Adult Services Staff Picks

Uncivilized beasts and shameless hellions : travels with an NPR correspondent

John F. Burnett.

"In this candid, intimate account, John Burnett exposes the whoa he's known through his adventures as an NPR reporter. The result is a revealing and personal account that will fascinate not only NPR listeners, but anyone interested in the state of our world today and how the media covers it. John F. Burnett has reported from the Branch Davidian standoff in Waco and the Kosovo conflict; covered the guerrilla wars in Central America; ridden with US...

Good omens : the nice and accurate prophecies of Agnes Nutter, witch : a novel

Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.

According to the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter--the world's only totally reliable guide to the future--the world will end on a Saturday. #160; #160;Next Saturday, in fact. #160; #160;Just after tea...

No country for old men

Cormac McCarthy

In his blistering new novel, Cormac McCarthy returns to the Texas-Mexico border, setting of his famed "Border Trilogy." The time is our own, when rustlers have given way to drug-runners and small towns have become free-fire zones. One day, a good old boy named Llewellyn Moss finds a pickup truck surrounded by a bodyguard of dead men. A load of heroin and two million dollars in cash are still in the back. When Moss takes the money, he sets off a c...

Sharp teeth

Toby Barlow.

"An ancient race of lycanthropes has survived to the present day, and its numbers are growing, as the initiated convince L.A.'s down-and-out to join their pack. Paying no heed to moons, full or otherwise, they change from human to canine at will - and they're bent on domination at any cost." "Caught in the middle are Anthony, a kindhearted, besotted dogcatcher, and the girl he loves, a female werewolf who has abandoned her pack. Anthony has no id...

Passion on the vine : a memoir of food, wine and family in the heart of Italy

Sergio Esposito ; with Justine van der Leun.

Biography, Travel, Nonfiction, Cooking

Case Histories

Kate Atkinson.

Mystery, Literary Fiction

In this ambitious fourth novel from Whitbread winner Atkinson (Behind the Scenes at the Museum), private detective Jackson Brodie—ex-cop, ex-husband and weekend dad—takes on three cases involving past crimes that occurred in and around London. The first case introduces two middle-aged sisters who, after the death of their vile, distant father, look again into the disappearance of their beloved sister Olivia, last seen at three years o...

On what grounds

Cleo Coyle.


Cozy mystery and coffee lovers - you need to check out Cleo Coyle's On What Grounds.  This first book of the Coffeehouse Mysteries series introduces us to Clare Cosi, a smart and sassy 30-something mom with a knack for solving crimes.  The story starts with Clare moving back to New York City to manage "The Blend" coffeehouse in the beautiful Greenwich Village.   Like all good mysteries, the plot has many twists.  Twist 1:...

A peculiar grace

Jeffrey Lent.

"Hewitt Pearce is a forty-three-year-old blacksmith who lives alone in his family home, producing custom ironwork and safeguarding a small collection of art his late father left behind. When Jessica, a troubled young vagabond, washes up in his backwoods one morning, Hewitt's previously hermetic existence is suddenly challenged. Soon after, he learns that Emily, the love of his life whom he'd lost twenty years before, has been tragically widowed. ...


by Joseph Heller.

"Catch-22" is like no other novel we have ever read. It has its own style, its own rationale, its own extraordinary character. It moves back and forth from hilarity to horror. It is outrageously funny and strangely affecting. It is totally original. It is set in the closing months of World War II, in an American bomber squadron on a small island off Italy. Its hero is a bombardier named Yossarian, who is frantic and furious because thousands of p...

The final warning : a Maximum Ride novel

James Patterson.

A breathtaking new story from the astonishing imagination of James Patterson: a girl who can fly has to save herself from the scientists who want to control her--and maybe save the world in the process.


Pete Hautman.

In this futuristic satire by a National Book Award winner, a teen is sent to work at a pizza factory in the Canadian tundra after being accused of causing a rash that plagues his school.