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Latest Staff Picks

From the secret history of a hallucinogenic sound file to pornographic sitcoms, direct-sales pyramid schemes and Mirror Facebook, this inventive, experimental collection explores the impact of technology, media and capitalism on how we think and feel, while demonstrating that Jillian Tamaki is one of the greatest comics artists working today.

Picked by Stephen

I went through quite the emotional journey reading this. I laughed. I cried. I roared and then fell to the ground overwhelmed with love. The magnificently bright illustrations just farther the simple truth that life is more meaningful and enjoyable if you treat others with kindess and respect. Out of which beautiful friendships bloom and last forever and ever, helping you become and grow into a better dino.

Picked by Courtney

Investigator Holger Munch and his over-the-edge brilliant team find themselves in the middle of a seemingly realistic murder of a teenage girl from a nearby orphanage. Emaciated and naked, Camilla Green is found surrounded by owl feathers and candles, part of a pentagram. This dead end investigation is plagued by many damaged, suspicious souls. Holger's own adult daughter, Miriam, unknowingly, befriends a man who is connected to this crime. Once the guilty emerge, shattered lives are left to uneasily resume normalcy!

Picked by Jane

This is a raw and intimate account of one's relationship to the context of one's body. Gay lays herself bare as she explores the 'why' of her body, all the while forcing the reader (at least this one) to do the same. An amazing read for anyone currently residing in a body.

Picked by Dean

The reclamation of the word "Queer" has miffed some and confused other. "Isn't that a derogatory slur?" some have asked, "If you are not gay or straight what else can you been??" Consider this book an accessible intro to gender and Queer theory. Come out wherever you are!

Picked by Dean

Like if Leigh Bardugo rewrote Cormac McCarthy's "The Border Trilogy", replaced the horses with hippos, and it was just perpetually set in that hippo attack river scene from "Congo".

The sequel comes out this fall. You're welcome.

Picked by Anje

Nora's relaxing weekend getaway to the English countryside is nothing short of a nightmare. From the train station to her sister's house, Nora dreams of the delicious dinner that Rachel is probably preparing, a dream only to be shattered when she discovers an eerie silence behind Rachel's front door. Both Rachel and her dog, Fenno, have been brutally murdered. Days pass, and Nora finds that she can't return to London before knowing what happened. Chapters alternate between the current investigation and the past of the two very close, uninhibited sisters. Berry has crafted a psychological thriller that will have you wondering up to the last page!

Picked by Jane

A piquant little novel told with an acidic wit whose bite entertains without employing the barbaric snark so common in modern comedy. Chemistry is a petite little book but it is overflowing with vim and vigor.

Picked by Wesley

As miracles would have it, a baby female elephant, Modoc, and a baby boy, Bram, are born at the same place in Germany within the same hour. Josef, Bram's father, and elephant trainer, has great dreams for his 2 young ones. No one could be closer than the boy and his elephant, and every time obstacles endanger them, some sort of inner strength prevails. For more than 7 decades, journeys take them all over the world, escaping entrapment and separation. Full of joy and tragedy, this true story will hook your heart and make you believe in survival of the fittest, the smartest! 

Picked by Jane