Staff Picks

Many Lives, Many Masters

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By: Brian Weiss

Psychiatry and metaphysics blend together in this fascinating book based on a true case history. Dr. Weiss, a well-respected graduate of Columbia University and Yale Medical School, who was once firmly entrenched in a clinical approach to psychiatry, finds himself relunctantly drawn into past-life therapy when a hypnotized patient suddenly reveals details of her previous lives. During one hypnosis session his patient introduces the spirit guides who have nee her soul therapists in between lives. This is when the story really takes of for Weiss, who discovers that these guides have specific messages about his dead son as well as Weiss’s mission in life. After this book Dr. Weiss became an enormously popular speaker, author, and leader, in the field of past-life therapy, writing another half dozen books on the theme. Recommended by Margarita.

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The Witch Elm

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By: Tana French

Charming, easygoing Toby surprises burglars and then is badly beaten. Just as he is coming to terms with the idea that his life will never be the same, a discovery at his childhood refuge, where he has gone to care for his dying uncle, forces him to suspect that his entire past is not what he thought, and that his family is not what he thought, either. Recommended by Kate.

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The Rosie Project

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By: Graeme Simsion

If you’re in the mood for a light-hearted read that will engage you from the first page to the last, this is the perfect book! It tells the story if quirky and socially-inept genetics professor Don Tillman, who launches The Wife Project: a mission to find a perfectly compatible female life partner. Armed with a lengthy and intricate questionnaire to weed out unsuitable candidates, Don is prepared for anything! And then…enter Rosie. Disorganized, messy, impulsive, and charming Rosie. The two form an unlikely partnership, each helping the other on their personal quests. Recommended by Cassie

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Furiously Happy

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson is an autobiography that will have you laughing and crying throughout. Lawson is unapologetic and her stories have the ability to remind people that they are not alone, while remaining unique and unlike anything you’ve read before. Recommended by Katryna.
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Golden Hill

Golden Hill by Francis Spufford is about life in pre-revolutionary New York. But be sure to check your expectations because it wasn’t like you thought it was. A mysterious young man from England with a very large letter of credit in his pocket intrigues and upsets both the Dutch and English factions. Follow this man through a series of page turning plot twists that will keep you guessing until the end. Recommended by Kate.

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Finding Audrey

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella is a book about a teenage girl dealing with crippling social anxiety who meets a boy that helps her overcome her mental illness. As mental illness is not usually the central topic dealt with by many fictional books, this was a refreshing read on a problem that exists in every day life. Recommended by Sami.

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The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is an emotional read that provides insight into a difficult topic affecting America currently: police shootings. An eye-opening and honest portrayal of growing up African American and existing in two worlds, the main character Starr attends a party in her poverty stricken neighborhood for the first time only to witness the murder of her childhood friend Khalil the same night. In the aftermath of the shooting as Starr and her friends and family try to deal with the tragedy, and the media coverage of it, we learn more about coming together and speaking up for what’s right. The Hate U Give will take you on an emotional journey that you won’t soon forget. Recommended by Michele and Ty.

 

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Fervent

Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan for Serious, Specific, and Strategic Power by Priscilla Shirer is a motivating read that stirs the spirit, while empowering and strengthening your resolve. It encourages you to create your own road map to winning everyday battles and helps to put life and personal issues/ conflicts in their proper focus. A great read for anyone who finds power in prayer, at any place in their spiritual walk. Highly recommended by Patience

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The Power of One

The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay is an incredible book set in South Africa shortly before World War II, and following fifteen years in the life of the narrator, Peekay.  The novel is a snapshot of history in South Africa, and tale of a boy with big dreams growing into maturity. With beautiful description of the South African landscape, and excellent character development, The Power of One should not be missed. Recommended by Christa.
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Dear Ijeawele or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggests by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Dear Ijeawele, or, A feminist Manifiesto in Fifteen Suggestions

Dear Ijeawele or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a short read but very thought-provoking and so important. Chimamanda approaches a complicated topic in a light and humorous way that makes the subject accessible for anyone to begin thinking about how they can actively engage in feminism. Recommended by Juanita.

 

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