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Aug 17

August 2023 Staff Picks

Posted on August 17, 2023 at 9:07 AM by Maggie Witte

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Michael Lang, Director

DB 89975 American wolf: a true story of survival and obsession in the West by Nate Blakeslee

Annotation: Examination of the return of wolves to Yellowstone National Park, focusing on biologist Rick McIntyre and matriarch wolf O-Six. Discusses the impact of wolves on the Yellowstone ecosystem, O-Six's celebrity in the early days of social media, and the sentiment of area hunters and ranchers. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Amanda Diggs, Production Manager

DB 88033 Better late than never by Jenn McKinlay

Annotation: During Briar Creek Public Library's amnesty day, Lindsey and her staff are flooded with overdue books. One book that really stands out, however, is a copy of The Catcher in the Rye that was checked out by a teacher twenty years ago on the day she was murdered. Who returned it now? 2016.

DB 101752 Noodle shop, books 5-6: Egg drop dead; Killer kung pao by Vivien Chien

Annotation: Two mysteries featuring Lana Lee who runs her family's Ho-Lee Noodle House in Cleveland, Ohio. In Egg Drop Dead, Lana's first catering event ends in murder. In Killer Kung Pao, Lana witnesses a car accident and the following altercation between the two women. Then one of them is electrocuted at the beauty salon. 2020.

Jason Brinkman, Library Assistant

DB 92662 Bullshit jobs: a theory by David Graeber

Annotation: Author of The Utopia of Rules (DB 81505) presents a philosophical examination of meaningless, unfulfilling jobs and their consequences. Defines a "bullshit job" and discusses the categories of them, why holders of these jobs report unhappiness, the proliferation of these types of jobs, and more. Strong language. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2018.

Dylan Calhoon, Patron Services Manager

DB 110551 Sign here by Claudia Lux

Annotation: "A darkly humorous, surprisingly poignant, and utterly gripping debut novel about a guy who works in Hell (literally) and is on the cusp of a big promotion if only he can get one more member of the wealthy Harrison family to sell their soul Peyote Trip has a pretty good gig in the deals department on the fifth floor of Hell. Sure, none of the pens work, the coffee machine has been out of order for a century, and the only drink on offer is Ja¨germeister, but Pey has a plan-and all he needs is one last member of the Harrison family to sell their soul. When the Harrisons retreat to the family lake house for the summer, with their daughter Mickey's precocious new friend, Ruth, in tow, the opportunity Pey has waited a millennium for might finally be in his grasp. And with the help of his charismatic coworker Calamity, he sets a plan in motion. But things aren't always as they seem, on Earth or in Hell. And as old secrets and new dangers scrape away at the Harrisons' shiny surface, revealing the darkness beneath, everyone must face the consequences of their choices." -- Provided by publisher.  --  Unrated. Commercial audiobook.

Maggie Witte, Outreach Librarian

DB 106830 The Mystwick School of Musicraft by Jessica Khoury

Annotation: Twelve-year-old Amelia gets the opportunity to attend a boarding school and learn how to use music to create magic, hoping to become a Maestro like her deceased mother. For grades 4-7. 2020.

DB 104053 Miss Frost cracks a caper by Kristen L. Painter

Annotation: Heir to the Winter Throne and sometime private investigator Jayne Frost has an old frenemy show up in Nocturne Falls. Lark Bramble's appearance has Jayne reliving the painful past, but they seemingly reach an accord. Then, a chilling event at the Black and Orange Ball puts Jayne on thin ice. Some violence. 2017.