What Are Your Librarians Reading?

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We don't just work in libraries because we love books, but it's certainly a big plus!

Here's a sneak peek at what some of your librarians are reading this month.


John Rechy
Description: "Fleeing a turbulent life in Los Angeles, twenty-four-year-old writer John Rechy accepts an invitation to a private island from an admirer of his work. There, he joins Paul, his imposing host in his late thirties, his beautiful mistress, and his precocious teenage son. Browsing Paul's library and conversing together on the deck about literature and film during the spell of evening's "blue hour," John feels surcease, until, with unabashed candor, Paul shares intimate details of his life. Through cunning seductive charm, he married and divorced an ambassador's daughter and the heiress to a vast fortune. Avoiding identifying his son's mother, he reveals an affinity for erotic "dangerous games." With intimations of past decadence and menace, an abandoned island nearby arouses tense fascination over the group. As "games" veer toward violence, secrets surface in startling twists and turns. Explosive confrontation becomes inevitable."--Publisher's description.
Call Number: FIC Rec
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 14, 2020
Jennifer DuBois
Description: When Lily Hayes arrives in Buenos Aires for her semester abroad, she is enchanted by everything she encounters: the colorful surroundings, the street food, the elusive guy next door. Her studious roommate Katy is a bit of a bore, but Lily didn't come to Argentina to hang out with other Americans. Five weeks later, Katy is found brutally murdered in their shared home, and Lily is the prime suspect. As the case takes shape--revealing deceptions, secrets, and suspicious DNA--Lily appears alternately sinister and guileless through the eyes of those around her.
Call Number: FIC DuB
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 14, 2020
Amanda Quick
Description: "When Ursula Kern, proprietor of the Kern Secretarial Agency, discovers the body of one of her best secretaries, she immediately suspects murder. But no one, including the police, believes her. So Ursula seeks the help of her newest and most mysterious client, Slater Roxton"--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Qui
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 14, 2020
Rachel Slade
Description: On October 1, 2015, Hurricane Joaquin barreled into the Bermuda Triangle and swallowed the container ship El Faro whole, resulting in the worst American shipping disaster in thirty-five years. No one could fathom how a vessel equipped with satellite communications, a sophisticated navigation system, and cutting-edge weather forecasting could suddenly vanish--until now. Rachel Slade unravels the mystery of the sinking of El Faro. As she recounts the final twenty-four hours onboard, Slade depicts the officers anguish and fear as they struggled to carry out Captain Michael Davidson's increasingly bizarre commands, which, they knew, would steer them straight into the eye of the storm. Slade also reveals the truth about modern shipping--a cut-throat industry plagued by razor-thin profits and ever more violent hurricanes fueled by global warming.--From statement at Amazon.com.
Call Number: 910.9163 Sla
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 14, 2020
Sheena Kamal
Description: "Growing up, Nora Watts only knew one parent--her father. When he killed himself, she denied her grief and carried on with her life. Then a chance encounter with a veteran who knew him raises disturbing questions Nora can't ignore--and dark emotions she can't control. To make her peace with the past, she has to confront it. Finding the truth about her father's life and his violent death takes her from Vancouver to Detroit where Sam Watts grew up, far away from his people and the place of his birth. Thanks to a disastrous government policy starting in the 1950s, thousands of Canadian native children like Sam were adopted by American families. In the Motor City, Nora discovers that the circumstances surrounding Sam's suicide are more unsettling than she'd imagined. Yet no matter how far away Nora gets from Vancouver, she can't shake trouble."--Publisher.
Call Number: FIC Kam
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 14, 2020
Diana Rowland
Description: "Teenage delinquent Angel Crawford lives with her redneck father in the swamps of southern Louisiana. She's a high school dropout, addicted to drugs and alcohol, and has a police record a mile long. But when she's made into a zombie after a car crash, her addictions disappear, except for her all-consuming need to stay 'alive'"--Amazon.com.
Call Number: FIC Row
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 14, 2020
Michael Crichton
Call Number: FIC Cri
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 14, 2020
Scott Reintgen
Description: "Emmett and the Genesis team must join forces with a surprising set of allies if they're ever to make it home alive. Desperate to return home to Earth and claim the reward Babel promised, Emmett and the Genesis team join forces with the Imago. Babel's initial attack left their home city in ruins, but that was just part of the Imago's plan. They knew one thing Babel didn't. This world is coming to an end. Eden's two moons are on a collision course no one can prevent. After building eight secret launch stations, the Imago hoped to lure Babel down to their doomed planet as they left it behind. A perfect plan until the Genesis team's escape route was destroyed. Now the group must split up to survive the hostile terrain and reach another launch station. As both sides struggle for the upper hand, the fight leads inevitably back into space, where Emmett, his crewmates, and their new allies will fight one final battle for control of the Genesis ships. Win this time, and they'll survive Babel's twisted game once and for all. As the Imago world falls, this is the last chance to rise."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA FIC Rei
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 14, 2020
Charlaine Harris
Description: Lawrenceton, Georgia, may be a growing suburb of Atlanta, but it's still a small town at heart. Librarian Aurora "Roe" Teagarden grew up there and knows more than enough about her fellow townsfolk, including which ones share her interest in the darker side of human nature. With those fellow crime buffs, Roe belongs to a club called Real Murders, which meets once a month to analyze famous cases. It's a harmess pastime - until the night she finds a member dead, killed in a manner that eerily resembles the crime the club was about to discuss.
Call Number: FIC Har
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 14, 2020
Maya Banks
Description: Gabe is wealthy, powerful, and accustomed to getting anything he wants. Anything-- and anyone. For Gabe, it's one particular fantasy with a woman who was forbidden fruit. Now she's ripe for the picking. Mia was his best friend's little sister. but she's not so little any more. Mia knows Gabe is way out of her league, but she's an adult now, and there's no reason not to act on her most secret desires. But she doesn't know how exacting his demands can be.
Call Number: FIC Ban
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 14, 2020
Nick Pyenson
Description: The secret lives of whales, from their evolutionary past to today's cutting edge of science. Whales are among the largest, most intelligent, deepest diving species to have ever lived on our planet. They evolved from land-roaming, dog-sized creatures into animals that move like fish, breathe like us, can grow to 300,000 pounds, live two hundred years, and travel entire ocean basins. Whales fill us with terror, awe, and affection--yet there is still so much we don't know about them. Nick Pyenson's research has given us the answers to some of our biggest questions about whales. Full of rich storytelling and scientific discovery, Spying on Whales spans the ancient past to an uncertain future--all to better understand the most enigmatic creatures on Earth.--From dust jacket.
Call Number: 599.5 Pye
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 14, 2020
J. Ryan Stradal
Description: "Two sisters, one farm. A family is split when their father leaves their shared inheritance entirely to Helen, his younger daughter. Despite baking award-winning pies at the local nursing home, her older sister, Edith, struggles to make what most people would call a living. So she can't help wondering what her life would have been like with even a portion of the farm money her sister kept for herself. With the proceeds from the farm, Helen builds one of the most successful light breweries in the country, and makes their company motto ubiquitous: "Drink lots. It's Blotz." Where Edith has a heart as big as Minnesota, Helen's is as rigid as a steel keg. Yet one day, Helen will find she needs some help herself, and she could find a potential savior close to home. . . if it's not too late. Meanwhile, Edith's granddaughter, Diana, grows up knowing that the real world requires a tougher constitution than her grandmother possesses. She earns a shot at learning the IPA business from the ground up--will that change their fortunes forever, and perhaps reunite her splintered family? Here we meet a cast of lovable, funny, quintessentially American characters eager to make their mark in a world that's often stacked against them. In this deeply affecting family saga, resolution can take generations, but when it finally comes, we're surprised, moved, and delighted."
Call Number: LP FIC Str
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Jan 14, 2020
Marie Kondō, Yuko Uramoto, Cathy Hirano
Description: "This graphic novelization brings Kondo's life-changing tidying method to life with the fun, quirky story of a woman who transforms her home, work, and love life using Kondo's advice and inspiration. Marie Kondo presents the fictional story of Chiaki, a young woman in Tokyo who struggles with a cluttered apartment, messy love life, and lack of direction. After receiving a complaint from her attractive next-door neighbor about the sad state of her balcony, Chiaki gets Kondo to take her on as a client. Through a series of entertaining and insightful lessons, Kondo helps Chiaki get her home--and life--in order. This insightful, illustrated case study is perfect for people looking for a fun introduction to the KonMari Method of tidying up, as well as tried-and-true fans of Marie Kondo eager for a new way to think about what sparks joy."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 648 Kon
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 14, 2020
Lauren Willig
Description: "In October of 1806, the Little Season is in full swing, and Sally Fitzhugh has had enough of the endless parties and balls. With a rampant vampire craze sparked by the novel The Convent of Orsino, it seems no one can speak of anything else. But when Sally hears a rumor that the reclusive Duke of Belliston is an actual vampire, she cannot resist the challenge of proving such nonsense false. At a ball in Belliston Square, she ventures across the gardens and encounters the mysterious duke. Lucien, Duke of Belliston, is well versed in the trouble gossip can bring. He has returned home to dispel the rumors of scandal surrounding his parents' death, which hint at everything from treason to dark sorcery. While he searches for the truth, he welcomes his fearsome reputation--until a woman is found dead in Belliston Square, her blood drained from her throat. Lucien and Sally join forces to stop the so-called vampire from killing again. Someone managed to get away with killing the last Duke of Belliston. But they won't kill this duke--not if Sally has anything to say about it."--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Wil
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 14, 2020
William Shawcross
Description: The official and definitive biography of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother: consort of King George VI, mother of Queen Elizabeth II, grandmother of Prince Charles, and the most beloved British monarch of the twentieth century. A revelatory royal biography that is, as well, a singular history of Britain in the twentieth century.
Call Number: B Eli
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 14, 2020
William Rosen
Description: How a seven-year cycle of rain, cold, disease, and warfare created the worst famine in European history. In May 1315, it started to rain and didn't stop anywhere in north Europe until August. Next came the four coldest winters in a millennium. Two separate animal epidemics killed nearly 80 percent of northern Europe's livestock. Wars between Scotland and England, France and Flanders, and two rival claimants to the Holy Roman Empire destroyed all remaining farmland. After seven years, the combination of lost harvests, warfare, and pestilence would claim six million lives--one eighth of Europe's total population. William Rosen draws on a wide array of disciplines, from military history to feudal law to agricultural economics and climatology, to trace the succession of traumas that caused the Great Famine. With dramatic appearances by Scotland's William Wallace, and the luckless Edward II and his treacherous Queen Isabella, history's best documented episode of catastrophic climate change comes alive, with powerful implications for future calamities--Excerpted from publisher.
Call Number: 940.192 Ros
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 14, 2020
Sam Kean
Description: Sam Kean explores the wonders of the magical building block of life: DNA. There are genes to explain crazy cat ladies, why other people have no fingerprints, and why some people survive nuclear bombs. Genes illuminate everything from JFK's bronze skin (it wasn't a tan) to Einstein's genius. They prove that Neanderthals and humans bred thousands of years more recently than any of us would feel comfortable thinking. They can even allow some people, because of the exceptional flexibility of their thumbs and fingers, to become truly singular violinists. Kean's vibrant storytelling once again makes science entertaining, explaining human history and whimsy while showing how DNA will influence our species' future"--Excerpted from publisher.
Call Number: 572.8 Kea
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 14, 2020
Peter V Brett
Description: "As dusk falls upon Arlan's world, a strange mist rises from the ground, a mist carrying nightmares to the surface. A mist that promises a violent death to any foolish enough to brave the coming darkness, for hungry corelings - demons that cannot be harmed by mortal weapons - materialize from the vapours to feed on the living. As the sun sets, people have no choice but to take shelter behind magical wards and pray that their protection holds until the creatures dissolve with the first signs of dawn"--fantasticfiction.co
Call Number: FIC Bre
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 14, 2020
Alan P. Lightman
Description: "Portrays the struggles of a Cambodian farming family against the extreme patriarchal attitudes of their society and the cruel and dictatorial father, set against a rural community that is slowly being exposed to the modern world and its values. Ryna is a mother fighting against memories of her father’s death at the hands of the Khmer Rouge and her powerful desire for revenge. Daughter Nita is married off at sixteen to a wandering husband, while her sister Thida is sent to the city to work in the factories to settle their father’s gambling debt. Kamal, the only son, dreams of marrying the most beautiful girl in the village and escaping the life of a farmer. Yet it will be up to Sreypov, the youngest, to bravely challenge her father and strive for a better future."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Lig
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 14, 2020
Ron Chernow, Edward Herrmann
Description: Based on extensive research, this biography refutes the stereotype of George Washington as a stolid, unemotional figure and presents him as a dashing, passionate man of fiery opinions and many moods.
Call Number: B Was
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Jan 14, 2020
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After The Blue Hour : A True Fiction
John Rechy
FIC Rec
Spying On Whales : The Past, Present, And Future Of Earth's Most Awesome Creatures
Nick Pyenson
599.5 Pye
Cartwheel : A Novel
Jennifer DuBois
FIC DuB
The Lager Queen Of Minnesota [Large Print]
J. Ryan Stradal
LP FIC Str
Garden Of Lies
Amanda Quick
FIC Qui
The Life-changing Manga Of Tidying Up : A Magical Story
Marie Kondō, Yuko Uramoto, Cathy Hirano
648 Kon
Into The Raging Sea : Thirty-three Mariners, One Megastorm, And The Sinking Of El Faro
Rachel Slade
910.9163 Sla
The Mark Of The Midnight Manzanilla : A Pink Carnation Novel
Lauren Willig
FIC Wil
It All Falls Down
Sheena Kamal
FIC Kam
The Queen Mother : The Official Biography
William Shawcross
B Eli
My Life As A White Trash Zombie
Diana Rowland
FIC Row
The Third Horseman : Climate Change And The Great Famine Of The 14th Century
William Rosen
940.192 Ros
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Michael Crichton
FIC Cri
The Violinist's Thumb : And Other Lost Tales Of Love, War, And Genius, As Written By Our Genetic Code
Sam Kean
572.8 Kea
Nyxia Uprising
Scott Reintgen
YA FIC Rei
The Warded Man
Peter V Brett
FIC Bre
Real Murders
Charlaine Harris
FIC Har
Three Flames : A Novel
Alan P. Lightman
FIC Lig
Rush
Maya Banks
FIC Ban
Washington [Audiobook] : A Life
Ron Chernow, Edward Herrmann
B Was