Adult Fiction

“Black Cherry Blues” by James Lee Burke

Dave Robicheaux has run into his old college roommate. A former rock star, Dixie Lee Pugh, is now a leaseman for Star Drilling. His job is not hard, but it has taken a strange turn. Dixie Lee overheard two coworkers discussing something shady and possibly dangerous. However, Dixie Lee is an ex-con. The cops will not listen to him … except for one cop, and that one is Dave Robicheaux.

Adult Non-Fiction

“If Life is a Bowl of Cherries — What am I Doing in the Pits?” by Erma Bombeck

Syndicated columnist the late Erma Bombeck was always good for a laugh. Pick up this light read and tickle your funny bone. Enjoy philosophical selections on life, like “Who is I. Dunno?,” “Are Family Vacations Legal?” and “Who Killed Apple Pie?” Your life may not be a bowl of cherries, but this book will definitely get you out of the pits!

Young Adult

“A Solitary Blue” by Cynthia Voigt

Jeff Green’s mother walked out of Jeff and his father’s life when Jeff was just 7 years old. Jeff was almost 12 before he saw her again. It was not until he was nearly 13 that he realized there were worse things she could have done than to leave him.


“How to Make a Cherry Pie and See the U.S.A.” by Marjorie Priceman

Do you have a hankering for a cherry pie? The girl in this story did, but first she needed a bowl … and a pie pan, cup, spoons and pot holders. When the Cook Shop is closed, our young friend embarks on an adventure to collect what she needs to make her pie.

Titles selected for Picks of the Week are in the collection of Roanoke Rapids Public Library. Titles may not be present for check out at the time of a patron visit. The library staff will be glad to place a title on hold for a patron if the book is not available.