Library Staff Recommended Reading February 2015

Recommended Reading Archive

The hundred-foot journey : a novel

The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais

A lively novel about the rise of Hassan Haji and his successful business that is colorfully described with flavors and scents of the kitchen. When a tragedy forces the family to move from India to a small village in the French Alps, Hassan opens an Indian restaurant which happens to be near the establishment of a famous chef, Madame Mallory. Madame Mallory starts a culinary war which is finally settled when she helps him launch his own restaurant in Paris. Also available in large print and the DVD, starring Helen Mirren and Om Puri, will soon be added to our catalog.                                                                                            

~ Jin Hur ~

Eloise at the Plaza

Eloise at the Plaza (DVD)

Eloise is six. She lives at the Plaza Hotel in New York City, and she is quite the precocious little whirlwind. Inspired by the beloved children’s picture book series by Kay Thompson and Hilary Knight, Eloise at the Plaza is a wonderful live action film for all ages. Follow Eloise as she bandies about the Plaza Hotel in search of new friends and fresh adventures, encountering a colorful cast of characters along the way. With a heart of gold and exuberance in spades, Eloise could win over even the coldest of hearts, and she’ll leave you smiling for hours. For more adventures with Eloise, be sure to check out Eloise at Christmastime, a lovely treat for all seasons.

~Noah Weckwerth~

Yes please

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

In a uniquely styled memoir, Poehler blends essays, advice, and insider knowledge to deliver her take on several topics including: love and parenthood, comedy and show business, and aging and self-acceptance. Clever, amusing, and continually engaging, Poehler offers insight into her career trajectory from high school plays, to improv at Boston College, to her comedic education at Improv Olympics and Second City in Chicago, and finally to breaking into network television first in New York and then Los Angeles. Particularly touching are the passages about family, both her parents, sibling, and two young boys as well as the comedy family amassed over the years. Fans of Poehler’s stints on Saturday Night Live and Parks and Recreation will primarily enjoy this work; however, if you’ve ever been impressed with her time on SNL or Leslie Knope’s tenacity, then her wit and candor on the page make this worth a read.


~ Abby Landers ~

The girl on the train

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

A taut suspense novel in the true Hitchcock style! The narration begins with Rachel, whose life is off the rails, admiring a young wife from the train on her daily commute. When she discovers that same woman has been reported missing, Rachel is convinced that she has information to aid in the police investigation. Be warned that reading this book, filled with a cast of compelling characters whose reliability shifts with every page, may turn into an obsession. This book is getting a lot of buzz!                                                     

~ Paulette Brooks ~

1,000 places to see before you die : the new full-color second edition

1,000 Places to See Before You Die by Patricia Schultz


This new full-color second edition is guaranteed to give travelers the shivers by telling what’s worth seeing out there in the world. Historical remains, wildlife preserves, castles, festivals, hidden islands, museums, restaurants, snack shacks, and more. Lots of details like addresses, websites, phone numbers, and best times to visit, giving you some ideas with transportation and distance. A must read for intrepid traveler!


Check out the two Travel Channel DVD versions as well – Collection 1 & 2                                                                                   

~ Jin Hur ~

A fine summer's day : an Inspector Ian Rutledge mystery

A Fine Summer's Day by Charles Todd

It was a fine summer's day in June of 1914 when Archduke Ferdinand was assassinated in Sarajevo, setting off a series of world changing events. But, in England, young Inspector Ian Rutledge is courting the woman he loves and investigating a complex murder case, unaware it will be his last before the Great War. This is a prequel to the author's other Ian Rutledge mysteries. For new readers, try it as the starting point to the subsequent novels in the series. An engaging read.

~ Nancy Arevalo ~


The Rosie effect

The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion


A laugh-out loud sequel to The Rosie Project, join Don and Rosie, now living in New York City, as they embark on the “baby” project. Surprised by the news and feeling unprepared for fatherhood, Don copes in typical fashion by trying to control the situations and complications that arise with his newly acquired obstetrical expertise. He learns in the end that he must treasure Rosie and learn to appreciate the unpredictable emotional journey with her. Enjoy the same wit and charm of old and new characters that encircle the expanding Tillman family.             


~ Paulette Brooks ~

Think like a freak [the authors of Freakonomics offer to retrain your brain]

Think Like a Freak: the authors of Freakonomics offer to retrain your brain by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner (audio book)

This third volume co-authored by Levitt and Dubner follows their hugely successful Freakonomics and Super Freakonomics. In this outing, the pair tackle how everyday folks can re-train their brains to approach and solve difficult problems using unconventional methods, or as they put it … “think like a freak.” The authors present a number of different strategies to arrive at solutions, such as learning to say, “I don’t know,” reframing a question to expose the root of the problem, thinking more like a child, and  “letting the garden weed itself” through proffering imaginative incentives. Each tactic is demonstrated using illustrative narratives from medieval ordeals to the sly genius of both David Lee Roth and King Solomon to record-smashing competitive eating contests. Followers of the Freakonomics podcast will be familiar with both Dubner’s narration, as well as some of the accounts used in the book. A fascinating listen and advantageous to those individuals attempting to solve both micro and macro quandaries.                                                                            

~ Abby Landers ~

“Staff Recommends” Compiled by Paulette Brooks


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