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:

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

Sister Stardust by Jane Green

In her first novel inspired by a true story, Jane Green re-imagines the life of troubled icon Talitha Getty in this transporting story from a forgotten chapter of the Swinging '60s.

On Quality by Robert M. Pirsig and Wendy K. Pirsig

Featuring long-awaited selections from Robert M. Pirsig's unpublished writings, from before and after Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, an original collection illuminating the central theme of Pirsig's thought: “Quality”.


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

Mary Jane by Jessica Anya Blau

A fourteen-year-old girl’s coming of age story in 1970s Baltimore, caught between her straight-laced family and the progressive family she nannies for—who happen to be secretly hiding a famous rock star and his movie star wife for the summer.

Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel

A novel of art, time, love, and plague that takes the reader from Vancouver Island in 1912 to a dark colony on the moon five hundred years later, unfurling a story of humanity across centuries and space.

Lost and Found in Paris by Lian Dolan

The ultimate escapist adventure in Paris, told with wit, style, and a touch of intrigue.

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

A recent transplant to Paris, humorist David Sedaris presents a collection of his strongest work yet, including the title story about his hilarious attempt to learn French.


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!"

French Braid by Anne Tyler

A funny, joyful, brilliantly perceptive journey deep into one Baltimore family’s foibles, from a boyfriend with a red Chevy in the 1950s up to a longed-for reunion with a grandchild in our pandemic present.

Lucky Turtle by Bill Roorbach

When sixteen-year-old Cindra Zoeller is sent to a reform camp in Montana after being involved in an armed robbery, she is thrust into a world of mountains and cowboys and prayers and miscreants and people from all walks of life like she’s never seen in suburban Massachusetts. At Camp Challenge, she becomes transfixed by Lucky, a camp employee of mysterious origin—an origin of constant speculation—and the chemistry between them is instant, and profound. The pair escape together into the wilderness to create an idyllic life far from the reach of the law, living off their resounding love, Lucky’s vast knowledge of the wilderness, and a little help from some friends.

The 1619 Project by Nikole Hannah-Jones

The New York Times Magazine’s award-winning “1619 Project” issue reframed our understanding of American history by placing slavery and its continuing legacy at the center of our national narrative. This new book substantially expands on that work, weaving together eighteen essays that explore the legacy of slavery in present-day America with thirty-six poems and works of fiction that illuminate key moments of oppression, struggle, and resistance. 


 

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.

Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict

A novel about J. P. Morgan’s personal librarian, Belle da Costa Greene, the Black American woman who was forced to hide her true identity and pass as white in order to leave a lasting legacy that enriched our nation.

One, Two, Three by Laurie Frankel

Three unforgettable narrators join together here to tell a spellbinding story with wit, wonder, and deep affection. This is a laugh-out-loud-on-one-page-grab-a-tissue-the-next novel, about how expanding our notions of normal makes the world a better place for everyone and how when days are darkest, it’s our daughters who will save us all.

The Bomber Mafia by Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell weaves together the stories of a Dutch genius and his homemade computer, a band of brothers in central Alabama, a British psychopath, and pyromaniacal chemists at Harvard to examine one of the greatest moral challenges in modern American history.


Diann – 

Last Train to Key West by Chanel Cleeton

In 1935 three women are forever changed when one of the most powerful hurricanes in history barrels toward the Florida Keys.