Staff Picks

Staff Picks

Staff Picks

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

Foodies will love this novel about what it takes to pursue your passions. Eva Thorvald is born to a chef and a sommelier, and so comes by her precocious palate quite naturally. The novel uses Eva's life as the connecting story arc: Sometimes her role is as the entree, other times she is a side dish or a garnish to the other characters' stories. There are many references to food and pop-culture around food, as well as a few recipes and menus. This might be a fun book club choice if your club likes to theme the snacks to the book. ~Kathryn, CC

Four Seasons in Rome by Anthony Doerr

If you are waiting to read All the Light You Cannot See you might while away the time by reading this nonfiction book by the author, who received a one year fellowship in literature to live and write in Rome. He moved there with his wife and six month old twin boys. He chronicles his experiences with learning the language, navigating the labyrinth of streets, being awestruck with the sights and their history and the two-fold challenge of child rearing. He paints a vivid portrait of Rome and the surrounding countryside which made me feel as though I, too, was there. ~Linda, CCL

The Other Daughter by Lauren Willig

After her mother dies, Rachel Woodley discovers a clipping of her deceased father, very much alive and doing very well as a respected earl and father of two. Channeling her hurt and anger, Rachel transforms herself into a debutante and infiltrates London's 1920's high society to get her revenge on her father and his family. Soon though, she begins to understand that beyond all the glitter and gold, all is not what it seems, and revenge comes at a high price. A highly enjoyable tale of a young woman finding herself and her place in the world. ~Jenna, CCL

Happy and In Love by The Shirelles

These excellent 70's era Shirelles albums have been overlooked for too long. They sound more mature- their beautiful voices even richer. Great covers included, too- I love their take on Marvin Gaye classics in their medley of Mercy Mercy / Inner City Blues / What's Going On. ~Elizabeth, HH

The Art of the English Murder by Lucy Worsley

A great read for people who love true crime as well as detective fiction. This book examines some of England's most notorious murders and the public's fascination with them. Discover how these crimes inspired not only English literature, but all forms of entertainment from the 19th century forward. Learn how writers like Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Agatha Christie turned real-life crime solvers into fictional characters, thereby shaping England's idea of who a detective should be. ~Kristin, CCL