Staff Favorites 2012

Greg Crispell, Children's Programmer, Hilton Head Branch

Every Day coverEvery morning A wakes in a different person's body, in a different person's life, learning over the years to never get too attached, until he wakes up in the body of Justin and falls in love with Justin's girlfriend, Rhiannon.

 

 

Shay Brooks, Teen Librarian, St. Helena Branch

Naomi Watts does a star portrayal of real-life CIA undercover agent, Valerie Plame, whose cover was intentionally blown in 2003. At home and abroad, just how vast is the fallout when this type of high-profile operative becomes fair game? Also stars Sean Penn as Plame’s incensed husband, Joseph Wilson.

Wendy Purdy, Children's Programmer, Bluffton Branch

Fantastic Flying Books coverWilliam Joyce's brilliant illustrations coupled with a delightful story makes this a very special book indeed. It Is bound to become a new classic. This gentle tale of a mans orderly life sent into disarray by a huge storm, sending him into a new life, isn't just for children. The story is about loss, and love, and most of all the importance of books, which appeals to bibliophiles of all ages. It was originally an Academy award winning short film, which was made into a book.

Halle Eisenman, Reference Manager, Hilton Head Branch

Fault in our stars coverThis powerful story of two teenagers with cancer could have been maudlin and depressing, but instead it is a beautiful, hopeful, funny, and heartbreaking look at falling in love in the face of imminent and premature death. Of all the books I read this year, Augustus and Hazel, the main characters, touched me more than any others. A must-read.

 

Greg Crispell, Children's Programmer, Hilton Head Branch

Fault in our Stars coverSixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.

 

 

Jenna Marstiller, Circulation Supervisor, Hilton Head Branch

fault in our stars coverYou should know that this book will make you cry, a lot. It's a beautifully honest story about death but more importantly about life. Hazel and Augustus are both very clever for their age but as kids living with cancer, they have much more time to reflect than the rest of us. The discussions on mortality and the inevitability of death are very thought provoking but the strongest aspects of the book are those filled with hope.

 

Francesca Denton, Reference Manager, Beaufort Branch

Flight Behavior coverKingsolver is at the top of her form juxtaposing dysfunction in both familial and natural systems. She has much to say and wisdom to impart about man and nature. It is a story of personal growth and the bravery to follow a new path against overwhelming odds. Man and monarch stand at this crossroads and ultimately may share the same fate. Book clubs will eat this one up!

 

Priscilla Pomazal, Reference Librarian, Hilton Head Branch

Following Atticus coverThis is a true"feel good" book about the relationship between a dog and his master, as they climb the mountain peaks of New Hampshire. One does not have to be a dog lover to appreciate this book.

 

 

 

Ann Cox, Reference Librarian, St. Helena Branch

gone Girl coverOn the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick's wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren't his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what really did happen to Nick's beautiful wife?

 

Amanda Brewer, Reference Manager, Bluffton Branch

Gone Girl coverOn the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick's wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren't his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what really did happen to Nick's beautiful wife?