Lee's Staff Picks
Lee comes from a long line or Oregonians and after time away living from coast to coast she followed her heart, set her eyes on the mountains, sniffed the air and put the pedal to the metal and is back home for good.
If it has fur, scales, feathers, or any other form of covering, Lee either has shared a roof or is friends with it. Currently, the pack consists of a highly entitled cat, an extremely feminine guinea pig, the most congenial bearded dragon, and a uromastyx in desperate need of an attitude check.
You'll never know what Lee is reading next but eclectic may be the best way to describe the selection. Antique medical instrument manuals, the inner workings of the home in medieval times, and the delightful margin notes in monastic scribe's transcriptions are just some of the subjects. Of course, an excellent classic or short story/essays book is a constant as well. Historical fiction and vegetarian cookbooks, too. And who doesn't like an exciting mystery book that makes you double check your locks before bed. In a sense, Lee's mantra is every genre is the best genre so why not try them all?
"The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, And all the sweet serenity of books" Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Nearly all of us know the sinister rhyme: "Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother forty whacks. When she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one." But what if she did not? Or perhaps, it was deserved or not within her control and the rhyme is more fun than fact? This interesting take on the infamous murders allows for multiple outlooks of the bloody events that took place as seen through the eyes of Lizzie, her sister, the family housekeeper, and a quiet stranger. The familial dynamic under one roof will have your jaw tensely set as you marvel at the passive aggressive control with the bait of love and approval from Lizzie's father and step mother. Almost to the point one might be sympathetic to Lizzie's warped development and subsequent behavior we still continue to discuss 125 years later.
This tale has layers of urgency as the main character tries to stay one step ahead of the dark underworld she is destined to become a part of. She has spent her life trying to be invisible and with this predilection for underground subsistence, she is able to live off the grid while remaining right in front of civilization. Join her as she creeps and explores abandoned properties and attempts to gain information and thus leverage to manipulate a covert group that has ulterior motives for those they invite to exclusive parties where she is the main prize.
Set in the not too far future of 2037, Anna is asked knowing she has no choice other than to answer yes to the request to play dead. You do not say no to the government offering a way to erase your anguished past. A modern day And Then There Were None, a group of candidates gather in a house perched ominously upon an outcropping surrounded by water. There are hidden rooms and space within the walls to walk and observe others unseen. Who is an innocent contender and who is part of the government's game of smoke and mirrors to find the one worthy of joining them? Anna is both a fragile bird caught in her past and an invisible spy built on grit and determination to create a future nothing like her past.