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April 2014 Staff Picks
Dog on It
Spencer Quinn

Dog On ItSynopsis: This fast-paced and funny tale is narrated by the inimitable Chet, Bernie's best friend and canine partner. Bernie's enterprise, The Little Detective Agency, limps along, waiting for the next job to arrive. While Chet freely admits that he doesn't always understand the humans around him, the mutt who failed to graduate from the police academy quickly establishes that he's got a nose made for sniffing out trouble. During a nighttime stroll through the neighborhood the pair encounters Cynthia Chambliss. Waving a wad of bills, she beseeches Bernie to find her daughter. Bernie and Chet follow a trail of clues that leads them into more danger than they'd bargained for.

Donna Says: If spring puts you in the mood for a light hearted mystery series, then I recommend spending time with Chet and Bernie. Bernie Little is an ex-cop turned private investigator. His lovable and loyal canine partner, Chet, may have failed K-9 school but he makes a great detective when he focuses on the job at hand. Unfortunately, to get him to focus is the problem. There are so many distractions. The seventh book in the series should be published in August, so you have plenty of time to enjoy their mysteries before the next big adventure.

Call Number: MYS F QUI

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
Laura Hillenbrand

UnbrokenSynopsis: On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Force bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean. One of the survivors was a lieutenant named Louis Zamperini. In boyhood, he'd been cunning and incorrigible. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics. But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown. Ahead lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, and enemy aircraft. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.

Elizabeth Says: Unbroken is an unbelievable story of survival, resilience, and courage. Louis Zamperini suffered unspeakable horrors but he always managed to keep going and his story is nothing short of inspiring. Edward Herman’s narration adds texture and nuance to this already gripping story. Five aren’t enough stars for this book.

Call Number: B ZAM

My Cousin Rachel
Daphne du Maurier

My Cousin RachelSynopsis: Orphaned at an early age, Philip Ashley is raised by his benevolent older cousin, Ambrose. Resolutely single, Ambrose delights in Philip as his heir, a man who will love his grand home as much as he does himself. But the cozy world the two construct is shattered when Ambrose sets off on a trip to Florence. There he falls in love, marries, and there he dies suddenly. Jealous of his marriage, racked by suspicion at the hints in Ambrose's letters, and grief-stricken by his death, Philip prepares to meet his cousin's widow with hatred in his heart. Despite himself, Philip is drawn to this beautiful, sophisticated, mysterious Rachel like a moth to the flame.

Magen Says: When arrogance, obsession and jealousy collide, reality becomes greatly distorted. Then if you add in a compulsive, manipulative and emotional personality, disaster has to be the order of the day. This novel is beautifully written with du Maurier’s classic dark undertones. My Cousin Rachel will have you captivated until the bitter end.

Call Number: F DUM

Linden Hills
Gloria Naylor

Linden HillsSynopsis: Lester Tilson and Willie Mason, a pair of hip, latter-day poets, work their way down through Linden Hills, experiencing firsthand the lust, pain, hypocrisy, and valor of the hell-bound upper-and middle-class residents.

Nina Says: This is a striking modern adaptation of Dante's Inferno, filled with the same social commentary that made its predecessor a classic. But don't think "literature = boring." You'll be sucked into the dark and scandalous private lives of the residents of Linden Hills like you would the trials of Erica Kane or Scandal's Olivia Pope.

Call Number: F NAY

The Stories of Ray Bradbury
Ray Bradbury

Stories of Ray BradburySynopsis: This collection is one hundred of Ray Bradbury’s remarkable stories which have, together with his classic novels, earned him an immense international audience and his place among the most imaginative and enduring writers of our time. Here are the Martian stories, tales that vividly animate the red planet, with its brittle cities and double-mooned sky. Here are the stories that speak of a special nostalgia for Green Town, Illinois, the perfect setting for a seemingly cloudless childhood—except for the unknown terror lurking in the ravine. Here are the Irish stories and the Mexican stories, linked across their separate geographies by Bradbury’s astonishing inventiveness.

Randall Says: Bradbury is a master of short fiction. Although he did not consider himself a SF writer, Bradbury has become one of the best-known authors in the genre. Provocative, imaginative, and deeply human: this is the definitive collection of the author's short stories and one that I thoroughly enjoyed

Call Number: SFF F BRA

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