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Latest Staff Picks

It's Amy Hempel - what else could you ask for, really? There's a good reason every writer you love loves Hempel.

Perfection exists, kids.

Picked by Wesley

This runaway bride, second-chance-at-love romance was unexpected and totally swoonworthy. The narrative builds steadily until the final chapters when all hell breaks loose and the story peaks in classic Western fashion. If you like character-driven stories, here's all you need to know: there's a contemplative Native American hero, a Boston society wife with a spine of steel, an abusive bastard of a wealthy husband, and a band of misfit outlaws hidden in a valley of the idyllic Rocky Mountains. Great fun as a standalone or to read out of series order.

Picked by Danielle

When I was in high school my dear friend Heather put this book in my hands, smiled mysteriously, and said, "Trust me." 

I devoured it in one sitting.

It is intricate, clever, and excruciatingly satisying. Pay close attention - Megan Whalen Turner is as tricky as her theif and you don't want to miss a thing!

This book came out in 1995. The final book in the series comes out next year. Now is the time folks - trust me.

Picked by Allie

I recommend sinking into The Starless Sea and luxuriating there. This is not a book to rush. The scope is enormous, the plot is stranger and intricate. This book will take you may places and you'll have to trust it but you should you're in very good hands. I found it delicious and rewarding.

Picked by Allie

Whitehead lined up the plot of this novel as meticulously as dominos and then with a flick tore everything down in moments.

I sobbed at the end. Read it read it read it.

Picked by Allie

As the year ends and we turn our focus to upcoming holidays, I want to highlight an Indigenous author to encourage readers of all ages to decolonize our bookshelves.

 

From Traci Sorrell, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, We Are Grateful is a beautiful, reflective book that looks at the Cherokee practice of giving thanks as a family and as a community. "We are grateful," in the Cherokee language is otsaliheliga. This and other Cherokee words are sprinkled throughout these pages.

Picked by Sarah R

THE book to anchor holiday discussions with family and friends. REALLY. What resonates? What doesn't? What do you currently do? What could you do? Snyder lays out 20 tangible ways to move forward in the 21st century. Read. Discuss. Act.

Picked by Elisabeth

Starting as an investigation of a couple of seemingly unconnected rapes from Lynnwood and Kirkland, this book transitions and becomes a powerfully written anti-police procedural of sorts where we uncover how the criminal justice system fails victims of sexual assault at every turn. In the era of #MeToo and #BelieveSurvivors, this book is an uncomfortable, highly disturbing read, but it's important as ever.   

Picked by Kalani

In picking the carcass of her own experience, Carmen Maria Machado has written a new kind of memoir. Short vignettes, told through kaleidoscopic lenses, are pieced together by the reader—not that it feels anything like work. It feels more like therapy.

Picked by Kitri