Librarian's Picks

Want to read a book specifically recommended by our librarians? Stop by the Librarian's Picks display on the main floor of the library. This month you'll find:

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie: First, there were ten - a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they're unwilling to reveal - and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion.

Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
Loving Frank by Nancy Horan: Fact and fiction blend in a historical novel that chronicles the relationship between seminal architect Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Cheney, from their meeting in Oak Park, Illinois, when they were each married to another, to the clandestine affair that shocked Chicago society.

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton: Abandoned on a 1913 voyage to Australia, Nell is raised by a dock master and his wife who do not tell her until she grows up that she is not their child, a situation that causes her to return to England and eventually hand down her quest for answers to her granddaughter.

In Times of Fading Light by Eugene Ruge
In Times of Fading Light by Eugene Ruge: Visiting the Mexico region where his grandparents lived as exiles, a terminal cancer patient surveys his family's political history, from his grandparents' return to the GDR to help build a socialist state, to his father's decade spent in a gulag for criticizing the Soviet regime, to his son's desire to leave the political struggles of the 20th century in the past.

The Ten Year Nap by Meg Wolitzer
The Ten Year Nap by Meg Wolitzer: Ten years after leaving high-power jobs to raise their children, four New York friends enter their forties while struggling with the differences between their past ideals and their present realities, a situation that becomes turbulent when one of them meets a successful working mother of three who seems to have it all.

Grab and Go

Looking for a book to read but only have a minute to spend at the library? Stop by our Impulse Display conveniently located at the entrance to the library right by the Circulation Desk. On display today:

Cavendon Hall by Barbara Taylor Bradford
Wayfaring Stranger by James Lee Burke
For All Time by Jude Deveraux
The Chase by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

  • Cavendon Hall by Barbara Taylor Bradford: A tale spanning 16 years in Edwardian England finds the centuries-long relationship between the aristocratic Inghams and the Swann family who serves them tested by the outbreak of World War I.
  • Wayfaring Stranger by James Lee Burke: A decade after taking a shot at Bonnie and Clyde during one of their notorious armed robberies, Weldon Holland escapes death during the Battle of the Bulge and marries a beautiful young woman with whom he seeks his fortune along the Texas-Louisiana oil coast.
  • For All Time by Jude Deveraux: When Graydon meets Toby at his brother's wedding, he becomes enthralled with her, despite his destiny to marry a noble woman, and asks her to help him hide on Nantucket away from his regal responsibilities.
  • The Chase by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg: FBI agent Kate O'Hare must once again covertly team up with brilliant con man Nicholas Fox to take down Carter Grove, a former White House chief of staff who has stolen a rare Chinese artifact from the Smithsonian.

Wedding By Design Series

Looking for breezy, fun-filled romance? Try the new Wedding by Design series by Janice Thompson:

Picture Perfect by Janice Thompson
Book 1
The Icing on the Cake by Janice Thompson
Book 2
The Dream Dress by Janice Thompson
Book 3

  • Picture Perfect - (Book 1, 2013) Wedding photographer Hannah McDermott tries to impress Bella Neeley, Galveston Island's most sought-after wedding planner, so she can take the top spot in Bella's list of recommended photographers, but what Hannah doesn't count on is falling for the competition, Drew Kincaid.
  • The Icing on the Cake - (Book 2, 2013) Scarlet Lindsey is making a name for herself as the best wedding cake designer in Texas, but will a handsome guy with designs of his own derail her dreams?
  • The Dream Dress - (Book 3, 2014) A seamstress at a swanky bridal boutique in Texas, Gabi Delgado's dreams include becoming a wedding dress designer and meeting the man of her dreams, but the problem is, her prospects are slim in both places, until she meets Jordan Spencer, the editor of Texas Bride magazine.

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Landline by Rainbow Rowell
In New York Times bestselling author Rainbow Rowell's Landline, Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it's been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply -- but that almost seems besides the point now. Maybe that was always besides the point.
Two days before they're supposed to visit Neal's family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can't go. She's a TV writer, and something's come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her -- Neal is always a little upset with Georgie -- but she doesn't expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her. When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she's finally done it. If she's ruined everything.
That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It's not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she's been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts. Is that what she's supposed to do? Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

True Military Intrigue

Chosen as a July "Pick of the Month" by the folks at Amazon, War of the Whales: a True Story by Joshua Horwitz recounts the true story of  two men who face off against an all-powerful navy—as the fate of the ocean’s most majestic creatures hangs in the balance.
War of the Whales: a True Story by Joshua Horwitz
Crusading attorney Joel Reynolds stumbles on one of the US Navy’s best-kept secrets: a submarine detection system that floods entire ocean basins with high-intensity sound—and drives whales onto beaches. As Reynolds launches a legal fight to expose and challenge the Navy program, marine biologist Ken Balcomb witnesses a mysterious mass stranding of whales near his research station in the Bahamas. Investigating this calamity, Balcomb is forced to choose between his conscience and an oath of secrecy he swore to the Navy in his youth.
When Balcomb and Reynolds team up to expose the truth behind an epidemic of mass strandings, the stage is set for an epic battle that pits admirals against activists, rogue submarines against weaponized dolphins, and national security against the need to safeguard the ocean environment. Waged in secret military labs and the nation’s highest court, War of the Whales is a real-life thriller that combines the best of legal drama, natural history, and military intrigue.