Staff Picks, Summer 2006


You asked for it and here they are - staff picks from a few of our very well read folks. We asked them to suggest fiction titles and authors that are engaging and fun, nothing dark. Some are old favorites, a few are new stars. It's a long list. Be sure to click on "read more". Hope you'd enjoy them.

Albert's Picks:
The British mystery series by Deborah Crombie.
At Weddings and Wakes by Alice McDermott.
Revenge of the Middle-age Woman by Elizabeth Buchan.
The Young Wan by Brendan O'Carroll.
Saying Grace by Beth Gutcheon.
A Big Storm Knocked it Over by Laurie Colwin.
Love and Other Impossible Pursuits by Ayelet Waldman.
The Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear.
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri.

From a very shy librarian:
Crazy for You by Jennifer Crusie.
Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married by Marian Keyes.
Bubbles Unbound by Sarah Strohmeyer.
The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn.
Little Bitty Lies by Mary Kay Andrews.

Amy's picks:
In the Company of the Courtesan by Sarah Dunant.
The Minotaur by Barbara Vine.

From Sernabad:
Knitting: A Novel by Anne Barlett.
Poet of Tolstoy Park by Sonny Brewer
My Latest Grievance by Elinor Lipman.
Maybe a Miracle by Brian Strause.

From Mazie:
Dead Hollywood Moms Society by Lindsay Maracotta. Funny mystery.
The Pale Horseman by Bernard Cornwell. Rousing historical action/adventure.
The Inn at Lake Devine by Elinor Lipman. A favorite romantic story with social commentary.
The Camomile Lawn by Mary Welsey. A tart romantic family story from this older British author.
The Way I Found Her by Rose Tremain. A delicious coming of age novel.
Turtle Moon by Alice Hoffman. My favorite of her offbeat romantic fantasies.

And finally, if you like Bridget Jones, try:
Marsha Moyer's The Second Coming of Lucy Hatch.
Patricia Scanlan's Francesca's Party.
Suzanne Finnamore's Otherwise Engaged.
Christina Bartolomeo's Cupid and Diana.
India Knight's My Life on a Plate.
Jenny Colgan's Talking to Addison.



Goodness, no!

Some of my favorite male authors for great summer reading:

-Arthur Conan Doyle: The Complete Sherlock Holmes
Clever and occasionally creepy enough to give you thrilling goosebumps, you just can't go wrong with Sherlock Holmes.

-Neal Stephenson: Cryptonomicon or any of the Baroque Cycle
Stephenson's rollicking adventure-mystery-science fiction-historical books have fantastic characters and are laced with ridiculous, sometimes bawdy humour.

-Steve Amick: The Lake, The River, and The Other Lake
Perfect for a Michigan summer read, this book features grumpy townies, wealthy tourists, fudge, jerky, jetskis, and other lakeside Lower Peninsula delights.

happy reading!