May Staff Picks!

Hello readers!

Since we know how much you all love staff picks, we have decided to feature our monthly picks in a more accessible way for those of you shopping from home! You might remember this display from the very front of the store, the shelves greeting you as you walk in the door–but if you’re staying safe and home and missing the monthly favorite book recommendations from the staff, here we are! Bringing them to you!

Nicole’s Pick: The Unbroken, by C.L. Clark
A brand new epic fantasy from a debut author, and boy does it have teeth. I have been reading this book slowly, savoring it, for it is delicious. Digging into colonization, race, assimilation, cultural erasure, rebellion, magic, the nature of ruling… this fantasy is decidedly queer, decidedly PoC, and decidedly rooted in a new era of the genre. CL Clark is going to be huge. Get hyped now.

Revati’s Pick: Hana Khan Carries On, by Uzma Jalaluddin
Another delightful book with a beautiful cover by Uzma Jalaluddin! Full of secrets, romance and genuine characters, this book is a fantastic read. Uzma does a great job of balancing the real world challenges of her characters with the lovely tension of a good romance.

Danny’s Pick: Be Holding, by Ross Gay
This book-length poem is one of the most moving things I’ve read this year. It’s occasioned by Julius Irving—a prolific basketball player of the 70’s and 80’s—and a frame-by-frame examination of one moment on the court. At its center, however, is an ever-expanding picture of the poet’s own relationship to art, culture, family, and himself. From its opening stanza to the volume of thank-yous with which it closes, BE HOLDING’s momentum will leave you rooted to the spot.

Allison’s Pick: Black Water Sister, by Zen Cho
Y’all know I love Zen Cho and this is her getting away from historical fantasy and into contemporary fantasy – more in line with her prolific short story career. (Small Beer Press are also publishing her short story collection SPIRITS ABROAD in the U.S. for the first time in August! I remember when I had to order it from Malaysia…)  Ghosts, gods, and possession-by-grandmother – it does have a healthy dollop of Zen’s signature dry humor. Great for urban/supernatural fantasy readers (Patricia Briggs, Seanan McGuire, etc).

Logan’s Pick: Crying in H Mart, by Michelle Zauner
I’ve been a fan of Zauner’s band Japanese Breakfast for a while, so I knew I was going to check this out when I had the time. What I didn’t know was that Zauner is an exceptional writer, and that her memoir is an extremely moving retelling of her mother’s battle with cancer, and a thoughtful examination of her upbringing as an Asian American in the 90’s. Highly recommend, music fan or not.

Elliot’s Pick: The Album of Dr. Moreau, by Daryl Gregory
This little novella, about a boy band of animal human hybrids, blends the formulaic and the bizarre to maximum effect. It’s a by the numbers detective story, and it tells you so at the start, but the ride is far from ordinary. This is a well constructed little bundle of words wherein Gregory is playing with tropes, and classics, and making them new again. Come for the bizarre conceit and stay for the thoroughly enjoyable writing.

Teresa’s Pick: How To Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, by Kiese Laymon
This book was deep, honest, insightful and brutal (took me about 2 months to read all the essays). Laymon explores everything from OutKast, racism and his childhood in Mississippi and I was riveted with every word.

Tara’s Pick: The Push, by Ashley Audrain
A literary thriller that explores the complexities of motherhood and what it is like to have a child with whom you don’t connect or love. It kept me guessing until the very last sentence.

Kelvin’s Pick: Fierce Poise: Helen Frankenthaler and 1950’s New York, by Alexander Nemerov
Lots of famous names are associated with the abstract expressionist movement in the 1950’s New York art world–most of them men. Nemerov examines the life and work of Frankenthaler to make the convincing case that she, too, deserves a place on that list. An appreciative and affectionate biography of a significant but often overlooked figure in the art world and the milieu in which she lived and worked.

Julie’s Pick: Humans, by Brandon Stanton
A wonderful collection of photographs of and stories from individuals across the world interspersed with the authors reflections on his travels and process. I feel like it’s a perfect book to have at a time when we don’t have as many intimate connections, especially because most social media doesn’t usually allow us to identify easily with others.

Remember, all of these books are available online by clicking their titles above! Curbside pick up and home delivery are both available!
Happy reading!

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