, HH

Detective Sean Duffy Series by Adrian McKinty

Audio Books: The Cold, Cold Ground, I hear the Sirens in the Street, In the Morning I’ll be Gone

Combining aspects of historical fiction, police procedural, and suspense-filled thriller, McKinty has set these novels in 1980s Northern Ireland, during the thick of “The Troubles”, and this strong sense of time and place is as captivating as any character.  Detective Sean Duffy, a Catholic policeman in Protestant Carrickfergus, finds it far from captivating though, as the simmering partisan violence makes every investigation inordinately more complicated.
Gerard Doyle provides an incredibly compelling and authentic narration for this gritty, sometimes horrifyingly realistic series. ~Anita, HH

The Space Barons by Christian Davenport

Those of us of a certain age grew up during the space race.  They were exciting times of new adventures.  The Space Barons reflects on the current space race which is not between governments, but between men with the means to privately build and launch rockets.  These men – Paul Allen, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson and Elon Musk - have taken different paths to their achievements, and have challenged the government's methods and costs to begin fulfilling their dreams.  Go to Mars? Return to the Moon? Explore the next steps in space exploration by reading this book. ~Beverly, HH