Staff picks for February 2013

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Shadowlands

4

If you like being scared out of your mind by a book, this one won't let you down. Read more...

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There Was a Tree

4

Beat the winter blahs by sharing this sing-along picture book featuring a beautiful African landscape, safari animals and bright orange sun. Read more...

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The Dog Stars

4

Imagine the editors of "Field and Stream," "Soldier of Fortune" and "Poetry" magazine getting together to write a post-apocalyptic novel. Read more...

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The Painted Girls

5

A story so good I drove an extra block every day just to keep listening. You will never look at Degas' ballet dancers the same way again. Read more...

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Ungifted

4

Being gifted doesn't mean you know it all. Read more...

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Unspoken

4

Kami and the entire cast of characters are entirely likeable, but also unfailingly human. Read more...

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The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

5

True confession: A Rachael Ray book and the Internet taught me how to cook, but it was Smitten Kitchen that sealed the deal. Read more...