Shelf Life

Our Shelf Life Blog features the latest recommendations chosen by library staff and volunteers.
Mon, 03/26/2018 - 1:55am
The Terror by Dan Simmons

Captain Sir John Franklin departed England in 1845 with two ships, the HMS Erebus and the HMS Terror. Captain Franklin and his men had only one task, although it was a very important task: to locate the "undiscoverable" Northwest Passage, a brutal oceanic trade route through the Arctic Ocean. Previous attempts to locate the passage had failed. Franklin and his crew would meet a brutal end due to illness and cold . . . and, according to bestselling horror author Dan Simmons, something else. Something supernatural and terrifyingly hungry.

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 10:32am
Cover to Is It Passover Yet? By Chris Barash, with pictures by Alessandra Psacharopulo

Chris Barash’s Is It Passover Yet? is a sweet and gentle choice for young children who are excited as Passover draws near. Through simple rhyming text and bright, clear pictures, we first see the signs of spring—animals frisking and plants growing. Then, we see a human family is getting ready for a special time, too. They clean the house together and make traditional dishes for their expected visitors.

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 1:22pm
The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian

Veteran flight attendant Cassandra Bowden is a self-destructive alcoholic. Not exactly the problem you want to have when you're 40,000 feet in the air. All of Cassie's binge drinking occurs after she hops off the plane, usually ending with a one-night stand and a pounding hangover the next morning. To solve that dilemma, she pops a few Advil and flies to the next destination. But her luck at concealing her secret is about to change—and it's all due to waking up next to a stranger's dead body.

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 1:48am
The Call by Peadar Ô Guilin

This readalike is in response to a customer's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids. You can browse other book matches here.

If you like a unique adult and young adult tales from Ireland with a bit of magic, check out these titles.

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 9:00am
Force of Nature by Jane Harper

Corporate retreats. They are designed for companies to experience working together in a different, less stressful environment with little-to-no interruptions. It may even enhance company morale. Team retreats allow workers to indulge in tasks that usually don't happen in a normal office environment.

Even if that includes murder.

Pages