Staff Picks 2014 March

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The Black-Eyed Blonde: A Philip Marlowe Novel by Benjamin Black ($27). Alas – Raymond Chandler died in 1959, but if he were still alive he would have written this book. A terrific re-creation of the noir private eye's Los Angeles. ~ Louise Jones

The Deliverance of Evil by Roberto Costantini. When a woman is brutally murdered in a Roman refugee camp, Commissario Balistreri must confront his past. An immensely satisfying thriller, reeking of the corruption of today's Italy. ~ Charles Bottomley

The Black-Eyed BlondeThe Deliverance of EvilHunting Shadows
Hunting Shadows by Charles Todd. Inspector Ian Rutledge searches for a sniper in England's Fen Country. One of the best in an outstanding series of post WWI historical mysteries. ~ Louise Jones


A Burnable BookThe Burnable Book by Bruce Holsinger. This first novel by an English Medieval scholar is wordy but winsome and rich in the texture of England at the end of the 15th century. Written deftly and with great detail. Perhaps the first installment of a series and a right "goode" read. ~ Maeve Noonan Clever GirlClever Girl by Tessa Hadley. An exquisite novel about nothing, and yet everything, following Stella from middle school to middle age. Hadley has a talent for making the everyday domesticity of life sublime. An excellent read, about the beauty of the everyday. ~ Becky Doherty Free Falling, As If in a Dream: The Story of a CrimeFree Falling, As If in a Dream: The Story of a Crime by Leif GW Persson. A special government detective division reopens the cold case on the 1986 assassination of Sweden's Prime Minister Olof Palme, with startling results. A fascinating, fictional examination of a real, unsolved crime. ~ Louise Jones
Thirty GirlsThirty Girls by Susan Minot. This haunting novel, recounting the abduction of 30 girls in Uganda by the Lord's Resistance Army in 1996, links Esther, a young trauma survivor who narrates in a mesmerizing voice, and Jane, a self-involved American journalist – and embraces both the horror and beauty of life. ~ Amy Palmer Circle of WivesCircle of Wives by Alice LaPlante. A gripping story, part mystery, part psychological examination of secrets and betrayal that twists and turns with each narrator. Five women, all connected to a respected surgeon found dead under questionable circumstances, narrate and are developed with depth and insight. An excellent, intelligent page-turner. ~ Louise Jones One More Thing: Stories and Other StoriesOne More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B. J. Novak. Novak proves to be more than "that guy from The Office" with this incredibly smart, well-written debut. Where else will you find a laugh-out-loud story about a guy returning a sex robot that has fallen in love with him? Great for fans of David Sedaris. ~ Chris Linendoll

A very funny debut collection of stories. ~ Amy Palmer
Kinder Than SolitudeKinder Than Solitude by Yiyun Li. Three young friends are haunted by the poisoning of a fourth. Was it attempted murder, suicide, accident? A compelling, unsettling, rich examination of the abiding question: Can we ever know one another? ~ Louise Jones GeminiGemini by Carol Cassella. Dr. Charlotte Reese is determined to not only save new ICU patient Jane Doe but also discover her identity, why no one is looking for her, what happens if she never regains consciousness and her connection to Charlotte›s boyfriend. Great book club read! ~ Jessica Elder

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The Museum of Extraordinary ThingsThe Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman. In this invigorating novel, two main characters are drawn together by fate, circumstance and an epic tragedy. A complex plot set in vibrant, pulsating New York City at the beginning of the twentieth century around historical fact, without distorting or exploiting it. ~ Alden Graves RedeploymentRedeployment by Phil Klay. An instant classic of war fiction about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan by a Marine captain. Klay shows a world of confusion, absurdity, violence and isolation as real as in any work of nonfiction. Devastating and brilliantly written. ~ Stan Hynds
The Parthenon EnigmaThe Parthenon Enigma by Joan Breton Connelly. If you think there's nothing new to learn from studying an iconic building more than 2000 years old, you're in for a treat! Connelly re-evaluates the culture that built it and why it is so important. Marvelous! ~ Maeve Noonan One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers BandOne Way Out: The Inside History Of The Allman Brothers Band by Alan Paul. Through extensive interviews with band members and crew, Paul weaves together a comprehensive and compelling account of the ABB's musical and cultural legacy. ~ Jon Fine The Broken Road: From the Iron Gates to Mount AthosThe Broken Road: From the Iron Gates to Mount Athos by Patrick Leigh Fermor. Fermor's fans will celebrate this last of his trilogy chronicling his famous walk through Europe in 1933-4. Beautiful writing brings you into an almost medieval Eastern Europe that vanished during WWII. Absolutely wondro us . ~ Louise Jones
Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a MasqueradeBlood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade by Walter Kirn. When Kirn agrees to transport an ailing dog across the country, he believes the lucky pooch will live amongst the Rockefellers. He becomes involved, however, with one of the cleverest con men in history. ~ Alden Graves Little Demon in the City of Light: A True Story of Murder and Mesmerism in Belle Epoque ParisLittle Demon In the City of Light by Steven Levingston. Gabrielle Bompard was charged with killing a man she lured to her Paris apartment. Her defense was that she was helpless to resist her abusive lover's hypnotic influence. A memorable true crime. ~ Alden Graves
Our stock of current fiction & mystery in our Manchester Store is refreshed constantly. Attention woodworkers! We just acquired a large collection of books on your favorite subject. Click on the Used Book icon (see above) on our website to search our collection of used books. ~ Karen Frank
The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted ManThe Snowden Files by Luke Harding. The long, lonely, perilous journey of Edward Snowden, who exposed NSA's wholesale, unconstitutional monitoring of private citizens - purportedly to uncover terrorist activity. A daunting story of one man's determination to reveal a massive abuse of power. ~ Alden Graves Her: A Memoir by Christa Parravani. Parravani illuminates her complex, intimate relationship with her twin sister Cara, bringing the heart-wrenching consequences of Cara's rape into stark, unforgiving light; she died of an overdose trying to dull her pain. ~ Jess Krawczyk The Secret Rooms by Catherine Bailey. John Manners, 9th Duke of Rutland, aimed at obliterating from history shameful chapters of his past and nearly succeeded. What Bailey uncovers 60 years later shows an aristocratic family that would stop at nothing to achieve its goals. ~ Sarah Donner