Staff Picks

On of the best things about bookselling is recommending a favorite (and there's always a new favorite)! Take a look at what we're reading now. Click on the bookseller's name for more recommendations from them. Enjoy!

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Shane

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Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780385534246
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Published: Doubleday Books - April 18th, 2017

Completely captivating and utterly horrifying. I could not put it down, and I was appalled by the information that I completely lacked. The Osage were the richest people in the world per capita during the oil boom. A string of unsolved murders and suspicious deaths prompted the government to respond with what would become the FBI. Grann does a fascinating job with narrative history. The story keeps growing and the ramifications of this history still live with us today.


Randy

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Mikhail and Margarita Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781609453756
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Europa Editions - March 14th, 2017

Drew

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The Heavenly Table Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780385541299
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Published: Doubleday Books - July 12th, 2016

Donald Ray Pollock's newest novel follows three southern brothers heading North to find fame and fortune as bank robbers and an Ohio farmer struggling to support his wife and son after being swindled out of a large sum of money. Their paths will converge in a mix of humor, compassion and violence in this examination of rural society facing radical changes during the turn of the century. His characters exhibit both ruthlessness and hope when faced with a seemingly unjust world. Containing striking imagery, a dark streak of comedy and swift action; this book will sweep you across the unforgiving landscape its characters inhabit. This book is for any fan of Southern Gothic writers, historical fiction or Western films.


Clare

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The One Hundred Nights of Hero: A Graphic Novel Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780316259170
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Published: Little Brown and Company - December 6th, 2016

What do you get when you start with a retelling of A Thousand and One Nights, and add in a self-important bird god, two brave women in love, mustachioed men, a stupid and cruel bet, a moon who visits earth, a magic pebble, an ordinary pebble, more mustachioed men, a singing harp, traitors, wise grandmas, and a secret league of storytellers? A hilarious, fantastic book. A beautiful, witty, sarcastic, poignant, wonderfully sass-filled book. A book you'll mount on your wall and recommend to all your friends and clutch tightly to your chest and laugh lots to, as well. Could not recommend more.


Shualee

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The Secret Life of the American Musical: How Broadway Shows Are Built Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780374536893
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Published: Sarah Crichton Books - March 14th, 2017

That rare book that acts equally well as both an in-depth study for theatre folk who love musicals and an introductory primer for people who just don't get why that person on stage started singing. Viertel explores musical theatre by breaking it down into its component parts (the opening number, the "I Want" song, etc), then devoting a chapter to each to see what really makes them tick. Using examples from wide variety of Broadway shows, and peppered with juicy insider anecdotes, Jack Viertel is a fun, sometimes curmudgeonly, but always informative guide to just how and why the musical theatre developed in the way that it did.


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The Secret Life of the American Musical: How Broadway Shows Are Built Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780374536893
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Published: Sarah Crichton Books - March 14th, 2017

That rare book that acts equally well as both an in-depth study for theatre folk who love musicals and an introductory primer for people who just don't get why that person on stage started singing. Viertel explores musical theatre by breaking it down into its component parts (the opening number, the "I Want" song, etc), then devoting a chapter to each to see what really makes them tick. Using examples from wide variety of Broadway shows, and peppered with juicy insider anecdotes, Jack Viertel is a fun, sometimes curmudgeonly, but always informative guide to just how and why the musical theatre developed in the way that it did.


Cliff

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Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man's Education Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781568585284
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Published: Nation Books - June 14th, 2016

To simply call this book amazing would be to do it a disservice. It's so much more than that. This book serves as a tribute to all of the young, black, marginalized girls, boys, men and women who've unjustly lost their lives and futures at the hands of a system that refused to see them. With this book Mychal demands that you see them. -Cliff's June's Staff Pick 2016

 


Shualee's Most Anticipated Plays 2017

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Smokefall: A Play Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781468314229
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Overlook Press - April 25th, 2017

The next great American play. A father decides to leave his family on the eve of his wife's giving birth to twins. His preteen daughter mutates herself in order to please him and keep him close. The twins begin to have varying opinions about whether it's safe to leave the womb, and their mother is left with the hard task of holding everything together. A stunning, imaginative examination of the changing nature of the American family, suffused with magical realism and hints of Thornton Wilder's Our Town used in fresh new ways.


David

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Disney A to Z: The Official Encyclopedia Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781484737835
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Disney Editions - November 15th, 2016

Finally, Dave Smith, founder and Chief Archivist Emeritus of the Disney archives, columnist, and author of multiple volumes of Disney trivia has brought us the long-awaited 5th edition of Disney A to Z: The Official Encyclopedia, arriving in time for holiday gift-giving. This edition has been even more eagerly anticipated since many fans missed out on the last edition which was not widely distributed. This exhaustively comprehensive guide to the entire Disney universe includes coverage of feature films, short subjects, parks and park attractions, television, Imagineers and performers, as well as coverage of recent additions to the Disney family including the Muppets, Star Wars, and Marvel. With more than 800 B/W illustrations. -David's Holiday Staff Pick 2016


Bill

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Spectrum 23: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art Cover Image
By John Fleskes (Editor)
$35.00
ISBN: 9781933865898
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Published: Flesk Publications - November 15th, 2016

I am always excited to see the new edition of this series.  Anyone who enjoys science fiction, fantasy, art & illustration will find ample to enjoy in this collection that spans book covers, editorial illustration, concept art for film, advertising, sculpture, and unpublished personal work.  It is always picked by a panel of accomplished artists and authors, and displays a wide range of styles and tastes.  Whether as a sourcebook for inspiration or doorway to daydreams, hours of pleasure are contained in its covers. -Bill's Holiday Staff Pick, 2016

 


Lauren

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A History of American Sports in 100 Objects Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780465097746
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Published: Basic Books - October 11th, 2016

This is the perfect holiday gift for any sports fan in your life. This book tells the story of everything from Annie Oakley's rifle to Babe Ruth's "called shot" bat to the dress Billie Jean King wore during the "Battle of the Sexes" match to a hockey stick from the Miracle on Ice, all the way up to Michael Phelps' 2008 swim cap and a brain scan from a concussion-ailed football player. The book is not only a fascinating collection of artifacts, but also a collection of snapshots that showcases the climate of American sports (and, in many cases, American culture on a larger scale) in every era. No matter your favorite sport, you'll find something to be wow'ed by in this book. -Lauren's Holiday Staff Pick, 2016


Mark

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CrossTalk Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780345540676
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Del Rey Books - October 4th, 2016

Connie Willis is one of the few who has ever managed genuine humor in science fiction. But she can also turn on a dime and rivet the reader in place with pulse-pounding intensity. She is altogether accomplished storyteller and fine stylist. After the knuckle-whitening tension of her last novel, the two-volume epic of time travel and the London Blitz, she returns now with something completely different---a romantic comedy. Or is it? Willis never plays with just one level. Her work is permeated by resonances top to bottom. Here she mixes social media, matchmaking, and telepathy to tell us something about our expectations in a digitized, slotted, hyper-expectant, glossy age of breathless need to make every moment Matter. Willis is prepared to open the world to our expectation and show us the unexpected consequences of our trajectories. -Mark's Holiday Staff Pick, 2016


Sarah

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A Super Upsetting Cookbook about Sandwiches Cover Image
By Tyler Kord, William Wegman (Illustrator)
$22.99
ISBN: 9780804186414
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Published: Clarkson Potter Publishers - June 14th, 2016

This book should not exist. And yet it does. This is an addictive read, both hilarious and thought-provoking. Just when you think you've got a real handle on this whimsical and quirky narrative, it starts dropping truth-bombs about ethical consumerism and endangered species. Right now you are thinking this staff pick has been assigned to the wrong book. This is a sandwich cookbook. You're damn right it is. It's a sandwich cookbook I read cover-to-cover before ever entering the kitchen, and I would have been happy if I stopped there. But then I did enter the kitchen, and the magic started. This is not really a book for casual chefs. You're usually going to make three or four separate recipes before you start assembling the sandwich. And it is so. worth. it. The flavor combinations are unlikely, but delicious. These are both looks and tastes to impress without being fancy or fussy. This is a wonderful gift for people with an oddball sense of humor, foodies who don't take themselves too seriously, and collectors of the unconventional. -Sarah's Holiday Staff Pick, 2016


Kris

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The Red Rooster Cookbook: The Story of Food and Hustle in Harlem Cover Image
$37.50
ISBN: 9780544639775
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - October 18th, 2016

Marcus Samuelsson's latest cookbook is a tour de force celebration of all things Harlem, as seen through the kaleidoscopic lens of a globally-inspired genius for flavor, music, place and culture. There is so much heart in this book! The Red Rooster is one of my favorite dining establishments ever and this book captures everything but the actual sounds and smells.  But no matter! In addition to spirited, ecclecticly-inspired recipes, you can read short essays profiling beloved Harlem personalities, download Marcus's signature playlists and enjoy them anywhere, or simply enjoy the outstanding photography.  This "cookbook" is like a  transcendant, culinary contribution to Stevie Wonder's "Songs in the Key of Life" album. -Kris' November Staff Pick, 2016

 

 


Jonesey

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Girl Trouble: An Illustrated Memoir Cover Image
By Kerry Cohen, Tyler Cohen (Illustrator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780997068337
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Published: Hawthorne Books - October 11th, 2016

This slim work cuts like a knife. Kerry Cohen offers deeply moving portraits of the girls and women who have been her friends. Her sister, Tyler, is her first friend and also the artist who gives us beautiful images of these women and girls. Kerry is relentless in her storytelling - it is sometimes cringe-inducing. Here is humor, loss, heartbreak, betrayal, confusion and love. Boys are mentioned, and while they were a focus of Cohen's life, it is clear that she, like many of us, was invested in her friendships in a way that is unique and fundamentally life-altering. She shows us what it is to try to be friends in a world where friendship is a useless currency, and it is difficult, but not ever impossible. A magnificent read! -Jonesey's October Staff Pick, 2016


Spike

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Cat Knit Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250051509
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Feiwel & Friends - October 11th, 2016

Just don't think this means I want a sweater.-Spike's October Staff Pick, 2016


Jarek

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Christodora Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780802125286
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Published: Grove Press - August 2nd, 2016

The Christadora is a building in NYC. This book is about the residents of that building. No, it begins with that building but stretches to include the city, the country. No, it's about a family. Not really, it's about the AIDS crisis in the 80's. Nope, not that either. It's about growing up and growing old. Yes, but not just that. It's about race, class and sexuality set against the backdrop of city in the throes of an epidemic. Maybe. Let's just say it's a thick book that will draw you in and make you live in its pages and then miss being there when you're done. Yes, the book has some problems ranging from one character being vegan on one page and eating a turkey burger on the next to the narrator using the word "tranny" to describe someone. (Side note- even if you're reaching for a gritty word to further your narrative and garner street cred, tranny is only OK when describing the transmission your uncle Rex pulled out of a 1984 Buick. Never when describing a person.) Those issues aside, the story is exquisitely told. The pacing is spot on. All but one of the characters are three dimensional and so real you could swear you either know them or are, in fact, them. Read it. -Jay's September Staff Pick, 2016