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?  Find the bookseller that matches your taste and you can be confident that you'll enjoy your purchase. 

This month's Picks are:

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

The Martins by David Foenkinos

Martin. A surname in France roughly equivalent to Smith or Johnson in America, and the lives of the four Martins are not (at first) apparently all that unusual either. WOW, though, does this story pack in some fun surprises. With its clever premise and fun turns this one deserves a spot on the top of the summer stack!

Flying Solo by Linda Holmes

A woman returns to her small Maine hometown, uncovering family secrets that take her on a journey of self-discovery and new love.

Horse by Geraldine Brooks

A discarded painting in a junk pile, a skeleton in an attic, and the greatest racehorse in American history: from these strands, a Pulitzer Prize winner braids a sweeping story of spirit, obsession, and injustice across American history.

Also a Poet by Ada Calhoun

Ada Calhoun has given us a poised, magnificent memoir on family, her father, and of huge emotional and personal exploration. She delivers an unveiled perspective on capital ‘L’ literary New York.

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!"

Woman of Light by Kali Fajardo-Anstine

This novel of historical fiction is an absolute stunner! It is set in the western United States from the late 1800's to the 1930's and follows the lives of an Indigenous Chicano family throughout the years. The women carry the gift of sight: past, present, and future. Although the characters face hardship and intense racism, Fajardo-Anstine brings the beauty of their love, passion, spirit, and culture to life with unforgettable radiance and warmth.

Everyone In This Room Will Someday Be Dead by Emily Austin

This hilarious and profound debut for fans of Mostly Dead Things and Goodbye, Vitamin, follows a morbidly anxious young woman who stumbles into a job as a receptionist at a Catholic church and becomes obsessed with her predecessor's mysterious death.

Nowhere Girl by Cheryl Diamond

The moment I cracked this memoir, I knew I should fasten my seatbelt--what a jaw dropping ride it was! The unconventional childhood of Cheryl Diamond took her and her family all over the world, fleeing INTERPOL from place to place, losing and gaining identities, following highly rehearsed rules to protect their cover, and never quite finding a place to belong. The pages are filled with adventure, humor, and deep sadness. Nowhere Girl is so gorgeously written and impossible to put down. It is truly a tribute to human resilience.

Metropolis by B.A. Shapiro

Six people, six secrets, six different backgrounds. They would never have met if not for their connection to the Metropolis Storage Warehouse in Cambridge, Massachusetts. When someone falls down an elevator shaft at the facility, each becomes caught up in an intensifying chain of events.

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."

Aurora by David Koepp

A riveting, eerily plausible thriller, in which a worldwide cataclysm plays out in the lives of one complicated Midwestern family. 

The 22 Murders of Madison May by Max Barry

A mind-bending speculative psychological suspense about a serial killer pursuing his victim across time and space, and the woman who is determined to stop him, even if it upends her own reality.

The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes

Harper Curtis is a killer who stepped out of the past. Kirby Mazrachi is the girl who was never meant to have a future. Kirby is the last shining girl, one of the bright young women, burning with potential, whose lives Harper is destined to snuff out after he stumbles on a House in Depression-era Chicago that opens on to other times.

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.

By Her Own Design by Piper Huguley

The incredible untold story of how Ann Lowe, a Black woman and granddaughter of slaves, rose above personal struggles and racial prejudice to design and create one of America's most famous wedding dresses of all time for Jackie Kennedy.

Jackie & Me by Louis Bayard

This clever and audacious tale is told from the point of view of Lem Billings, the longtime school chum of JFK, who finds himself embroiled in a deep friendship with Jackie Bouvier at the cusp of one of America's most highly scrutinized relationships and marriage. 

The Wedding Dress Sewing Circle by Jennifer Ryan

Three plucky women lift the spirits of home-front brides in wartime Britain, where clothes rationing leaves little opportunity for pomp or celebration—even at weddings—in this heartwarming novel based on true events

Jenna – A strong Young Adult fantasy and science fiction reader. All the books she reads have to have a little romance thrown in somewhere within in the book to satisfy her hopeless romantic side.

Sizzle Paradox by Lily Menon

Two best friends fake date to try to discover the perfect formula for love.