Staff Picks

Staff Picks

Staff Picks

Super Host by Kate Russo

Divorced and living in his painting shed so he can rent his home to vacationers to London, Bennett Driscoll struggles to move on from his marriage and find his artistic muse again. Through encounters with three of his AirBed tenants, he begins to have insight into his failures as a husband and his stagnation as an artist. He reconnects with his daughter and begins a dalliance with a local bar maid as he works his way through his own middle-age crisis. Russo writes about relationships, love, loss, and self-awareness with humor and insight. ~Kathryn, CCL

Lords of the Fly by Monte Burke

Take a dive into the small but intense world of tarpon fishing in Florida, namely off Homosassa on the Gulf Coast. You'll learn some about tarpons and fly fishing of course, but this isn't a technical book. Its appeal is the story and people. You'll meet the cast of characters that caught tarpon fever at its peak in the 1970s when world records fell year after year. It's an entertaining trip back in time to a sunny, wilder Florida when giant tarpon filled the waters. ~Meredith, CCL

Looker by Laura Sims

A fast, psychological thriller about a woman's obsession with her neighbor, a beautiful and famous actress. A good look into an unraveling mind and an engaging story about envy. ~Barbara, HH

Rough House by Tina Ontiveros

Tina Ontiveros shares her coming of age story in this memoir. She provides an engaging contrast between the wild beauty of the Pacific Northwest logging country she grew up in in the 1980s and Ontiveros' own confining and poverty-stricken family life. Her father was an unreliable and volatile man prone to violence, while her mother was determined to provide a stable home for her children. The author takes you through her childhood and adolescence, as she comes to terms with her parents' weaknesses and strengths. ~Meredith, CCL

The River by Peter Heller

A descriptive and atmospheric thriller about two college friends on a canoe trip in northern Canada. A threatening wildfire, suspicious travelers and a missing woman put their survival skills to the test. ~Barbara, HH