Staff Picks of 2015

Girl in the Road
by Monica Byrne

– Adam

The Nature of the Beast
(Inspector Gamache series)
by Louise Penny

One of Penny’s best so far: tense, riveting, with the sense of untold horrors being brought to light.
– Joyce

Mrs. McGinty’s Dead
by Agatha Christie
read by Hugh Fraser

Hugh Fraser played Hastings opposite David Suchet’s Poirot in the Poirot TV series, and, although Poirot did not take his bumbling sidekick along on this particular adventure, Fraser still manages to perfectly capture the tone and atmosphere of Christie’s early 1900s England.

– Joyce

 

Gone with the Wind
By Margaret Mitchell

An oldie but goodie. I’m not much into historical fiction generally, but this one kept me very interested all the way through almost a thousand pages, and I have never left a book feeling like I knew a character as well as I felt about Scarlett.
– Shelly

 

Defending Jacob
by William Landay

  A very good crime thriller mystery.  Makes for a great book club read with an unexpected ending!
– Maryann

 

Ancillary Justice
by Ann Leckie

– Darren

 

The Night Circus
by Erin Morgenstern
read by Jim Dale

– Darren

  There’s Something I Want You To Do
by Charles Baxter

– Regan

Help! A Bear Is Eating Me!
by Mykle Hansen

– Regan

We’ve got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March
by Cynthia Levinson

This wonderfully enlightening story details the passion and determination of 4,000 school-aged African-American students in May 1963 who sought to change the path and mindset of those holding the keys to historically segregated schools in Birmingham, AL., one of the most racially charged, divided and violent cities in America. The students’ conviction to draw attention to their plight by marching to jail, and subsequently being arrested, offers an incredible view into the continued African American struggle for a better life in America, –nearly a century after the end of slavery. I recommend this book for anyone who has been educated in America.
– Vanessa

  The Byzantine Empire
by John Julius Norwich– Darren
The Teenage Brain:
A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults
by Frances E. Jensen

A must read for anyone with teenagers.
– Regan

  Words Without Music: A Memoir
by Philip GlassEven if you don’t listen to Philip Glass (which I don’t really), this is an inspiring memoir.
– Regan
  Predictably Irrational
by Dan Ariely

– Yeng

  Future Crimes
by Marc Goodman

– Yeng

  Autism as Context Blindness
by Peter Vermeulen

– Yeng

 

January First:
A Child’s Descent into Madness and Her Father’s Struggle to Save Her

by Michael Schofield

I found this book so fascinating that after I listened to it, I went and got the physical book so I could read parts over and over again. It’s a scintillating story about a scared dad and an incredible girl and a brave family. It’s definitely a must-read for anyone remotely interested in mental health.
– Shelly

Seconds
by Bryan O’Malley

– Adam

 

 

Nimona
by Noelle Stevenson

– Adam

  Lumberjanes
by Noelle Stevenson– Adam

Hunter x Hunter
by Yoshihiro Togashi

A rather ancient series at this point that’s still ongoing, saved from occasional periods of sloppiness by Togashi’s trademark mixture of quirky humor and unexpected plot twists. I finally managed to catch up from where I left off 10(!!) years ago, and now I’m annoyed all over again at the series’ frequent hiatuses.
– Joyce

  The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl
b
y Ryan North, Erica Henderson

 – Darren

  The Wicked + Divine
by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Matt Wilson, Clayton Cowles

 – Darren

  Saga
by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples

 – Darren

  Eggs
by Jerry Spinelli

Such an honest, genuine book that started off a little slow but then gets better and better as it goes on.
– Shelly

 

Science Fair
by Dave Barry

Literally laugh-out-loud funny, as most Dave Barry books are.
– Shelly

 

Better to Wish
by Ann M. Martin

One of my favorite authors, the first and best in a short, recent series.
– Shelly

 

Press Here
by Herve Tullet

– Darren

 

How Does it Feel
by MS MR

– Adam

Love Stuff
by Elle King

– Adam

  Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag Soundtrack:
Sea Shanties

 – Darren

  Men Amongst Mountains
by The Revivalists

– Regan

  Toumani & Sidiki

– Regan

World Without Borders
by Yanni

– Yeng

 

The Martian

A friend described this movie as “smart people solving problems!” It doesn’t have too many high-intensity edge-of-your-seat moments, but there’s another kind of pleasure in being able to sit back and relax while watching the ingenuity of astronauts at work. A surprisingly funny and lighthearted look at being stranded alone on an alien planet.
– Joyce

 

Mad Max: Fury Road

– Darren & Adam

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