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. 

December's Picks are:


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

Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver 

Set in the mountains of southern Appalachia, Demon Copperhead is the story of a boy born to a teenaged single mother in a single-wide trailer, with no assets beyond his dead father’s good looks and copper-colored hair, a caustic wit, and a fierce talent for survival.

The Cloisters by Katy Hays

A circle of researchers uncover a mysterious deck of tarot cards and shocking secrets in New York’s famed Met Cloisters.


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!"

Flight by Lynn Steger Strong

It's a few days before Christmas, and three adult siblings, their respective spouses, and children converge on one brother's home in upstate New York. What's different about this year? Their mother, the matriarch, has died and it must be decided what to do with her Florida home--the only home they ever knew growing up. Everyone has a secret, an argument, along with alliances. Flight is a well-written novel of holiday dysfunction at its best!.

Recitatif by Toni Morrison

In this 1983 short story—the only short story Morrison ever wrote—we meet Twyla and Roberta, who have known each other since they were eight years old and spent four months together as roommates in St. Bonaventure shelter. Inseparable then, they lose touch as they grow older, only later to find each other again at a diner, a grocery store, and again at a protest. Seemingly at opposite ends of every problem, and at each other's throats each time they meet, the two women still cannot deny the deep bond their shared experience has forged between them.

The Nix by Nathan Hill

An intimate novel of identity and loss, the story of a boy abandoned and the man now trying to recover. It also paints a vivid portrait of America and its politics from the 1960s to the present. 


Mary - "I am a sucker for a good thriller, or Sci-Fi but occasionally I will cleanse the palate 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."

Euphoric:  Ditch Alcohol and Gain a Happier, More Confident You by Karolina Rzadkowolska

Ån 8-week plan for an alcohol-free lifestyle that can lead to more happiness, well-being, and self-love. It's the modern woman's guide to relax without alcohol, find freedom from cravings and fitting in, and create the life you want--along with the audacity to go after it.

Friends, Lovers and The Big Terrible Thing by Matthew Perry

Matthew Perry, takes us along on his journey from childhood ambition to fame to addiction and recovery in the aftermath of a life-threatening health scare. 


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

Out of Esau by Michelle Webster-Hein

When a woman questioning her marriage encounters the kind and steadfast pastor of her small town, they are both forced to reconsider their pasts, their faith, and their future.

The Maid by Nita Prose

Clue-like, locked-room mystery and a heartwarming journey of the spirit, The Maid explores what it means to be the same as everyone else and yet entirely different—and reveals that all mysteries can be solved through connection to the human heart.

The Phone Booth at the Edge of the World by Imai

A novel about grief, mourning, and the joy of survival, inspired by a real phone booth in Japan with its disconnected “wind” phone, a place of pilgrimage and solace since the 2011 tsunami—now in paperback.


Cass - Prefers to read Young Adult, fantasy, and cheesy slice-of-life fiction novels. 

The Witch and the Tsar by Olesya Salnikova Gilmore

The maligned and immortal witch of legend known as Baba Yaga will risk all to save her country and her people from Tsar Ivan the Terrible—and the dangerous gods who seek to drive the twisted hearts of men.

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden  

An enchanting mix of fairy tale, fantasy, and historical fiction set in medieval Russia.