Sacramento Public Library

Staff Picks of the Year - 2016

    A Bird in the Hand: Chicken Recipes for Every Day and Every Mood

    A Bird in the Hand: Chicken Recipes for Every Day and Every Mood - Diana Henry

    Offers a collection of chicken recipes from around the globe, including such options as Hainan chicken rice, Korean fried chicken wings, Jamaican chicken curry, and chicken Orvieto.
    American Ghost: A Family's Haunted Past in the Desert Southwest

    American Ghost: A Family's Haunted Past in the Desert Southwest - Hannah Nordhaus

    In a true story of pioneer women, immigrants, ghost hunters, psychics, frontier fortitude, mental illness, imagination and lore, the author takes us to a Sante Fe hotel where she traces the life, death and unsettled afterlife of her great-great-grandmother Julia, who haunts this elegant establishment.
    American Housewife: Stories

    American Housewife: Stories - Helen Ellis

    A collection of stories featuring conventional, if ruthless, housewives features a rigged reality television show, a unique book club initiation ritual, and the fitting room of a legendary lingerie shop.
    Between the World and Me

    Between the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates

    Told through the author's own evolving understanding of the subject over the course of his life comes a bold and personal investigation into America's racial history and its contemporary echoes.
    City on Fire

    City on Fire - Garth Risk Hallberg

    A tale set against a backdrop of the infamous 1977 blackout follows the experiences of two New York heirs, their paramours, two punk-loving teens, an obsessive reporter and a detective who would learn what any of them have to do with a Central Park shooting.
    Eligible

    Eligible - Curtis Sittenfeld

    Returning with her sister, Jane, to their Ohio hometown when their father falls ill, New York magazine editor Lizzy Bennett confronts challenges in the form of her younger sisters' football fangirl antics, a creepy cousin's unwanted attentions and the infuriating standoffish manners of a handsome neurosurgeon.
    Five Days of Memorial: Life in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital

    Five Days of Memorial: Life in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital - Sheri Fink

    Reconstructs five days at Memorial Medical Center after Hurricane Katrina destroyed its generators to reveal how caregivers were forced to make life-and-death decisions without essential resources.
    Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War

    Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War - Mary Roach

    Best-selling author Mary Roach explores the science of keeping human beings intact, awake, sane, uninfected, and uninfested in the bizarre and extreme circumstances of war.
    Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter

    Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter - Nina MacLaughlin

    Combining sage advice from Ovid and Mary Oliver with practical descriptions of tools and varieties of wood, the author, who quit her desk job to become a carpenter, shares her joys and frustrations of learning to make things by hand in an occupation that is 99% male.
    Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs

    Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs - Sally Mann

    A renowned photographer tells her family's history in photos and words, after sorting through a box of old papers that revealed scandals, alcohol and domestic abuse, affairs, family land ownership, large amounts of money earned and lost and racial complications.
    Jane Steele

    Jane Steele - Lyndsay Faye

    Suffering at the hands of cruel family members and brutal school administrators, sensitive orphan Jane Steele murderously retaliates against her abusers and takes a job as a governess working with mysterious servants while falling in love with her employer, in a serial-killer reimagining of Jane Eyre.
    LaRose

    LaRose - Louise Erdrich

    Horrified when he accidentally kills his best friend's five-year-old son while hunting, Landreaux Iron gives away his own young son to his friend's family according to ancient tradition, a decision that helps both families reach a tenuous peace that is threatened by a vengeful adversary.
    Lillian on Life

    Lillian on Life - Alison Jean Lester

    In the early 1990s, Lillian, who was born in the Midwest in the 1930s, takes stock of her life, grappling with parental disappointment, societal expectations and wins and losses in love, and creating her own brand of wisdom.
    Lit Up: One Reporter. Three Schools. Twenty-Four Books That Can Change Lives

    Lit Up: One Reporter. Three Schools. Twenty-Four Books That Can Change Lives - David Denby

    Returning to high school to find out whether or not books can shape lives, a distinguished critic, sitting in on a 10th-grade English class for an entire academic year, presents a dramatic narrative that traces awkward and baffled beginnings, but also exciting breakthroughs and the emergence of pleasure in reading.
    M Train

    M Train - Patti Smith

    Reflections on the inner life of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and National Book Award-winning writer is presented from the unique perspectives of the cafés and cultural haunts she has visited and worked in around the world.
    Modern Romance

    Modern Romance - Aziz Ansari

    The acclaimed comedian teams up with a New York University sociologist to explore the nature of modern relationships, evaluating how technology is shaping contemporary relationships and considering the differences between courtships of the past and present.
    Rez Life: An Indian's Journey Through Reservation Life

    Rez Life: An Indian's Journey Through Reservation Life - David Treuer

    Presents an insider chronicle of the history of Indian reservations and contemporary Native American life, highlighting misunderstood issues and examining the historical tensions between Native Americans and the U.S. government.
    Salad Samurai: 100 Cutting-Edge, Ultra-Hearty, Easy-to-Make Salads You Don't Have to be Vegan to Love

    Salad Samurai: 100 Cutting-Edge, Ultra-Hearty, Easy-to-Make Salads You Don't Have to be Vegan to Love - Terry Hope Romero

    Taking readers through the seasons, this guide to making delicious and healthy entree salads introduces a versatile world of meatless, dairy-free dishes built on whole-food ingredients and includes recipes for flavorful dressings that pack quite a punch.
    Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

    Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind - Yuval Noah Harari

    A narrative history of humanity's creation and evolution explores how biology and history have defined understandings of what it means to be human and details the role of modern cognition in shaping the ecosystem and civilizations.
    Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything

    Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything - Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

    An uproarious behind-the-scenes account of the creation of the hit television series describes how comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld dreamed up the idea for an unconventional sitcom over coffee and how in spite of network skepticism and minimal plotlines achieved mainstream success.
    Showa: A History of Japan, 1926-1939

    Showa: A History of Japan, 1926-1939 - Shigeru Mizuki

    Presents the history of Japan leading up to World War II, discussing the militarization of Japan, the Nanjing Massacre, and the shifting economic stability.
    Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction

    Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction - Philip E. Tetlock

    A highly regarded social scientist draws on decades of research and the results of a massive, government-funded forecasting tournament to present effective methods for improving the ability to predict the future.
    The Book That Matters Most

    The Book That Matters Most - Ann Hood

    Joining a reading group in the wake of a failed marriage, Ava rediscovers a book from her childhood that helped her through past difficulties, while her daughter, Maggie, descends into a destructive relationship with a man in Paris.
    The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper

    The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper - Phaedra Patrick

    Finding a mysterious bracelet among his late wife's possessions, 69-year-old Arthur Pepper breaks from his routine life for the first time since her death and embarks on a quest to learn about his wife's life before their marriage, a journey that leads to unexpected self-discoveries.
    The Expatriates

    The Expatriates - Janice Y.K. Lee

    A traumatized college graduate, a lonely housewife and a burned-out mother of three endure the challenges of their respective demons and families in the face of unexpected consequences within their American expat community in Hong Kong.
    The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero

    The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero - Timothy Egan

    Places the improbable life of revolutionary hero Thomas Francis Meagher against a backdrop of Irish-American history, detailing his leadership during Irish uprisings, service with the Irish Brigade in the Civil War, and achievements as the territorial governor of Montana.
    The Invisible Library

    The Invisible Library - Genevieve Cogman

    An undercover librarian who works for an occult organization that collects books from different realities must determine what happened to a particularly dangerous book that has been stolen and becomes mired in a mystery infused with peril and conflicting clues.
    The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft

    The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft - H.P. Lovecraft

    An extensively annotated anthology of twenty-two of the horror master's best writings also examines Lovecraft's rise and accomplishments against a backdrop of the pulp fiction era while evaluating his influence on literature.
    The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey

    The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey - Rinker Buck

    Buck's epic account of traveling the length of the Oregon Trail the old-fashioned way--in a covered wagon with a team of mules, an audacious journey that hasn't been attempted in a century--tells the rich history of the trail, the people who made the migration, and its significance to the country.
    The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss

    The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss - Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt

    Correspondence between the CNN journalist and his celebrated mother, exchanged in the aftermath of the latter's brief illness, shares a rare window into their relationship and the life lessons imparted by an aging mother to her adult son.
    The Summer Before the War

    The Summer Before the War - Helen Simonson

    Arriving in the village of Rye, England, in 1914, Beatrice Nash, a young woman of good family, becomes the first female teacher of Latin at the local school and falls in love with her sponsor's nephew.
    The Swans of Fifth Avenue

    The Swans of Fifth Avenue - Melanie Benjamin

    Steeped in the glamour and smoky atmosphere of New York's high society, a novel from the best-selling author of The Aviator's Wife follows Babe Paley, known for her high-profile marriage to CBS founder William Paley, her ranking in the International Best-Dressed Hall of Fame and her scandalous, headline-making friendship with Truman Capote.
    The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction

    The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction - Neil Gaiman

    The best-selling author of American Gods presents an enthralling collection of nonfiction essays on a myriad of topics—from art and artists to dreams, myths and memories—observed in his distinctive, probing and amusing style.
    The Witch of Lime Street: Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World

    The Witch of Lime Street: Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World - David Jaher

    Describes the showdown between Harry Houdini, escape artist and unmasker of charlatans, and the wife of a Boston surgeon who impressed many people, including Arthur Conan Doyle and an investigative committee, with her supposed supernatural powers as a medium.
    The Wright Brothers

    The Wright Brothers - David McCullough

    Chronicles the story-behind-the-story about the Wright brothers, sharing insights into the disadvantages that challenged their lives and their mechanical ingenuity.
    The Yellow Table: A Celebration of Everyday Gatherings: 110 Simple & Seasonal Recipes

    The Yellow Table: A Celebration of Everyday Gatherings: 110 Simple & Seasonal Recipes - Anna Watson Carl

    When people share a meal, magic happens—and this cookbook, named for the table in the author's childhood kitchen, celebrates that joy. Featuring delicious seasonal recipes perfect for feeding the people you love, it includes everything from Pumpkin Spice Pancakes to Watermelon, Feta, & Mint Skewers, Three-Bean Turkey Chili, and Spring Pea Risotto—plus stress-free dinner-party menus, sweets, and wine pairings from an award-winning sommelier.
    Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging

    Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging - Sebastian Junger

    Draws on history, psychology, and anthropology to discuss how the tribal connection--the instinct to belong to small groups with a clear purpose and common understanding--can satisfy the human quest for meaning and belonging.
    Vinegar Girl: The Taming of the Shrew Retold

    Vinegar Girl: The Taming of the Shrew Retold - Anne Tyler

    A modern retelling of "The Taming of the Shrew" follows the experiences of a preschool teacher who alienates others by speaking her mind and who is expected by her eccentric father to marry his assistant to prevent the young man's deportation.
    Women Crime Writers: Four Suspense Novels of the 1950s

    Women Crime Writers: Four Suspense Novels of the 1950s - Sarah Weinman

    Four suspense novels of the 1950s. These four stories examine isolated crimes within society that not only breed murder but destructive suspicions.
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