Staff Picks

Staff Picks

Staff Picks

I Am Dynamite by Sue Prideaux

A rare endeavor:  a true chronological biography of the controversial philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900).  Most of the tomes devoted to him are overloaded on the philosophy.  Prideaux's estimable work provides insight not only into her subject but his possessive sister Elizabeth, who distorted his life and work after his death; Richard Wagner, whom he admired but whose German-first worldview came to disgust him; Lou Salome, the temptress who replaced Cosima Wagner in his affections.  Prideaux corrects the widely-held view of Nietzsche as an anti-human nihilist. ~Kim, CCL

Hollywood Homicide by Kellye Garrett

When Day, a broke former TV commercial star, finds out that a $10,000 reward is offered for tips that solve a deadly hit and run, she decides to find the murderer.  Of course, that is easier said than done.  The author, who used to write for the TV show Cold Case, pokes fun at many aspects of Hollywood and L.A.  The winner of both the Agatha and Anthony Awards, this book is perfect for fans of humorous mysteries and eccentric characters. ~Jessie, CCL

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

The funniest book about the Apocalypse you will ever read. An angel, Aziraphale, and a Demon, Crowley, must find the misplaced Antichrist and prevent Armageddon so that they can go back to reading books, eating sushi and minding their own business. Gaiman and Pratchett are both in peak form here-- you'll want to read it again and again! ~Emily, CC

Those People by Louise Candlish

On the problem of despicable neighbors, here's a book about a couple that moves into an idyllic neighborhood in South London and drives its families to desperation. Each is nursing a private beef with a spouse, partner or neighbor, causing them to make wildly irrational decisions, all leading to a shocking fatal accident. There are many red herrings and an abrupt open-ended finish, leaving the reader to imagine what may happen. ~Barbara, HH

There There by Tommy Orange

"The world is made of stories, nothing else; just stories, and stories about stories". So writes Tommy Orange in this mournful, beautiful debut. A member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes, Orange writes about urban Indians tied together by an upcoming Powwow in Oakland, CA. He masterfully holds his swirling cast of characters together through multiple points of view and flashbacks, yet somehow makes you care about the fate of each. ~Mary, HH