Staff Picks

Staff Picks

Staff Picks

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

Perdu’s floating bookshop is anchored on the Seine in Paris. He is well known for his ability to prescribe the perfect book to heal his customers of whatever spiritual ailment they have. However, he is not able to heal his own heart that was broken when his lover left him twenty years earlier. She left a letter, which he never opened until a neighbor challenged him to read it. Her reason for leaving is revealed, but it makes his heart heavier. He lifts anchor and travels the Seine, along with two interesting characters, on a journey to find the healing that is long overdue. The book, which is to be savored, ends with renewed hope. ~Linda, CCL

Man on Wire

A fictionalized film based on this incredible true story just came out (The Walk), but the documentary is so much better, in my opinion. This doc often felt like a face-paced adventure flick as tightrope walker Petit recounts the planning, execution, and result of his famous World Trade Centers walk. Both a crafty caper and a monument to beauty and accomplishment. ~Elizabeth, HH

Raven Black by Ann Cleeves

When the body of young Catherine Ross is found strangled in a field, local DI Jimmy Perez becomes part of the team investigating the murder. Evidence suggests that her death may be linked to the disappearance of another child eight years earlier; the locals look forward to old Magnus Tait finally being brought to justice. However, DI Perez is not convinced the answer is that easy. Cleeves describes the Shetland Islands setting in vivid detail and her characters are believable and sympathetic. And the ending -- I have to say, I didn't see it coming. ~Kathryn, CC

The Girls of August by Anne River Siddons

In the dead of winter with snow everywhere, this book was a wonderful respite!  Three women who have know each other for years, and one woman who is new to the group, take a 2 week August vacation on a remote island.  Their lives are changing, but their friendships are forever. ~Beverly, HH

The Art of Crash Landing by Melissa DeCarlo

Mattie Wallace has hit rock bottom, again. With only a few dollars and a beat-up car, she heads to her mother's hometown in Oklahoma in hopes of receiving a lucrative inheritance. Like so much in Mattie's life, this wish does not come true, but stranded, she learns a little about her mother's past and is forced to confront her own mistakes. Mattie is a character that will drive you crazy, but thanks to Melissa DeCarlo's wonderful writing, you will find yourself rooting for Mattie to succeed. ~Jenna, CCL