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JUNE Staff Picks

Decline and Fall  Inner Life of Cats One in Million Boy
Raven Black One Minute till Bedtime The Japanese Lover 
Trajectory Book Cover Ocean Liners Book Cover
“Decline and Fall” by Evelyn Waugh
“The Inner Life of Cats: The Science and Secrets of our Mysterious Feline Companions”
  by Thomas McNamee
“The One In A Million Boy” by Monica Wood
“Raven Black” by Ann Cleeves
Inspector Perez knows his fellow islanders hold on to their secrets tightly. A young girl’s murder sends both Perez and mainland Scottish detectives deep into their lives. The setting and the crime are equally chilling.
“One Minute till Bedtime: 60-Second Poems to Send You off to Sleep” edited by Kenn Nesbitt
“Trajectory” by Richard Russo. 4 short stories from Russo.  I found the first one disappointing, but Russo’s distinctive voice and his empathy for his characters shine through in the other three.
“The Japanese Lover” by Isabel Allende
“Following Atticus”
by Tom Ryan (re-reading it for the 2nd time…this time via audio. Ryan narrates it himself and it’s wonderful – given his accent and soothing tone of voice).
“Ocean Liners” – (Published in conjunction with the current exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum.) The bright red cover got my attention when I was cataloging this hefty “coffee table” book. Usually, that’s as far as I get, but when I opened the book to get the information catalogers need, I caught a glimpse of the wonderful photographs and illustrations, and I was hooked! This book documents the history of the ocean liner, beginning with steamships in the early 1800s— the architecture, the décor, life on board and, of course, all the advertising used to entice passengers to embark! I loved the section on the “floating palaces” of the Victorian and Edwardian eras. When you are perusing our New Book shelves, be sure to look for this and other large books displayed there, and let them grace your own coffee table for a while.

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