Staff Picks - Marilyn

For me, a day that I don’t read is a cryin’ shame of a day! It’s as necessary as breathing for me. And since I’m curious about nearly everything, the daily quest for the newest, next beauty is always dangling as a shiny promise just around the corner. Currently I’m excited about “big fiction” - grand, overarching novels; science books about virology and disease; biographies and kids books of all ages.  

ISBN: 9780062407597
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Published: Harper - February 16th, 2016

Free Men is a haunting, absorbing novel about three men grappling with their lives. As they evade capture for alleged murder, you feel their deep life histories in ways they can’t put into words. I Love it. -- Marilyn

ISBN: 9781594485879
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 3rd, 2015

If you’re intrigued with animals and their seemingly mysterious ways, read this book. Kurlansky writes of animals living in modernurban life with all its density, noise and humanity.It seem an unlikely environment for wildlife to thrive but that’s the wonder and surpriseof this book. It’s wonderful.

ISBN: 9780374224400
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Published: Scientific American - October 27th, 2015

Williams explores the long history of horses linking modern horses back through their evolutionary changes. From the first Pleistocene era proto-horse skeletons and cave art, these extraordinarily tough and adaptable horses thrive in many diverse hostile environments. Their social and group behaviors provide complexities unique to their bands and environments. You’ll gain a renewed respect for these magnificent animals. --Marilyn

ISBN: 9781501107832
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Published: Scribner Book Company - November 10th, 2015

Mary-Louise Parker’s collections of letters are written to people dear to her heart and become dear to readers as well. Her letters, at once very personal and broadly universal, are brief or long musings that bring your heart and mind gratitude and joy. --Marilyn

ISBN: 9781501115141
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Published: Touchstone Books - November 10th, 2015

For the player of odd, interesting and bizarre games and sports - THIS is your book. These are so weird that I can only imagine they were thought up dutring immeassurably long winter months, to be played when days turned summery. Truly original and, well, odd! --Marilyn

ISBN: 9781101874141
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - November 3rd, 2015

Oh, to be the proverbial fly on the wall when a newly discovered painting of great importance goes to auction in London amidst a firestorm of interest from international buyers. This little painting has tales to tell of its A-list owners through the ages and does so with razor wit and dripping disdain. In the center of this storm is hapless Annie McMorow who bought it in a junk store. A hilarious romp through adventures and misadventures to obtain the rarest at any cost. Such an excellent book. --Marilyn

By J. A. Baker, Robert MacFarlane (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781590171332
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Published: New York Review of Books - December 31st, 2004

Baker’s long study of peregrines is elegant and far deeper than a field study. It reads to me as a beautiful kaleidoscope of Baker’s heightened awareness of life in its subtleties, focused around these regal birds. His writing is superb. - Marilyn

ISBN: 9780385353908
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 6th, 2015

This book is a sweet treat when you want a lovely story. Set on the Rivieria amongst the rich and fabulous, it's a mystery (missing jewels) and romance, light and fun. --Marilyn

ISBN: 9780770436438
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Published: Hogarth - October 6th, 2015

Anthony Marra is THE author who can craft a tale both awful and awesome. When a censor adds his own artistic license to Soviet pictures the following events spin into their own weird universe. This is excellent. --Marilyn

ISBN: 9780062349316
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Published: Ecco Press - September 8th, 2015

This novel goes straight into the marrow of place and character. Les is ready for retirement as Sheriff of his small Appalachian town. He won’t miss the area’s increasing meth busts but his last case tests him personally from his early years. This last case is his hardest case, reaching into the crevices of this character.  --Marilyn

ISBN: 9781476789088
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Published: Scribner Book Company - July 14th, 2015

Stavros Stavros has announced his impending death to family and friends, even inviting them all via Facebook to his “final Dinner”. His identity of a benevolent saintly person doesn’t quite match his real behavior as a hypercritical father, nagging ex-husband. Is he really dying or simply seeking his family's’ blessing? You decide! A funny, tender book.  -- Marilyn

ISBN: 9780062120403
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Published: Ecco Press - January 28th, 2014

In the wild southwest of Texas, this story unspools the generational saga of a family embedded in Texas land. A rich story, Meyer portrays their brutal and total love for this vast dry land. It’s wonderful. -- Marilyn

ISBN: 9781501115066
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Published: Atria Books - June 16th, 2015

Elsa has a deep bond with her fierce irascible grandmother. Who wouldn’t? After all, they go on wild romps and quests all over, upsetting the status quo. When her grandmother dies, Elsa is angry at being left by her and angrier still to do the last quest for her grandmother involving the quirky tenants. This most wonderful book is deliciously funny, wicked and tender - I love it. -- Marilyn

ISBN: 9781476755748
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 20th, 2015

SO how does Russia work? This wild ride through post-communist Russia’s opening financial markets to the west reads like a business thriller and it is though NOT fiction. It has high tension, audacious moves, sudden market fluctuations, threatening characters and murder. Browder writes a compelling book.


ISBN: 9780316334327
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Published: Back Bay Books - January 12th, 2016

I confess to being late seeing the work of Kate Mulgrew and only know her acting as the formidably kitchen boss in Orange As The New Black. Suffice to say, the second I could get my hands on her memoir, I devoured it. Kate is strong and brave - uncommonly so, from her tiniest tot years to the present. Wonderful read.

ISBN: 9781594633959
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Published: Riverhead Books - January 19th, 2016

Krysta, a precocious little girl, is unruly and troubled as she processes her mother's suicide. Schooled in Grimm's fairy tales, her life becomes a fairy tale filled with elusive beauty and deadly trials. A Holocaust tale that unerringly bites into the edges of darkness and peril. Sometimes I read a book that shimmers in a special way. This is that book for me.

ISBN: 9780761174417
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Published: Workman Publishing - October 7th, 2014

Heroes give meaning to life in unspoken ways through magnificent actions. Here is collection of animal heroes that broaden the idea of heroes that brightens all our lives.

By Annik LaFarge, Scott Mlyn (Photographer), Juan Valentin (Photographer)
ISBN: 9780500291412
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Published: Thames & Hudson - May 20th, 2014

Possibly the greatest walking trip of New York everyone can enjoy - a joyous creation of reclaimed urban space riding the pulse of NYC.

ISBN: 9781930238473
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Published: Yosemite Association - June 10th, 2014

Yosemite In Pictures is stunning; a great gift; siren's muse; a motivating quest and so much more. Sublime.

ISBN: 9780743245463
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Published: Atria Books - February 9th, 2005

If you're naturally competitive but your knees can’t take running anymore, here’s a great new challenge. Obmasick reports from the road on the birdwatchers race to complete the entire big for sightings. This race isn’t for light-weights but it’s quite entertaining.

ISBN: 9780804172738
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Published: Vintage - February 23rd, 2016

Read these stories for the perfect beauty of Baxter’s writing.Savor these characters, at once fragile and resilient.These stories are a gift.  -- Marilyn

ISBN: 9780307911773
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Published: Pantheon Books - February 10th, 2015

Wow - an incredible read. I love it, love it! Vietnam a country torn apart, a people finding and mending their broken selves. Just amazing. -- Marilyn