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 Light From Uncommon Stars, by Ryka Aoki
This book should not have worked. The two halves–Faustian violin teacher-student bargains and galactic space war refugees rebuilding their lives in a donut shop–should not go together. They should have nothing to do with each other. They are wildly different in content and tone. And yet. This is one of my favorite books of the year.
Teresa’s Pick: Hurts So Good: The Science & Culture of Pain on Purpose, by Leigh Cowart
Fascinating and hilarious read about masochism and why humans seek out pain on purpose. Cowart explains the premise as “masochism is about feeling bad, then better” so that idea captured my attention and it has not disappointed. Cowart explores everything from ultramarathoners, tattoo enthusiasts and ballerinas and everything in between.
Zane’s Pick: Something is Killing the Children, Vol. 1., by James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera
A little bit like Stephen King’s It, if there were a lot more Pennywises and also an underground society hunting and killing the Pennywises. Monsters that grow stronger by being feared and by killing, adults that can’t see them because they don’t believe in them. A very compelling reluctant heroine that is good at slicing the monsters up real nice. Great dialogue and atmosphere that makes for characters you’re going to really like. Great worldbuilding. GREAT ART. And spoooooky. Read pls.
Elliot’s Pick: A Spindle Splintered, by Alix E. Harrow
A delightful deconstruction of fairytales, specifically Sleeping Beauty. This puts a queer, feminist, and disabled lens on the classic story, modernizing it and adding new relevance and layers. That description is either going to make you want to run right out and read it, or run away screaming. Your instincts, no matter what they are, are correct. If this sounds like it’s up your alley it probably is – if this sounds intolerable it probably will be. I thought it was brilliant.
Revati’s Pick: Mexican Gothic, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Something appropriately creepy feeling for the season! This book was a wonderfully, atmospheric novel. It was a slow start and then I couldn’t put it down, just waiting to see what happens next and who survives….
Julie’s Pick: Why Fish Don’t Exist, by Lulu Miller
I’ll steal this bit from the publisher because I couldn’t make it more succinct: “Part biography, part memoir, part scientific adventure, Why Fish Don’t Exist reads like a fable about how to persevere in a world where chaos will always prevail.” And why do I recommend the book? Because I’m still thinking about it!
Andrea’s Pick: On A Sunbeam, by Tillie Walden
An absolutely beautiful sci-fi graphic novel where the artwork portrays the smallest things as wonderfully fantastical. A found family novel, the characters are wonderful and explore what it means to find and lose love.
Kelvin’s Pick: Semicolon: The Past, Present, and Future of a Misunderstood Mark, by Cecilia Watson
Some love them; others hate them; Moby-Dick has around 4,000 of them. However, this book is no mere trivia compendium. The best-use examples Watson highlights here argue convincingly that when skillfully deployed, semicolons can lend singular power to a writer’s prose.
Allison’s Pick: Death of Jane Lawrence, by Caitlin Starling
“Set in a dark-mirror version of post-war England, Caitlin Starling crafts a new kind of gothic horror from the bones of the beloved canon. This Crimson Peak-inspired story assembles, then upends, every expectation set in place by Shirley Jackson and Rebecca, and will leave readers shaken, desperate to begin again as soon as they are finished.”
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