Friday, February 27, 2015

Staff Recommendations for March

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. Theo Decker miraculously survives an accident that takes the life of his mother. Thus begins a rocky journey from New York to Las Vegas to the Netherlands in a quest for a lost work of art. Along the way he deals with his abandonment, loss, and a haunting search for wholeness is a broken world. The book is beautiful and enigmatic with characters you will not soon forget.

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. Coming of age would not do this beautiful novel justice. At age thirteen, Sarah Grimke, is given her first handmaiden, a rite of passage for young women in antebellum America. Hetty “Handful” Grimke is an eleven year-old slave who is given to Sarah Grimke. The Invention of Wings is follows both of these young women as they grow; Hetty in her desire to be a free woman and Sarah in her development of an abolitionist conscience. The book is loosely based on historical people and events.

The Racketeer by John Grisham. Jailhouse lawyer, Malcolm Banister, knows who killed a federal judge and his secretary and why. He parlays this into witness protection, freedom, and a maze of events that draws the reader into a story thay cannot set aside. John Grisham takes the legal thriller in new directions, yet comes back to issues of corruption in the government.

Greatest Hits by Marshall Tucker Band. I remember Marshall Tucker Band as one of the leaders in southern rock movement of the 1970s, but on second hearing, it is much more. Marshall Tucker Band is an eclectic combination of western, country, Texas swing, and jazz. The rich vocals of songs like Fire on the Mountain, Heard it in a Love Song, and This Ol’ Cowboy are reminiscent of people like Michael Martin Murphy who can transport the reader to a camp fire under the open skies. The flute is prominent in so many of the cuts bringing a fresh sound that one does not expect in country or rock music.

Southern Surroundings: the Ultimate Skynard Collection by Lynyrd Skynard is three disc set that will take you back to the heart of southern fried rock of the 1970s. Greatest hits in audio CD, live DVD recording, and audio and video CD.

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