Selected 2016 Staff Picks

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Legends Club: Dean Smith, Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Valvano, and the Epic College Basketball Rivalry by John Feinstein
The riveting inside story of college basketball's fiercest rivalry among three coaching legends—University of North Carolina's Dean Smith, Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, and North Carolina State's Jim Valvano.

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War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
This masterful work of historical fiction is equal parts adventure and a moving tale of family and identity, set during World War Two.

Violins of Hope: Violins of the Holocaust - Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind's Darkest Hour by James A. Grymes
Music historian James A. Grymes tells the inspiring story of the violins of the Holocaust, and of Amnon Weinstein who restores and preserves them.

Nighthingale by Kristin Hannah
Two sisters, separated by ideals, passion and circumstance, embark on a dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France.

Fields of Battle: Pearl Harbor, the Rose Bowl and the Buys Who Went to War by Brian Curtis
A World War Two story of the 1942 Rose Bowl, and the players and coaches who later served their country in Europe and the South Pacific.


the marvels book coverThe Marvels by Brian Selznick
Two stories about a shipwreck and a magical theater, one in pictures, the other in prose, create a beguiling narrative puzzle.

Musicals: The Definitive Illustrated Story from DK Publishing
The history of the musical on stage and screen, from its origins in ancient Greece to the record-breaking Broadway musicals of today.

World Wars: An introduction to the First and Second World Wars by Paul Dowswell
Learn the history of the two world wars of 1941-1918 and 1939-1945 through stories, maps, paintings, illustrations and photographs.

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena
Kid's Favorite: Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. Their discussion about life is insightful and inspiring.

Hummingbird by Stephen P. Kiernan
A caregiver is inspired by World War Two stories to help heal a solider who is suffering from PTSD.

Lucky Life Interrupted: A Memoir of Hope by Tom Brokaw book cover hummingbird
Browkaw delivers a message of hope for cancer patients and reflects on his good luck and challenges.

Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love and Loss by Anderson Cooper
Both a son's love letter to his mother in her final years and an unconventional mother's life lessons for her grown son, The Rainbow Comes and Goes offers a rare window into a close relationship between a mother and son.

Comfort and Joy: Cooking for Two by Christina Lane
A collection of small-batch recipes, for every meal of the day, scaled down in size to make only two servings.

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