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Feb 24

February 2023 Staff Picks

Posted on February 24, 2023 at 9:23 AM by Maggie Witte

We’re back with more staff picks for February. If you want any of these books right now, don’t wait. Use BARD to download books to a flash drive to play in the player or to a mobile device

Jason Brinkman

DB 47486 The fellowship of the ring, being the first part of Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

As the Ring cycle begins, Frodo, a home-loving hobbit, inherits the magic ring that his Uncle Bilbo brought back from his adventures in The Hobbit (DB 11497). To protect the ring from the powers of darkness, Frodo must make a long, dangerous journey. Prequel to The Two Towers (DB 47487). 1954.

DB 47487 The two towers, being the second part of the Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

In this sequel to The Fellowship of the Ring (DB 47486), the now-separated companions of the Ring meet Saruman the wizard, cross the Dead Marshes, and prepare for the Great War in which the power of the Ring will be undone.

DB 47488 The return of the King, being the third part of the Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

In this sequel to The Two Towers (DB 47487), Frodo and Sam bear the Ring to Mount Doom. The War of the Rings, fought between the forces for good and the Dark Lord of evil, is ended.

Nataly Renfro, Machine Clerk

DB 90988 The green witch: your complete guide to the natural magic of herbs, flowers, essential oils, and more by Arin Murphy-Hiscock

A practitioner of Wicca explores the healing powers of herbs, flowers, and essential oils and provides instructions on making simple potions and elixirs. Also discusses how crystals, gems, stones, and even twigs can help you find balance within. 2017.

Amanda Diggs, Production Manager

DB 45857 The subtle knife: His Dark Materials, book 2 by Philip Pullman

Sequel to The Golden Compass (DB 44343). Lyra and her daemon are joined in Ci'gazze by twelve-year-old Will, who is searching for his long-lost explorer father. Will proves his mettle--losing two fingers in a fight--and now bears the magical Subtle Knife. Some violence. For junior and senior high readers. 1997.

DBC05236 Shades of Earl Grey: Tea Shop mystery, book 3 by Laura Childs

Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning is finally invited to a social event that she doesn't have to cater-but trouble is brewing at the engagement soiree of the season. Recipes included.

Michael Lang, Director

DB 111188 The mountain in the sea by Ray Nayler

"Rumors begin to spread of a species of hyperintelligent, dangerous octopus that may have developed its own language and culture. Marine biologist Dr. Ha Nguyen, who has spent her life researching cephalopod intelligence, will do anything for the chance to study them. The transnational tech corporation DIANIMA has sealed the remote Con Dao Archipelago, where the octopuses were discovered, off from the world. Dr. Nguyen joins DIANIMA's team on the islands: a battle-scarred security agent and the world's first android. The octopuses hold the key to unprecedented breakthroughs in extrahuman intelligence. The stakes are high: there are vast fortunes to be made by whoever can take advantage of the octopuses' advancements, and as Dr. Nguyen struggles to communicate with the newly discovered species, forces larger than DIANIMA close in to seize the octopuses for themselves. But no one has yet asked the octopuses what they think. And what they might do about it. A near-future thriller about the nature of consciousness, Ray Nayler's The Mountain in the Sea is a dazzling literary debut and a mind-blowing dive into the treasure and wreckage of humankind's legacy." -- Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook.

Maggie Witte, Outreach Librarian

DB 98805 Chilling effect, book 1 by Valerie Valdes

Captain Eva Innocente and the ragtag crew of her cargo ship undergo a series of dangerous missions in an attempt to pay the ransom on Eva's kidnapped sister. In the end, Eva must risk her crew, her ship, and the life she's built to save Mari. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.

DB 49202 Nimisha’s ship by Anne McCaffrey

Vega III. As a young girl, Lady Nimisha exhibits such an aptitude for all things mechanical that her father plans to leave her his shipyard. When he is killed in a freak accident, Nimisha is prepared to take over, but her brother disapproves of their father's bequest.