Staff Picks

Staff Picks

Staff Picks

The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister

Foodies and lovers of short stories will want to pick up this gem. A series of vignettes tell the stories of the members of Lillian's cooking class - how they came to be there, their complex relationships, and what they will take away. Don't miss the sequel: "The Lost Art of Mixing." ~Laura, HH

The Paradise (TV Series)

Looking for something new after watching Downton Abbey or Mr. Selfridge?  This BBC historical drama is set at the Paradise, England's first department store.  Follow the characters through stories of love, betrayal, and friendship.  The two season series includes characters to root for and an intriguing blend of history and drama. ~Kelly, CCL

Toumani & Sidiki by Toumani Diabate & Sidiki Diabate

Father and son duo Toumani and Sidiki Diabate have focused their album on little known kora (the ancient 21-string harp/lute of West Africa) compositions from their country, Mali. It's a complex album, at times peaceful, then fiery- always captivating. These stunning melodies are a perfect vehicle for their gorgeous duets. ~Elizabeth, HH

I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

I'll Give You the Sun is the beautiful coming of age tale depicting the relationship between twin siblings Jude and Noah.  Told through both perspectives over a span of their teen years, this story follows the twins' family dynamics, hardships, misunderstandings, romances, and friendships.  In a brilliant narrative, Nelson shows readers that sometimes the person who knows you best really doesn't know you at all.  Readers who enjoy moving, realistic fiction will highly enjoy this one! ~Kelly, CCL

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Lovers of fantasy will rejoice in this novel perfect for tweens, teens, and adults alike!  Dragons and humans coexist in the kingdom of Goredd, and the protagonist must find a way to bridge a gap between the two, all while hiding her true nature, forming relationships, and pursuing her musical ambitions.  This book was one of the most unique fantasy novels I have ever read.  Don't miss the sequel, Shadow Scale, out in March 2015! ~Kelly, CCL