Staff Picks

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We change out the staff picks monthly so you'll always find something new to read! Do you enjoy thrillers, like Mary? Literary fiction, like Damita? Or non-fiction, like Bill? Find the bookseller that matches your taste and you can be confident that you'll enjoy your purchase. 

This month's Picks are:

KimberlyOur manager and a voracious reader who reads all over the store.

Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead

Family lines drawn over time connect an insecure but thoughtful modern-day actress with the intriguing life of the female aviator she is portraying. As the lives of aviator Marian Graves and her family unfold over generations through the course of the book, the making of the modern myth allows the question of how we understand truth to carry this epic novel forward. I have not read such a thoughtful book since A Gentleman in Moscow and the attention to the art of how we live our lives is on full display in this epic sweep from Montana, Alaska, to Antarctica, to the underground nightlight of WW2 and the art world of Seattle. 

The Summer of Lost and Found by Mary Alice Monroe

Love in the time of COVID-19 proves challenging, at times humorous, and ever changing. Relationships are redefined, friendships made and broken, and marriages tested. As the weeks turn to months, and another sea turtle season comes to a close, Linnea learns there are more meaningful lessons during this summer than opportunities lost: that summer is a time of wonder, and that the exotic lives in our own backyards.

Angie - Our resident children's book expert, also enjoys literary fiction. She is an admirer of quality writing.

The Maidens by Alex Michaelides

Edward Fosca is a murderer. Of this Mariana is certain. But Fosca is untouchable. A handsome and charismatic Greek tragedy professor at Cambridge University, Fosca is adored by staff and students alike—particularly by the members of a secret society of female students known as The Maidens.  Mariana Andros is a brilliant but troubled group therapist who becomes fixated on The Maidens when one member, a friend of Mariana’s niece Zoe, is found murdered in Cambridge.

The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz

Jacob Finch Bonner was once a promising young novelist with a respectably published first book. Today, he’s teaching in a third rate MFA program and struggling to maintain what’s left of his self-respect; he hasn’t written -- let alone published – anything decent in years. When Evan Parker, his most arrogant student, announces he doesn’t need Jake’s help because the plot of his book-in-progress is a “sure thing,” Jake is prepared to dismiss the boast as typical amateur narcissism. But then he hears the plot.  The Plot is a propulsive read about a story too good not to steal, and the writer who steals it.

The Ride of Her Life by Elizabeth Letts

One Friday in early November 1954, sixth three year-Old Annie Wilkins left Minot, Maine in with her little dachshund mix Depeche Toi, her Morgan horse Tarzan, a few dollars, and not much more than the clothes on her back. But what Annie had that no one could see was pluck. Pluck and determination and a plan, to walk with Depeche Toi and Tarzan all the way to California to fulfill the dream her mother never got to see realized. 

Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

About the death of Shakespeare's eleven-year-old son Hamnet-a name interchangeable with Hamlet in fifteenth-century Britain-and the years leading up to the production of his great play.

Turbulence by David Szalay

A novel about twelve people, mostly strangers, and the surprising ripple effect each one has on the life of the next as they cross paths while in transit around the world

Damita - "I primarily read literary fiction and short story collections. I'm also a fan of Southern literature, the darker, the better! I do enjoy reading quality juvenile fiction and young adult books when I can. I have more books in my growing stacks than I'll ever be able to read in this lifetime!"

Morningside Heights by Joshua Henkin

Columbia University professor, Spence Robin, was a young hotshot Shakespearean expert, capable of filling lecture halls with enraptured students. Pru Steiner was one of them. The attraction and love was immediate, the marriage secure and long lasting. However, while only in his fifties, Spence receives the horrifying diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer's disease. Their daughter is grown and gone and his son from a previous marriage has always been sporadically estranged; leaving Pru alone as Spence declines and she navigates the changes and loss of a great man. Morningside Heights is poignant, honest, thoughtfully observant, and skillfully wrought.

Whereabouts by Jhumpa Lahiri

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of  Interpreter of Maladies about a woman questioning her place in the world, wavering between stasis and movement, between the need to belong and the refusal to form lasting ties.

We Are What We Eat by Alice Waters

In We Are What We Eat, Alice Waters urges us to take up the mantle of slow food culture, the philosophy at the core of her life’s work. When Waters first opened Chez Panisse in 1971, she did so with the intention of feeding people good food during a time of political turmoil. Customers responded to the locally sourced organic ingredients, to the dishes made by hand, and to the welcoming hospitality that infused the small space—human qualities that were disappearing from a country increasingly seduced by takeout, frozen dinners, and prepackaged ingredients. Waters came to see that the phenomenon of fast food culture, which prioritized cheapness, availability, and speed, was not only ruining our health, but also dehumanizing the ways we live and relate to one another.

Mary - "I am a sucker for a good thriller, or Sci-Fi but occasionally I will cleanse the pallet with a great literary fiction or biography. I also enjoy books that have a little fantasy or paranormal aspects to them. Just enough to make it slightly otherworldly."

Beth - Our Book Club Manager is always looking for books that provoke good discussions for book clubs.  She enjoys literary and historical fiction and does not read suspense or thrillers.  Non-fiction favorites are those that are narrative, and she reads from all over the store.  Follow her on Instagram @bethlovestoread.

The Confidence Men by Margalit Fox

The astonishing true story of two World War I prisoners who pulled off one of the most ingenious escapes of all time.

What’s the Difference? by Brette Warshaw

A whimsical and practical reference for food nerds and novices alike,  covering dozens of culinary topics, that clears up confusion over similar terms, techniques, dishes, and more.

The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot by Marianne Cronin

After meeting at a hospital terminal ward’s art class, two women (one 17 and one 83) bond through life, love and friendship in this uplifting and heartstring-tugging story.

Pat - Another voracious reader who reads all over the store, especially if there’s something interesting to be learned from a particular book. Literary fiction and historical fiction are favorites, with side dishes of biographies/memoirs, American history, social history and nature. Once in awhile a psychological thriller to spice things up!

Humankind by Rutger Bregman

When we think the worst of people, it brings out the worst in our politics and economics. But if we believe in the reality of humanity's kindness and altruism, it will form the foundation for achieving true change in society, a case that Bregman makes convincingly with his signature wit, refreshing frankness, and memorable storytelling.


Staff Pick

Astrid Sees All by Natalie Standiford

A vivid portrait of a seedy, edgy, artsy, and seething New York City - the glittering, decadent downtown club scene of the 1980s—follows a smart, vulnerable young woman as she takes a deep dive into her dark side.