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The CSS Popular Reading Collection contains approximately 1000 books for your reading pleasure.
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Featured Fiction

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The Invention of Wings - Sue Monk Kidd
ISBN: 9780670024780
From the celebrated author of;The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women nbsp; Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world; and it is now the newest Oprah's Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty Handful; Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke's daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women. Kidd's sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah's eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next thirty five years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other's destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love. As the stories build to a riveting climax, Handful will endure loss and sorrow, finding courage and a sense of self in the process. Sarah will experience crushed hopes, betrayal, unrequited love, and ostracism before leaving Charleston to find her place alongside her fearless younger sister, Angelina, as one of the early pioneers in the abolition and women's rights movements. Inspired by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke, Kidd goes beyond the record to flesh out the rich interior lives of all of her characters, both real and invented, including Handful's cunning mother, Charlotte, who courts danger in her search for something better. This exquisitely written novel is a triumph of storytelling that looks with unswerving eyes at a devastating wound in American history, through women whose struggles for liberation, empowerment, and expression will leave no reader unmoved.


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New Popular Reading for February, 2014


Albom, Mitch.  The First Phone Call from Heaven.

Boggs, Johnny D.  Greasy Grass: A Story of the Little Bighorn.

Cambias, James L.  A Darkling Sea.

Chapman, Drew.  The Ascendant.

Clancy, Tom.  Command Authority.

Gardner, Lisa.  Fear Nothing.

Golden, Christopher.  Snowblind.

Hartwell, David G., ed.  Year’s Best SF 18 [A Compilation of the Past Year’s Finest Short Science Fiction]

Henderson, Bill, ed.  Pushcart Prize XXXIII: Best of the Small Presses.

Horan, Nancy.  Under the Wide and Starry Sky.

Kidd, Sue Monk.  The Invention of Wings.

Koontz, Dean.  Innocence.

Ledgard, J. M.  Submergence.

McMahon, Jennifer.  The Winter People.

Merullo, Roland.  Vatican Waltz.

Nesbo, Jo.  Cockroaches.

Oates, Joyce Carol.  Carthage.

Oliveira, Robin.  I Always Loved You.

Patterson, James.  First Love.

Petterson, Per.  I Curse the River of Time.

Petterson, Per.  It’s Fine by Me.

Quindlen, Anna.  Still Life with Bread Crumbs.

Rankin, Ian.  Saints of the Shadow Bible.

Robards, Karen.  Hunted.

Scott, James.  The Kept.

Simsion, Graeme.  The Rosie Project.

Staveley, Brian.  The Emperor’s Blades.

Tan, Amy.  The Valley of Amazement.

Weir, Andy.  The Martian.



Brockman, John, ed.  What Should We Be Worries About?: Real Scenarios that Keep Scientists Up at Night.

Christmas, Jane.  And Then There Were Nuns.           

Davis, Wes.  The Ariadne Objective: The Underground War to Rescue Crete from the Nazis.

Edsel, Robert M.  The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History.

Goodwin, Doris Kearns.  The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism.

Lochbaum, David, et al.  Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster.

Mandela, Nelson.  Long Walk to Freedom.

McRobbie, Linda Rodriquez.  Princesses Behaving Badly: Real Stories from History – Without the Fairy-Tale Endings.

O’Toole, Christopher.  Bees: A Natural History.

Suchet, John.  Beethoven: The Man Revealed.

Vogelstein, Fred.  Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a Revolution.

Wilson, Edward O.  Letters to a Young Scientist.

Zuckerman, Gregory.  Frackers: The Outrageous Inside Story of the New Billionaire Wildcatters.


READ at your Library!

For over 25 years celebrity READ posters have decorated public libraries across the United States. The first poster, created in 1985, featured comedian Bill Cosby, and since that time some of the best known faces in the country have graced them. Last fall the CSS Library caught four of our own luminaries reading, and asked them to share their favorite books with us.

   Dr. Goodwin      Dr. Stephanie Johnson     DocC     Storm, our beloved mascot


Keep READING at your Library!

Don't just stop by the Library for books. Pick up one of our 2013 READ posters featuring some of your favorite CSS celebrity readers. READ posters are the little black dress of wall art.



Featured Non-Fiction

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The Monuments Men - Robert M. Edse
At the same time Adolf Hitler was attempting to take over the western world, his armies were methodically seeking and hoarding the finest art treasures in Europe. The Fuehrer had begun cataloguing the art he planned to collect as well as the art he would destroy: "degenerate" works he despised. In a race against time, behind enemy lines, often unarmed, a special force of American and British museum directors, curators, art historians, and others, called the Momuments Men, risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture. Focusing on the eleven-month period between D-Day and V-E Day, this fascinating account follows six Monuments Men and their impossible mission to save the world's great art from the Nazis.


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