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: A Master of Djinn, by P. Djeli Clark
At only two chapters in, I had already declared this book one of my favorites of 2021. The rest of it does not disappoint. Alternate history, magic and mystery, an interesting delivery of commentary on stories and how they shape us, A Master of Djinn is smart, beautiful, tireless, and so clever. With characters so real you can see them stepping off the page, a setting that’s as harsh and magical as the desert air, and Clark’s signature flair for style and syntax, this book is not to be missed.
Revati’s Pick: The Twisted Ones, by T. Kingfisher
Want a book that is full of creepiness but still makes you laugh? This is it! Mouse is clearing out her grandmother’s house and discovers more secrets than she could think of. The unimpossib;le terrors she faces will leave you with chills.
Julie’s Pick: The Bird Way, by Jennifer Ackerman
Allison’s Pick: Star Eater, by Kerstin Hall
This is the cannibal nun book I’ve been yelling about since last year. It’s not quite THAT aggressive about it, but the priestesses DO partake of ritual cannibalism. They also breed giant cats for transportation and farm work. Good for fans of Le Guin-style cusp sci-fi/fantasy, and there’s a really messed up romantic subplot for anyone into that.
Teresa’s Pick: It Happened One Summer, by Tessa Bailey
Piper is at the top of the game of being an Instagram influencer; until she pulls a stunt that has her very rich, well connected stepfather so angered he cuts her off financially. When Piper (and her sister) return to the town they were born (the town of their late father) they don’t know what to expect. When Piper and Brendan (a quiet, stoic captain of a fishing crew) meet they do NOT get along…but as time goes on both Brendan & Piper will see sides of one another that will bring them together.
Tara’s Pick: Mary Jane, by Jessica Anya Blau
This follows Mary Jane–a 14 year old growing up during the 70s in Baltimore. She accepts a summer nanny position for a family vastly different from her own. A few weeks into the summer job, a well known movie star and her rock star husband move in with the family that Mary Jane is nannying for. They promptly start to show Mary Jane what it means to live a carefree life. For fans of Daisy Jones and the Six, this book is a perfect summer read.
Danny’s Pick: White Campion, by Donald Revell
Some fifteen books into his canon, Donald Revell’s White Campion somehow finds new ground into which to advance. The poet reckons in praise and melancholy with his own age, with the transient before- and afterlife from which he now writes, with his place among the influences and offshoots in his poetic tradition. Revell writes, “air is what becomes of light / When no one is looking.” Whether new to Revell or a reader since Arcady, White Campion will be revelatory.
Elliot’s Pick: Questland, by Carrie Vaughn
This book asks the question: what if Jurassic Park, except fantasy stuff instead of dinosaurs? Vaughn has written a love letter to the fantasy fandom and reading it is a pure delight. If properties like Lord of the Rings and D&D are your thing you should pick this one up for the chapter titles alone.
Kelvin’s Pick: How the Word Is Passed, by Clint Smith
Smith, a poet and writer for The Atlantic magazine, reports back from places in America where the history of slavery most deeply resonates. The result is a beautiful, clear-eyed yet unflinching examination of our ongoing attempts to reckon with that immoral institution, one without the frequent unhelpful rhetoric and quick-trigger emotions.
Logan’s Pick: Celestial Hunter, by Roberto Calasso
Vivid and strikingly original, and expertly translated from the Italian by Richard Dixon, The Celestial Hunter traces how man created the divine myths that would become the cornerstones of Western civilization. As Calasso demonstrates, the repercussions of these ideas would echo through history, from Paleolithic to modern times. And they would be the product of one thing: the human mind.
Susie’s Pick: Tales from the Folly, by Ben Aaronovitch
Ben Aaronovitch isn’t all that well know in Fort Collins, but he should be. This is a collection of short stories that were written for the Independent Bookstore chain in the UK. I’m jealous. I will read these stories of the goddesses of the rivers of London anytime I find them. Gentle fantasy combined with mystery and humor.
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