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:

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

The Actual Star by Monica Byrne

The Actual Star is a feast of ideas about where humanity came from, where we are now, and where we’re going—and how, in every age, the same forces that drive us apart also bind us together.

I Take My Coffee Black by Tyler Merritt

As a 6'2" dreadlocked black man, Tyler Merritt knows what it feels like to be stereotyped as threatening, which can have dangerous consequences. But he also knows that proximity to people who are different from ourselves can be a cure for racism.  

Angie - My coworkers call me the “children's expert”, and although it is true, I do read deeply into the children and young adult departments, I really enjoy literary fiction and anything exquisitely written as well as a little Sci Fi once in a while.  However, my real love is translated works from France, Italy or Spain, and I am an absolute sucker for a good Art book, whether a biography of a famous artist or historical fiction about a famous painting. 

The Matrix by Lauren Groff

Women's power is often judged in consideration of their beauty, their wealth, their situation in life. Marie- awkward, too tall, illegitimate, without means, and now, orphaned- has none of these. Yet with her installation into the most wretched Abbey 1158 England has to offer, Marie is not forced to bear her desolation alone, but instead comes to understand a woman's power comes from cleverness, ingenuity, fortitude and the bond of sisterhood. In this first novel since the brilliant Fates and Furies, Lauren Groff brings this amazing story that blazes a new path for all women that will shake the walls of the age-old patriarchy.

Nives by Sacha Naspini

 A touching, heartfelt novella and Italian author Naspini's first book available in English, Nives is the reckoning of a woman blindsided by the unexpected. 

Wicked by Gregory Maguire

This book views the land of Oz, its inhabitants, its Wizard, and the Emerald City, through a darker and greener (not rosier) lens. 

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!"

Bewilderment by Richard Powers

With its soaring descriptions of the natural world, its tantalizing vision of life beyond, and its account of a father and son’s ferocious love, Bewilderment marks Richard Powers’ most intimate and moving novel. At its heart lies the question: How can we tell our children the truth about this beautiful, imperiled planet?

The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois by Honoree Fanonne Jeffers

A novel tracking a Black family from Colonial times to the present. Young narrator Ailey Pearl Garfield carries the name of two august Black Americans--choreographer Alvin Ailey and her own great-grandmother--and hopes to live up to W.E.B. Du Bois's ideals.

Magic Lessons by Alice Hoffman

In this novel that traces a centuries-old curse to its source, beloved author Alice Hoffman unveils the story of Maria Owens, accused of witchcraft in Salem, and matriarch of a line of the amazing Owens women and men featured in Practical Magic and The Rules of Magic.

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."

Poison for Breakfast by Lemony Snicket

A new stand-alone adventure—appropriate for all ages—by Lemony Snicket, one of the twenty-first century’s most beloved authors.  Over the course of his long and suspicious career, Mr. Snicket has investigated many things, including villainy, treachery, conspiracy, ennui, and various suspicious fires. In this book, he is investigating his own death.

Several People Are Typing by Calvin Kasulke

Told entirely through clever and captivating Slack messages, this irresistible, relatable satire of both virtual work and contemporary life is The Office for a new world.

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 Magician by Colm Toibin

The Magician is an intimate, astonishingly complex portrait of Thomas Mann, his magnificent and complex wife Katia, and the times in which they lived—the first world war, the rise of Hitler, World War II, the Cold War, and exile. 

The Talented Miss Farwell by Emily Gray Tedrowe 

Miss Farwell is the bookkeeper for a small town when she discovers her love of art.  Moving funds around to accounts she has access to, she "borrows" funds to acquire art then sells it for a profit, repaying the "loan".  But, things begin to get out of hand and will she get caught?  It's amazing how hard it is to change your ways when you've been having so much fun! 

The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline

The plight of women in England and Australia 150 years ago were in the hands of men who had no idea  the burden their decisions made, especially on the poor.  Female convicts were sent from England to Australia where conditions were barbaric in most cases.   Kline has written another fabulous historical novel that tells the tale of a few of these women. 

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!

Battle For the Big Top by Les Standiford

Takes us under the big top and behind the curtain in this richly researched and thoroughly engaging narrative that captures all of the entrepreneurial intrigue and spirit of the American circus.


Lightning Strike by William Kent Krueger

A powerful prequel to his acclaimed Cork O’Connor series—a book about fathers and sons, long-simmering conflicts in a small Minnesota town, and the events that echo through youth and shape our lives forever.

Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell

A riveting work of psychological suspense about a beautiful young couple’s disappearance on a gorgeous summer night, and the mother who will never give up trying to find them...

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

Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

Two sisters.  One brutal murder.  A quest for vengeance that will unleash Hell itself...
And an intoxicating romance.