Staff Picks

The Committed Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780802157065
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Published: Grove Press - March 2nd, 2021

Elayna's pick!

Elayna says: So freaking good. Grittier than I usually read but a fitting follow up to the masterful The Sympathizer. Such fabulous writing, so fearless in its exposure of the complex hypocracies of Western racism. Just absolutely brilliant.


Lullabies for Little Criminals: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062468475
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 5th, 2016

Justyn's pick!

Justyn says: I rarely so inhabit a work of fiction that my memories of the reading of the book pass for my own visual memories. In the interstices between reading Baby's world interjected into my own. O'Neill's knack for left field metaphor is strong and never twee.


There Goes Patti McGee!: The Story of the First Women's National Skateboard Champion Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374313999
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - February 23rd, 2021

Naomi's pick!

Naomi says: Perfectly paced, delightfully illustrated, positive inclusive message, and a happy ending. We have a lot of skateboarders in our town, many of whom are girls, and I cannot wait to share this with them!


Run Me to Earth Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501154058
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 19th, 2021

Blake's pick!

Blake says: Yoon's empathetic portrait of a handful of Lao people living amid the deadly landscape of the Vietnam era is a deftly woven novel of opposites that resist easy reconciling: Compact in size yet capacious in its humanity, haunting yet hopeful, a story of both survival and surrender.


Parakeet: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374229450
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - June 2nd, 2020

Ever's Pick!

Ever says: It has been a long time since I copied so many quotes I loved from a book. Parakeet is all that the synopsis describes and so much more. Through a series of increasingly surreal events our nameless narrator discovers an indentity far beyond those given to her by the labels of bride, daughter, sister, friend.


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Unsettled Ground Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781951142483
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Published: Tin House Books - May 18th, 2021

Elayna's pick!

Elayna says: Truly, how does Claire Fuller do it? She's the master at writing books where not that much happens but sooooooo much happens. Another stunner filled with lush depictions of the natural world (what's her obsession with gardens??) and familial betrayal.


Wolfboy Cover Image
By Andy Harkness, Andy Harkness (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781547604425
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - February 2nd, 2021

Naomi's pick!

Naomi says: My 4yo requested this one to be read again and again and again. Very fun read aloud and love the visuals.


What Are You Going Through: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593191415
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 8th, 2020

Emilies's pick!


Piranesi Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781635575637
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - September 15th, 2020

Elayna's pick!


All the Young Men Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802157249
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Published: Grove Press - December 1st, 2020

Alexa's Pick!

Alexa says: The AIDs epidemic is ruthless and heart wrenching. This memoir of Ruth Coker Burks deep dive into the heart of AIDs and how this country has turned their back on the victims of this virus had my eyes filled with tears from start to finish.

 


The Only Good Indians Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982136451
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - July 14th, 2020

Ever's Pick! 

Ever says: I read/watch/consume a lot of horror-I didn't think there would be twists or elements that could surprise me anymore. Stephen Graham Jones showed me that I was very wrong. Incredibly character driven horror that blends the psychological with the supernatural, Only Good Indians is a fantastic recommendation for Stephen King fans looking to diversify their reading lists.


Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781580059510
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Published: Seal Press - December 1st, 2020

Kelsey's pick!


Daughters of Smoke and Fire: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781419743092
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Published: The Overlook Press - May 12th, 2020

Blake's Pick!

Blake Says: Gripping, enlightening debut from the first Kurdish woman author printed in English. Homa makes up for at times novice-like writing with a page-turning narrative and a nuanced protagonist that provide us a window into a reality both grim and galvanizing.


Luster: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374194321
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 4th, 2020

Ever's Pick!

Ever says: Whether or not you can relate to protagonist Edie's experiences, her thoughts and her world are rendered in such lush and beautiful prose. Raven Leilani could write about *anything* and I would still be completely entranced.


The Radiant Lives of Animals Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780807047927
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Published: Beacon Press - October 13th, 2020

Emilie's pick!

 


Real American: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250296733
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - August 21st, 2018

Elayna's pick!

Elayna says: This is the most powerful memoir I've ever read.


Caste (Oprah's Book Club): The Origins of Our Discontents Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593230251
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Published: Random House - August 4th, 2020

Paul's Pick!

Paul says: An insightful and powerful rethinking of race in America. Wilkerson draws a compelling analogy with India's hierarchical system, which is non-racial, to highlight the ways in which humans internalize arbitrary ideas of who in society is superior and inferior and how institutions reinforce those ideas. The real strength of the book is the way it is able to humanize these classically abstract concepts.

 


When No One Is Watching: A Thriller Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062982650
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - September 1st, 2020

Naomi's Pick!

Naomi Says: Award-winning romance writer Alyssa Cole's debut thriller has a level of can't-put-down-ness that will leave you throwing this into the lap of your best friend/spouse/coworker exclaiming they just need to read this, and right now please. A historically Black neighborhood in Brooklyn is facing gentrification as a huge medical company is moving into the neighborhood. Endearing protagonist Sydney Green has recently moved back in with her mom after her divorce and she's frustrated with all of the changes. She dives into the creation of a neighborhood walking tour with an unwanted assistant, one of the new arrivals to the block, Theo. This perfectly crafted thriller starts to get super tense when she begins to notice that her longtime neighbors are disappearing without a word...where are they going? A must-read this fall! (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)


She Would Be King: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781644450017
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 3rd, 2019

Elayna's Pick!

 


Eat Your Greens!: 22 Ways to Cook a Carrot and 788 Other Delicious Recipes to Save the Planet Cover Image
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ISBN: 9783899559996
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Published: Gestalten - April 28th, 2020

Ever's Pick!

Ever says: This cookbook is the greatest tool imaginable! I am very guilty of optimistically buying vegetables only for them to wilt beyond recognition in my fridge. This book doesn't have recipes but rather ingredient pairing and cooking method suggestions for nearly every vegetable. I've found several dishes that are now staples of my work lunch rotation, many of which I could make with what ingredients I already had in my kitchen. If you're starting a cookbook library I definitely recommend it!


The Magical Language of Others: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781947793385
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Published: Tin House Books - January 7th, 2020

Elayna's pick!


Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781849352604
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Published: AK Press - April 18th, 2017

Kelsey's pick!


The Vanishing Half: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525536291
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 2nd, 2020

Alexa's pick!

Alexa says: I loved everything about this story. The roads to and from separation of these two sisters and what ends up being the priorities of both, and then their offspring engulfed me.


Perilous Bounty: The Looming Collapse of American Farming and How We Can Prevent It Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781635573138
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - August 11th, 2020

Kelsey's pick!


Sisters: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593188958
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 25th, 2020

Ever's Pick! 

Ever says: Daisy Johnson does it again! Sisters is a contemporary Gothic masterpiece reminiscent of Helen Oyeyemi's White is for Witching. Johnson's incredible prose and knack for creating settings that feel like characters in their own right make Sisters a fast paced read that begs to be read again as soon as the last page is finished.


Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982111908
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 14th, 2020

Naomi's Pick!

Naomi Says: Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman, two long-distance and badass besties, celebrate friendship and inspire readers to prioritize these important relationships. The audiobook from @librofm was fantastic as is their podcast Call Your Girlfriend. I was so uplifted by this book!


Underland: A Deep Time Journey Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393242140
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 4th, 2019

Paul's Pick!

Paul says: Macfarlane's beautiful prose and overbrimming enthusiasm for people and ideas is intoxicating. He's a naturalist by title, but he is foremost a seeker interested less in the details of science as he is with its ability to open avenues of spiritual expansion.

 


How to Be an Antiracist Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525509288
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Published: One World - August 13th, 2019

Naomi's pick!


The True History of the First Mrs. Meredith and Other Lesser Lives Cover Image
By Diane Johnson, Vivian Gornick (Introduction by), Diane Johnson (Preface by)
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ISBN: 9781681374451
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Published: NYRB Classics - June 23rd, 2020

Blake's pick!

Blake says: Playful yet pungent revisionist biography of the 19th-century British literary milieu that included the Shelleys and the Merediths. Johnson's absorbing book serves as a reminder of both the fragile and deceptive nature of history and convinces us 'lesser lives' may be more worth remembering than those immortalized in their stead.


Muhammad: Forty Introductions Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781593761479
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Published: Soft Skull Press - January 15th, 2019

Elayna's Pick!

Elayna says: This book is absolutely batsh*t insane and I love it. The narrative is split into two alternating sections: the first, told in the second person, is of a closeted gay Republican Congressman; the second, told in the third person omniscient, features a taxidermist in 19th Century England, working to taxidermy the first aardvark seen outside of Africa. These disparate characters have much more in common than is first apparent, as their stories weave around and intersect with each other's. Many parts of this satire are laugh out loud funny, though it's about the utmost serious topics of self-hatred, denial, societal expectation, and hypocrisy. I have no idea how Jessica Anthony managed to come up with this crazy book, and even less of an idea how she executed it so well in less than 200 pages.


Don't Ask Me Where I'm From Cover Image
By Jennifer De Leon, Elena Garnu (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781534438248
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - August 18th, 2020

Naomi's Pick!

Naomi Says: Fifteen year old Latinx Liliana Cruz left her urban Boston high school when she was accepted into the coveted METCO program, which transferred her to a privileged, suburban, and oh-so-white high school where she has to decide whether to assimilate or be herself. Awesome multicultural and contemporary YA read that is full of humor and positive vibes. Highly recommend.


Deacon King Kong: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735216723
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 3rd, 2020

Paul's Pick!

Paul Says: A masterwork in place and character. Fully lived in and deeply human.

Elayna's Pick!

Elayna Says: Very funny, very poignant: race, community, family, love, and an art heist. What more could you want??


Why We're Polarized Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476700328
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - January 28th, 2020

Paul's Pick!

Paul says: The single smartest, most nuanced, relentlessly researched and argued take on what is coming to seem like the biggest obstacle to progress in America -- our seemingly insurmountable polarization. Almost every page of this book blew my mind.


Mary Toft; or, The Rabbit Queen: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101871935
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Published: Pantheon - November 19th, 2019

Ever's pick!

Ever says: I loved this one! Palmer's writing is incredibly immersive and presents this stranger-than-fiction case with equal doses of humor and reflection on what it means to be human. The characters are endearing and fully fleshed, with the exception of Mary herself, which is clearly intentional to represent her status in the eyes of others as miracle, fraud, patient, vessel, etc, giving what few lines she speaks all the more impact. As a side note, the hardcover of this book is just a really well made, satisfying book to hold.


And I Do Not Forgive You: Stories and Other Revenges Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781631496202
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Published: Liveright - February 11th, 2020

Ever's Pick!

Ever Says: I absolutely loved this one!


News of the World: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062409201
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Published: William Morrow - October 4th, 2016

Paul's pick!

Paul says:  :scream: Scary good. 


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Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316453691
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2020

Naomi's pick!

Naomi says: Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds is a "remix" of Ibram X. Kendi's epic 2016 novel Stamped From the Beginning in which Kendi chronicles the entire story of anti-Black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history. Kendi's book is incredibly important, but a bit intimidating in scope, which is why we find Reynolds' "remix" to be so relevant. 

Written with young readers in mind, Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You sheds light on the racist ideas still affecting our culture today and provides tools on how to identify and deal with them to build a better future. We think this book should be essential reading for both young AND adult readers alike! 


The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525563389
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Published: Vintage - March 3rd, 2020

Elayna's Pick!

Elayna says: I absolutely adored Lab Girl and while this is a very different kind of book, Jahren's lyrical, conversational voice rings just as true here as in her previous. Such a slim volume, yet it's packed with a huge amount of information about how our habits of consumption have changed since the year of her birth, 1969. Spoiler alert: we're really messing with our planet and we really need to change or else... or else...


Black Brother, Black Brother Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316493802
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 3rd, 2020

Naomi's pick!


Creatures: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616208592
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Published: Algonquin Books - January 7th, 2020

Justyn's Pick!

Justyn says: Several things could ruin Evie's wedding. A beached whale makes the island smell. Her mother, who abandoned her as a child, has shown up. And her fiance is lost at sea. Creatures takes place over a period of three days, but dives so deep into Evie's childhood I often forget she is about to be married. Creatures reads like a memoir, but is a story told. It brings to mind something Toni Morrison said: "'Truth is stranger than fiction,' I think that old chestnut is truer than we know, because it doesn't say that truth is truer than fiction; just that it's stranger, meaning that it is odd. It may be excessive, it may be more interesting, but the important thing is that it's random--and fiction is not random."


Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525560548
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Published: Viking - February 25th, 2020

Kelsey's Pick!

Kelsey Says: A must-read for any self proclaimed feminist! Mikki Kendall explores the exlusionary aspects of mainstream feminism in a series of essays whose topics range from gun violence, to education, to Beyonce.