Shelf Life

Our Shelf Life Blog features the latest recommendations chosen by library staff and volunteers.
Tue, 01/03/2017 - 9:01am
Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina book cover

It’s 1977, and New York City is in chaos.

After a freezing winter, the summer’s stifling heat has everyone on edge. Poverty is on the rise, and the city’s finances are in ruins. Arsonists set buildings on fire, seemingly at random, while a serial killer nicknamed Son of Sam shoots dark-haired young women and their companions on the street.

In Burn Baby Burn, Meg Medina brings these notorious events to life with the story of Nora Lopez, a 17-year-old high school senior living in Queens. Though she's living through a horrific period of New York history, Nora is just trying to make it through to graduation and escape her disastrous living situation.

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 2:56am
The Dark Winter by David John Mark

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Are you looking for a bone-chilling mystery? Look no further—these titles will send chills up your spine.

The Dark Winter by David John Mark
Investigating a series of suspicious deaths and discovering that each victim was the sole survivor of a tragedy, Detective Sergeant Aector McAvoy of the northern England port of Hull struggles to balance the demands of the case with the needs of his beloved family. (catalog summary)


The Dead of Winter by Jane Addams
Against her better judgement, Rina Martin accepts an invitation to Aikensthorpe, a country house hotel with a sinister reputation. Gathered there are a collection of experts in the esoteric; their plan is to re-enact the incident in 1872 that left one man dead and another mad. Rina, unimpressed by the company and their techniques, is relieved when her friend DI MacGregor comes to rescue her. But then a blizzard traps them in the house, and Edwin Holmes, grand old man of psychical research, is found murdered in his bed. (catalog summary)

 



Deep Winter: A Novel
by Samuel W. Gailey
In this compelling rural noir, a devastating murder in an isolated small town sets off an unstoppable chain of events made more complicated—and more dangerous—by the town's dark secrets. (catalog summary)

 

 

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 2:56am
The Snow Beast

Have you heard of the Beasts? Most likely not, because they're very rare.

Chris Judge, children's author and illustrator, brought us the first story of a Beast in The Lonely Beast (2011). The Beast looks frightening—but he's actually not at all! He only wants to fit in and live like everyone else.

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 2:56am
Winter Cocktails: Mulled Cider, Hot Toddies, Punches, Pitchers, and Cocktail Party Snacks

The season of winter brings long days and frigid nights. It's the time of year when you'll want something warm and delightful to drink while gathering with friends. In Winter Cocktails: Mulled Cider, Hot Toddies, Punches, Pitchers, and Cocktail Party Snacks, author Maria del Mar Sacasa shares more than 100 seasonal recipes for cold-weather cocktails and appetizers. 

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 2:55am
Cover to The Rodale Whole Foods Cookbook

Heavy holiday meals got you down? Even if you were virtuous and limited your intake of feast foods, odds are for that all that sweet stuff left you more than ready for a change of pace.

For almost 70 years, the Rodale Institute has been teaching people how to bring the good stuff into their diets. Their motto from the beginning: Healthy Soil = Healthy Food = Healthy People. It’s still a good motto. They’ve led the organic gardening and farming movements for generations, and they know what they’re doing. They also know how to cook—and not just the fancy recipes that rely on ultra-special ingredients. The Rodale Whole Foods Cookbook is as solid as it sounds.

Mon, 12/26/2016 - 2:54am
Cover to Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt

All they want is a Homecoming.

Dicey Tillerman is the 13-year-old big sister, and it’s up to her to look after the younger kids—a situation that becomes a lot more complicated when their mentally ill mother abandons them in the parking lot of a shopping mall.

Their mother said they were going on a trip to see their rich Aunt Cilla. Maybe their mother got confused, the way she does. Maybe she is already at Aunt Cilla’s waiting for them. Maybe not.

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