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!
Julie’s Pick: Drink? The New Science of Alcohol and Your Health, by David Nutt
A government scientist who gets fired for saying alcohol is more harmful to society than any other drug will get my attention. But I like beer, so why would I read it? Because it explains why and the rest is fascinating!
Teresa’s Pick: The Love Hypothesis, by Ali Hazelwood
Another month, another fun, sexy romance from me! When Olive kisses a tenured professor (also know as the dragon of the science department) to get her best friend to date a boy she went on 2 dates with, her life will enter a whirlwind. Dr. Adam Carlsen decides to play along with Olive’s ruse of them dating…and as we all know friends to lovers AND fake dating is just a recipe for falling in love!
Allison’s Pick: Certain Dark Things, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Reissue (finally in paperback!) of her Mexico City vampire novel. Vibes aren’t 1:1 like Vampire: The Masquerade but I think the lore and clan set-up should appeal to fans of that franchise and similar supernatural fantasy. The antagonists are a clan of neo-nazi narco vampires from Europe, and the object of the main character’s obsession/affection is a feathered vampire from Aztec folklore, so there’s a lot of very interesting takes on the usual vampire fare here.
Nicole’s Pick: Oaths of Legacy, by Emily Skrutskie
This book is intense and gut-wrenching, full to the brim with intrigue and manipulation, intuition and mistakes, impossible choices and magnificent victories. Gal’s point of view as the rebellion’s prisoner has us deep-diving into resentment, resilience, and the refusal to understand, building up webs of knotted artifice that you the reader knows will crumble in the face of friendship and love. Gal’s struggles with panic are real and heart-wrenchingly relatable, and his desperate grasps at any kind of control are delicious to watch unfold. The last fifty pages had me literally screaming, and the last 6 pages had me flinging the book across the couch. You thought the emotional whiplash of a cliffhanger at the end of Bonds of Brass was wild? Brace yourself.
Zane’s Pick: The Vanished Birds, by Simon Jimenez
This is one of those books that does sad time stuff, and also sad relationship stuff, but also super cool and very interesting space stuff, and it has space ships shaped like birds. The Earth has become unlivable, and humanity is now spread across different planets and space stations, separated by the time displacement cause by galactic travel. Nia Imani, captain of a cargo ship, is offered a job that will most definitely change her life, but will also require a massive sacrifice. If you like stories rooted in very human characters, and things like love, fear, vanity, selfishness, and a healthy glob of mystery, but in space, I’d say give this a read.
Revati’s Pick: La Vita E Dolce, by Letitia Clark
This book full of Italian-Inspired desserts is gorgeous! And the desserts in question can best be described as sumptuous. There are some complex treats in here but many are just simple sweets that feel luxurious. Try the unique Ricotta, Pear & Hazelnut Layer cake or the Perfect Pure Panna Cotta.
Andrea’s Pick: Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
Zachary Ezra Rawlins, a wrung-out graduate student unsure of what his future holds, finds a mysterious book while exploring his campus library. While reading, Zachary finds a moment from his childhood documented in the old and odd book. Following the bee, key, and sword emblazoned on the book he’s led to the shores of the Starless Sea buried far underneath the Earth. An incredibly imaginative fantasy novel, this book is perfect for readers looking for a magical world behind every door. The various settings throughout the novel are unlike anything I’ve ever read before. They were intoxicating and I found myself never wanting to leave.
Elliot’s Pick: My Heart is a Chainsaw, by Stephen Graham Jones
From the Publisher: In her quickly gentrifying rural lake town Jade sees recent events only her encyclopedic knowledge of horror films could have prepared her for in this latest novel from the Jordan Peele of horror literature, New York Times bestselling author Stephen Graham Jones.
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