Staff Picks

We take great joy in picking out what we hope is an appealing selection of books.  And we love making recommendations to customers.  If only we had time to read them all!

Here are some of our current staff favorites.  We've picked our top 25 reads of the past year to celebrate our 25th anniversary!

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Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812985405
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - February 6th, 2018

Our of our top reads--we've never read anything quite like it.  Lincoln visits the crypt of his son Willie, while the ghosts converse.

Carol & Eva


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Exit West: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780735212206
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 27th, 2018

A spare book that is packed with ideas.  An important read for our times.  It is about refugees and what might make them leave their homeland and about how they make a new life.  It is also about how a relationship evolves through such momentous changes.

Carol


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Educated: A Memoir Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399590504
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Published: Random House - February 20th, 2018

A fascinating glimpse into a survivalist family.  One member wants something else for herself and risks being shunned by her family to get it.

Heidi


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There There: A novel Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780525520375
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Published: Knopf - June 5th, 2018

A powerful debut novel about urban Native Americans living in Oakland, California.

Carol & Kathy


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A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780670026197
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Published: Viking - September 6th, 2016

After the Russian revolution, Count Rostov is sentenced to life in the Hotel Metropol.  I was fascinated by the life he makes for himslf and how he grows emotionally, as the decades go by in Russia outside the hotel.

Carol


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The Great Alone: A Novel Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780312577230
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Published: St. Martin's Press - February 6th, 2018

A father damaged by the Vietnam War moves his family to a small town in Alaska in an attempt to start a new life.

Carol


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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780735220690
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Published: Penguin Books - June 5th, 2018

Sad but incredibly funny.  Another psychological thriller where the main character makes you laugh out loud, even when you should be crying.

Eva


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The Italian Party: A Novel Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250147837
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Published: St. Martin's Press - March 20th, 2018

What appears at first to be a fizzy book about newlyweds in 1950's Italy turns out to be full of secrets and Cold War intrigue.

Carol


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The Almost Sisters: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062105721
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - May 29th, 2018

This may be my favorite of Jackson's books.  There is always an unexpected twist in her books, and I am hooked.

Kathy


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The Woman in the Window: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062678416
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Published: William Morrow - January 2nd, 2018

As in Hitchcock's Rear Window, the woman of the title is unable to venture outside.  You will be quickly turning pages to unfold the events ouside her window in this intense thriller.

Denise


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The Dying Game: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143131793
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Published: Penguin Books - August 1st, 2017

A closed-room mystery that takes place in the nar future.  Fun, creepy, and well written (and translated).

Eva


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The Bear and the Nightingale: A Novel (Winternight Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101885956
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Published: Del Rey - June 27th, 2017

The Bear and the Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower are the first two books of the Winternight Trilogy.  An enchanting story set in Russia in the middle ages.  It is full of magic, Russian folklore, and the shift from pagan beliefs to Christianity.  It also features a marvelous, strong heroine in Vaslisa.

Carol & Heidi


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Norse Mythology Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393356182
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 6th, 2018

Odin, Thor, Loke, and the rest of the Norse pantheon of gods and goddesses interact with each other in these stories that range from humorous to thoughtful to gruesome.

Heidi


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Little Fires Everywhere Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780735224292
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Published: Penguin Press - September 12th, 2017

A suburban mother believes she has the perfect family, when a free-spirited single mom and her daugher enter their lives.  Brilliant writing in this highly acclaimed novel.

Carol


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Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594634727
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 27th, 2016

An honest read about the creative process from Elizabeth Gilbert--it changed my life!

Denise


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A Small Death in the Great Glen: A Novel (The Highland Gazette Mystery Series #1) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781439154939
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Published: Atria Books - August 3rd, 2010

My new favorite mystery series, set at a weekly paper in 1950's Scotland.  A great setting and excellent character development.

Carol


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The Death of Mrs. Westaway Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781501156212
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - May 29th, 2018

A suspenseful thriller complete with tarot cards, family drama, and a murder mystery.  I think it's her best yet.

Denise


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South Pole Station: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250112811
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Published: Picador - July 3rd, 2018

A fun "beach" read set at the South Pole.

Carol


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The Bookshop on the Corner: A Novel Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062467256
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - September 20th, 2016

Nina changes her life when she buys a mobile bookstore in rural Scotland.  A fun read that brightened my day.

Heidi


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A Sister in My House: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143131694
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Published: Penguin Books - April 17th, 2018

Two sisters spend time together after Emma accepts an invitation made years ago by Maria--an invitation Maria thought her sister would never accept.  From the author of Astrid & Veronika.

Kathy


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Beowulf: A New Verse Translation Cover Image
By Seamus Heaney (Editor)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393320978
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 17th, 2001

The original adventure story!

Heidi


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All Our Wrong Todays: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101985151
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Published: Dutton - February 20th, 2018

A funny, mind-bending time travel story.  It is also a romance and a story about choices we make in life.

Carol


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Glass Houses: A Novel (Chief Inspector Gamache Novel #13) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250066299
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Published: Minotaur Books - May 1st, 2018

The newest Armande Gamache from Louise Penny may be one of her best.

Carol


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Britt-Marie Was Here: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781501142543
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Published: Washington Square Press - February 7th, 2017

Quirky Britt-Marie moves to a new town after leaving her husband.  She is initially hard to like, but eventually weaves her way into the hearts of the youth.

Kathy


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Vampires in the Lemon Grove: And Other Stories (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307947475
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Published: Vintage - January 14th, 2014

An imaginative, quirky, and sometimes dark collection of short stories--they kept me reading!

Denise