Staff Picks

January 2020

Jennifer’s Pick:

The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

Ginger’s Pick:

Anne of Green Gables
“She’ll have to go back.”
The Cuthberts of Green Gables had decided to adopt an orphan—a nice sturdy boy to help Matthew with the farm chores. The orphanage sent a girl instead—a mischievous, talkative redhead who’d be no use at all. She would just have to go back. But the longer Anne was there, the more no one could image Green Gable without her.

Anne of Avonlea
The Girl from Green Gables
It seemed only yesterday that the skinny, freckled redhead had first come to the Island. Now here was Anne, at pretty sixteen, teaching at the Avonlea school and all grown up. Well, not quite grown up. In fact, Anne was not very different from her restless young pupils—mischievous and spirited as ever.

Anne of the Island
“How Horrible it is That People Have to Grow Up!”
Wishing couldn’t keep Anne of Green Gables from growing up. Anne’s whole world was changing—her childhood friends marrying, Anne herself leaving the Island for four years of college. But as much as life changed, important things stayed the same—especially spirited, irrepressible Anne.

The Anne Series
Delightful, unpredictable Anne Shirley has been charming readers of all ages, in every part of the world, for over half a century. a bestseller from the moment it was published, the series has allowed generations of children to grow up joyfully right along with Anne.

Pam’s Pick:

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A rumor is like fire. You might think you’ve extinguished it, but one creeping, red tendril, one single wisp of smoke is enough to let it leap back to life again. Especially if someone is watching, waiting to fan the flames.

New school. Check.

New town. Check.

New last name. Check.

Social media profiles? Deleted.

Anna and her mother have moved hundreds of miles to put the past behind them. Anna hopes to make a fresh start and escape the harassment she’s been subjected to. But then rumors and whispers start, and Anna tries to ignore what is happening by immersing herself in a history project about Maggie, a local woman accused of witchcraft in the seventeenth century.

In her newfound friendships with Alisha, Cat, and Robin, as well as her connection with Maggie, Anna finds a voice to face her tormentors.

“We are the granddaughters of the witches you could not burn. And we’re not putting up with it anymore.”

From Laura Bates, internationally renowned feminist and founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, comes a debut novel that is a harrowing look at misogyny through the centuries. It’s a powerful call to action, reminding all readers of the implications of sexism and the role we can each play in ending it.

Luna’s Pick:

With fabulous, full-color photos and engaging, easy-to-read text, Mega Tractors will encourage even the most reluctant reader to pick this book up and spend hours poring over the pages. This bright and busy book introduces lots of amazing farm machines, including huge tractors, ploughs, combine harvesters, foragers, balers, and more.

November 2020

Jennifer’s Pick:

Verbally abused by her mother for years, 18 year old Ellie Johnson always believed she would never be loved or wanted by anyone. She focused all of her attention on her grades and getting into the University of Texas to start a new life away from her mother.

The last thing Ellie expected was to fall in love with Gunner Mathews, a starting linebacker for the University of Texas football team and not to mention, her brother’s best friend.

Gunner only had two passions in life, football and his grandfather’s ranch, until he falls for his best friends little sister. He will stop at nothing to show Ellie how much he wants her, even if it means he has to move faster than she would like.
Gunner knows they are meant to be together forever, but Ellie keeps denying her feelings out of fear of being hurt again.

Every time he gets close to winning her love, something pushes her away again. Will Ellie ever be able to let go of the past and let him into her heart and will Gunner be patient enough to wait for her?

What will it take for them to realize they are all each other have ever WANTED?

Pam’s Pick:

Three sizzling thrillers of murder, mayhem and mystery. If you like realism, fast-paced, nonstop action, you’ll love Blair Howard’s highly acclaimed series. Harry Starke – Book 1 On a bitterly cold night in midwinter a beautiful young woman threw herself off Chattanooga’s Walnut Street Bridge. Harry Starke is there, on the bridge. Wrong time, wrong place? Maybe. He tries, but is unable to stop her. Thus begins a series of events and an investigation that plunges Harry into a web of deceit, corruption and murder until finally….

Two for the Money – Book 2 Who killed Tom Sattler? Who Stole $350 Million from New Vision Strategic Investments? The search for answers to those questions starts Harry on wide ranging investigation that involves murder, organized crime, and deception.

Hill House – Book 3 For more than ten years, she lay beneath the floorboards of Hill House. For more than ten years, she waited. Who was she? Who put her there? Why? Harry Starke vows to find the answers to those questions, but can he? Hill House has many doors. None of them lead anywhere but into darkness and despair.

Ginger’s Pick:

Bestselling author Lauraine Snelling crafts a poignant story of hope and restoration for a newly paroled mother rebuilding her life after the loss of her son.

Maggie Roberts is starting over again after her reckless driving led to a 10-year prison sentence and the devastating loss of her son. Having learned to r-epurpose retired thoroughbred racehorses through an inmate training program, Maggie finds a way to rebuild her life. But it’s not until she meets single father Gil Winters and his wheelchair-bound son, Edward, that she finds her calling.

In helping Edward with his therapy using horses, Maggie finds herself coming to life again. But when a shadow from the past returns, Maggie is forced to choose between her newfound freedom and getting Edward the life-saving help he needs.

Luna’s Pick:

Minnie and Moo vow to protect their two turkey friends, Zeke and Zack, from the farmer and his wife on the season’s high-risk holiday. Zeke and Zack, however, have a few friends of their own…relatives, thirty-six of them.

Hiding them in the old oak tree is one thing…hiding the chickens, the ducks, the geese, the pigs, the sheep, the Holsteins, and an ostrich is another…and another, and another, and…

SEPTEMBER 2020

Pam’s pick:

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • An isolated mansion. A chillingly charismatic aristocrat. And a brave socialite drawn to expose their treacherous secrets. . . .

IN DEVELOPMENT AS A HULU ORIGINAL LIMITED SERIES PRODUCED BY KELLY RIPA AND MARK CONSUELOS

From the author of Gods of Jade and Shadow comes “a terrifying twist on classic gothic horror” (Kirkus Reviews) set in glamorous 1950s Mexico. “It’s Lovecraft meets the Brontës in Latin America, and after a slow-burn start Mexican Gothic gets seriously weird” (The Guardian).

Jennifer’s Pick:

If You Find Me

There are some things you can’t leave behind…

In If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch, a broken-down camper hidden deep in a national forest is the only home fifteen year-old Carey can remember. The trees keep guard over her threadbare existence; the one bright spot is Carey’s younger sister, Jenessa, who depends on Carey for her very survival. All they have is each other, as their mentally ill mother comes and goes with greater frequency. Until that one fateful day their mother has disappeared for good, and two strangers arrive. Suddenly, the girls are taken from the woods and thrust into a bright and perplexing new world of high school, clothes and boys.

Now, Carey must face the truth of why her mother abducted her ten years ago, while haunted by a past that won’t let her go…a dark past that hides many secrets, including the reason Jenessa hasn’t spoken a word in over a year. Carey knows she must keep her sister close, and her secrets even closer, or risk watching her new life come crashing down.

Ginger’s Pick:

A brilliant, edgy thriller about four strangers, a blizzard, a kidnapped child, and a determined young woman desperate to unmask and outwit a vicious psychopath.

A kidnapped little girl locked in a stranger’s van. No help for miles. What would you do?

On her way to Utah to see her dying mother, college student Darby Thorne gets caught in a fierce blizzard in the mountains of Colorado. With the roads impassable, she’s forced to wait out the storm at a remote highway rest stop. Inside are some vending machines, a coffee maker, and four complete strangers.

Desperate to find a signal to call home, Darby goes back out into the storm . . . and makes a horrifying discovery. In the back of the van parked next to her car, a little girl is locked in an animal crate.

Who is the child? Why has she been taken? And how can Darby save her?

There is no cell phone reception, no telephone, and no way out. One of her fellow travelers is a kidnapper. But which one?

Trapped in an increasingly dangerous situation, with a child’s life and her own on the line, Darby must find a way to break the girl out of the van and escape.

But who can she trust?

With exquisitely controlled pacing, Taylor Adams diabolically ratchets up the tension with every page. Full of terrifying twists and hairpin turns, No Exit will have you on the edge of your seat and leave you breathless.

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