Staff Favorites

The following items are recommended by the staff of the Pontotoc County Library. You can click on the title to find the item in our catalog.

New Arrivals @ DRLS

Recommended by Annette McGregor

Red Suit Diaries by Ed Butchart

With warmth, humor, and wonder, Ed Butchart shares his stories as a professional Santa Claus in The Red Suit Diaries. Deftly combining his Santa persona with his passion for God, Butchart reveals himself as a once-hardened Marine who found Jesus and began to serve others in unusual ways. Listeners will be enthralled by The Red Suit Diaries - from Santa's day job refurbishing medical equipment for the disabled, to the sweetest of secrets whispered in Santa's ear and written in letters, to the story of how he unknowingly found "Mrs. Claus."Woven throughout is a faith and a joy of giving that energizes Butchart's mission to spread love to all kinds of children and adults.

Recommended by Annette McGregor

Shadow of an Indian Star by Bill & Cindy Paul

Shadow of an Indian Star is an epic novel which chronicles three generations of a brawling pioneer family, their friends and enemies, and the women who helped battle tragedy, corruption, and their own inner demons to save themselves and the Chickasaw Nation from annihilation.

Recommended by Sarah York

Firstborn by Robin Lee Hatcher

Erica's worst fear is realized when her well-kept secret--the daughter she gave up for adoption twenty-one years ago--shows up at her doorstep, causing problems with her husband and forcing her to make an impossible choice.

Recommended by Sarah York


Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind by Ann Ross

Recently widowed and newly wealthy, Miss Julia is visited one day by Hazel Marie, who claims that her nine-year-old son is the child of Julia's late husband, and when Julia is left to care for the child, she reveals the scandal that precipitated her husband's death.

Recommended by Peggy Young

Looking Around Mississippi Some More
by Walt Grayson

This, the second of Walt Grayson's Looking Around Mississippi books, includes photographs and commentary on old homes, villages, big cities, the hills, the Coast, and the Delta of Grayson's home state. Walt Grayson is the host of Mississippi Roads on Mississippi Public Television, and producer of Look Around Mississippi..

Recommended by Peggy Young

Split Second by David Baldacci

"Michelle Maxwell has just blown her future with the Secret Service. Against her instincts, she let a presidential candidate out of her sight to comfort a grieving widow. Then, behind closed doors, the politician whose safety was her responsibility vanished into thin air." "Living a new life on a quiet lake in central Virginia, Sean King knows how the younger agent feels. He's been there before.  "Now Michelle and Sean are about to see their destinies converge. She has become obsessed with Sean's case. And he needs a friend - especially since a series of macabre killings has brought him under suspicion and prompted the reappearance of a seductive woman he's tried hard to forget." "As the two discredited agents enter a maze of lies, secrets, and deadly coincidences, they uncover a violence that shattered their lives were really a long time in the making - and are a long way from over."--BOOK JACKET. 

Recommended by Annette McGregor

The Very Ugly Bug
by Liz Pichum

A very ugly bug thinks that if she looks like her pretty friends, she will be more beautiful, so she makes herself a disguise. But now she's even tastier looking to the birds. When something strange happens, the ugly bug learns that just being herself is the best defense.


Recommended by Christine Taylor

Persian Pickle Club

Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas

This magical, memorable novel explores the ties that unite women through good times and bad. It is the 1930s, and hard times have hit Harleyville, Kansas, where crops are burning up and there's not a job to be found. For one young farm wife, the highlight of each week is the gathering of the Persian Pickle Clubs, a group of locals dedicated to improving their minds, exchanging gossip, and putting their well-honed quilting skills to good use.

 Recommended by Christine Taylor

Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

After her "stand-in mother," a bold black woman named Rosaleen, insults the three biggest racists in town, Lily Owens joins Rosaleen on a journey to Tiburon, South Carolina, where they are taken in by three black, bee-keeping sisters.

Recommended by Christine Taylor

The Blue Bottle Club by Penelope Stokes

A reporter finds slips of paper on which four teenage girls wrote down their dreams in 1929 and tracks down the now senior women whose dreams have been torn, but who still have a common thread running through their lives.

 Recommended by Regina Graham

These is My Words by Nancy E. Turner

Inspired by the author's original family memoirs, this absorbing story introduces us to the questing, indomitable Sarah Prine, one of the most memorable women ever to survive and prevail in the Arizona Territory of the late 1800s. As a child, a fiery young woman, and finally a caring mother, Sarah forges a life as full and fascinating as our deepest needs, our most secret hopes, and our grandest dreams. She rides Indian-style and shoots with deadly aim, greedily devours a treasure trove of leatherbound books, dreams of scarlet velvet and pearls, falls uneasily in love, and faces down fire, flood, Comanche raids, and other mortal perils with the unique courage that forged the character of the American West.

  Recommended by Regina Graham

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

When Kingsolver and her family move from suburban Arizona to rural Appalachia, they take on a new challenge: to spend a year on a locally produced diet, paying close attention to the provenance of all they consume. "Our highest shopping goal was to get our food from so close to home, we'd know the person who grew it. Often that turned out to be ourselves as we learned to produce what we needed, starting with dirt, seeds, and enough knowledge to muddle through. Or starting with baby animals, and enough sense to refrain from naming them."--From publisher description.

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