Patron Picks


Read any good books lately?  The Library would love to hear about it!  Just fill out the form to the right and we’ll share your picks with the rest of the community.


July 2015:


  • The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason. “Similar to The DaVinci Code and The Name of the Rose, this is my favorite kind of book to read! Two Princeton students are a hairsbreadth from solving the mysteries of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, a Renaissance text that has baffled scholars for centuries. Part mystery, part suspense, part historical fiction, and full of intrigue and murder, I could not put this book down.”  Fiction.

June 2015:


  • The Last Bookaneer by Matthew Pearl.  ” ‘Bookaneer: a literary pirate; an individual capable of doing all that must be done in the universe of books that publishers, authors, and readers must not have a part in.’  The story of bookaneers as told to a young train steward, Mr. Clover by Mr. Fergins, the last bookaneer.  Fergins and fellow bookaneer, Davenport, set out to Samoa, to steal Robert Louis Stevenson’s last novel. Great description’s of Stevenson’s life at Vailima, his estate in Samoa where he is known as Tusitala (Teller of Tales).  Described by the author as research based fiction, this novel is part mystery, part historical fiction.”  Fiction

December 2014:


  • The Starboard Sea by Amber Dermont.  “Beautifully written, Amber Dermont ‘s coming of age story is set against the backdrop of the very rich in 1987, a time before computers were ubiquitous and the term “the 1%”  had yet to enter the popular lexicon.  Foreshadowing the changes in fortunes of the America we know today, this is a book that deserves a wider audience.”  Fiction

October 2014:


  • The Mill River Recluse by Darcie Chan.  “This is a touching novel of triumph over tragedy. It reminds us that friendship, family, and love can come from the most unexpected places. This is a feel good book with characters you will grow to love!”  Fiction

September 2014:


  • The Supernatural Enhancements by Edgar Cantero.  “This book reminded me of Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves in the way it was written. This book combines the supernatural, mystery, horror, gothic and romance genres and the writing itself consists of journal entries, ciphers, security footage from cameras and letters to Aunt Liza. The narrators, A. and A.’s companion, Niamh, a mute teenage punk girl from Ireland, come from Europe to Virginia when A inherits an estate from a previously unknown second cousin. A quirky and interesting read that pulls you in.”  Fiction.
  • The Farseer: Assassin’s Apprentice, The Farseer: Royal Assassin, The Farseer: Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb.  “A Fantasy series, “The Farseer Trilogy” follows the life of FitzChivalry Farseer (Fitz), (bastard son of King in Waiting Chivalry), who trains as an assassin for King Shrewd, in a kingdom called The Six Duchies. His uncle, Prince Verity, attempts to wage war on the Red-Ship Raiders from The OutIslands who are attacking the shores of the kingdom by turning the people of the Six Duchies into Forged ones; still alive, but without any emotion or soul, by leaving his Queen to hunt for the elderings who have helped in the past. Meanwhile Prince Regal’s jealousy and the indulgence of his own selfish whims threatens to destroy The Six Duchies.”  Fiction


  • The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons:  The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery by Sam Kean.  “Kean’s book is an episodic history of the brain and the ways in which injury, disease, and centuries of medical trial and error aimed at remedying said injuries and diseases impacted the organ as well as the the person (and personality) attached to it.  Perfect for the layperson, this book is both informative and, thanks to the author’s writing style, entertaining.”  Non-fiction.

July 2014:


  • Here Is Where: Discovering America’s Great Forgotten History by Andrew Carroll.  “An enjoyable book filled with short descriptions about historically significant, yet mostly forgotten, events in United States history.”  Non-fiction.

June 2014:


  • Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison.  “A half goblin who has lived his life in exile, is thrown into the world of Court intrigue when his father, The Emperor, dies. Maia must adjust to a new life as he takes on the role of Emperor. A steampunk fantasy with elves, goblins, murder and a coming of age story.”  Fiction

May 2014:


  • All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.  “A wonderfully written and sad story about a blind French girl and an orphaned German boy whose lives cross paths during World War II in St. Malo, France. You are able to experience the war through both the French and German point of view as well as experience how Marie-Laure and Werner try to do the right thing and survive.”  Fiction.

April 2014:


  • The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin.  “A quick and gentle read about a man who owns a bookstore.  Ideal for people who feel most at home surrounded by dusty shelves and well worn tomes.  ‘I like talking about books with people who like talking about books,’ explains one character, ‘I like paper.  I like how it feels, and I like the feel of a book in my back pocket.  I like how a new books smells, too.’  So true.”  Fiction.


  • My Wish List by Gregoire Delacourt. “Translated from the french, this is a quiet but deep book about what we lose when we win. It depicts the life of Jocelyne, an ordinary housewife from a small town in France who wins 18 Million Euros in a lottery. She knows that money can’t buy happiness and this book shows how her life, marriage and career spiral downwards. Similar to “The Elegance of the Hedgehog”, a quick read that will stay with you.” Fiction.
  • Citadel by Kate Mosse. “This is book 3 in her Languedoc trilogy (Labyrinth, Sepulchre) but can easily be read as a standalone. Two storylines, one in 4th century Gaul about a Monk saving a heretical Codex, and the second about the southern most part of occupied France and the resistance fighters during WWII intertwine. She brings this region of France to life ties the two time periods together with the legends and stories of the area. Part romance, historical thriller and mystery, I enjoyed reading this novel.” Fiction.
  • Grim Company (book 1 in a projected trilogy) by Luke Scull.  “A good fantasy debut. I found the secondary characters, Brodar Kayne and Jerek the Wolf, more interesting than the primary ones, so I’m hoping book 2 continues their story.”  Fiction.

March 2014:


  • The Crown by Nancy Bilyeau.  “Who knew I would enjoy a book set in 1500s England this much? Certainly not me! I love Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series and everything Janet Evanovich has ever written. So when a friend recommended this one, I procrastinated a few weeks because I thought it would be dry; and I said I would read it to be polite. Yet, I was hooked from the first sentence! Intrigue, espionage, well-developed characters, plot twists. It’s got everything I enjoy. Looking forward to the next book in this series.”  Fiction.

December 2013:


  • W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton.  “After a long hiatus, there’s a new book by Sue Grafton – and she doesn’t disappoint. Female private investigator, Kinsey Millhone, is quirky, endearing, and never ages (okay, so now I’m jealous!). Set in the 1980’s, it’s fun to watch her get to the bottom of things without the benefit of the current batch of electronic gadgets.  I thought Lee Child was my favorite author, but he just got bumped to 2nd place! If you haven’t read her series, start with “A is for Alibi” and work your way through the alphabet – a wonderful way to spend the winter.”  Fiction

October 2013:


  • Burial Rites by Hannah Kent.  “Hannah Kent brings to life the saga of a young woman in 18 century Iceland, the last to be publicly beheaded in Iceland.  Inspired by true events. A great read!”  Fiction.

September 2013:


  • A Wanted Man by Lee Child.  “Jack Reacher series.   Picture a tall Jack Bauer (of the television series “24”) with no constraints. I’ve read them all, and there’s not a bad one in the lot!”  Fiction.

August 2013:


  • The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh.  “A story of maternal love, forgiveness and redemption. Meet Victoria who grew up in foster care and is unable to get close to anyone. Her connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings. I loved it!” Fiction.
  • Wicked Ties by Shayla Black.  “This is the first of the Wicked Lover series. If you are a fan of erotic fiction then this is for you. Much better story and characters than the Fifty Shades trilogy!”  Fiction.


  • The Abomination by Jonathan Holt.  “Murder and corruption in Venice, setting the American military against the Italian Police against the Catholic church, with the war in Bosnia and Serbia thrown in.”  Fiction.
  • Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare.  “Fantastic series that pulls you right in!!!”  Fiction

July 2013


  • The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl.  “Riveting thriller that captures the force and controversy behind Dante’s Divine Comedy.”  Fiction.


  • Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons.  “Cold Comfort Farm is a quirky and downright hilarious novel about a young socialite going to live with her eccentric relatives in the country.”  Fiction.

June 2013


  • Hawk Quest by Robert Lyndon.  “A fantastic read. Historical fiction about the Norman conquest and a quest to find pure white gyrfalcons! The quest takes them to Rus and beyond!”  Fiction.

April 2013


  • Chosen Prey by John Sandford.  “An oldie but goodie.  Fast-paced thriller–a serial killer is hunted in Minneapolis.”  Fiction


  • Starting Now by Debbie Macomber.  “This book is very light reading and very enjoyable.”  Fiction.


  • When It Happens To You by Molly Ringwald.  “An infidelity is the thread that weaves the characters together in this series of interconnected stories.  The voices of the characters seem real, like someone you might know.  There is no perfect, happy ending, but hope for all the characters to find what they are searching for.”  Fiction.

March 2013


  • The House Girl by Tara Conklin.  “The story alternates between antebellum Virginia and modern day New York. I loved Josephine’s story but not the present day story of Lina and her mother.  3 stars.”  Fiction.

February 2013:


  • The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, Theodore Rex, & Colonel Roosevelt by Edmund Morris.  “A lengthy but highly readable three part biography of the 26th President of the United States.”  Non fiction.


  • The Six-Gun Tarot by R.S. Belcher.  “An interesting blend of steampunk, westerns and how the world began.”  Fiction.

January 2013:


  • Private Berlin by James Patterson.  “COULDN’T PUT THIS BOOK DOWN….JUST GREAT….”  Fiction.

December 2012:


  • Private London by James Patterson.  “This book I could not put down….The ending is not what I thought it would be….Recommend …..5 stars…”  Fiction.
  • The Art of Men by Kirstie Alley.  “What a funny and wonderful book from a great actress…..”  Non fiction.


  • The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman.  “Historical fiction set in post WWII Australia.  A book filled with compelling characters where choices made have devastating consequences. One of the best books I have read!”  Fiction.
  • A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash.  “Set in 1980’s North Carolina.  The story is told in 3 voices :a young boy, an elderly church woman and the sheriff. If you enjoy books set in the south,religious snake healers, murder then you should enjoy this. I loved it!”  Fiction

October 2012:


  • My Mother Was Nuts by Penny Marshall.  “What a enjoyable, funny and sometimes sad book….Couldn’t put it down……”  Non fiction.


  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.  “A hard to put down book with lots of action. Good for any age group.”  Fiction

September 2012:


  • Defending Jacob by William Landay.  Fiction.


  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.  “This book has everything; adventure, romance, history.  Great story with sequels if you like it.”  Fiction.


  • The  Mystery of the Girl Scout Giggling Ghost by Carole Marsh.  “Cute book for young girls.  The story is about a Girl Scout Junior visitng Savannah Georgia for Girl Scout’s 100th Anniversary.  While there they take a walk and they find notes on the ground and a voice giggling.  They want to find who is doing this.”  Fiction.


  • The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian.  “This is a moving, beautifully written story about the Armenian genocide. The author has an amazing gift for description and crafting a plot. It is his latest book and was inspired by his own heritage. Like so many of his books, it captures the human spirit and a very sad time in history.”  Fiction.
  • Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin.  “This is a fictional biography of Alice Liddell who was the inspiration for Alice in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Charles Dodgson who used the pen name of Lewis Carroll.  It was the first time I ever thought that such a well known children’s book could be based on someone who really existed.”  Fiction.


  • Home by Julie Andrews.  “It’s autobiographical & such a talented woman to learn about.”  Non fiction.


  • The Fall of Giants by Ken Follett.  “It’s the first of Follett’s Century Trilogy, covering the beginning of the 20th Century and a great look at World War I and the Russian Revolution. He develops great characters along with the history. Book 2 “Winter of our World” is out now starting in 1930.  Book 3 next year.”  Fiction.


  • The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh.  “It’s a beautiful story about the struggles of an orphan.”  Fiction.


  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.  Fiction.