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Staff Picks Fall 2018

Kathy's Pick

     After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator.  Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling.  He also has just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

     Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story; His sister the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, know to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier.  The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that.  The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    You may think you know detectives, but you've never met one quite like Strike.  You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you've never seen them under an invstigation like this.  This acclaimed novel is the first crime novel by J.K. Rowling writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

Jill's Pick


   Kay Donovan may have skeletons in her closet, but the past is the past, and she's reinvented herself entirely.  Now she's a star soccer plyer whose group of gorgeous friends run their private school with effortless popularity and acerbic wit.  But when a girl's body is found in the lake, Kay's carefully constructed life begins to topple.  The dead girl has left Kay a computer-coded scavenger hunt, which, as it unravels, begins to implicate suspect after suspect, until Kay herself is in the crosshairs of a murder investigation.  But if Kay's finally backed into a corner, she'll do what it takes to survive.  Because at Bates Academy, the truth is something you make...not something that happened.

Debut author Dana Mele has written a taut, sophisticated suspense novel that keeps readers guessing until the very end.


Lacey's Pick

Do you ever suspect that everyone else has life figured out and you don't have a clue?  If so, Rachel Hollis has something to tell you: that's a lie.

As the founder of the lifestyle website and CEO of her own media company, Rachel Hollis developed an immense online community by sharing tips for better living while fearlessly revealing the messiness of her own life.  Now, in this challenging and inspiring new book, Rachel exposes the twenty lies and misconceptions that too often hold us back from living joyfully and productively, lies we've told ourselves so often we don't even hear them anymore.

With painful honesty and fearless humor, Rachel unpacks and examines the falsehoods that once left her feeling overwhelmed and unworthy, and reveals the specific practical strategies that helped her move past them.  In the process, she encourages, entertains, and even kicks a little butt, all to convince you to do whatever it takes to get real and become the joyous, confident woman you were meant to be.

With unflinching faith and rock hard tenacity, Girl Wash Your Face shows you how to live with passion and hustle-and how to give yourself grace without giving up.


Theresa's Pick

Jen Dixon is not your typical Kansas City kindergarten classmom-or mom in general.  Jen already has two college-age daughters by two different (probably) musicians, and it's her second time around the class mom block with five-year-old Max-this time with a husband and father by her side.  Though her best friend and PTA President sees her as the "wisest" condidate for the job (or oldest), not all of the other parents agree.

From recording parents' response times to her emails about helping in the classroom to requesting contributions of "special" brownies for curriculum night, not all of Jen's methods win approval from the other moms.  Throw in an old flame from Jen's past, a hyper sensitive "allergy mom, " a surprisingly sexy kindergarten teacher, and an impossible-to-please Real Housewife-wannabee, causing problems at every turn, and the job really becomes mush more than she signed up for.

Relateable, irreverant, and hilarious in the spirit of Maria Semple, Class Mom is a fresh, welcome voice in fiction- the kind of novel that real moms clamor for, and a vicarious thrill-read for all mothers, who will be laughing as they are liberated by Gelman's acerbic truths.




Ken's Pick

Leadership is not about titles, status and weilding power.  A leader is anyone who takes responsibility for recognizing the potential in people and ideas, and has the courage to develop that potential.

When we dare to lead, we don't pretend to have the right answers; we stay curious and ask the right questions.  We don't see power as finite and hoard it; we know that power becomes infinite when we share it with others.  We don't avoid difficult conversations and situations; we lean into vulnerability when it is necessary to do good work.

But daring leadership in a culture defined by scarcity, fear and uncertainty requires skill-building around traits that are deeply and uniquely human.  The irony is that we're choosing not to invest in developing the hearts and minds of leaders at the exact same time as we're scrambling to figure out what we have to offer that machines and AI can't do better and faster.  What can we do better?  Empathy, connection, and courage to start.

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