Staff Picks, August 23, 2017

Substitute Reference Librarian Liz’s Pick

Middlesex / Jeffrey Eugenides (2002 fiction book, call# F Eugenides )

Calliope’s friendship with a classmate and her sense of identity are compromised by the adolescent discovery that she is a hermaphrodite, a situation with roots in her grandparent’s desperate struggle for survival in the 1920s.

Circulation Assistant Gayle’s Pick

Off the grid : a Joe Pickett novel / C.J. Box (2016 mystery, call# M Box)

Nate is off the grid, recuperating from wounds and trying to deal with past crimes, when he is suddenly surrounded by a small team of elite professional special operators. They’re not there to threaten him, but to make a deal. They need help destroying a domestic terror cell in Wyoming’s Red Desert, and in return they’ll make Nate’s criminal record disappear.

But they are not what they seem, as Nate’s friend Joe Pickett discovers. They have a much different plan in mind, and it just might be something that takes them all down-including Nate and Joe.

Circulation Assistant Becky’s Pick

Nothing to envy : ordinary lives in North Korea/ Barbara Demick (2010 non-fiction, call# 306.0951 Demick)

Follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years, a chaotic period that saw the rise to power of Kim Jong Il and the devastation of a famine that killed one-fifth of the population, illustrating what it means to live under the most repressive totalitarian regime today.