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!
Revati’s Pick: I Cook in Color, by Asha Gomez
Asha Gomez is back with another wonderful cookbook full of flavor! Gomez does a wonderful job of combining the tastes of South India with foods from everywhere else. If you’re in the mood to bake, try the Mango Cardamom cake or maybe some Dill and Red-Onion Rice to compliment your dinner.
Teresa’s Pick: And I Do Not Forgive You, by Amber Sparks
A wonderful collection of short stories that explore myths and fables with a modern twist. While the focus is feminism, each story is unique, fierce & beautiful. Great summer reading that you can pick up and put down.
Nicole’s Pick: A Psalm for the Wild-Built, by Becky Chambers
This book is a hug, a cup of tea, metaphorically sure, but also it made me go make tea to drink while I was reading, so maybe literally, too. It’s the perfect pause in the hecticness of life that we all need once in a while, a gentle reminder that we don’t have to have purpose–that sometimes, the purpose of a moment is to pause. It’s a meditation and it’s lovely.
Elliot’s Pick: Goldenrod, by Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith returns with a new poetry collection that finds the sublime within the mundane. Smith explores larger issues of memory and relationships through the lens of the ordinary, like goldenrods at the edge of a road. Empathetic and lovely in equal measure.
Allison’s Pick: She Who Became the Sun, by Shelley Parker-Chan
I’m a sucker for deeply wrought military historical fiction *and* historical fantasy, so Parker-Chan hit me with laser focus from the jump. Add in queer longing, political machinations, and a lot of dreadful (in a good way) side ships and you have a perfect fictional Allison cocktail.
Allison’s Other Pick: Spirits Abroad, by Zen Cho
Nineteen sparkling stories that weave between the lands of the living and the lands of the dead. Spirits Abroad is an expanded edition of Zen Cho’s Crawford Award winning debut collection with nine added stories including Hugo Award winner “If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again.”
Julie’s Pick: Once There Were Wolves, by Charlotte McConaghy
The history of the main character’s family is woven in flashbacks throughout the story of a biologist who leads a team to reintroduce wolves to the Scottish Highlands. Beautiful, descriptive use of language and wonderful storytelling.
Kelvin’s Pick: How to Be Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi
Kendi strips away all the unhelpful and obfuscating emotional rhetoric that often gets in the way of discussions of race today. Starting with definitions and actual history, he shows how and when racism began (early), how it continues to be perpetuated (through power), and what tools are needed to finally stop it (read the book). Challenges to entrenched ideas greet one on nearly every page, challenges we need to take seriously in order to create an economically and racially equitable society.
Andrea’s Pick: One Last Stop, by Casey McQuiston
A queer love story with just a dash of sci-fi. The characters are hilarious and wonderfully written, a lovely group that any New York City dweller would want to be friends with. Very cute, nice book to read when you just want to relax.
Zane’s Pick: Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor
If you’re a fantasy fan and you’ve been told you need to read Okorafor (correct) but don’t have the time to squeeze in a whole new book, read this nice, conveniently short book, which is by Okorafor. She writes fantasy/scifi like no one else doing it.
Remember, all of these books are available online by clicking their titles above! Curbside pick up and home delivery are both available!