You are here

Staff Picks

Recommended by: sweet pea
Staff Pick Badge
Gideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250313195
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Tor.com - September 10th, 2019

I would try to sell this book to you, but this epic science-fantasy is about lesbian necromancers, undead swordswomen, and political intrigue, so it sells itself. [sweet pea]


Recommended by: Karen
Staff Pick Badge
The Topeka School: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374277789
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 1st, 2019

Ben Lerner dives deep into what makes a family and what happens when psychology collides with real life. While there is a mysterious narrative thread, the strength of this book is its case study of its subjects. [Karen]


Recommended by: sweet pea
Staff Pick Badge
The Life & Times of Butch Dykes: Portraits of Artists, Leaders, and Dreamers Who Changed the World (Real Heroes) Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781621062288
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Microcosm Publishing - November 12th, 2019

This book has beautiful portraits of many of my favorite historical figures, like Gladys Bentley, Audre Lorde, and Chavela Vargas, but also introduces you to new heroes, like the series of Brazilian singers featured. [sweet pea]


Recommended by: sweet pea
Staff Pick Badge
The Ghost Collector Cover Image
$9.95
ISBN: 9781773212951
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Annick Press - September 10th, 2019

The story of three generations of ghost hunters, helping both animal and human ghosts move on. When the main character, a sixth grader, suffers a personal loss, she views ghosts differently as she fumbles along trying to process her grief. An interesting world in a touching book. [sweet pea]


Recommended by: Raissa
Staff Pick Badge
Get a Life, Chloe Brown: A Novel (The Brown Sisters #1) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062941206
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Avon - November 5th, 2019

Up for a romp? This novel is fun! It has romance and witticisms in spades, and at its center, two characters desperate to grow. An indulgent treat. [Raissa]


Recommended by: Karen
Staff Pick Badge
Think Little: Essays (Counterpoints) Cover Image
$10.00
ISBN: 9781640091733
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Counterpoint LLC - November 5th, 2019

First published in the 1970s, this little book fits perfectly with the modern issues we are facing. This is Berry at his wise and prescient best. We should all start Thinking Little. [Karen]


Recommended by: Karen
Staff Pick Badge
Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks Cover Image
By Jason Reynolds, Alexander Nabaum (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481438285
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - October 8th, 2019

A series of school-aged student vignettes all told around the time of the bell ringing at school. As each student walks home, you see the interconnected web of school, home, and dreams. At times funny and sometimes deeply affecting, this book was a great read. [Karen]


Recommended by: Christina
Staff Pick Badge
Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese's Cover Image
By Tiffany Midge, Geary Hobson (Foreword by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781496215574
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Bison Books - October 1st, 2019

Read. this. book. It is laugh-out-loud funny and is a heartfelt tribute to grandmothers everywhere. For all you lit nerds out there: Midge's sense of rhythm and pacing as a storyteller is impeccable. This book makes an excellent gift (pro tip: buy it for a friend and then borrow it from them in 2020). [Christina]


Recommended by: Christina
Staff Pick Badge
The Factory Cover Image
By Hiroko Oyamada, David Boyd (Translated by)
$13.95
ISBN: 9780811228855
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: New Directions - October 29th, 2019

This tiny book embodies curiosity and quirk! This is the kind of story that makes you lean in, do a double take and then reread the chapter. The Factory is very Kafka-esque, with reality slipping sideways before you even begin to notice. [Christina]


Recommended by: sweet pea
Staff Pick Badge
Cows on Ice and Owls in the Bog: The Weird and Wonderful World of Scandinavian Sayings Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781787134720
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Quadrille Publishing - October 15th, 2019

This time of year, when it's raining cobbler boys, it's nice to be in the middle of the butter's eye with a good book, like this one of weird and wonderful Scandinavian sayings. Put rhubarb on this book and get your copy today. [sweet pea]


Pages