Looking for a good book?  Check out our Staff Picks!  Click on the book image for a link to the Upper Hudson catalog to request it.

 

Additional “Staff Picks” are available on the New Book shelf here at the library.

UPDATED September 2016

 

little

A darkly amusing look at parenthood, relationships and the secrets we all keep.  A quick read that we could not put down!

 

 

verity

This novel follows two young women who have become best friends through their war work for Britain. The book is full of harrowing adventure, rich historical details and several unexpected plot twists. Definitely worth checking out!

 

 

tabby

A light, simple summer read.  Who can resist cats, bookmobiles, lakeside summers topped off with a mystery??

 

 

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Excerpted and adapted from Quammen’s 2012 book Spillover, it includes additional material regarding the 2014 outbreak.  A fascinating and timely read!

 

 

moment

A funny, romantic novel about a young woman who finds her calling while trying to bring new life to a local used book store.  Sweet, funny, thoroughly enjoyable.

 

 

 

saint-odd

The suspenseful conclusion to the stories of an unusual hero.  Odd Thomas has returned home to Pico Mundo to prevent tragedy from destroying everyone there.  With only his wits and his psychic intuition to guide him, will he succeed?  Full of humor and hope.

 

 

 

furiously

Lawson, also known as The Bloggess, has a bizarre and twisted sense of humor.  This book combines hilarious and off-beat tales from her life interspersed with dark explanations of how she lives with severe mental illness.

 

 

 

davao

A well-written, impressive story of ten American prisoners of war and two Filipino convicts and their daring escape from one of Japan’s most notorious prison camps.

 

 

 

baby

A great resource for expecting parents who want to save money while they prepare for their little bundles of joy .  Includes tips on and reviews on all sorts of baby products.

 

 

iron wyrm

In an alternate steampunk (heavy on magic-light on steam) version of London, sorceress Emma Bannon and mentath Archibald Clare attempt to find out who is pulling the strings behind a conspiracy against Britannia.  Interesting mystery with an intriguing Holmes-like character.

 

 

landline

A witty look at contemporary marriage.  Georgie McCool loves her husband Neal but with everything going on in their busy lives–is love enough?

 

 

 

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Fast-paced read with an intriguing plot.  When Grace finds the scar-faced man who killed her mother, will she be able to stop him from killing again?  Or is Grace really crazy?

 

 

elizabeth

An elderly woman descending into dementia embarks on a desperate quest to find the best friend she believes is missing.  Her search for the truth will reach back through the decades and have shattering consequences.  Poignant, haunting, gripping read.

 

unwept

Unknown events have robbed Ellis of her memory and she now finds herself adrift in a town of ominous mysteries, cryptic hints and disturbingly familiar strangers.  An interesting book to start off a series with a lot of potential.  Curious to see where this goes…

 

unorthodox

A shocking look into the lives of women in the insular Hasidic community.

 

 

worst

A fascinating look at the causes of the dust bowl, told through the stories of the people who lived through it.  An engrossing book.

 

 

lost lake

 

An enchanting novel about the power of second chances.  Follow the lives of Eby Pim and her grand-niece Kate as they try to find their happy endings at the slightly magical “Lost Lake”

 

vaulted arches

 

Another winning entry in the Flavia de Luce series.  This time the irrepressible nearly 12 year old Flavia faces a particularly personal crisis when her long lost mother’s body is returned from the Himalayas.

 

 

 

round

An engrossing read: illuminating the harsh realities and injustices where the white and Native American worlds intersect.

 

calling me

An unlikely friendship between an 89 year old white woman and a black single mom leads to a road trip and the revelation of a long ago forbidden love and its tragic consequences.

 

highly

In the not-too-distant future, the world is ruled by competing fast food factions.  Leonard, a Neetsa-Pizza employee, contently mans his complaints hotline until he starts receiving from Marco a thirteenth century explorer.  A fast paced, comic adventure along the lines of Douglas Adams and T. Pratchett.

 

mortals

Local author Mahoney’s first novel takes a poignant look at how individuals cope with being the victims of and the cause of tragedy–a novel of loss, atonement and forgiveness.

 

blend

A Coffeehouse mystery.  Part of the foodie/cozy mystery genre, Coyle provides a traditional mystery (without excessive gore or violence) and enough red herrings to keep it interesting.  A quick, fun read followed by tantalizing recipes.

 

rizz

A suspenseful and puzzling mystery with an unexpected twist at the end.

 

ghost

A fast paced thriller told by the fixer called in to clean up a botched casino heist.  Caught between two rival crime bosses and with the FBI hot on his heels, Jack only has 48 hours to clean up the mess and disappear.

 

any

A finely crafted modern Western mystery.  Sheriff Walt Longmire is working (outside his jurisdiction) to clean up questions surrounding the death of another lawman in a neighboring county as the clock ticks on the arrival of his first grandchild in Philadelphia.

 

 

dad 

Looking for an amusing book about parenting?  Comedian Jim Gaffigan gives his amusing take on raising 5 children in New York City!

 

 

mansions

Fascinating account of the life of reclusive heiress Huguette Clark. Where did her money come from, what it was spent on and what happened to it after her death in 2011.

 

 

brady

An interesting biography of Civil War photographer Mathew Brady. Traces his journey from humble beginnings in the Adirondacks to becoming the most famous photographer of the 19th century.

 

 

men

An honest and haunting memoir focusing on the lives and deaths of five young black men close to the author.  Ward tells her story and theirs–a story of living with all the odds against you.

 

 

dead

Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway uncovers the bones of a Victorian childminder hung for murdering her charges, while a baby snatcher threatens modern-day Norfolk. Interesting characters with complicated relationships and a satisfying pair of mysteries.

 

 

blackbirds

1918-San Diego: A girl who doesn’t believe in spirits steps off the train into a city filled with the dead and dying; while a nightmarish war rages half a world away, the grieving look for solace in photos and seances. Delightfully creepy-deeply serious.  A first class ghost story!

 

 

ocean

A middle aged man returns home and is drawn to the farm at the end of the lane.  There, when he was 7, he met Lettie Hempstock, magical comforting and wise beyond her years. A poignant fairytale of nightmares, magic and memory, beautifully told.

 

 

book

 

Fascinating look at the doomed Romanov family…where they came from and what happened to them.  This narrative introduces the reader to all the various characters, including the creepy Rasputin.  This is a great book for a younger reader looking for non-fiction book.  Great for grades 9+.

 

 

 

longbourne

 

This novel explores the servants life at Longbourn, the Bennet’s home in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.  Told from the servants point of view, the downstairs is filled with as much drama, romance and heartbreak as the upstairs!

 

snow

 

A suspenseful mystery set in a small Adirondack town.

 

hellorhigh

 

A great mystery, a heroine struggling to escape her past and a look at the many faces of New Orleans.  A compelling read.

 

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This disturbing yet compelling read follows Camille Preaker as she goes back to her hometown, and troubled past, to report on the murders of two young girls.  Camille must solve the puzzles of her past to get the story–and stay alive.

 

werewolf

 

A fun, fast read–a little romance and a little suspense.  If you like Darynda Jones’ Charley Davidson, give this a try!

 

sistersbrothers

 

Hired guns, Eli and Charlie Sisters’ new assignment is proving to be a challenge.  As they hunt down their prey, Eli begins to question what they do and who they do it for.  An odd piece of  “cowboy noir”!