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

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Picked by Jane on Tuesday, July 26
The story begins and ends in Viareggio, Italy with the Cabrelli Family and its stone setting business. It spans four generations and several countries during World War II up to the present time. Matelda, the matriarch of the family, has health issues and knows her time is limited. She is determined to share the long-held secrets of her family, especially about her mother Domenica Cabrelli with...
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Picked by WAP on Monday, July 25
"Offering more than 100 inspired recipes, recipe developer and food stylist Jess Damuck shares her passion for making truly delicious salads. 'Salad Freak' encourages readers to discover and embrace their own salad obsessions. With the right recipes, you will want to eat salad for every meal and never get bored. By playfully combining color, texture, shape, and, of course, flavor, Damuck...
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Picked by WPL on Monday, July 25
"In my book, you will meet a little girl named Viola who ran from her past until she made a life changing decision to stop running forever. This is my story, from a crumbling apartment in Central Falls, Rhode Island, to the stage in New York City, and beyond. This is the path I took to finding my purpose and my strength, but also to finding my voice in a world that didn't always see me. As I...
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Picked by WPL on Monday, July 25
"Kate Burkholder must uncover a family's long-hidden past to solve a brutal murder... When a tornado tears through Painters Mill and unearths human remains, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder finds herself tasked with the responsibility of identifying the bones-and notifying the family. Evidence quickly emerges that the death was no accident and Kate finds herself plunged into a thirty year old case...
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Picked by WPL on Monday, July 25
"A discarded painting in a junk pile, a skeleton in an attic, and the greatest racehorse in American history: from these strands, a Pulitzer Prize winner braids a sweeping story of spirit, obsession, and injustice across American history Kentucky, 1850. Jarrett, an enslaved groom, and a bay foal forge a bond of understanding that will carry the horse to record-setting victories across the South....
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Picked by WPL on Monday, July 25
"When Stephanie Plum is woken up in the middle of the night by the sound of footsteps in her apartment, she wishes she didn't keep her gun in the cookie jar in her kitchen. And when she finds out the intruder is fellow apprehension agent Diesel, six feet of hard muscle and bad attitude who she hasn't seen in more than two years, she still thinks the gun might come in handy. Turns out Diesel and...
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Picked by WPL on Monday, July 25
When Lux McAllister and her boyfriend, Nico, are hired to sail two women to a remote island in the South Pacific, it seems like the opportunity of a lifetime. Stuck in a dead-end job in Hawaii, and longing to travel the world after a family tragedy, Lux is eager to climb on board The Susannah and set out on an adventure. She's also quick to bond with their passengers, college best friends...
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Picked by WPL on Monday, July 25
Internationally bestselling author Anthony Horowitz's third James Bond novel, after Forever and a Day. It is M's funeral. One man is missing from the graveside: the traitor who pulled the trigger and who is now in custody, accused of M's murder - James Bond. Behind the Iron Curtain, a group of former Smersh agents want to use the British spy in an operation that will change the balance of world...
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Picked by WPL on Monday, July 25
From the critically acclaimed author of The Book of M, a highly imaginative thriller about a young woman who discovers that a strange map in her deceased father's belongings holds an incredible, deadly secret--one that will lead her on an extraordinary adventure and to the truth about her family's dark history. What is the purpose of a map? Nell Young's whole life and greatest passion is...
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Picked by WPL on Monday, July 25
"Liesl Weiss has been (mostly) happy working in the rare books department of a large university, managing details and working behind the scenes to make the head of the department look good. But when her boss has a stroke and she's left to run things, she discovers that the library's most prized manuscript is missing. Liesl tries to sound the alarm and inform the police about the missing priceless...
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Picked by WPL on Monday, July 25
"When a police detective is taken off life support after falling into a coma, only an autopsy reveals the murderous act that precipitated her death. She'd been working on a special task force within North London's Nigerian community, and Acting Detective Superintendent Thomas Lynley is assigned to the case, which has far-reaching cultural associations that have nothing to do with life as he knows...
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Picked by WPL on Monday, July 25
"The story of the dangerous first love of two young men: Mungo and James. Born under different stars--Mungo a Protestant and James a Catholic--they should be sworn enemies if they're to be seen as men at all. Their environment is a hyper-masculine and sectarian one, for gangs of young men and the violence they might dole out dominate the Glaswegian estate where they live. And yet against all odds...
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Picked by WPL on Monday, July 25
"Molly Dunn is not like everyone else. She struggles with social skills and interprets people literally. Since her Gran died a few months ago, twenty-five-year-old Molly has had to navigate life's complexities all by herself. No matter--she throws herself with gusto into her work as a hotel maid. Her unique character, along with her obsessive love of cleaning and proper etiquette, make her an...
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Picked by WPL on Monday, July 25
  "The Candy House opens with the staggeringly brilliant Bix Bouton, whose company, Mandala, is so successful that he is "one of those tech demi-gods with whom we're all on a first name basis." Bix is 40, with four kids, restless, desperate for a new idea, when he stumbles into a conversation group, mostly Columbia professors, one of whom is experimenting with downloading or "externalizing"...
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Picked by WPL on Monday, July 25
In Charlie Hall's world, shadows can be altered, for entertainment and cosmetic preferences, but also to increase power and influence. She can alter someone's feelings and memories, but manipulating shadows has a cost, with the potential to take hours or days from her life. Charlie is a low-level con artist, working as a bartender while trying to distance herself from the powerful and dangerous...
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Picked by WPL on Monday, July 25
  "The London Silver Vaults--for well over a century, the largest collection of silver for sale in the world. It has more locks than the Bank of England and more cameras than a paparazzi convention. Not somewhere you can murder someone and vanish without a trace--only that's what happened. The disappearing act, the reports of a blinding flash of light, and memory loss amongst the witnesses all...
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Picked by Jane on Monday, July 25
In 1993, Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U. S Court of Appeals for D.C Circuit was nominated to a seat on the Supreme Court of the United States. She was confirmed by the U.S. Senate ninety-six to three in August of that year. Ruth’s life and education prepared her for what she viewed “the highest honor”. From her early childhood she recognized injustices towards women and minorities. One of...
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Picked by Mary Anne on Thursday, July 07
Anyone who has read Ann Hood’s books knows that she is an extraordinary writer but most would guess she took a traditional route to writing. When Ann graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 1978, she decided to put off a career in writing in favor of glamor and excitement. Ann was determined to become a flight attendant and live a life of travel and adventure, and that was exactly what...
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Picked by Jen on Monday, June 27
  "A deeply candid and refreshingly spirited memoir of identity lost and found-from the star of the iconic film Dirty Dancing"-- Provided by publisher.      
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Picked by Colleen on Monday, June 27
The fascinating and little-known story of the Louvre, from its inception as a humble fortress to its transformation into the palatial residence of the kings of France and then into the world's greatest art museum. Some ten million people from all over the world flock to the Louvre each year to enjoy its incomparable art collection. Yet few of them are aware of the remarkable history of that place...