Staff Favorites: Non-Fiction Thrills.

The Devil’s Teeth: A True Story of Obsession and Survival Among America’s Great White Sharks by Susan Casey

“The killing took place at dawn and as usual it was a decapitation, accomplished by a single vicious swipe.” Thus begins this intriguing look at the great white sharks that congregate every fallat the Farallon Islands, just 27 miles from San Francisco. Two biologists and a handful of interns monitor the action in “shark alley,” trying to understand these fearsome, elusive animals. The islands themselves have a fascinating, almost piratical, history. Chock full of adrenaline-pumping stories, and scientific information, this is a terrific book for armchair adventurers and California surfers. Complete with color photographs.

                       ~ Beth D.

Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer by James Swanson. Continue reading “Staff Favorites: Non-Fiction Thrills.”

Tom’s Midnight Garden

I have just read again one of my very favorite children’s books, Tom’s Midnight Garden, by Philippa Pearce, a book that like all the best children’s books can be read with a great deal of pleasure by adults. I know that I find new depths every time I read it.

It is a fantasy about a boy named Tom, who wants to spend the summer at home exploring his garden with his brother. But Peter has measles and Tom has to spend a lonely, boring summer with his uncle and aunt in their flat in an old house in the city, a house with no garden. One night when the clock in the hall strikes thirteen, Tom steps outside the house to find, not the alley with garbage cans of the daytime, but a beautiful garden, which appears again every night. Continue reading “Tom’s Midnight Garden”

Staff favorites: Three novels to check out now

No Time for Goodbye by Linwood Barclay
Cynthia is a typical high school student who sneaks out one night to goof around with her boyfriend. She is caught by her angry father and she storms off to bed screaming how much she hates him. She realizes the next morning how horrible she was and she goes to apologize but she can’t find him. Strangely, her mom and brother are gone as well. The car is gone from the driveway and there is no note. Twenty-five years later, she is still desperately seeking answers to their disappearance. Her search for the truth will jeopardize her life and family. ~Jeff A.

Darwin’s Radio by Greg Bear
An ancient retrovirus comes to life in southern Russia, causing mothers to lose their babies before they are born. Governments around the world treat the SHEVA virus as a dangerous disease that must be eradicated, but something else is afoot, namely a sudden evolutionary leap in the human genome, with unusual consequences. With events spinning out of control, a trio of researchers—disgraced archaeologist Mitch Rafelson, retrovirus expert Kaye Lang and globe-trotting CDC virus hunter Christopher Dicken—must convince governments of the truth. Fun, fast-paced, thought-provoking, and even a splash of romance, this is speculative fiction at its best. ~ Beth D.

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
This is a magical story that will have you floating on air. You’ll fall in love with the Waverly women and Bascom, North Carolina. While wanting to find out what happens next you will also be dreading that this book is going to come to an end. Just read it, and you’ll be recommending it to others afterwards!     ~  Jesten R.

Staff Favorites: Three novels to take to the beach

Looking for a good novel to take along on your vacation—or read in your backyard? The Summer edition of Staff Favorites for Adults is hot off the press and available at your branch. The bright green booklet highlights 27 books, fiction and nonfiction, recommended by Library staff. The three novels suggested here are also available on audio, making them good companions for road trips, too.

book cover for Last Night at the LobsterLast Night at the Lobster by Stewart O’Nan
It’s Manny DeLeon’s last night managing a Red Lobster restaurant on a snowy stretch of Connecticut highway. The staff knows the restaurant is closing, yet they seat, serve, feed and clean up after customers with infinite consistency, despite the uncertainty of their own futures. Soft-hearted, conscientious Manny leads readers through twelve ordinary hours and lets us into lives at the Lobster. Tender, funny and concise, this novel is pure perfection for anyone who’s worked at a restaurant (ever change the oil in a Frialator?) as well as for Continue reading “Staff Favorites: Three novels to take to the beach”