What I read: literary fiction (especially short story collections); science books - anything about physics or space travel 

What sound do you love? The sound of cars driving past in the rain; the sound of the television on very low so you can hear the cadence of voices but not the words; The Sound of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel

If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose? A character in a Rainbow Rowell novel. I already relate to most of them on a spiritual level.

Do you love or hate rollercoasters? Love and hate in equal measure. I hate the part where you're climbing up the first hill agonizingly slowly (as I'm afraid of heights), but everything after that is great.

What was your favorite cartoon growing up? Rugrats. I maintain that it is and always will be the best thing Nickelodeon ever produced. 

What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever been for Halloween? I will never be as cool as when I dressed up as the Yellow Power Ranger in 1st grade. 

What’s your fondest childhood memory? Spending all day in the climbing tree in my grandma’s backyard with my cousins making up games when we were kids. 


Read the rest of Lauren's picks here.


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Beartown Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501160769
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atria Books - April 25th, 2017

Sometimes there are books you want people to read, and sometimes there are books you NEED people to read. Beartown is one of the latter. As relevant as it is poignant, Beartown is a portrait of a struggling town who puts its future in the hands of a junior hockey organization, and the fallout. Backman's novel is at once a love song to the game, a meditation on responsibility and blame, an examination of the politics of a community in isolation, and a scathing indictment of a culture built on toxic masculinity. Jumping in and out of the heads of Beartown's residents with masterful skill and timing, Backman brings each character to life in tender, vivid detail, so you feel the full impact of the years between them, the complicated bonds of loyalty and betrayal and love that drive them all to chaos. Beartown is moving and incisive, a novel you won't soon forget.

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Borne Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374115241
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Published: MCD - April 25th, 2017

Borne is a worthy follow-up to Jeff VanderMeer's spectacular Southern Reach trilogy, with the same strangeness and sense of mystery and dread and heart and legitimate surprises that kept me reading Annihilation into the  early hours of the morning. Come for the flying bears, the nigh unfathomable (and surprisingly funny) creature called Borne, the vivid portrait of a futuristic wasteland where not all is as it seems, and stay for the meditations on what makes a family a family, on what makes a person a person.