Staff Picks


1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307265722
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - August 9th, 2011

Charles Mann has done it again. Like his previous book, 1491, Mann synthesizes current historical scholarship and gives us a radically new and fascinating interpretation of the enormous, world-wide changes brought about with the European discovery of the New World, known as the Columbian Exchange.


The Annotated Peter Pan

The Annotated Peter Pan Cover Image
By J. M. Barrie, Maria Tatar (Editor)
ISBN: 9780393066005
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 11th, 2011

If you read this story as a child, and even if you didn’t, this work is a revelation. Many books written for children are, as Tatar says, “encoded with adult matters,” but the matters buried in this classic are often startling in their scope. Captain Hook emerges as quite a tortured graduate of Eton, where he read poetry, and Mr. Darling is a mere child. The tale overall is darkly Victorian. Tatar provides useful insights into the life of J,M. Barrie, Peter’s creator, and the five “lost” boys he adopted. The cinematic survey and the section “J.M Barrie and Peter Pan in the World” are equally riveting.


Blood,Bones & Butter

Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400068722
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Random House - March 1st, 2011

A universally acclaimed debut memoir from a celebrity chef with a MFA in creative writing.  Hamilton traces her trajectory from hippyish Pennsylvania in the 70's, through the rock n roll urban cowboy 80's in New York, with time spent in Europe in basic country kitchens and in the events catering trade before she opened her restaurant, Prune, in New York.   While some of the writing is food porn at its best, you don't have to be a food enthusiast to enjoy her descriptions of the shattered family that she comes from and the new one she creates.   Thoroughly enjoyable and equally well written.



Stuck Cover Image
By Oliver Jeffers, Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399257377
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Philomel Books - November 10th, 2011

Floyd's kite gets stuck in a tree and he gets very creative trying to get it down again.  Oliver Jeffers has great fun making Floyd the modern day Jack and the tree the "house that Jack built".  Funny and rollicking writing along with Jeffers' sensational illustrations.   A book destined to be read over and over....... and over and over....


Spinster Goose

Spinster Goose: Twisted Rhymes for Naughty Children Cover Image
By Lisa Wheeler, Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781416925415
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - March 8th, 2011

You've heard of Mother Goose of course.  Spinster Goose is her more demanding sister who specializes in ill-mannered children and improving their dreadful behaviors.  Did you know that Georgie Porgie was a bully? That Jack and Jilly played hooky? And that Little Miss Muffet was a chalk-eater?  These disrespectfully twisted verses are sure to delight and surprise.


Floating Worlds: The Letters of Edward Gorey & Peter F. Neumeyer

Floating Worlds: The Letters of Edward Gorey & Peter F. Neumeyer Cover Image
ISBN: 9780764959479
Availability: Backordered
Published: Pomegranate Communications - November 8th, 2011

A wonderful glimpse into the unique genius of Edward Gorey through his correspondence with friend and collaborator Peter Neumeyer. The letters are endearing and philosophical, and accompanied by other delightful tidbits: illustrated postcards to Neumeyer's Meford residence, storyboard sketches, and even a recipe or two.


The Road to Somewhere: An American Memoir

The Road to Somewhere: An American Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393340051
Availability: It's Complicated--Contact Us for More Info
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 15th, 2011

A writer, teacher, photographer, designer, disc jockey, and avid motorist, James Reeves travelled across America snapping pictures, which he felt would give meaning to his own life.  His book is a personal journey, spanning five years, forty thousand miles, twelve speeding tickets and many moments of unexpected kindness through the neon corridors and dark corners of America.


Pacific Crucible

Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393068139
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 14th, 2011

Toll (author of the superb Six Frigates) starts with a horrific narrative of Pearl Harbor, goes through the savage learning curve of the Battle of the Coral Sea (this was all a new kind of warfare) and climaxes with a spectacular account of Midway.  In-depth portraits of the major players add an exciting dimension to the great naval duel.


Atlas of Remote Islands

Atlas of Remote Islands: Fifty Islands I Have Never Set Foot on and Never Will Cover Image
By Judith Schalansky, Christine Lo (Translator)
ISBN: 9780143118206
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Penguin Books - October 5th, 2010

For travelers of the world and travelers of the imagination. Lonely Island. Deception Island. Tikopia. Floreana. History, inhabitants, distance, discovery, and beautiful illustrations. Flip through. Linger. Explore.


The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Cover Image
ISBN: 9780064470445
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: HarperTrophy - September 7th, 1988

A family of wild ruffians teach the other church kids a thing or two about the true meaning of Christmas. This is a delightful, funny and altogether charming story perfect for the holidays. A fun read to share with young and old each year at this time.

Jane D.

The Train of Small Mercies

The Train of Small Mercies Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399157288
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Published: Putnam Adult - October 13th, 2011

A snapshot of the lives of six people on a particular day forms the theme of this debut novel.  On June 8, 1968 as Robert Kennedy's funeral train makes its way from Penn Station in New York to Union Station in Washington DC, these six disparate stories are told as each character makes their way to catch a glimpse of the passing train.  The sadness and sense of history is beautifully woven into each person's tale, and the heat of the day and the anticipation of the train's arrival is palpable.


An Infamous Army

An Infamous Army: A Novel of Love, War, Wellington and Waterloo Cover Image
ISBN: 9781402210075
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - September 1st, 2007

Romance, war, intrigue, romance. What more could you ask of the premier romance writer of the early 20th century!?  The story is set in Brussels in the months preceding the  famous Battle of Waterloo and is really a novel of that battle with romance attached. An Infamous Army is used by Sandhurst, the British War Academy, to teach about the battle. It has amazing fidelity to formations, movements, and men in all sorts of armies. And, you get to see British high society at their best and worst. Read and come back for more Heyer!

Jane J

The Dovekeepers

The Dovekeepers Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451617474
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Scribner Book Company - October 4th, 2011

Set in ancient Israel, The Dovekeepers tells the story of four extraordinary women; their struggles, secrets, loves and eventual fate while living at Masada in the Judean desert, where nine hundred Jews died trying to fight the Roman army.  A thoroughly researched novel, The Dovekeepers is rich in detail and written with Hoffman’s usual grace tinged with a pervasive sense of mystery and unyielding destiny.