Staff Picks

Staff Picks

Staff Picks

Finders Keepers

While the broad strokes of this stranger-than-fiction documentary may be bizarre- the film is incredibly hilarious, touching, and thought-provoking. Recovering addict John fights for the return of the leg he lost in a plane crash. Enterprising Shannon refuses to return it, having bought it in an auction. You'll never guess where this story goes- it's the definition of tragicomic. ~Elizabeth, HH

American Housewife by Helen Ellis

From a washed-up writer appearing on a reality TV show in hopes of reviving her career, to two women duking it out over apartment hallway decor through increasingly menacing emails, these dozen stories (including my favorite about a highly unusual book club) had me busting-out laughing with all their delightfully snarky details. Recommended for those who like their Real and Desperate Housewives on the literate side. ~Debra, CCL

Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick

Philbrick portrays the Pilgrim-Native American history in a new light.  The key players in the Indian-English Wars were Miles Standish, William Bradford, Benjamin Church, Massasoit and Philip.  The colonists' thirst for land and food drove them to annihilate many Indian tribes.  Anyone who is interested in early Colonists-Native American relations will find this book both factual and fascinating. ~Barb, CCL

The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon

Told in McMahon's deliciously creepy style, this story has it all: sibling rivalries, intense friendships, and things that go bump in the night. Summoned home after a tragic event, Piper looks to the past to uncover the truth. Great for readers of mystery, horror, and suspense. ~Jenna, CCL

Bunker Hill by Nathaniel Philbrick

This is a timeline of Boston's turbulent history from 1773-1776.  Samuel Adams, Joseph Warren and John Hancock stir up the rebellion against England.  The Battles of Lexington, Concord, and Bunker Hill ignite the way to the American Revolution. Anyone who loves American History will find out that Philbrick's book brings the events prior to the American Revolution to life. ~Barb, CCL