Staff Picks

Current Staff Picks are on shelves next to the New Books. See one you like? Check it out!

February 2015

The Romanov Sisters, Helen Rappaport

“If you like history and royalty, check this book out! It presents a new take on the story of The Romanovs with unpublished letters and diaries.” – Beth Sanchez, Circulation Student Assistant

The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe, Edgar Allen Poe

“If you love beautifully written suspense or amazing love poems, Edgar Allen Poe is for you. Since this is a collection of all of his work, there are many different and classic stories and poems to choose from.” - Lauren Miller, Circulation Student Assistant

The House of the Scorpion, Nancy Farmer

“One of the few science fiction books that have really stuck with me. I read it when I was 15 and it is still one of the first books I think of to recommend. The exploration of the moral grey area has you sympathizing with both sides of the conflict.” - Leana Coulter, Circulation Student Assistant

The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle

“Do you remember when you read books for fun? Or when there were beautiful illustrations? Or when you got to count while reading? When feeling stressed about schoolwork, return to the books that made you love reading!”
 - Megan Fraser, Circulation Student Supervisor

Mother, Come Home, Paul Hornschemeier

“A unique graphic novel about a young boy dealing with the loss of his mother and his father’s depression after her death. Very beautiful and dark.” - Diane Romero, Library Administrative Assistant


The Psychopath Inside, James Fallon

“A neuroscientist explores the role of nature vs. nurture when he realizes his own brain resembles that of a psychopath.” - Logan Crabtree, Reference Student Assistant

January 2015

The Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkien

Everyone knows the story. If you haven’t read it yet, now is your chance! This trilogy remains my favorite of all and I can’t recommend it enough.” - Diane Romero, Library Administrative Assistant

Outliers – The Story of Success, Malcolm Gladwell

“Malcolm Gladwell writes some of the best books out there -with impressive detail and eye-opening interviews, you’ll never think of things like ketchup the same again. Yes, ketchup. Malcolm Gladwell does an excellent job at making seemingly black and white occurrences colorful.” - Callie Quezada, Circulation Student Supervisor

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (DVD), Dir. Blake Edwards

“Fellas, if you’re going to learn to love any classic chick-flick, make it be this one.” - William Rosemond, Circulation Student Supervisor

100 Days of Real Food, Lisa Leake

“Real Talk: the only thing I enjoy more than grocery shopping is getting a chance to experiment with all the delicious ingredients I bring home after each visit to the market. Author Lisa Leake encourages readers to reduce their intake of all processed foods and instead make a concerted effort to integrate real/whole foods into their daily meals. Her approach is fresh and simple and her recipes appear delightful. I have my eye on her Whole Wheat Pasta with Kale-Pesto Cream Sauce (pg. 274) and her Extra Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites (pg. 295). Take a look and see what inspires you! Happy cooking and happy eating :).” - Jadwa Sbait, Evening Circulation Supervisor


Tenth of December, George Saunders

“The Tenth of December is a collection of short stories. George Saunders is an expert in taking seemingly normal situations to very dark and strange places. After each story you’ll probably feel a little weird, but that’s the fun of it all! If you need more convincing, I gave this book to my Grandma for Christmas and she agreed that his style was 100% original. ALWAYS LISTEN TO GRANDMA. Finally, I recommend you read the first story and see if you can put the book down. I’d compare it to test-driving a porsche.”
 - Grace Holmes, Circulation Student Assistant

Goodfellas (DVD), Dir. Martin Scorsese

“With 6 academy award nominations, this Martin Scorsese masterpiece lives up to its reputation every time. Starring academy award winners Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci.” – Luke Davey, Circulation Student Assistant