Summer Staff Picks, Round 3

  • ANNA: Beach Read by Emily Henry
  • CHARLIEThe Bear by Andrew Krivak
  • CHRISTOPHERThe Lexus and the Olive Tree by Thomas L. Friedman
  • DREWThe Great Game by Peter Hopkirk
  • ELISE: Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
  • HADLEY: The Source of Self-Regard by Toni Morrison
  • JENNIFERThe Hot Zone by Richard Preston
  • MARIELLEThe Cruel Prince by Holly Black
  • MARY: Promise Me, Dad by Joe Biden
  • PAM: Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrotta
  • SARAH: D-Day Girls by Sarah Rose
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D-Day Girls: The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War II Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780451495099
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Published: Broadway Books - March 17th, 2020

D-Day Girls first drew me in with its Erik Larson blurb and I stayed for the amazing English and French women who risked so much to relay information to the Allies before D-Day. It strikes me as a nonfiction companion to the story of the younger sister in Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale. - SARAH


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Mrs. Fletcher: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781501144035
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Published: Scribner - May 1st, 2018

I highly recommend this funny story for any mother who has a child going to/or is in college. Our story begins with our heroine Eve, a single mother, sending her beloved son and only child off to his first year of college. Eve is alone for the first time in 18 years and feels like something is missing and so begins her journey to bring meaning and fulfillment back into her life. - PAM


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Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250171696
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Published: Flatiron Books - November 20th, 2018

I liked Joe Biden as a politician before reading his memoir--and I like him even more after finishing it. This is an emotional story of a man who already had gone through terrific loss and now was losing his son, Beau. I have admiration for Biden's love for his family, our country, and his faith. In this combination of personal and political memoir, I learned how difficult a time it was for Biden as he dealt with the challenges of being Vice President and an international politician, while dealing with profound loss. I hope he gets to be President after all. - MARY


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The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780316310314
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - December 4th, 2018

THE CRUEL PRINCE is an epic tale of FaerieLand nestled inside a dark coming-of-age story. Holly Black’s words draw you into this dark, magical world so well you will never want to leave, as a human girl named Jude fights for her place among the fey, in a dangerous game against the youngest prince that may not be all it seems. Complex characters with hidden motives, a fierce female protagonist, and a twisted, but darkly humorous relationship combine into one truly enjoyable read. - MARIELLE


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The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780385495226
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Published: Anchor - June 15th, 1999

I’ll admit I’m kind of obsessed with viruses. And if you’re like me, then you probably follow a zillion scientists on Twitter and stay up to date on Sars-Cov-2 and COVID-19. And maybe you even heard about it long before others did, and maybe you even tried to warn people about the coming pandemic and tell them to stock up on food and prepare to stay at home for a long period of time? If this is you, then you’ll want this book. It’s the story of the Ebola virus and how in 1989 a version of the virus was discovered in the suburbs of Washington DC in Reston VA. There was a mad rush to contain it, and the US Army was even called in. The whole thing was kept from the public until Preston wrote an article about it called “Crisis in the Hot Zone,” and portions of that article became this book. - JENNIFER


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The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525562795
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Published: Vintage - January 14th, 2020

Toni Morrison was among America's most brilliant novelists, but she also penned and spoke about revolutionary cultural critiques, discussing racism in America, black folks' right to self-determination, and the necessity of women's self-regard. The Source of Self-Regard includes a selection of the best of these. If you've read her novels (and you should, especially if you're trying to learn more about race in America), you'll recognize these themes, but now you'll get to read about them in the context of Morrison's life. Follow up this outstanding collection with the beautiful and unconventional documentary Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am, released shortly before her death last year and among her final interviews. - HADLEY


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Alex, Approximately Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781481478786
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Published: Simon Pulse - April 3rd, 2018

If you’re a fan of “You’ve Got Mail” then you will love this! Bailey has been crushing on a fellow movie lover, Alex, online. But when Bailey ends up moving to the same California beach town as him, she decides to keep it a secret. When she gets a job at the local museum, and has to deal with the irritating Porter, things become even trickier as readers realize Porter is Alex! This book was fast paced, funny, romantic and instantly transported me to a summer beach town! - ELISE


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The Great Game: The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781568360225
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Published: Kodansha Globe - May 15th, 1994

Afghanistan has been called the death of empires, an epithet it has certainly earned. In The Great game Hopkirk explores the clash of east and west as it was played out in the central asian steppe. Its a clash of adventurers, soldiers, university students, and two powerful empires. One at the height of its power and another that desperately seeks to gain ground The British and Russian Empires struggle for dominance would shape a region for three centuries and lay the foundation for a century of cold war. - DREW


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The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization Cover Image
$21.00
ISBN: 9781250013743
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Published: Picador - August 21st, 2012

Assigned as mandatory reading for one of my high school classes, I never actually planned on reading Lexus and the Olive Tree. But having now referenced this book countless times throughout my college classes, I can’t recommend this enough. Freedman uses the power of metaphor to breakdown globalization to the most basic level, providing insight into not only how our world works, but also how it came to be. If you’re looking to better understand the modern era and today’s international conflicts, this book provides all the groundwork knowledge, while keeping it digestible and surprisingly entertaining. - CHRISTOPHER


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The Bear Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781942658702
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Published: Bellevue Literary Press - February 11th, 2020

A beautiful elegy on the transience of life on a grand scale, The Bear takes place in a post-apocalyptic future that closely resembles the world our hunter-gatherer ancestors inhabited, where a young girl and her father—the last people on earth—survive each day as it comes. This book is so well written that the prose feels like poetry, heightening the sense of magic realism. A tale about the cycle of life and humankind’s relationship with the natural world, The Bear will transport you to another time and place and make you feel the simple beauty of being alive. - CHARLIE


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Beach Read Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781984806734
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Published: Berkley - May 19th, 2020

This book was unlike any romance I have ever read before. Henry has written in other genres before, but this is her first romance. This makes her similar to the characters she writes about in the story because they too jump out of their comfort zones to challenge themselves to write novels from genres they have never written about before. The characters were so well-written and their plots and life problems were so unique and original from other romances I have read before. My favorite thing Henry did was incorporate a cult into the novel, which was a very unexpected, but also a very enjoyable plot point. I loved this book, and hope that Henry will write more romances in the future! - ANNA