Staff Pick

This is a fast, fascinating and terrifying read.  Donald Trump’s dysfunction has been on display for over three years and I’ve always wondered what makes someone so damaged and insecure.  This book helps explain the family dynamics that set this process in motion for Donald but also for the other siblings, particularly the family namesake, Freddy, Mary Trump’s father. It has to be seen as a courageous act to go against such a domineering set of siblings, one currently the U.S. President, who ultimately acted together to disinherit Mary and her brother.  The Trump base will not like this book but I found it mesmerizing.    

Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982141462
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 14th, 2020

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Wetmore’s strong debut novel opens with a brutal crime committed against a young Mexican American girl in the small West Texas town of Odessa. From that powerful opening, I was immediately sucked into the story of how the community reacts to the incident, the imagery, and the lives of the women in a place centered on hardship, friendships, raising children, and being fiercely independent. Rarely have I read fiction so beautifully written.

 

Valentine: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062913265
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Published: Harper - March 31st, 2020

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After college, Jason Hardy finds himself selling watches at J.C. Penney’s. Totally unsuited for the job he decides to try his hand at being a Probation and Parole Officer in one of America’s toughest cities, New Orleans.  Coming on board just when criminal justice is taking a hard look at methods and trying to keep people out of prisons, Jason is confronted with helping people immersed in poverty, drug addiction, gangs and violence with very few resources.  An amazing look inside a part of the justice system that is rarely talked about and the benefits of “social supervision.”  

The Second Chance Club: Hardship and Hope After Prison Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982128593
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 18th, 2020

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