Staff Picks & Recommendations - Books, Movies, Music & Online Courses

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Picked by Jane F. on Thursday, October 14
Michael Brock is a young lawyer with a promising career destined to make partner in the giant DC Drake & Sweeney Law firm. He comes from a conservative and affluent family that set high goals for him and his brother. Michael is married to young surgeon that is working her way up the ladder in her profession, also. Sadly, their dedication to their careers left little time for each other and...
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Picked by Jane on Saturday, October 02
This is the story of a young woman named Anna Trent, a thirty year old taster in a chocolate factory in a small town in England. The story begins with an accident at the factory where Anna is injured and loses two toes. Her stay in the hospital gets extended because of an infection that leaves her in a coma and almost costs her life. When Anna wakes up, she recognizes the voice of the woman in...
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Picked by Katie on Tuesday, September 21
This historical fiction novel is set in the early 1900’s, where the main character, Belle, is starting her career as a librarian of rare books at Princeton University.  Belle has to be very careful, as she is creating a new identity for herself, as Belle de Costa Greene, a white woman, different from her born identity, Belle Greener, a light skinned African American. Belle is the daughter of a...
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Picked by Mary Anne on Wednesday, September 15
Follows four young dreamers and outcasts through time and space, from 1453 Constantinople to the future, as they discover resourcefulness and hope amidst peril in the new novel by the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of All the Light We Cannot See.
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Picked by Colleen on Wednesday, September 15
To come to terms with who she is and what she wants, Ailey, the daughter of an accomplished doctor and a strict schoolteacher, embarks on a journey through her family’s past, helping her embrace her full heritage, which is the story of the Black experience in itself.
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Picked by Jen on Wednesday, September 15
Correspondence between playwright-teacher Sarah Ruhl and poet-cancer patient Max Ritvo, in which the student becomes the teacher.  
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Picked by David on Wednesday, September 15
Drafted into the ranks of Earth's interstellar warriors, private William Mandella finds his fight against the Taurans secondary to the side-effects of faster-than-light space travel, which affects the rate at which he ages.   
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Picked by Jules on Wednesday, September 15
Shares the history of conflict in seventeenth century Rhode Island between Puritans and the Narragansett Indians
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Picked by Colleen on Wednesday, September 15
The founder and activist behind the “me too” movement shares her own story of how she came to say those two words herself after being sexually assaulted, in this debut memoir that explores how to piece back together our fractured selves.
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Picked by Mary Anne on Wednesday, September 15
A tale inspired by Fitzgerald’s famous narrator imagines the life of Nick Carraway before Gatsby, depicting a war-traumatized, heavily drinking man who embarks on a doomed journey of redemption from Paris to New Orleans.
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Picked by Jen on Wednesday, September 15
Hiding her career as the bestselling author of Christmas romance novels from her family, chronically ill Rachel Rubenstein-Goldblatt, a “nice Jewish girl,” needing inspiration for her Hanukkah romance, must attend a high-end Jewish music celebration but her summer camp arch enemy stands in her way.
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Picked by David on Wednesday, September 15
A first entry in a new trilogy by the award-winning author of The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms finds the sole continent of the earth threatened by murder, betrayal, a super-volcano and overlords who use the planet's power as a weapon.
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Picked by Jules on Tuesday, August 24
Traces the multi-generational saga of the Whittaker family, whose progenitor makes a fortune in the quinine trade before his daughter, a gifted botanist, researches the mysteries of evolution while falling in love with an artist.
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Picked by David on Tuesday, August 24
Enlisting in the army on his seventy-fifth birthday, John Perry joins an interstellar war between Earth and alien enemies who would stake claims on the few existing inhabitable planets, unaware that the conflict involves much more than he understands.
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Picked by Jen on Tuesday, August 24
The Anthropocene is the current geological age, in which human activity has profoundly shaped the planet and its biodiversity. In this remarkable symphony of essays adapted and expanded from his groundbreaking podcast, John Green reviews different facets of the human-centered planet-from the QWERTY keyboard and Staphylococcus aureus to the Taco Bell breakfast menu-on a five-star scale. John Green...
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Picked by Colleen on Tuesday, August 24
Set in Barcelona in the years leading up to the financial crash of 2008, these poignant interlinked stories follow ordinary people whose lives will be changed forever. Like Robert Altman's film Short Cuts, Barcelona Dreaming is made up of three interconnected stories that are bound by time and place, and by the way characters weave in and out of them. A crime that remains unreported in one story...
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Picked by MaryAnne on Tuesday, August 24
Maggie D’Arcy’s cousin Erin disappeared in Ireland twenty-three years ago. Erin and Maggie grew up as close as sisters, and when Erin disappeared, Maggie flew over to Ireland to help the Gardai search for her. No trace of her was ever found. The incident inspired Maggie to become a police officer and she is now a detective on Long Island, as well as a single mom. When the Gardai call to say they...
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Picked by Jane on Monday, August 23
Nature Girl is the story of Honey Santana and a cast of misfits that makes for an incredible tale. Honey has issues to say the least. She is a self-proclaimed “queen of lost causes” raising a 12 year old boy sharing custody with her ex-husband who still cares for her and is a devoted father to their son, Fry.  One of Honey’s biggest pet peeves is the telemarketing phone calls that she receives...
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Picked by Mary Anne on Monday, August 23
Cody Hoyt is a cop who is struggling with his new-found sobriety when his close friend and sponsor is found dead in a burned out cabin. Although it looks like a suicide, Cody has reason to believe it is murder. This begins Cody’s pursuit of a killer. Clues at the scene point to an outfitter’s business that leads groups on adventure trips in the back country of Yellowstone National Park. Although...
Teen Reviews - Movies
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Picked by S.L. grade 12 on Thursday, August 19
Logan takes the darker route for a superhero movie. This is the last film featuring Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine and Patrick Stewart’s Charles Xavier. The movie has amazing action sequences and tells a sad but beautiful story of family and love. In the film, Logan is on a mission to bring a young girl, Laura, to Eden, a safe place for mutants. At first he does it for money, but he learns to love...
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