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Staff Picks

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August 29, 2016

Office Girl

Office Girl
by Meno, Joe
FIC MEN

There are novels that tell epic tales of battlefield glory or high seas adventure or exploring outer space. And then there are novels that tell small, sad love stories that are seemingly of consequence only to their characters and readers. Office Girl by Joe Meno is the latter.

In the winter of 1999, Odile and Jack, two twenty-somethings in Chicago, find themselves creating what can alternately be called an awkward friendship, a rebellious art movement, and an apprehensive romance. They meet while working in adjoining cubicles at a business that sells Muzak for office waiting rooms and become fast friends, riding their bikes around the city and performing small acts of vandalism. As with most good fiction, the specifics of the characters may not exactly reflect your life experience, but the emotions are authentic and relatable. I imagine that most readers can relate to Odile and Jack’s feelings of loneliness, lack of direction, and unrequited love as they explore young adulthood. That isn’t to say, however, that Office Girl is an entirely dreary affair. There are many moments that elicit smiles and the book is peppered with sweet sentiments, odd little illustrations, and strange photographs.

Office Girl is also available as an eAudiobook.

           --Recommended by Adam Todd, Decatur Branch

 

August 22, 2016

Dark Thirst

Dark Thirst
by Allen, Angela C., editor
eBook

Dark Thirst contains six short stories (by The Urban Griot (aka Omar Tyree), Donna Hill, Monica Jackson, Linda Addison, Kevin S. Brockenbrough, and Angela C. Allen) featuring urban vampires in colorful settings such as Brooklyn and New Orleans. Not your typical vampire fare, these creatures of the night are susceptible to the same seven deadly sins that have plagued humankind for centuries: lust, gluttony, wrath, envy, avarice, pride and sloth are manifested within the pages of Dark Thirst.

My favorite story by far is “The Ultimate Diet”. Keeshia, an obese computer programmer, envies her svelte, sensual new neighbor who has many lovers and the ability to eat anything she wants without gaining a pound. What’s her secret, and will Keeshia risk everything to find out?

                    — Recommended by Vanessa Jamerson, East 38th Street Branch

 

August 8, 2016

Navel Gazing: True Tales of Bodies, Mostly Mine (but Also My Mom's, Which I Know Sounds Weird)

Navel Gazing: True Tales of Bodies, Mostly Mine (but Also My Mom's, Which I Know Sounds Weird)
by Black, Michael Ian
792.7 Black BLA

Fans of comedian Michael Ian Black (of Wet Hot American Summer and the short-lived sketch comedy series Stella) should check out his newest endeavor. Once you finish reading the title, you just might enjoy this collection of autobiographical vignettes. While humor is subjective, the subject matter here is pretty universal: everybody has a body and we all have things we don’t like about it. I had to be sure to read this one in the privacy of my own home because I was laughing out loud. But laughter often swiftly shifts to sorrow when Black ventures into stories of his mother, who has been battling cancer and illness for years. Though you could read this book quickly--most essays are no longer than 10 pages and the book has a distinct narrative flow-–I didn’t want it to end.

Navel Gazing is also available as an eBook and an eAudiobook.

           --Recommended by Mikayla Kinley, College Avenue Branch

 

August 1, 2016

'Til Death Do Us Part

'Til Death Do Us Part
by Quick, Amanda
FIC QUI

If you have read previous books by Amanda Quick you might expect this Victorian novel to have a touch of the supernatural, but in this story the supernatural is absent and not missed. Calista and her brother Andrew inherit a large house in a respectable neighborhood but no money. To survive Calista opens an introduction agency for highly respectable ladies and gentlemen with similar interests. The clients attend weekly salons with the idea being that the ladies and gentleman might become friends. If clients marry, it’s a pleasant surprise but not expected. Trent Hastings, a reclusive popular crime novelist, is convinced Calista is a fraud; and he shows up demanding that Calista drop his sister as a client.

A stalker is sneaking into Calista’s bedroom leaving disturbing gifts with her initials on them. The gifts are only suitable for those in deepest mourning. In order to avoid a scandal Calista is unable to go to the police, so she turns to Trent. Together they pursue the stalker and gradually fall in love.

During Victorian times, novels were frequently serialized before they were printed in book form, and a running joke during this investigation is that everyone from villains to members of “the ton” has an opinion about how the current story should continue.

Amanda Quick (a pseudonym for Jayne Anne Krentz) leads her characters on a merry chase, providing enough red herrings so that the reader is pleasantly surprised at the end. The writing is intelligent and fast paced, and I read this book in a day.

'Til Death Do Us Part is also available as an eBook, an eAudiobook, an audiobook on CD, and in large print.

          --Recommended by Debbie Overshiner, Eagle Branch

 

July 25, 2016

Shaker

Shaker
by Frank, Scott
MYS FRA

There’s a cliché about writing that it’s the first few pages that get people to read the book; it’s the last pages that get them to read the author’s next book. So I debated—a lot—about whether to recommend this book. It’s 335 pages long, 333 of which were incredibly good. The writing seemed almost effortless, the story compelling, the characters came with flesh and bone and character and flaws. The LA earthquake that made Roy Cooper’s best laid plans go awry. Kelly Maguire, a good cop with a lot of baggage, trying to find her way. Science, determined to make his mark in a city filled with gang violence. On and on the characters go. That’s usually a deterrent for me, I can never keep them all straight. But Frank made each one an individual, pulled their stories along, wove them together with a deft hand that gradually let the big story unfold. Frank is a screenwriter: Get Shorty, Marley & Me, Minority Report, to name a few. So he’s no newcomer to the writing world even though this is his debut novel. Still, those last couple of pages left me wondering what I’d missed earlier that had presaged that ending. Ultimately, I decided that the book was so good overall, that it deserved a mention. But if you read it and can explain those last couple of pages, let me know, okay? Shaker is also available as an eBook

                  --Recommended by Cheryl Holtsclaw, West Indianapolis Branch