Staff Picks Hall of Fame

We've been doing staff picks lists for our customers for years.  Rather than including all of them here, we've created a "hall of fame" instead.  These are the books that we have most loved recommending over the years, the books that our customers let us know they love, too ("what else is like Shantaram?"), and the books we keep coming back to and are so excited to tell you about when we learn you haven't yet read them.
Shantaram: A Novel Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780312330538
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - October 1st, 2005

"It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, while I was chained to a wall and being tortured."


The Shadow of the Wind Cover Image
By Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Lucia Graves (Translated by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143034902
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Published: Penguin Books - January 25th, 2005

"Gabriel García Márquez meets Umberto Eco meets Jorge Luis Borges for a sprawling magic show."—The New York Times Book Review

"One gorgeous read." —Stephen King

A New York Times Bestseller


Gods in Alabama Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780446694537
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - June 13th, 2006

For 10 years Arlene has kept her promises, and God has kept His end of the bargain. Until now. When an old schoolmate from Possett turns up at Arlene's door in Chicago asking questions about Jim Beverly, former quarterback and god of Possett High, Arlene's break with her former hometown is forced to an end.


Peace Like a River Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802139252
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - August 7th, 2002

Leif Enger's debut novel, Peace Like A River, was launched to critical acclaim in 2001 and went on to sell over one million copies. Now a perennial, best-selling American classic, it is at once a heroic quest, a tragedy, and a love story, in which "there is magic... none more potent that Leif Enger's prose" (Newsday).


Pope Joan: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307452368
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Published: Crown - June 9th, 2009

Pope Joan has all the elements one wants in a historical drama—love, sex, violence, duplicity, and long-buried secrets. Cross has written an engaging book.”—Los Angeles Times Book Review


Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780142001431
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Published: Penguin Books - April 30th, 2002

“Plague stories remind us that we cannot manage without community . . . Year of Wonders is a testament to that very notion.” – The Washington Post


Water for Elephants: A Novel Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781565125605
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Published: Algonquin Books - May 1st, 2007

Over 10,000,000 copies in print worldwide
#1 New York Times Bestseller
A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
A Wall Street Journal Bestseller
A Newsday Favorite Book of 2006
A USA Today Bestseller
A Major Motion Picture starring Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson, and Christoph Waltz

 
Jacob Janowski’


Astrid and Veronika Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143038078
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Published: Penguin Books - February 6th, 2007

We also love Sonata for Miriam by the same author.


Ahab's Wife: Or, The Star-gazer: A Novel Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780060838744
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - August 2nd, 2005

From the opening line—"Captain Ahab was neither my first husband nor my last"—you will know that you are in the hands of a master storyteller and in the company of a fascinating woman hero. Inspired by a brief passage in Moby-Dick, Sena Jeter Naslund has created an enthralling and compellingly readable saga, spanning a rich, eventful, and dramatic life.


The Power of One: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780345410054
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Published: Ballantine Books - September 29th, 1996

“The Power of One has everything: suspense, the exotic, violence; mysticism, psychology and magic; schoolboy adventures, drama.”
–The New York Times

“Unabashedly uplifting . . . asserts forcefully what all of us would like to believe: that the individual, armed with the spirit of independence–‘the power of one’–can prevail.”


Population: 485 Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780061363504
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 25th, 2015

“Part portrait of a place, part rescue manual, part rumination of life and death, Population: 485 is a beautiful meditation on the things that matter.”  — Seattle Times


Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307279187
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Published: Vintage - March 29th, 2011

The astonishing national bestseller and hugely entertaining story that completely changed the way we run.

An epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt?
 


The Book Thief Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780375842207
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 11th, 2007

The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller about the ability of books to feed the soul even in the darkest of times.
 
Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.

When Death has a story to tell, you listen.


The Housekeeper and the Professor: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780312427801
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Published: Picador - February 3rd, 2009

Yoko Ogawa's The Housekeeper and the Professor is an enchanting story about what it means to live in the present, and about the curious equations that can create a family.

He is a brilliant math Professor with a peculiar problem—ever since a traumatic head injury, he has lived with only eighty minutes of short-term memory.


Open Season Cover Image
$7.99
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ISBN: 9780425185469
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - May 7th, 2002

And the entire Joe Pickett series.


The Sparrow: A Novel (The Sparrow Series #1) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780449912553
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Published: Ballantine Books - September 8th, 1997

A visionary work that combines speculative fiction with deep philosophical inquiry, The Sparrow tells the story of a charismatic Jesuit priest and linguist, Emilio Sandoz, who leads a scientific mission entrusted with a profound task: to make first contact with intelligent extraterrestrial life.


Amagansett Cover Image
$16.00
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ISBN: 9780425205808
Published: Berkley - May 3rd, 2005

In the small town of Amagansett, perched on Long Island's windswept coast, generations have followed the same calling as their forefathers, fishing the dangerous Atlantic waters. Little has changed in the three centuries since white settlers drove the Montaukett Indians from the land.


Mudbound Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781565126770
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Published: Algonquin Books - March 17th, 2009

The International Bestseller

Now a major motion picture from Netflix, directed by Dee Rees, nominated in four categories for the Academy Awards.


In Jordan's prize-winning debut, prejudice takes many forms, both subtle and brutal.


Bel Canto Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060838720
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 2nd, 2005

And I just finished her newest, The State of Wonder, and loved it.


The Memory Keeper's Daughter: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143037149
Availability: Backordered
Published: Penguin Books - May 30th, 2006

A #1 New York Times bestseller by Kim Edwards, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter is a brilliantly crafted novel of parallel lives, familial secrets, and the redemptive power of love


Boundary Waters Cover Image
$7.99
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ISBN: 9780671016999
Published: Pocket Star - July 1st, 2000

And the rest of the Cork O'Connor series by William Kent Krueger.


The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060786502
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - July 5th, 2005

“A powerful new epic . . . [Kingsolver] has with infinitely steady hands worked the prickly threads of religion, politics, race, sin and redemption into a thing of terrible beauty.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review


Forever: A Novel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316735698
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Published: Back Bay Books - November 3rd, 2003

This widely acclaimed bestseller is the magical, epic tale of an extraordinary man who arrives in New York in 1740 and remains . . . forever.


The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780385341004
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - May 5th, 2009

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NOW A NETFLIX FILM • A remarkable tale of the island of Guernsey during the German Occupation, and of a society as extraordinary as its name.

“Treat yourself to this book, please—I can’t recommend it highly enough.”—Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love


Crossing to Safety (Modern Library Classics) Cover Image
By Wallace Stegner, Terry Tempest Williams (Introduction by), T.H. Watkins (Afterword by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780375759314
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Published: Modern Library - April 9th, 2002

Introduction by Terry Tempest Williams
Afterword by T. H. Watkins
 


Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780743246989
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 12th, 2003

The story of three generations in twentieth-century China that blends the intimacy of memoir and the panoramic sweep of eyewitness history—a bestselling classic in thirty languages with more than ten million copies sold around the world, now with a new introduction from the author.

An engrossing record of Mao’s impact on China, an unusual window on the female experience i