What We’re Reading: Holiday Wild Cards!

Hello readers!

Every year, each staff member picks three titles from the Holiday Gift Guide to be their recommended books of the season. This year we’ve added in two bonus, wildcard picks–we’ve each picked two titles that are not in the catalog that we think would make great gifts for you! We’ll be featuring them alongside the Gift Guide spotlights on Facebook and here, and they’ll join everything in the Gift Guide in being 15% off through the holidays! We’ll be posting all of our picks here over the course of the next few weeks, so keep an eye on the blog for the full spectrum of picks starting today!

Shade, by Pete Souza


I always love it when I’m visiting someone and they have books to look through.  Shade does a great job of mixing interesting pictures with a little commentary.  Souza throws shade in a way that will make anyone take a moment to pause and reflect upon what it takes to lead a country.

~ Revati

Art & Arcana: A Visual History


Attention tabletop roleplaying fans and fantasy buffs of the past and present: the artbook of your dreams has arrived! Chronicling the art and storytelling of Dungeons & Dragons for the past 40 years this tome has it all. This book is absolutely stuffed with side by side comparisons of how the art has evolved, sneak peeks behind the scenes, a comprehensive history, and countless pieces of trivia and memorabilia. Whether you’re a long time gamer, or new to the hobby, this book is sure to enchant.

~ Elliot

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, by Hank Green


Have you been feeling some hesitation about buying Hank Green’s new book? Well, let me attempt to ease some of that hesitation. It is an absolutely remarkable book (see what I did there?). Okay, I don’t want to go giving you too many expectations, but for real, this book is good. It was funny and insightful and thought-provoking and came complete with mystery, adventure, and a freaking cliffhanger! If you were already a fan of Hank Green, this book will be everything you expected from a Hank Green book. Maybe even more. DFTBA!


Estranged, by Ethan M. Aldridge


I’ve talked about Estranged before, but I can’t stop! It’s my favorite graphic novel that I’ve ever read–the art is stunning and the story is beautiful. The art style and the characters compliment each other so perfectly, and I can’t imagine the story being told without the ethereal watercolors Aldridge has perfected. It’s a gorgeous tale about family and finding yourself and learning how to be family. And there’s a dragon. What more could you ask for?


Unsheltered, by Barbara Kingsolver


This is the author who showed us characters who wanted to support the environment, to eat locally, to explore other lands and people with the best of intentions and the worst results, and women who just wanted to be the best human they could manage.  It has been a great trip, reading these last decades with Barbara Kingsolver.  Now she attacks the problems so many of us face, shelter and retirement and family.  She balances two eras tied by the house that the different characters occupy.  Her contemporary character faces old age with no job, no retirement, and kids and grandkids moving home.  Once again it is a great trip.  This book will be welcomed as a gift for all our readers.


(And this one isn’t a wildcard pick, but it warrants a mention in your holiday planning as it made it to the Man Booker Award short-list and is by a really lovely author!)

Everything Under, by Daisy Johnson


Everything Under, Daisy Johnson’s chilling debut novel, is a gender-fluid retelling of a classic myth. I’ll leave it to you to figure out which one. Surreal & deeply felt, this book is a dreamlike exploration of identity and motherhood, and should be read in one or two sittings to fully appreciate it’s emotional complexities.


You can grab any of these online by clicking on the titles above, or call the store to reserve copies! They’ll all be 15% off (except for Everything Under) if you get one per visit!

Happy reading!

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