Staff Picks

Staff Picks

Staff Picks

Container Theme Gardens by Nancy J. Ondra

This book simplifies container gardening and is perfect for those who love plants, but don't have the time or space for a large garden. The plantings are grouped into five plants per container and chosen for their compatibility. Pick how much available light you have, choose a container and the author will recommend how to have a beautiful "garden" all season! ~Moria, CCL

Always Hungry by David Ludwig

Dr. Ludwig has turned the diet world upside-down. His groundbreaking studies show that overeating doesn’t make you fat; the process of getting fat makes you overeat. The book outlines a program, complete with meal plans, that will help you lose weight and then keep it off for good. It is a positive way to conquer what has become an national epidemic - obesity. ~Moria, CCL

The Gates of Evangeline by Hester Young

What happened to Gabriel Deveau? Charlotte "Charlie" Cates is hired by the Deveau sisters to write an authorized family history with hopes of solving the 30-year-old mystery surrounding the disappearance of their younger brother. Charlie finds herself tangled up in family secrets, the re-opened investigation into Gabriel's kidnapping, and unexplainable visions while trying to deal with her own tragic past. This is a great Gothic story with mystery, romance, and a hint of the supernatural that will keep readers turning the pages long into the night. ~Jenna, CCL

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

The novel begins with an errant pitch from a small boy and leads to an heroic conclusion some twenty years later. Owen Meany, the boy with the wrecked voice, the boy who gave the narrator his faith, is tiny, so tiny that the members of his Sunday school class pass him around over their heads when their teacher leaves the room. The novel traces the friendship of John Wheelwright and Owen. It is a love story, a bildungsroman, a mystery, but most of all, an exceptionally good read. ~Linda K., CCL

A Criminal Magic by Lee Kelly

It’s the 1920s, and the U.S. has passed the Eighteenth Amendment--against magic. All that has done is drive gangsters, sorcerers and smugglers underground. Joan Kendrick  is a sorcerer from rural Virginia looking to keep her family out of poverty by working for Washington D.C.’s notorious Shaw Gang. Alex Danfrey’s sorcery skills serve the FBI, as he looks to infiltrate the Shaws and take them down, not just for the Bureau, but for revenge. When gang alliances shift and things grow more dangerous, will their love survive? For “Boardwalk Empire” fans who don’t mind magic tossed into the mix. ~Debra, CCL