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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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Sedition - Katharine Grant
“A wicked, delicious romp . . .[a] rollicking tale of sex, intrigue, marriage, revenge, and the sordid side of the pianoforte.”—Katherine Howe, New York Times. An unforgettable historical tale of piano playing, passions, and female power The setting of Sedition by Katharine Grant: London, 1794. The problem: Four nouveau rich fathers with five marriageable daughters. The plan: The young women will learn to play the piano, give a concert for young Englishmen who have titles but no fortunes, and will marry very well indeed. The complications: The lascivious (and French) piano teacher; the piano maker’s jealous (and musically gifted) daughter; the one of these marriageable daughters with a mating plan of her own. While it might be a truth universally acknowledged that a man in possession of a title and no money must be in want of a fortune, what does a sexually awakened young woman want? In her wickedly alluring romp through the late-Georgian London, Italian piano making, and tightly-fitted Polonaise gowns, Katharine Grant has written a startling and provocative debut.


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New Populr Reading for April (Coming soon!)

Allende, Isabel.  Ripper.

Bradford, Barbara Taylor.  Cavendon Hall.

Brown, Sandra.  Above and Beyond.

Galloway, Steven.  The Cellist of Sarajevo.

Gladstone, Wayne.  Notes from the Internet Apocalypse.

Grant, Katharine.  Sedition.

Green, Jane.  Tempting Fate.

Hayes, Ned.  Sinful Folk: A Novel of the Middle Ages.

Hoffman, Alice.  The Museum of Extraordinary Things.

Khalifa, Khaled.  In Praise of Hatred.

Korelitz, Jean Hanff.  You Should Have Known.

L’Heureux, John.  The Medici Boy.

Macomber, Debbie.  Blossom Street Brides.

Macomber, Debbie.  Country Bride.

Mallery, Susan.  Evening Stars.

Matthiessen, Peter.  In Paradise.

Miller, Mary.  The Last Days of California.

Pavone, Chris.  The Accident.

Roberts, Nora.  The Collector.

Rose, M. J.  The Collector of Dying Breaths.

Roth, Veronica.  Allegiant.

 Roth, Veronica.  Divergent.

Roth, Veronica.  Insurgent.

Shipstead, Maggie.  Astonish Me.

Steel, Danielle.  Power Play.

Sundstrol, Vidar.  The Land of Dreams.


Bauer, Shane, Joshua Fattal, and Sarah Stroud. A Sliver of Light: Three Americans Imprisoned in Iran.

Beam, Alex.  American Crucifixtion: The Murder of Joseph Smith and the Fate of the Mormon Church.

Bekoff, Marc.  Why Dogs Hump and Bees Get Depressed: The Fascinating Science of Animal Intelligence, Emotions, Friendship, and Conservation.

Boyd, Danah.  It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens.

Dawidoff, Nicholas.  Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football.

Duhigg, Charles.  The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business.

Edmonson, Brad.  Ice Cream Social: The Struggle for the Soul of Ben and Jerry’s.

Fermor, Patrick Leigh.  The Broken Road: From the Iron Gates to Mount Athos.

Graham, Peter.  Anne Perry and the Murder of the Century.

Fink, Sheri. Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital.

Goldstein, Rebecca Newberger.  Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away.

Gros, Frederic.  A Philosophy of Walking.

Jager, Ned.  Blood Royal: A True Tale of Crime and Detection in Medieval Paris.

Korn, Peter.  Why We Make Things: The Education of a Craftsman.

Kendall, Tim, ed.  Poetry of the First World War: An Anthology.

McGraw, Peter, and Joel Warner.  The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny.

Metaxas, Eric.  Seven Men and the Secret of Their Greatness.

Ridley, Jane.  The Heir Apparent: The Life of Edward VII, the Playboy Prince.

Schulte, Brigid.  Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time.

Tougias, Michael J., and Douglas Campbell.  Rescue of the Bounty: Disaster and Survival in Superstorm Sandy.


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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Anne Perry and the Murder of the Century - Peter Graham
On June 22, 1954, teenage friends Juliet Hulme--better known as bestselling mystery writer Anne Perry--and Pauline Parker went for a walk in a New Zealand park with Pauline's mother, Honora. Half an hour later, the girls returned alone, claiming that Pauline's mother had had an accident. But when Honora Parker was found in a pool of blood with the brick used to bludgeon her to death close at hand, Juliet and Pauline were quickly arrested, and later confessed to the killing. Their motive? A plan to escape to the United States to become writers, and Honora's determination to keep them apart. Their incredible story made shocking headlines around the world and would provide the subject for Peter Jackson's Academy Award-nominated film, Heavenly Creatures. A sensational trial followed, with speculations about the nature of the girls' relationship and possible insanity playing a key role. Among other things, Parker and Hulme were suspected of lesbianism, which was widely considered to be a mental illness at the time. This mesmerizing book offers a brilliant account of the crime and ensuing trial and shares dramatic revelations about the fates of the young women after their release from prison. With penetrating insight, this thorough analysis applies modern psychology to analyze the shocking murder that remains one of the most interesting cases of all time.


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