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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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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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Hollywood Park: A Memoir Cover Image


I am the new 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.

Store staff Cliff


See the rest of Cliff's picks here.


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The End of the Day Cover Image


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. 


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Harrow the Ninth (The Locked Tomb Trilogy #2) Cover Image


My name is Devin, and I am a bookseller! I mostly read basic fiction, poetry and young adult fiction. Also every book with a strong female protagonist. 

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The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) Cover Image


Hank is the adorable son of Jim, our receiving manager. His picks are typically about trains, things that make noise, dogs, and social justice.

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Trains Go Cover Image


Read the rest of Jarek's picks here.

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Heavy: An American Memoir Cover Image


Resident graphic novel expert

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I'm a bookseller. 

My favorite things to read are fantasy, true crime, comic books, and history, especially about radical and working class political groups, and just anything weird.


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"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


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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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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French Exit: A Novel Cover Image


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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Bibliostyle: How We Live at Home with Books Cover Image


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


Bookseller and buyer.

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For Joshua: An Ojibwe Father Teaches His Son Cover Image


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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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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The Little Grumpy Cat that Wouldn't (Grumpy Cat) (Little Golden Book) Cover Image


I owned a bookstore in Indiana for 36 years and am happy to be back serving customers. I read mostly character driven fiction.

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The Paris Hours: A Novel Cover Image