Posts Categorized: Staff Picks

Here’s Bernardo’s Top 4 of 2014!

Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success by Adam Grant For generations, we have focused on the individual drivers of success: passion, hard work, talent, and luck. But today, success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others. It turns out that at work, most people operate as either takers, matchers, or… Read more »

Mariah’s Top 4 (plus one more) of 2014!

Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss Gives you a completely different perspective on processed food! The science that goes into the foods we take for granted is amazing – not only have these foods been carefully crafted to create a “bliss” point, they’ve also been engineered to be highly… Read more »

Emma’s Top 4 of 2014!

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: & Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty Most people want to avoid thinking about death, but Caitlin Doughty—a twenty-something with a degree in medieval history and a flair for the macabre—took a job at a crematory, turning morbid curiosity into her life’s work. Thrown into a profession of… Read more »

Linda’s Top 4 of 2014!

Just One Evil Act by Elizabeth George Inspector Lynley plays the back up role as Detective Sargent Barbara Havers gets caught up in the kidnapping of her young friend, Hadiyyah, and the complications of that act. This volume moves back and forth between England and Italy. The small Italian town is a great setting. I… Read more »

Jen’s Top 4 of 2014

Lone Survivor (Movie) Marcus Luttrell and his team set out on a mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shah, in late June 2005. Marcus and his team are left to fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare.   While Beauty Slept by Elizabeth Blackwell I… Read more »

Lynne’s Top 4 of 2014!

The Secret History by Donna Tartt Richard Papen arrived at Hampden College in New England and was quickly seduced by an elite group of five students, all Greek scholars, all worldly, self-assured, and, at first glance, all highly unapproachable. As Richard is drawn into their inner circle, he learns a terrifying secret that binds them… Read more »

Dale’s Top 4 of 2014

Mr Mercedes by Stephen King In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are… Read more »

Julie’s Top 4 of 2014!

Wolf by Mo Hayder When a vagrant–the Walking Man–finds a dog wandering alone with a scrap of paper with the words “HELP US” attached to its collar, he’s sure it’s a desperate plea from someone in trouble and calls on Detective Inspector Jack Caffery to investigate. Meanwhile a wealthy local family is fighting for their… Read more »

Top 4 of 2014!

It’s that time of year again when we look back at the previous year and choose our top reads/movies/music/games and TV! This year we asked staff to choose their top 4 of 2014 (books/movies/music/games and TV that they read/watched/played/listened to in 2014 rather than what was published in 2014). We’ll be posting their picks all… Read more »

Mariah’s Top 6 of 2013

Adult fiction: Tenth of December by George Saunders Amazing.  I could try to write a review but it wouldn’t do this book justice!  Read it! Juvenile fiction: The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo When a magician accidentally conjures an elephant out of thin air, it sets off a chain of events that will change the… Read more »