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Staff Picks Spring 2020

Kathy's Pick    

 Paul Stuart, a renowned food writer, finds himself at loose ends after his longtime girlfriend leaves him for her perosnal trainer.  To cheer him up, Paul's editor, Gloria encourages him to finish his latest cookbook on-site in Tuscany, hoping that a change of scenery(plus the occassional truffled pasta and glass of red wine) will offer a cure for both heartached and writer's block.  But upon Paul's arrival, things don't go quite as planned.  A mishap with his rental-car reservation leaves him stranded, until a newfound friend leads him to an intriguing alternative: a bulldozer.

Jill's Pick

  Ask Again, Yes is deeply affecting explorationof the liflong friendship and love that blossoms between Kate Gleeson and Peter Stanhope, born six months apart.  One shocking night their loyalties are divided, and their bond will be tested again and again over the next 40 years.  Luminous, heartbreaking and redemptive, Ask Again, Yes reveals the way childhood memories change when viewed from the distance of adulthood- villains loose their menace and those who appear innocent seem less so.  Kate and Peter's love story, while haunted by echoes from the past, is marked by tenderness, generosity and grace.


Theresa's Pick

  In 1940, eighteen-year old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage.  Sent to an obscure department of MI5 tasked with monitoring the comings and goings of Brittish Fascist sympathizers, she discovers the work to be by turns both tedious and terrifying.  But after the warhas ended, she presumes the events of those past years have been relegated to the past forever.

Ten years later, now a radio producer at the BBC, Juliet is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past...

Amanda's Pick

Emerson, Georgia, and Marley have been best friends ever since they met at a weight-loss camp as teens.  When Emerson tragically passes away, she leaves one final wish for her best friends: to conquer the fears they still carry as adults.

A novel of compassion and insight, Good Luck With That tells the story of two women who learn to embrace themselves just the way they are.


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