BCL Staff Picks for 2009

Melinda Vest, Youth Services Librarian, Lobeco Branch

Reformed book coverHad enough of sexy mysterious teen vampire stories? Here’s one with a twist. There are support groups for smokers, overeaters, and alcoholics. Why not one for vampires? Nina (who has been a teenager since 1973) and her support group struggle with their commitment to give up human blood and avoid creating new vampires. When one of them is killed, the group must pull together to find the murderer. Their story is a comedy, mystery, action/adventure rolled into one.

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Jan Campbell, Circulation Representative, Hilton Head Branch

Still Alice coverStill Alice by Lisa Genova, who holds a PhD in Neuroscience from Harvard, is a sensational account of the devastation of Alzheimer’s disease. What sets her work apart from previous novels on the topic is that it is told through the eyes of the Alice, a psychiatry professor at Harvard as she deals with an early-onset diagnosis. Instead of deciding she is a victim, we see her as Alice, still living Alice’s life. The story provides an extremely potent and progressive view of AD.

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Amanda Brewer, Reference Librarian, Beaufort Branch

Sweet Caroline coverBlending inspirational fiction, chic lit, romance, and Beaufort, author Rachel Hauck, spins two Lowcountry tales in Sweet Caroline and Love Starts with Elle. Light reading with Beaufort as the backdrop, grab both of these titles for an enjoyable read in which love never fails.

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Ann Rosen, Branch Manager, Bluffton Branch

Bones book coverI’ve been a fan of the TV show, Bones, for several years, but it was only recently that I started reading the books on which the show is based. There are now 12 titles in the series. Kathy Reichs, the author and executive producer of the TV show, is an outstanding storyteller and keeps the reader engrossed in her suspenseful tales which always revolve around some newly discovered bones. Like the main character in the TV show and in her books, Dr. Temperance Brennan, Reichs is a forensic anthropologist so we are not only treated to a good story but also detailed explanations of what forensic anthropology involves. In addition, there are excellent descriptions, including some history, of the places where “Tempe” has been called to investigate these bones. Both Reichs and “Tempe” also are consultants in Montréal, so several of the books feature that city and its environs.

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Lanetta Sova, Circulation - Youth Services, Beaufort Branch

Walk Two Moons coverWhile telling her grandparents on a road trip about her friend, the main character is able to see parallels with her own life and work though her own life story. I really liked the self discovery and self empowerment the characters have though the book. I was shocked to learn what really happened to the main character’s mother. This was a great book to listen to while on a long road trip and keeps you up and alert each mile you travel.

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