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!
Teresa’s Pick: The Intimacy Experiment, by Rosie Danan
Naomi Grant wants to reach more people with her sex positive lectures so when local rabbi Ethan Cohen contacts her to do a lecture series at his synagogue Naomi agrees reluctantly. With Ethan’s job and synagogue on the line will Naomi be able to return to her roots without judgment? Danan sophomore novel is just as good, if not better, than her first.. steamy, sexy and heartfelt!
Danny’s Pick: The Essential June Jordan, from Copper Canyon Press
This book curates and sequences the poet’s most vital works such that her poems feel altogether new. For both readers new to Jordan and long-time admirers of her canon, The Essential June Jordan is a must-read. Poems grounded in the cultural and political context of her time—ones that speak to gender, policing, Palestine—are proved evergreen, as incisive and affecting in this moment as they were in her own.
Elliot’s Pick: One Last Stop, by Casey McQuiston
Just in time for Pride, Casey McQuiston brings us her first new book following the success of her runaway hit, Red, White and Royal Blue. Two women from two different times collide in this sweet and heartfelt love story. One Last Stop is the delightful romantic comedy your heart needs this summer.
Nicole’s Pick: The Kingdoms, by Natasha Pulley
Elegiac, liminal, fragile, aching. This book hurts but in such a good way. A spooling, non-linear narrative, that should be tangled and unparseable, but is instead clever and slowly unwinding until you understand the heart. Characters who are brittle and fragile as glass, complex and unthinkingly brave. Time travel with consequences, messy and completely probable alternate history, a slow-burn of a romance that is absolutely devastating and somehow perfect.
Revati’s Pick: Perfectly Parvin, by Olivia Abtahi
This book is the perfect teen rom-com with one of my new favorite characters! Parvin is a delight and very relatable (watch out anyone that messes with one of MY friends)! I can’t believe this Olivia Abtahi’s debut novel. It’s sooo fun! Fans of the show ’Never Have I Ever’ will love this!
P.S. I don’t care that I’ve only used exclamation marks, this book deserves them all!
Julie’s Pick: Battles in the Desert, by José Emilio Pacheco
A tale of family and love set in 1948 in Mexico City. A very slim novella well worth the time, a portrayal of the city told through the charmed view of a young boy in love.
Susie’s Pick: Unfinished Business, by J. A. Jance
This is the latest entry in the Ail Reynolds series. This is the perfect feel good story for current fans and fans-to-be. All the familiar characters, working hard to solve mysteries and keep each other safe. I love the series. J A Jance writes tight mysteries with lots of suspense, surprises, and tension while still keeping the reader inserted and engaged with the characters. Not all sweetness and light. Life holds problems that have no good solutions, but we and the character carry on.
Kelvin’s Pick: Convenience Store Woman, by Sayaka Murata
Comparisons to novels by Murakami are probably inevitable. This novel, too, has a severely limited range of settings, at least one of which is atypical (most of the action takes place inside a convenience store). The main character sees herself as normal, and therefore feels slightly perplexed by the rest of the world. Yet the reader can never quite be sure; the ground of the novel shifts as the character reveals more of herself. Like Murakami, Murata is an accomplished novelist with a huge following in Japan; this is her first novel to be translated into English.
Tara’s Pick: Malibu Rising, by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Honestly I haven’t read this yet, but I love and will recommend anything by Reid. Her stories are intricate and heart felt and she is the only author who has made me cry while reading her work.
Logan’s Pick: Four Lost Cities, by Annalee Newitz
I’ve been on a history kick lately, so it was great to come across this thorough yet accessible tome by Annalee Newitz. Science journalist / sci-fi writer Newitz dives deep into four urban civilizations spanning thousands of years to uncover why and how these cities became abandoned. They also criticize speculative writers like Jared Diamond for over-simplifying human behavior when examining societal “collapse”. Super interesting stuff!
The Chosen and the Beautiful, by Nghi Vo
Wonderful wonderful Gatsby reimagining. Jordan Baker is adopted and Vietnamese. Everyone is queer. Perfect for readers who “don’t do a lot of fantasy” too. Think the Morgenstern and Pulley fans, etc.
Wave, Listen to Me, Volume 1, by Hiroaki Samura
Slice of life “romance” manga. It’s really a dark comedy slice of life about broadcast radio, with a hilariously terrible heroine. Romantic missteps, drunken rants, 3 am radio slots – it really is laugh out loud funny. The art is gorgeous and should appeal all graphic novel readers, not only manga readers.