Staff Picks

Staff Picks

Staff Picks

Please Vote for Me

This documentary chronicles a Chinese 3rd grade class's first open elections for position of class monitor. The three tiny candidates engage in low blows, political spin, character assassination- like any election! Witty and fascinating film set in a swiftly changing Chinese city. ~Elizabeth, HH

Wait Till Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin

The author weaves her childhood story about growing up in Long Island NY in the 1950s around around the events of the time.  These events include the Cold War, the McCarthy hearings, and the Dodgers and Giants baseball teams before their move West.  Other influences upon her life were her parents, neighborhood, and church.  Any baseball fans and people with an interest in Long Island history would enjoy reading this memoir. ~Barb, CCL

World of Trouble by Ben H. Winters

A fitting end to a great series. Detective Hank Palace is still the last policeman as he tirelessly pulls together clues from crime scenes and interrogates witnesses to find his missing sister. Ben H. Winters paints a believable picture of a world awaiting its end thanks to an asteroid on a collision course. If you haven't read the first two books, start with The Last Policeman and then read Countdown City. A great read for mystery and science fiction lovers and anyone looking for a pre-apocalyptic tale without a zombie to be seen. ~Jenna, CCL

A State of Mind

This documentary captures incredibly rare footage of daily life in North Korea by following the lives of 2 young gymnasts as they practice for the Mass Games- the largest choreographed performance on Earth. It's a sometimes shocking, intimate look at one of the world's most secretive nations. ~Elizabeth, HH

Without You by Saskia Sarginson

After the death of her older sister in a boating accident, Faith's family life begins to unravel as her parents struggle with their loss.  However, Faith believes Eva is still alive and attempts to find her at all costs. The reader is brought back to her parent's happier times, revealing a family secret that haunts them.  I couldn't put this book down, and I hated to see it end. ~Marguerite, CCL