Staff Picks

The Shakespeare Requirement

by Julie Schumacher You have to feel sorry for Jason Filger.  He is the chairman of the English Department at Payne University which the powerful  Economics Department wants to eliminate.  One proposal is to eliminate the required Shakespeare course which touches off a maelstrom.  Full of satire and laugh-out-loud situations that  will have you rooting [...]

Clock Dance

by Anne Tyler One day Willa Drake receives a phone call from a stranger that prompts her to fly across the country to care for a woman, her daughter, and their dog.  This impulsive decision leads her to a sense of fulfillment and self-discovery.  This newest novel from the great Anne Tyler is full of charm with a [...]


by Rosie Walsh Sarah and Eddie meet in London and have a whirlwind week of romance.  When Sarah  doesn't hear from him again she thinks she has become a victim of the modern dating method of breaking up termed "ghosting."  Sarah just can't quite believe it so goes looking for Eddie and finds secrets and [...]

The Other Woman

by Daniel Silva Just when you think our favorite Israeli spy and art restorer Gabriel Allon  was going to stay at his desk job, he is back in action.  Allon and his  team go back into the field as they try to find the woman who can identify the mole in Britain's M16.  Reminiscent of John [...]

Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein

by Jamie Bernstein Just in time for Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday anniversary, his oldest daughter Jamie Bernstein has penned a memoir of growing up with her famous father.  She is candid and loving as she relates stories of their home life and meeting her parent's famous friends but also of the challenges facing the family.  

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup

by John Carreyrou This book is a well-researched investigative report on the biotech startup Theranos and its founder Elizabeth Holmes.  Theranos became a Wall Street darling and Holmes a media sensation as the company claimed that they could do blood testing with only one drop of blood.  The only problem was that the blood testing [...]

The Romanov Empress

by C.W. Gortner The Russian nobility never fail to interest and this historical fiction tells the story of Maria Feodorovna who began life as a Danish princess and became a czarina and the mother of the last Romanov czar.  Court gossip, family tensions, political strife and Rasputin are all vividly presented in this engaging book. [...]


by  Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic The battleship Indianapolis had a distinguished record during World War II as it saw action at Iwo Jima but it is best remembered as being the greatest sea disaster in the history of the U.S. Navy.  On July 30, 1945 the Indianapolis was sunk by a Japanese torpedo losing [...]

The Masterpiece

by Fiona Davis Fiona Davis takes us into the lives of two women who work in Grand Central Station in different eras.  One of the women teaches at an art school in the station in the 1920's and the other works at the information desk in the 1970's.  The two women's stories intertwine in this [...]

Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History

by Keith O'Brien Some of their names may not be familiar but daring women took to the skies and became aviators.  This book focuses on five of those women who were determined to fly and were successful in what was considered a man's occupation.  These female pilots were splendid  and brave and this book is an [...]