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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 July 2017

      Catwoman

      Catwoman: When in Rome
      by Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale
      Michael's Pick

      The final part of the Long Halloween trilogy, this tells where Catwoman disappeared to in the middle of Dark Victory. The answer, it turns out, is Italy, and provides a much better and far more fascinating origin story for Selina Kyle than the incredibly stupid one in Frank Miller’s overrated Year One (in which, as is typical of Miller, she’s a prostitute). While this is definitely the weakest part of the Long Halloween trilogy, it’s still very, very good.
      Crazy Man

      Crazy Man
      by Pamela Porter
      Dalene's Pick

      Try to pick this book up and not read the whole thing at once. I dare you.
      firewater

      Firewater: How Alcohol is Killing My People (and Yours)
      by Harold R. Johnson
      Chelsea's Pick

      A personal yet level-headed book about the effects of alcohol in Aboriginal communities. Concise and eloquently presented, it will make you look at alcohol's lasting effect in a whole new light.
      His Majesty's Dragon

      His Majesty's Dragon
      by Naomi Novik
      Jessica's Pick

      There are so many layers of cool to this book, it’s hard to know where to begin! But we can start by adding an Air Corps as key military players in the Napoleonic Wars, with the exception that airplanes are replaced by something so much more awesome: Dragons!!! And not the stereotypical fire-breathing dragons with anger management issues, but ones that are just like you and me. They talk, like to read, LOVE concerts and fireworks, and are loyal to fault to their "captains" (aka handlers and partners for life). And they think the idea of “property” is pretty ridiculous if it involves them not being able to eat a farmer’s cow.

      But besides the unique and twisty storyline, what makes this book truly exceptional is the enchanting kinship cultivated between the newly hatched dragon Temeraire and his handler, Will Lawrence, a former Navy officer made Aerial Captain. Their partnership will be as life-altering as this book is fascinating.
      The Wind Through the Keyhole

      The Wind Through the Keyhole
      by Stephen King
      Michael's Pick

      The Dark Tower 4.5. This can either be read after Wizard & Glass or after The Dark Tower itself; though set between Wizard and Wolves of the Calla, King wrote this years after finishing the final volume of the series. There is a very cleverly done story-in-a-story-in-a-story, making me wonder if King was at all inspired by Inception and that film’s use of a dream-within-a-dream.