November Staff Picks: Books

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Revival  Stephen King  Scribner


Stephen King

Stephen King is one of my favorite authors of all time. A fact for which I endure a lot of teasing, but my love stays strong. King has always been a masterful storyteller and he is the kind of author that has a lot of super-obsessed fans (I take solace in the idea that I am not the only one who makes up complicated universe theories for his body of works).

This newest edition seems like it may just live up to the pressure of some of his better works. Like many of his works Revival deals with bigotry, religious fanaticism, and the bond between men. Yes, King really knows about some male bonding patterns, particularly negative ones. This time it is between a rockstar and a cynical ex-pastor, and I cannot wait for November 11th when I can devour it.

— Al Rosenberg

The Job (Fox and O’Hare Series #3)  Janet Evanovich & Goldberg Lee  Random House Publishing Group

The Job (Fox and O’Hare Series #3)

Janet Evanovich & Goldberg Lee
Random House Publishing Group

I have a dirty little secret (loving King isn’t dirty, or a secret, but this is both), I read all of Janet Evanovich’s books. My friends ask me why I “waste” my time in this fashion, my professors used to roll their eyes at the dust jackets, but nothing can make me give up my mystery/comedy/romance writer.

It all started with my grandmother. I was a serious reader (whatever that is), and scoffed at her enjoyment of Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series. Then I got the flu and stayed home from school for a week. With nothing new left to read in the house after the first few days I picked up One for the Money. I fell for Plum immediately. Now, don’t misunderstand, Evanovich may write a lot of strong female characters, but these books still have some major shortcomings when measuring them with a feminist eye. But I’m allowed my guilty pleasures! And while I wait for more Stephanie Plum I have jumped on her Fox and O’Hare series to get me through.

This series is about two FBI Special Agents teamed up to take down the world’s worst villains. Of course the dude FBI agent is super dreamy and emotionally damaged and all of the dialogue is quirky and funny and fast in a totally unrealistic way. When you get the flu though, look no further for some fast reads.

— Al Rosenberg

Silence of Six  EC Myers  Adaptive Books

Silence of Six

EC Myers
Adaptive Books

The last time Max Stein saw his friend Evan he was hacking into their school’s Presidential debate. He uttered the words “What is the silence of six, and what are you going to do about it?” before killing himself moments later. Soon Max finds himself deep into a world of underground hacktivists and government conspiracy as he tried to answer his friend’s final question.

E C Myers first popped up on my radar when his debut novel, Fair Coin, won the 2012 Andre Norton Award. I have been reading his work ever since and he has yet to let me down. In my experience so far his characters are interesting, his novels well paced and his stories unique. In the vast sea of Young Adult fiction sometimes that’s hard to find. The Silence of Six sounds it will be a read full of high stakes and great twists, which is something I’m always in the mood for.

— Christa

Mortal Heart  Robin LaFevers Houghton Mifflin HarcourtMortal Heart

Robin LaFevers
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

I have been following this tale of assassin nuns since it first started. And yes I did say assassin nuns. The ladies of the St. Mortain covenant have been trained to carry out Death’s wishes. They look for those marked with his sign and they kill them.

I’ve enjoyed the way Robin LaFevers has constructed this series. Each of the books has focused on a different girl, painting a fuller picture of the purpose of St. Mortain’s and their different roles within and outside the covenant walls.  The first two books, Grave Mercy and Dark Triumph, have mostly focused on the assassin part of their description. They have been dark, dangerous, action packed novels. But Mortal Heart’s protagonist is, Annith. She has never been sent out on a mission and is instead being groomed to be the next abbesses. It will be interesting to get a better look at the inner workings of St. Mortain’s.  I am both eagerly awaiting this final book and dreading the end of the series.

— Christa

Science...For Her!  Megan Amram ScribnerScience…For Her!

Megan Amram

Megan Amram is one of the writers of Parks and Recreation so when I heard she had written a “faux expert book” it immediately got added to my wishlist. Science…For Her! pokes fun at all the typical nonsense you usually find inside women’s magazines – from the over the top sex tips, to party planning, to ridiculous food rules. No subject is safe from Amram’s commentary.


Megan Purdy

Megan Purdy

Publisher of all this. Megan was born in Toronto. She's still there. Philosopher, space vampire, heart of a killer.