Staff Picks 2016-17
An immensely compelling of three German women during and after WWII.
--Kathy & Carol
A moving exploration of friendship and right & wrong among generations of men attending Boy Scout Camp in Haugen, WI.
A story of a Nigerian immigrant, love, and race. A favorite among my favorites.
Historical fiction about Anton Chekov. A gorgeous novel about friendship, writing, and translation.
Carol & Eva
A nail-biting, page-turning thriller set during a drought in small town Australia.
The moving 20th century saga of a Korean family in Japan-a history about which I knew little.
An alternate history where there was no civil war and slavery still exists in four states. More parallels to today than you would think (or wish).
A little family dysfunction and a whole lot of New York City--two ingredients that kept me turning the pages of this fabulous debut novel.
From the author of our favorite Snow Child, this fascinating story of early explorers of Alaska is told through journals, letters, photos, and artifacts.
If you like creepy and unpredictable, this is your weekend treat. The most unusual book I've read. Ever.
Artists during the Spanish Civil War & the 1960's London art world--this is great historical fiction.
A strong book about a common topic, but from an entirely unique angle.
Another stunning story from Erdrich--a man accidentally shoots his neighbor's son, then gives him his own son.
Love and family can be found in the most unlikely places: between a teenage girl & a baby found in a railcar, a trapeze artist & a naive beginner, the son of a Nazi sympathizer & a gril who is willing to lie for her Jewish friend. They all find refuge in the circus.
This funny & sad family portrait is pure Patchett.
Denise & Carol
The story of an autistic girl adopted as a teenager grabs you and is both heart-breaking and laugh-out-loud.
You'll never look at a tree or forest in the same way. A thoughtful, scientific, slightly whimsical book.
With Celine, Peter Heller is now officially one of my favorite authors! And this was a Wisconsin Public Radio Chapter-a-Day read.
An engrossing story of a paleobotanist, her quirky lab partner, and her career as a woman in science. Lovely writing.
A private plane falls from the sky, with two survivors--what happened before? Great thriller.
Amazingly poetic--you will find yourself going back to reread sentences.
Brilliant coming of age story set in L.A. The characters make very difficult choices, and the women of the church function as a Greek chorus.
An emotional story of friendship and coping with loss that explores what it means to move beyond all that we think we know about someone into a compassionate understanding of our shared struggles.
Lisa & Eva
This perfect summer page turner will inspire a visit to Door County during apple season--to drink cider, of course.