Staff Picks

Staff Picks

Staff Picks

Still Me by Christopher Reeve

Actor Christopher Reeve, a Julliard-trained actor best known for his iconic turn as Superman, was no longer able to move or even breathe on his own after a fluke horseback riding accident left him quadriplegic. This book is Reeve’s beautifully written and bravely honest memoir of his life both before and after his tragic accident. After recently re-reading Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, as well as some of the criticisms of that book, I wanted to read a real-life story of a person living with quadriplegia. Reeve’s memoir provided such an account, and was both thought-provoking and moving. Recommended for anyone interested in traveling a mile in another person’s shoes via a book. ~Laura, CCL

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

Learning the back story of people who were on a plane that crashed, didn't appeal to me in the beginning of the book, but by the end I couldn't wait to drive somewhere so I could listen to more of the book.  I enjoyed the different characters who all had their own issues.  Recommended. ~Beverly, HH

Days Without End by Sebastian Barry

Thomas McNulty and John Cole are just boys when they meet in the 1840s. A strong friendship develops during their early days and later as soldiers in the Indian and Civil wars. Questions of morality, faith and fate run through this poetic narrative as McNulty looks for balance between love, friendship, honor and duty and the brutal violence that comes with following orders. ~Barbara, HH

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

What a page turner! An agoraphobic woman thinks she witnesses a crime through her window, but the police are not so sure she is a reliable witness. This is a great psychological thriller to read by the fire on a snowy day.  ~Meghan, HH

Heating and Cooling by Beth Ann Fennelly

Keen to read a good book, but short on time? These beautifully and sparsely-written 52 “micro-memoirs” unfold in just over 100 pages. Mixing humor, sadness, warmth, and at times great depth, the poet’s sensibility of the author is in evidence on every page of this prose. A great read for those who enjoy books that deftly and succinctly touch upon aspects of the human condition. ~Laura, CCL