Reader's Advisory

January Staff Picks



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The Stranger : Barack Obama in the White House

By Chuck Todd

Call # 973.932 TOD

From the publisher: Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008 partly because he was a Washington outsider. But when he got to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, that distinction turned out to be double-bladed. NBC's award-winning Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd draws upon his unprecedented inner-circle sources to create a gripping account of Obama's tumultuous first term and campaign to win another.

Susan Olson Higgins / Friend of the Corning Library: Chuck Todd provides a factual account of President Barack Obama not only during his terms in office, but also throughout his life. Questions are answered about this President which have lingered.  Todd outlines an in-depth look at Obama's background, goals, and accomplishments as well as what motivates this President and why. This is a well written historical document of this President.  Unbiased, Todd discusses politicalchallenges, how Obama arrives at significant decisions in hope of making changes in America for generations to come.  A few topics discussed include in-depth look at issues brought before the public, relationship to Congress, Affairs of State, budgetary decisions, isolated facts revealing truth behind White House intrigues, international doctrine and challenges, and more.

Chuck Todd brings this book to publication with powerful expertise. He has had access to finite details about this President that he shares on the pages of this fascinating book.   

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The silence of the lambs

By Thomas Harris

Call # Fic HAR

From the publisher: There's a killer on the loose who knows that beauty is only skin deep, and a trainee investigator who's trying to save her own hide. The only man that can help is locked in an asylum. But he's willing to put a brave face on - if it will help him escape.

Todd / Librarian: When it is cold outside I always gravitate towards thrillers. This classic did not disappoint. Hannibal Lector is a terrifying character to get to know and Clarice Starling is a protagonist that you root for throughout the entire book. Pick up this modern thriller masterpiece!

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Rainbow in the cloud

By Maya Angelou

Call # 818.5409 Ang

From the publisher: Since the publication of her first autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou has been celebrated as one of America's most important writers. A National Book Award winner and Pulitzer Prize nominee, she lent her signature voice to countless works of literature, her words indelibly imprinted on the hearts of millions. Inspired by the woman who has inspired us all, Rainbow in the Cloud offers more than 200 of Dr. Angelou's most pivotal quotes, organized in themed sections (including America, Love, and Womanhood)--from sage advice and beautiful stanzas to humorous quips and pointed observations--drawn from each of her published works and from her celebrated (and much shared) social media posts. This collection also features special words of wisdom she shared often with her family, handpicked by her son, Guy Johnson.

Mags / Clerk: Culture, family, community, equality, race, values, spirituality, relationships, friendships and humor. This book has poetry and quotes and the spirit of Maya Angelou. Great read!




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