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    Staff Picks

    • Every month some of our staff members' favorite books go on display on the side of the popular bookshelf on the main floor. Check them out in the library, or reserve them right here - you might find something you like!

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      Staff Picks for February 2018

      Batman: Mad Love

      Batman: Mad Love
      by Paul Dini & Bruce Timm
      Michael's Pick

      Paul Dini is one of the best Batman writers out there. His contributions to the Batman mythos are many, but the biggest is without a doubt the creation of Harley Quinn, the Joker’s crazy girlfriend (and my second-favorite comic villain after only the Joker himself). Mad Love, which Dini co-wrote with frequent collaborator Bruce Timm, tells a brilliant dual tale that chronicles Harley’s origin, and her attempt to kill Batman under the delusional belief that this will lead to a happily ever after with her “puddin’.”

      Chill of Fear
      by Kay Hooper
      Chelsea's Pick

      A murder mystery with a paranormal twist! A great book if you want something easy to read, but completely entrancing. Kay Hooper has a way of completely enveloping a reader in her world, and you can’t help but be intrigued about what will happen next.
      Left Neglected

      Left Neglected
      by Lisa Genova
      Chelsea's Pick

      Imagine living your life with no awareness of your left side… you look in a mirror and you only see half of your face. This is the life that Sarah Nickerson is now facing, as she learns to cope with Hemispatial Neglect. Left Neglected is a great book about conquering difficulties and never taking things for granted.
      The Limey

      The Limey
      Directed by Steven Soderbergh
      Tania's Pick

      Also available via streaming video on the CapU Library website! His recent “retirement” notwithstanding, Steven Soderbergh has produced some of the most stylish films in recent American history (Out of Sight, Ocean’s 11), and this one is no exception. It’s a great fish-out-of-water neo-noir, with sun-drenched LA looking as menacing as usual. Peter Fonda, Luis Guzman and Leslie Ann Warren are fantastic, but it’s Terence Stamp’s show as the cockney gangster looking for answers to his daughter’s untimely demise. The soundtrack and score both augment the spare, character-driven storytelling perfectly.
      Man's Search

      Man's Search for Meaning
      by Viktor Frankl
      Student pick: Brendan from Arts

      A chilling book about Frankl's experiences in the Nazi concentration camps, and how one can find meaning while suffering. A must read for anyone feeling depressed or lost.

      by Brandon Sanderson
      Sarah's Pick

      This book has some of the most brilliantly written fight scenes I have ever read, along with some of the best characters and a unique magic system. Join a band of thieves as they set out to overthrow the Lord Ruler in a mysterious world full of mist and allomancy.
      Something Under

      Something Under the Bed Is Drooling
      by Bill Watterson
      Michael's Pick

      This, the second collection of Calvin & Hobbes comic strips, was the very first one I got as a kid. I remember getting it for Christmas, maybe when I was 7 or 8. I was instantly hooked, despite the fact that a lot of stuff in it flew over my head. That’s one of the many brilliant things about it – different ages will love it for different reasons. It’s as close as you can come to having universal appeal. Calvin & Hobbes is one of the very few things that I loved as a child that I still love as an adult, without needing nostalgia to do so.