Staff Selections


Let Me Explain You

Let Me Explain you is such an original and  vividly told novel that I could hear the character's voices and see their faces.  Every time I opened the book, they sprang immediately to life, and author Anna Liontas plots this dysfunctional family tale in a way that is fresh and funny.


Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Maria Semple

A lionized architect flees a real estate disaster in L.A. to hide in the soggy wilds of Seattle with her Microsoft wunderkind husband and her precocious daughter.  There, they become completely mired in a bog of stultifying local mores, the petty social machinations of an ambitious neighbor and a work colleague, and perversions of sheer chance.  As the plot thickens, a proposed family trip to Antarctica—which initially seems like a self-indulgent, exotic plan—may be their only hope.  The satire and charm of this epistolary novel emerges in the unsaid, and the suspense is great.


Mary Coin

You know this photograph.  WPA photographer Dorothea Lange took it in the 30s when thousands of Americans migrated from the Midwest to California searching for jobs, any way of surviving during the Dust Bowl crisis.  Who is she?  Did she and her children survive to make lives for themselves?  Her name was Mary Coin and Marisa Silver found out what she could about her and wrote a beautiful novel about America during it’s toughest times.  Do you love The Grapes of Wrath?  Read Mary Coin, thengive it to your teenager.


1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed
Eric H. Cline

A new and very readable account of the collapse of Late Bronze age civilizations in the Western Mediterranean.


The Silent Land
Graham Joyce

While vacationing at a ski resort in France, Jake and Zoe are caught in an avalanche.  After Jake digs Zoe out, they shakily return to the hotel -- only to find it completely abandoned.  Thus begins this eerie tale by Mr. Joyce, an award-winning fantasy writer from England.  (His next novel, Some Kind of Fairy Tale, is a staff pick of my co-worker, Kathleen.)  The Silent Land is a haunting tale, dense and disturbing, as it explores the territory between the real and the unreal, between life and death -- all with a pervading sense of claustrophobia and suppressed panic.  If Rod Serling had written a love story for The Twilight Zone, it might seem something like this.  A rewarding read that will linger with you long after you've finished.