November Staff Picks

Hello readers!

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: Yellow Bird, by Sierra Crane Murdoch
A gripping read that focuses on a woman trying to atone for her past sins while searching for a missing oil worker on tribal land in North Dakota. As Lissa Yellow Bird dives deeper into the mystery/disappearance you learn more and more about the corruption & violence that is inflicted on tribal nations.

Allison’s Pick: A Marvellous Light, by Freya Marske
Going right into my all-time favorites list. Sexy and achy with rich world-building set in an Edwardian framework. Didn’t expect to come out of this with *two* new book sons but Markse ruined my life with Edwin and Robin. Just such a perfect tender and magical read. Also obliterated me emotionally but that’s more than ok.

Julie’s Pick: Our Class, by Chris Hedges
Chris Hedges details his experience teaching a drama class in a New Jersey prison, the creative and personal journeys of his students, and exposes the appalling conditions and treatment of inmates, a majority of which have never had a trial. It’s not an easy read, but a necessary one and while I encourage the reading of any of Hedges’ books, I highly recommend Our Class which brings the reality of our dehumanizing prison industrial complex to light with personal experiences.

Andrea’s Pick: The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern 
A beautiful dark fantasy in a setting that makes you believe that magic is truly hidden in the depths of night. Hidden in the background are two magicians intended for battle and rivalry slowly fall in love. With both first and second POV, going back and forth between being in the storyline yourself and watching it from afar is an experience you can’t miss.

Elliot’s Pick: Destroyer of Light, by Jennifer Marie Brissett
“The Matrix meets an Afro-futuristic retelling of Persephone set in a science fiction underworld of aliens, refugees, and genetic engineering in Jennifer Marie Brissett’s Destroyer of Light.”

Nicole’s Pick: The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, by Natasha Pulley
This book is a little bit like reading a tangled knot of string–you have to look closely to figure out where it’s going, but once you tug the right thread, the whole thing unravels beautifully. This book is achy and soft, historical but with just enough magic to make it glow. Oh, and there’s a mechanical octopus. If you’re anything like me, you’ll cry about the mechanical octopus. It’s great.

Revati’s Pick: The Final Girl Support Group, by Grady Hendrix
What happens to the “final girl” after the movie is done? After Jason, Freddy or whatever new person with a machete comes through camp? A support group happens. These final girls get to talk it out. They may still be suffering from the trauma but at least they have each other. Or do they? Someone is bringing back their individual horrors and time is running out. Hendrix does a great job of bringing the mystery and frustration of a horror movie to the page!

Zane’s Pick: Dune, by Frank Herbert
I’ve finally gotten around to reading this (sorry it took so long) and I just want to put out there that it’s much more accessible than people sell it as. And it’s good. as. heck. An incredible example of how to make an environment a character in a story, and political intrigue that is, dare I say, considerably intriguing. Also a lot of philosophical plunging that might even appeal to Kingkiller fans. If you love sci-fi/fantasy and haven’t read it, it’s easier than you might be thinking. Dew it.

Kelvin’s Pick: Fear of a Black Universe (An Outsider’s Guide to the Future of Physics), by Stephon Alexander
Alexander explores largely uncharted territory, the places where his identity as an outsider (that is to say a Black physicist) affects the present and future interpretations of laws governing the universe. A summary as well as speculative meditation on the discipline of physics, the state of our current knowledge and where it and we, physicists or not, are headed, Fear of A Black Universe argues our identities as human beings not only does, but should, affect our view of the world and the universe in which we live.

Tara’s Pick: The Lighthouse Witches, by CJ Cooke
“Two sisters go missing on a remote Scottish island. Twenty years later, one is found–but she’s still the same age as when she disappeared. The secrets of witches have reached across the centuries in this chilling Gothic thriller from the author of the acclaimed The Nesting.”

Remember, all of these books are available online by clicking their titles above! Curbside pick up and home delivery are both available!

Happy reading!

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