Staff Picks

Caste (Oprah's Book Club): The Origins of Our Discontents Cover Image
$32.00
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
$16.99
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! (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)


Real American: A Memoir Cover Image
$17.99
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.


Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close Cover Image
$26.00
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!


Mañanaland Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781338157864
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Published: Scholastic Press - March 3rd, 2020

Naomi's Pick!

Naomi Says: A  magically realistic middle grade novel by legendary Pam Munoz Ryan about a soccer-obsessed boy who has many questions about the disappearance of his mother. This brave kiddo risks so much for the sake of helping another, and is also faced with discovering the secret history of his own family. An exciting growing-up adventure with tender multi-generational relationships between boy, dad, and grandfather.


The Vanishing Half: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525536291
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 2nd, 2020

Emilie's pick!


Frankly in Love Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781984812209
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 10th, 2019

Naomi's Pick!

Naomi Says: The first YA I've read in years and it was the perfect book to yank me out of my reading rut! Korean-American Frank Li is caught between his parents' traditional expectations and his SoCal teen existence. This compelling love triangle between adorably nerdy characters is full of banter and twists. 


Don't Ask Me Where I'm From Cover Image
By Jennifer De Leon, Elena Garnu (Illustrator)
$18.99
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.


Hidden History of Napa Valley Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781467138994
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Published: History Press - March 4th, 2019

Kelsey's pick!

Kelsey says: As a fourth generation born-and-raised Napa native, there is history in this book I had no clue about. This should be required reading for anyone who calls Napa home!


Rabbit: A Memoir Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062407313
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Published: Dey Street Books - May 22nd, 2018

Naomi's Pick!

Naomi Says: This was a darn delight to read and extremely funny despite the dark content. Pairs well with Born A Crime or The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace. A refreshing female perspective on selling drugs to survive/ provide for her babies (and other people's babies) and how she eventually found her calling with comedy.


How to Be an Antiracist Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525509288
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Published: One World - August 13th, 2019

Naomi's pick!


Why We're Polarized Cover Image
$28.00
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.


Underland: A Deep Time Journey Cover Image
$27.95
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.

 


Deacon King Kong: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
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??


Nothing to See Here Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062913463
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Published: Ecco - October 29th, 2019

Paul's Pick!

Paul says: In most other author's hands, this premise would be gimmicky, but in Kevin Wilson's he manages to draw out really rich ideas about class, politics, and the ways we in which often ignore childhood trauma to a retain false sense of security.

 


Housekeeping: A Novel (Picador Modern Classics) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250060655
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Published: Picador Modern Classics - November 3rd, 2015

Justyn's Pick!


Sand Cover Image
By Wolfgang Herrndorf, Tim Mohr (Translated by), Michael Maar (Afterword by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781681372013
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Published: NYRB Classics - June 12th, 2018

Paul's pick!

Paul says: Maybe the greatest mystery I’ve ever read. It encapsulate every other type of mystery novel that I like. It has a Rube Goldberg plot of Agatha Christie, it has the black humor of the Cohen brothers, it has the philosophical profundity of Pynchon, and, maybe the most important ingredient in a good mystery, an ending which seems as inevitable as it is heart-stopping.


The Ecopoetry Anthology Cover Image
By Ann Fisher-Wirth (Editor), Laura-Gray Street (Editor), Robert Hass (Introduction by)
$27.95
ISBN: 9781595349293
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Published: Trinity University Press - March 1st, 2020

Definitive and daring, The Ecopoetry Anthology is the authoritative collection of contemporary American poetry about nature and the environment--in all its glory and challenge. From praise to lament, the work covers the range of human response to an increasingly complex and often disturbing natural world and inquires of our human place in a vastness beyond the human.


Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781250094599
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Published: Picador - July 12th, 2016

Emilie's pick!


The Summer Book Cover Image
By Tove Jansson, Kathryn Davis (Introduction by), Thomas Teal (Translated by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781590172681
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Published: NYRB Classics - May 20th, 2008

Emilie's Pick!


Synthesizing Gravity: Selected Prose Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780802148186
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Published: Grove Press - April 14th, 2020

Justyn's pick!

Justyn says: One of my favorite books of the year!


Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525510314
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Published: Random House - May 12th, 2020

Elayna's Pick!

Elayna says: So interesting! We're only just beginning to scratch the surface of what fungi actually are, and what they do. The mycelial network (no, not the one from Star Trek Discovery that you can travel through) underpins all plant life on Earth, and as such our lives as well. Sheldrake's passion for the subject is evident and his explanations approachable to non-scientists.


Mary Toft; or, The Rabbit Queen: A Novel Cover Image
$27.95
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.


Ledger: Poems Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525657804
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Published: Knopf - March 10th, 2020

Emilie's Pick!


Mistborn: The Final Empire Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781250318541
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Published: Tor Fantasy - September 24th, 2019

Kelsey's pick! 

Kelsey says: Ready to escape your current circumstances and enter a world of adventure, political intrigue, and mystical martial arts? Look no further than Brandon Sanderson's MISTBORN series. Set in a fantasy world where Skaa live enslaved under the reign of the Lord Ruler, a motely crew of criminals will try to attempt the ultimate feat: overthrow of the leader himself. 

Bonus: this is a series, so you can start here and make your way through all 6 books!


Writers & Lovers Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780802148537
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Published: Grove Press - March 3rd, 2020

Elayna's pick!

Elayna says: Rarely does a book grab you as viscerally as does Lily King's Writers & Lovers. Casey's grief and anxiety are palpable; she feels them deeply in her body and as a reader, I felt them too. The frustration of art creation and the promise of new love are such common themes, but are presented here in a light both original and incredibly familiar. My heart quickened, my stomach clenched, I laughed, and at the end, I cried with joy for Casey and her journey to eventual triumph.


And I Do Not Forgive You: Stories and Other Revenges Cover Image
$23.95
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
$22.99
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
$18.99
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 Vanished Birds: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593128985
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Published: Del Rey - January 14th, 2020

Ever's Pick!

Ever Says: I adored this book. The world building was so believably based on humanity's current trajectory, exposing the sad truth that though technology may advance to allow us to travel into space, we will not advance enough to leave behind corporate monopolies and colonization of other peoples for financial gain. Despite that, this is story is not without light or hope. The character's inspiration and emotions felt real, and towards the end the familial bond they felt towards each other reached me from off the page.


Recollections of My Nonexistence: A Memoir Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780593083338
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Published: Viking - March 10th, 2020

Emilies's pick!


The Third Hotel: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250214881
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Published: Picador - August 13th, 2019

Blake's Pick!

Blake Says: An unsettling, often gripping novel that blurs the line between the quotidian and the bizarre. Like Bioy Casares' Morel, the protagonist is a fugitive of sorts who stumbles upon ghosts--or in this case, zombies--in a foreign land. Van den Berg asks us to consider the true nature of our closest relationships --what we know, what we don't,, and how much we ought to give to them.


Nothing to See Here Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062913463
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Published: Ecco - October 29th, 2019

Naomi's pick!


Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780316486637
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - October 15th, 2019

Kelsey's Pick!

Kelsey says: Catch and Kill is a timely piece of current events journalism written in the style of a thriller novel. Ronan Farrow chronicles the great lengths he went to write the Harvey Weinstein exposé that later won him a Pulitzer Prize. If you're perplexed by the blatant corruption and manipulation existing in this country and the brave women and journalists working to uncover it, then this is a novel for you. 


The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here Cover Image
$15.00
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...


Bunny: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525559733
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Published: Viking - June 11th, 2019

Ever's Pick!

Ever says: I love this weird gem of a book! Bunny is the lovechild of Eileen and The Secret History after a hallucinatory midnight screening of Heathers.


Enter the Aardvark Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780316536158
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - March 24th, 2020

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.


These Fevered Days: Ten Pivotal Moments in the Making of Emily Dickinson Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393609301
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 25th, 2020

Emilie's pick!

 


Black Brother, Black Brother Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316493802
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 3rd, 2020

Naomi's pick!


Creatures: A Novel Cover Image
$25.95
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."


Carry On (Simon Snow Series #1) Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781250135025
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Published: Wednesday Books - May 9th, 2017

Jule's Pick! 


The Kitchen: A journey through time-and the homes of Julia Child, Georgia O'Keeffe, Elvis  Presley and many others-in search of the perfect design Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780525609896
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Published: Appetite by Random House - February 25th, 2020

Naomi's Pick!


Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot Cover Image
$26.00
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. 


Night Theater Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781948226547
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Published: Catapult - January 14th, 2020

Ever's Pick! 

Ever says: Night Theater is a strange, dream-like, tale of morality and mortality which features characters who possess incredible amounts of heart, though some of them have ceased to beat. I am the first to admit that hospitals and the things that happen within their walls unsettle me, but Vikram Paralkar manages to describe medical procedures with unflinching detail made palatable by his beautiful prose. At first glance Night Theater appears to be a ghost story, however it's specters are every bit as solid as they are sympathetic and it's plot is grounded in the real rather than the supernatural. Perhaps the best thing I can say about this book is that I purchased it at 6 pm on a Monday, and finished it at 2 am on Tuesday.


Rain: And Other Stories Cover Image
By Mia Couto, Eric M. B. Becker (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781771962667
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Published: Biblioasis - February 19th, 2019

Justyn's Pick!


This Town Sleeps Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781640092846
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - March 3rd, 2020

Ever's Pick! 

Ever says: If Tommy Orange opened a window into contemporary Indigenous culture to a wider audience, Dennis E. Staples has drawn the curtain back even further. This Town Sleeps explores the tenuous relationship to the past and spirituality that is so prevalent in American culture, and how generational trauma can shape not only the culture as a whole, but the individual.


Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?: Stories Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062484154
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Published: Ecco - December 6th, 2016

“From the first page you know you're in the hands of an exceptional writer… I adored this book.” —Zadie Smith

“Sexy and radical and intimate.” —Miranda July

Named a Best Book of 2016 by VICE, Elle, Nylon, Publishers Weekly and NPR