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 recent staff favorites. 

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Leave the World Behind: A Novel By Rumaan Alam Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062667649
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Published: Ecco - November 23rd, 2021

Wow.  First, you're reading a satire of an upper middle class Brooklyn family on vacation, then it becomes something else when a couple knocks on the door of their air bnb in the middle of the night, claiming to be the owners, then it becomes something even more disturbing, and you've read all 241 pages without being able to put it down!

Carol


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Norwegian By Night (A Sheldon Horowitz Novel #2) By Derek B. Miller Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780544292666
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Published: Mariner Books - May 6th, 2014

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood By Trevor Noah Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780399588198
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Published: One World - February 12th, 2019

This Tender Land: A Novel By William Kent Krueger Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781476749303
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Published: Atria Books - May 26th, 2020

Virgil Wander By Leif Enger Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802147127
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Published: Grove Press - August 20th, 2019

The Library Book By Susan Orlean Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781476740195
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 1st, 2019

The Great Believers: A Novel By Rebecca Makkai Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780735223530
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Published: Penguin Books - June 4th, 2019

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Once Upon a River: A Novel By Diane Setterfield Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780743298087
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Published: Atria/Emily Bestler Books - July 2nd, 2019

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Little Faith: A Novel By Nickolas Butler Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062469724
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Published: Ecco - October 29th, 2019

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The Genius of Birds By Jennifer Ackerman Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780399563126
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Published: Penguin Books - April 11th, 2017

A good resource to keep next to your binoculars and learn about the behaviors of birds.  Did you know a chickadee can stash thousands of seeds and remember where it stashed them?!

Kathy


The River: A novel (Vintage Contemporaries) By Peter Heller Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525563532
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Published: Vintage - March 3rd, 2020

The Night Watchman: A Novel By Louise Erdrich Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780062671196
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Published: Harper Perennial - March 23rd, 2021

Nothing to See Here By Kevin Wilson Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062913494
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Published: Ecco - September 1st, 2020

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Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI By David Grann Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307742483
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Published: Vintage - April 3rd, 2018

Another horrifying chapter in the treatment of Native Americans, about which I had never heard. Engaging and constructed as a good mystery.

Carol


The Lager Queen of Minnesota: A Novel By J. Ryan Stradal Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780399563065
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Published: Penguin Books - June 23rd, 2020

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The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill (Tales from Ivy Hill #1) By Julie Klassen Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780764218132
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Published: Bethany House Publishers - December 6th, 2016

This is the first of a trilogy that transports the reader to the time of horses & carriages and to the lives of women making their way in an unwelcoming business world.  You'll hate to say goodbye to the well-developed characters.

Cindy


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Women Talking: (Movie Tie-in) By Miriam Toews Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781635574340
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - March 3rd, 2020

Because of the troubling story on which this novel is based, I probably wouldn't have read it if someone hadn't put it in my hands.  What a powerful and beautiful read.

Carol & Eva


The Dutch House: A Novel By Ann Patchett Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780062963680
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Published: Harper Perennial - January 5th, 2021

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Ayesha at Last By Uzma Jalaluddin Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781984802798
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Published: Berkley - June 4th, 2019

A fun take on Pride & Prejudice, set in the Muslim community in Toronto.

Carol


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The Half-Drowned King: A Novel (The Golden Wolf Saga #1) By Linnea Hartsuyker Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062563705
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - June 26th, 2018

If you're interested in the Vikings and just want a good story, this is the series for you.  Half-Drowned King is the first book in the Goden Wolf Saga.

-Heidi


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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind By Yuval Noah Harari Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780062316110
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 15th, 2018

Absolutely fascinating.  And puts our time on earth in perspective.

Carol


Writers & Lovers By Lily King Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802148544
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Published: Grove Press - February 16th, 2021

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Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss By Margaret Renkl Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781571313836
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Published: Milkweed Editions - March 30th, 2021

Beautiful writing...you'll find yourself wanting to share little nuggets with others.

Carol


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The Book of Longings: A Novel By Sue Monk Kidd Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143111399
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Published: Penguin Books - March 23rd, 2021

I have so much going through my mind after finishing this book!  The author imagines Jesus' life and gives voice to women during that time through Ana, the wife of Jesus.

Kathy


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Dance Away with Me By Susan Elizabeth Phillips Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062973078
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Published: Avon - January 26th, 2021

This book made me laugh and cry--and want to throw it!  So many feelings in one book.

-Heidi


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All My Puny Sorrows By Miriam Toews Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781635574975
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - October 15th, 2019

Miriam Toews is a brilliant writer.  She can take a difficult subject and write with humor and love.  I was sad to finish it.

-Carol


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Dairylandia: Dispatches from a State of Mind By Steve Hannah Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780299324506
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Published: University of Wisconsin Press - October 15th, 2019

A new pick from Kathy


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Daisy Jones & The Six: A Novel By Taylor Jenkins Reid Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781524798642
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 4th, 2020

Love, love, love this novel, featuring a 1970's rock 'n' roll band--written in a fascinating interview style!

Denise


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Migrations: A Novel By Charlotte McConaghy Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250204035
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Published: Flatiron Books - July 6th, 2021

Migrations is an entrancing, yet unsettling novel.  Set in a near future of climate change and mass species extinction, Franny decides to follow the last migration of the Arctic Tern.  I found myself wondering if we have waited too long to do anything to stop what may be inevitable.

Carol


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City of Girls: A Novel By Elizabeth Gilbert Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781594634741
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 7th, 2020

A 1940s story of adventure and glamour of life behind the scenes of show girls and theater in NYC.

Denise