Staff Picks

Enjoy …  “The Joy of Books”

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We hope you will enjoy several of these titles, as we did, and share them with others!

Sharon’s picks

Bloodline and Refusal by Felix Francis

Felix Francis is doing a perfect job of continuing the British horse racing mystery novels created by his father, Dick Francis. In Refusal, favorite ex-jockey turned PI Sid Halley returns, and in Bloodline, television race-presenter Mark Shillingford investigates the mysterious death of his twin sister, jockey Claire Shillingford, after he confronts her about possible race fixing.

The Perfect Match  by Kristan Higgins


Karen’s pick

Inheritance: the vault of souls by Christopher Paolini

The imperial cruise: a secret history of empire and war by James Bradley

Legend by Marie Lu

Habibi by Craig Thompson

The New York Five by Brian Wood


Karla’s picks

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes


Crosby’s picks

White Fire by Douglas Preston

Pendergast is a modern day Sherlock and there is even a made up Doyle story (with the permission of the estate) included here which ends up assisting Pendergast.Corrie is head-strong and somewhat bumbling, but is following many of her mentor’s ways and could end up a great FBI agent (if she doesn’t get killed or the FBI disavows her). Plus Pendergast may have recruited a new FBI agent along the way while learning about an assassin, corrupted people and an arsonist.

The Hallowed Ones by Lauren Bickle
This book melds 2 genres which seem odd together: Amish & vampires. The concept intrigued me. Still, this book led me to find out more about the Amish ways which I did not know (presuming the book is accurate in its portrayal–minus the vampires), so the book was successful in drawing in an outsider. The action is fast enough that the brief moments of romance and explanations of Amish theology/customs do not drag the book. This book does examine moral issues and cultural standards.

The Ascendant  by Drew Chapman


Monique’s picks

Pastrix: The cranky, beautiful life of a sinner and saint by Nadia Bolz-Weber

The cranky, beautiful faith of a sinner and saint by Nadia Bolz-Weber.  The author is a Lutheran pastor in Denver. She breaks pretty much all stereotypes and leads an unusual but quickly growing congregation in the emerging church movement. Her personal journey and the story of her church are interwoven with honesty and humor in a way that makes you rethink a lot of things, not the least of which are what it means to be a Christian and what church is all about. Regardless of your personal beliefs, this book will provide food for thought regarding the role that Christianity plays in our society.

Christianity after Religion: The end of church and the birth of of a new spiritual awakening by Diana Butler Bass

Marilyn’s picks

Don’t Go by Lisa Scottoline

I have enjoyed the Rosato & Associates legal thrillers written by Scottoline so I recently picked up Don’t Go.  This is a departure from her more humorous novels.  It is  a story about a doctor-soldier whose wife dies while he is serving in Afghanistan.  As he tries to re-establish a relationship with his infant daughter a mystery unfolds surrounding the death of his wife.  The reader wonders whom to trust as the story evolves. This is a captivating story presenting several ethical dilemmas.  Scottoline has also recently written Accused, the next in the Rosato & Associates series.  If you like Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series, you’ll like the Rosato series!


Brenda’s picks

Dog Songs – Poems by Mary Oliver

If you have ever loved and been loved by a dog, you will recognize moments from your life in these poems. Sweetly funny and wistful by turn, the poems are like snapshots of dogs: that laughing mouth, the romping, muddy paws, the fervent gaze out the window. Why do we love dogs so much? Oliver’s tender recollections of her dogs and the conversations she has with them remind us: because dogs live life the way we wish we could, authentically and in the moment.