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Marie’s Staff Picks

Where’d You Go Bernadette? by Maria Semple

Where’d You Go Bernadette? is a fun and bright story told in emails and other correspondence.  This unusual story is a joy to listen to as an audiobook.

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

I love her writing and this is another good story with a powerful message. 

The Twelve by Justin Cronin

This is the second book in a trilogy set in a post-apocalyptic world where government produced vampires run wild.  I found it to have a similar feel to the TV show “The Walking Dead.”  

Naturally Curious by Mary Holland

Great photographs and offbeat facts are found in this month by month account of what goes on in a Northeastern forest during the course of a year. 

Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Technology and books merge in a race to solve an ancient secret. I couldn’t put this book down.

Familiar by J. Robert Lennon

A woman finds herself in a slightly altered universe in this mind-bending work of fiction.

A Thousand Mornings by Mary Oliver

Centering poetry is just right for this time of year! I read the whole book and let it soak in.

The Age Of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

The earth moves slower and slower on its axis and the days get off in terms of light and dark. This titles depicts an imagining of how that changes day-to-day life.

National Book Award 2012 Finalists –  During the fall, I thought it would be fun to see which books were on this list and read them.  I made it through four and they were all well written. Billy Flynn’s Long Halftime Walk is next on my list.

The Round House by Louise Erdrich

This title eventually won the National Book Award. Compared to To Kill A Mockingbird in several reviews, this coming-of-age story set on a reservation questions where the boundaries of law lie.

A Hologram For The King by Dave Eggers

A business man waits in the desert of Saudi Arabia to show the king a hologram pitch for IT from the United States.  The social commentary and the layers of the story were interesting but you have to be a patient reader.

The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers

This is a high impact work about the war in Iraq and its after effects for those in combat and their families.

This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz

This is a very well written collection of short stories that are centered around one character and his intense, doomed relationships.

Billy Flynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain 

I am planning on reading this story about veterans and their trip to a Cowboys game.  Reviews say that you don’t have to be into football to enjoy the writing.