Staff Picks

Staff Picks

Staff Picks

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

This is a strange and beautiful story spanning multiple generations of women whose family history is filled with ill-fated loves, bad luck and disillusionment, all to do with matters of the heart. The youngest, Ava, is an otherwise normal girl born with the wings of a bird. She can't fly. Ava becomes the obsession of a pious grown man, and suffers a heartbreaking tragedy. A treat to read, the novel contains rich poetic, witty, lyrical prose. If you like magic realism, fairy tales, or stories requiring a suspension of disbelief, this is a lovely, exquisite read. ~Kate, HH

Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbo

Jo Nesbo's novels are not for the faint-of-heart. Murder, graphic violence and Nordic noir draw the willing reader into raw crime situations. Nesbo's flawed characters head toward self-destruction, even as they try to save others. In this thriller, a drug kingpin tells contract killer Olav to "fix" the man's new, young wife.  If Olav refuses, he will likely be the next target.  While figuring out his plan, the compassionate assassin Olav falls in love with the wife he's supposed to kill. ~Kate, HH

Pioneer Girl by Laura Ingalls Wilder

If you loved reading the "Little House" books, you will thoroughly enjoy reading "Pioneer Girl".  Laura writes about the Ingalls family history.  In sixteen years, the Ingalls  traveled Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and the Dakota Territory.  The reader will get a real feel for what family life was in the late 1800s. ~Barb, CCL

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Celeste Ng's first novel is a hauntingly, beautifully told story of a family in crisis. A teenage girl named Lydia drowns (murder? suicide? an accident?), leaving her parents and siblings looking for answers and wondering if they knew Lydia as well as they had thought. Themes of identity, racism, grief, and sacrifice will keep the reader thinking about the book long after putting it down. ~Meghan, HH