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Staff Picks

Amanda

I am the store's general manager and I love to read mystery/thrillers, true crime, memoirs, as well as feminist and social justice non-fiction books. I usually always have at least three books going at any given time -- one on my nightstand, an audiobook, and a library book. I definitely tend to pick up titles that strike my current mood. I'm also the proud mom of three cats, Mr. Oscar Wilde, Fitzgerald, and Maya. I love chai tea lattes and listening to live music. My fiance and I love to travel; one of my goals when traveling is to visit at least one library or bookstore in the town we're visiting. I prefer mountains over the beach. 

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    His & Hers: A Novel Cover Image
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    Red, White & Royal Blue: A Novel Cover Image
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    Home Before Dark: A Novel Cover Image
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    Craigslist Confessional: A Collection of Secrets from Anonymous Strangers Cover Image
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    Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations Cover Image

Amber

I am the Marketing & Publicity Manager here at Left Bank. Coming from the nonprofit and racial justice world, I read a ton of nonfiction about race--justice, intergroup relations, implicit bias, race and social issues, etc. In nonfiction, I also get interested in women's issues and religion/theology.

Cliff

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    My Own Devices: True Stories from the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love Cover Image
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    Simple Cake: All You Need to Keep Your Friends and Family in Cake [A Baking Book] Cover Image
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Danielle

Very fond of trying to read twenty-five books at a time. Will read anything, but especially fantasy and/or sci-fi. Recently obsessed with foul-mouthed graphic novels. Check out Danielle's anti-racist reading list here.

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    In the Dream House: A Memoir Cover Image
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    88 Names: A Novel Cover Image
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    This Is How You Lose the Time War Cover Image
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    Something to Talk About Cover Image
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Jarek

What do you think your job is at Left Bank Books? staff handyman and bookkeeper at your service

If you had a Super Power, what would it be? Invisibility (But I think I already have that superpower)

What's your sign?  

What sound do you love? Wind through pine needles

 

Read the rest of Jarek's picks here.

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    Heavy: An American Memoir Cover Image
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Jim

Resident graphic novel expert

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    God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State Cover Image
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    Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces Cover Image
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    Lost St. Louis Riverfront 1930 - 1943 Cover Image
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    The Twilight Man: Rod Serling and the Birth of Television Cover Image

Kris

"The scandalous truth about me is that I am an unruly reader. I don't keep a methodical list, I often have more than one copy of the same book in piles I forget about, and I read somewhat randomly, and can be motivated by a book cover or how it smells alone.  I gravitate towards books by or about disenfranchised folk everywhere:  literary fiction that takes me somewhere I could never otherwise go, literary nonfiction--memoir and essays especially-- noir and thinking person's mysteries, poetry, and the occasional straight-up book of history.  But my first requirement is almost always good writing." 

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    The Leavers (National Book Award Finalist): A Novel Cover Image
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    The Paris Hours: A Novel Cover Image
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    Ask Again, Yes: A Novel Cover Image
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    The Dutch House: A Novel Cover Image

Mark T

I'm a bookseller, consignment reviewer, and I run the SF reading group. Science fiction, obviously, not so much fantasy, mystery, science, history, and occasionally philosophy. I'm also a photographer, so I appreciate good visuals.

 

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    The Raven Tower Cover Image
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    A Study in Honor: A Novel (The Janet Watson Chronicles) Cover Image
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    This America: The Case for the Nation Cover Image
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    Record of a Spaceborn Few (Wayfarers #3) Cover Image
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Mark the II

I'm a bookseller and I facilitate the Read the Resistance book group. I tend to read all over the place -- contemporary fiction, hard-boiled mystery, picture books -- but my favorites are always the ones that make me laugh.

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    The Topeka School: A Novel Cover Image
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    The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming Cover Image
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Meghara

I'm a bookseller and a sidelines buyer. I real all kinds of things, but I gravitate toward sci-fi, victorian novels, and essay collections.   

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    My Dark Vanessa: A Novel Cover Image
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Phoebe

Phoebe's picks by genre: YA Fiction, Sci-Fi, Graphic Novels   Phoebe's Favorite 5 Reads in 2018

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    The Deep & Dark Blue Cover Image
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    Love by Sophia (The Sophia Books) Cover Image
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    The Derby Daredevils: Kenzie Kickstarts a Team: (The Derby Daredevils Book #1) Cover Image
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Randy

Bookseller and buyer.

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    For Joshua: An Ojibwe Father Teaches His Son Cover Image
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    Kaufman Field Guide to Birds of North America (Kaufman Field Guides) Cover Image
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    The Glass Hotel: A novel Cover Image
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Sarah

I'm the store's Children's and Teen Specialist.  I mostly read anything in those sections (especially YA and picture books), plus plays, graphic novels, nonfiction about social justice issues, and weird avant-garde adult literary fiction that gets remaindered as soon as I recommend it.

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    The Other, Better Me Cover Image
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    Dear Haiti, Love Alaine Cover Image

Shane

I love to read fiction of almost all varieties but lean more towards mystery and epic historical fiction (really anything with a good story that might make me cry or laugh). I also read narrative non-fiction like memoir with a social justice theme, micro-histories, and true crime. I will pick up any book that strikes me at the moment. 

 

I am the author wrangler (event host), assistant cat wrangler, book whisperer, reading group coordinator, and Friend's program coordinator among other things.

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    God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State Cover Image
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    Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces Cover Image
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    Lost St. Louis Riverfront 1930 - 1943 Cover Image
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    The Twilight Man: Rod Serling and the Birth of Television Cover Image