Kiley's Staff Picks
"Set in the Artic, this novel dares to question what the world would look like in the midst of mass extinction, when only a few birds and fish remain alongside humans. Couple that with an unusual female lead, Franny, and you have a story that won't be forgotten. McConaghy's writing style is lyrical and tight; I could feel the chill and see the beauty of the Artic through Franny's musings alone. As the reader follows an epic journey across the migration route of artic terns, he/she is given insight on the ways humanity can both create and destroy. All in all, 'Migrations' is the kind of book that will devestate you, cradle you, and sweep you off your feet."
"Though one of Patchett's older novels, 'State of Wonder" remains incredibly current and happens to be in my top ten novels of all time. Following the journey of a pharmeceutical lab worker, Marina, readers are taken all the way to the Amazon in order to investigate the death of one of Marina's coworkers and check in on the head scientist of a novel research project. From the very beginning, the writing is intriguing, and the characters are, if not always likable, fascinating. While ready, I fell in love with science and culture the same way Marina dad: completely and with little fear. For scientists, lovers of Amazonia, and just plain old people, 'State of Wonder' is a triumph."