Staff's Picks

The World of Downton Abbey

Fellowes, Jessica

Recommended by: Ellen P

Fans of the hit PBS series will love this guide to the show.

The Next Always

Nora Roberts

Recommended by: Sheila U

The Next Always begins a new trilogy, and will feel very familiar to Roberts' fans.  All the usual elements are there:  three close female friends; three brothers; the couples pair off, one per book; an absorbing story and good characters; add a supernatural element; and you have her recipe for success.  In this one, the supernatural is more in the background than some of her trilogies (for example her "Sign of Seven" or "Circle" trilogies), but it does play a key role in the climactic ending. 

The Wedding Quilt

Chiaverini, Jennifer

Recommended by: Nancy B

If you have been following the Elm Creek Quilts novels then this is a must read.  It spans 2 generations, going back and forth. Remember Sarah was pregnant with twins?  I can say no more than that without giving it away.  I now wonder where the series is going from here. Will there be another book in the series or is Jennifer going to write something totally different. I can hardly wait!!

7 Money Rules for Life: How to Take Control of Your Financial Future

Hunt, Mary

Recommended by: Ellen P

It's a new year, why not get your finances is order.


Recommended by: Earnestine B

COWBOYS&ALIENS is a new movie that we have in the library. Hollywood has finally come up with a new idea for a movie.

The movie takes place in 1873 in the Arizona Territory. Into the town of Absolution, comes a cowboy with no memory of who he is and where he has been. The only clue is a strange shackle on his wrist. The town is ran by Colonel Dolerhyde who knows the identity of the cowboy.

Soon the cowboy and the citizens of Absolution have banned together to fight a common foe. This is a good action movie with a new twist on a Western movie. It stars Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford. I strongly recommend this movie.

The Beekeepers Apprentice

Laurie King

Recommended by: Nancy B

This is a story about Mary Russell who lives in Sussex England And is cared for by a very uncaring aunt. She literally stumbles upon Sherlock Holmes, who has retired to Sussex to become a beekeeper. They become tutor and apprentice. What follows for Mary is learning to become a good detective and  the adventures from  being associated with Sherlock Holmes. Watson is still there, just not a main protagonist in the story.

There are currently eleven books in the series, I am working on the second book.



Recommended by: Earnestine B

Agatha Raisin organizes an outing to Winter Parva, a local touristy village. When it came for the pig roast, Agatha sees the pig is actually a policeman by the name of Gary Beech. He was hated by nearly everyone in the village. He liked giving tickets out for any little thing.

So now its up to Agatha and her employees at the Detective agency  to find the killer.

This is the 22 installment in the Agatha Raisin mystery series

Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins

Recommended by: Sheila U

In a not-too-distant future, the United States of America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war, to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into a Capitol and 12 districts. A 13th District once existed; but was obliterated by the Capitol in order to subdue the citizens of the other Districts.  Each year, two children from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcast throughout Panem as the 24 participants are forced to fight to the death, with all citizens required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss's young sister, Prim, is selected as the mining district's female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart, Peeta, the son of the town baker who seems to have all the fighting skills of a lump of bread dough, will be pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for the Games their whole lives. This book will definitely resonate with the generation raised on reality shows like 'Survivor' and 'American Gladiator.'  The first in a trilogy; a movie adaptation is scheduled for release March 23, 2012.  Read the book before you see the movie!

Reading Lolita in Tehran

Nafisi, Azar

Recommended by: Ellen P

This is an excellent memoir of life teaching in Iran.  It would be an excellent book group choice.