Staff Picks

Staff Picks

Staff Picks

Hemingway's Girl by Erika Robuck

Mariella Bennet is a young woman in 1930s Key West, struggling to keep her family together following the death of her father. Her mother is mired in grief and depression, leaving the breadwinning and the parenting of younger sisters to Mariella, who makes money by dressing as a boy and betting on boxing matches. During one match she meets two men who will change the course of her life; a young WWI veteran and boxer named Gavin and local celebrity Ernest Hemingway. Fans of The Paris Wife and Z : a Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald will enjoy this. ~Mary, HH

B'lieve I'm Goin Down by Kurt Vile

Local Philly boy Vile is hard to categorize- not exactly folk, not exactly rock. I've been listening to "Pretty Pimpin" on repeat lately- the title belies the sweetness of the track. He writes incredibly clever, insanely quotable lyrics- for example describing a hangover as "A headache like a ShopVac coughing dust bunnies". I think this, his sixth album, is his best so far. A great display of his idiosyncratic style. ~Elizabeth, HH

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

How much do you really know about your family's past? The Nightingale is a compelling story about two French sisters, who, during World War II, struggle to survive, protect their families, and fight the Nazis in very different ways.  The past has been buried until one of the sisters receives an invitation that brings all her memories to the forefront. ~Marguerite, CCL

Brain Storms by Jon Palfreman

The author, who developed Parkinson's at 60, explains the complexities of this debilitating disease, the hope of treatments that are being tested in humans and the possibilities of cures. He tells inspiring stories of people who have learned to live fully in spite of symptoms and the successes and failures of research. I recommend this book for families who have been impacted by this disease and for anyone who has an interest in the brain and its functions. ~Linda, CCL

The Inner Circle by Brad Meltzer

An entertaining political/conspiracy fiction story about a down on himself but passionate archivist who accidentally stumbles upon an important piece of history not meant for him. His curiosity getting the better of him, he decides to investigate, and his persistence gets him into trouble.  Set mostly in DC, it is a classic struggle between figuring out who can be trusted, and the bad vs. the good.  People who enjoy Dan Brown novels or are entertained by any of Brad Meltzer's TV shows (as I am) should find this to be an enjoyable read. ~Lisa, CCL