Staff Picks

Staff Picks

Staff Picks

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Ove is the neighborhood curmudgeon in his Swedish community...or is he? Backman continually reintroduces Ove and his neighbors until we begin to understand how hard it is to really know someone, and how wrong it may be to judge him. You will love Ove and his neighbors...just give them a chance. ~Kathryn, CCL

A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay

Merry Barrett was eight years old when her 14-year old sister Marjorie descended into madness, in the middle of the family falling apart due to her father's unemployment. Then the Barretts accept the offer of a reality show focused around Marjorie's "possession" so they can support themselves.  But was Marjorie possessed, schizophrenic, or simply an unruly teen? Even fifteen years later, Merry still struggles to make sense of that moment in time--and this unsettling but suspenseful horror novel will have readers doing the same. ~Debra, CCL

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