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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!

Recent Picks
Store staff Alyssa

Alyssa


I'm a bookseller both in-store and at events.  I enjoy reading essay collections, science/medicine related books, literary fiction, and YA fantasy for fun.

 

 

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Red Clocks: A Novel Cover Image

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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What My Mother and I Don't Talk About: Fifteen Writers Break the Silence Cover Image

Bailey

I'm a bookseller, poet, caregiver, cat-person, dog-person, and unashamed therapeutic crier. My favorite books are ones that give me nightmares, make me weep, and/or make me laugh out loud. Usually all three? Poetry is my main jam, but I have a love for psychological thrillers and short story collections. My pronouns are they / them.

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Store staff Cliff

Cliff

See the rest of Cliff's picks here.

 

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The End of the Day Cover Image

Drew

I appreciate both elucidating fiction and non-fiction. I am not nearly as interesting as my colleagues.

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Locked In: The True Causes of Mass Incarceration-and How to Achieve Real Reform Cover Image

Hank

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

Jackie

If you catch her on a certain day, Jackie might say her favorite book is The Last Unicorn. She’s a Gemini and a Slytherin, and her life’s quest is to secure all the books and secure the grand library. She lives with an evil cat named Thorn, and she loves sleeping and writing poems and singing while washing the dishes.

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Wildwood Dancing (Wildwood Dancing Series #1) Cover Image

Jarek

Read the rest of Jarek's picks here.

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Heavy: An American Memoir Cover Image

Jim

Resident graphic novel expert

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Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia Cover Image

John

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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How to Give Up Plastic: A Guide to Changing the World, One Plastic Bottle at a Time 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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Heavy: An American Memoir Cover Image

Mark

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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A Study in Honor: A Novel (The Janet Watson Chronicles) Cover Image

Phoebe

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

 

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Yes, You Are Trans Enough: My Transition from Self-Loathing to Self-Love Cover Image

randy

Bookseller and buyer.

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The Nickel Boys: A Novel Cover Image

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

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Searching for Sylvie Lee: A Novel Cover Image

Shualee

Shualee's Most Anticipated Plays 2017

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Lost and Wanted: A novel Cover Image

Spike

 

 

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

Terry

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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A Tale for the Time Being: A Novel Cover Image