Staff Picks by Tag

Staff Pick Badge
Ours: A Novel By Phillip B. Williams Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780593654828
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Viking - February 20th, 2024

A fable about the cost of freedom told through decades of history of a fictional town called Ours.   

A big, messy, alternative black history full of magical realism and folk mythology. If you like a huge cast of characters and don't mind taking a few side roads, you may find you love this as much as me!

 


Review by Trevor

Staff Pick Badge
What My Bones Know: A Memoir of Healing from Complex Trauma By Stephanie Foo Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593238127
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Ballantine Books - February 21st, 2023

With the tenacious curiosity of a journalist and her harch sense of humor, Stephanie Foo embarks on a quest to learn why she feels perpetually empty and unlovable. With candor, she describes her efforts to heal from complex childhood trauma by a fairly comprehensive array of strategies. She learns that trauma and intergenerational trauma is more pervasive than we might expect. Yet the memoir is a beacon of hope. This book has a happy ending!

 


Review by Sarah P.

Staff Pick Badge
Family Meal: A Novel By Bryan Washington Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593421093
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Riverhead Books - October 10th, 2023

Cam & TJ are childhood friends, almost brothers, estranged through time, distance and trauma.  When they find each other again in their hometown they circle each other warily, not trusting that the history they share is enough to bring them back together.   A beautiful and often graphic story of finding a way through the devastation of grief back to the arms of an imperfect and messy family.


Review by Charlotte

Staff Pick Badge
We The Animals: A Novel By Justin Torres Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780547844190
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Mariner Books - September 11th, 2012

I never saw the film this book was made into, and I didn't need to. The images in this book are seared into my brain and heart as though I was in the room when the action was taking place.  The family violence, the wild otherness of the brothers, the blooming sexuality and sex itself, so much packed into this small book.  I felt it all and wanted more.


Review by Charlotte

Staff Pick Badge
James: A Novel By Percival Everett Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780385550369
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Doubleday - March 19th, 2024

James retells the tale of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn with a twist – Jim, Huck Finn’s enslaved companion, is our protagonist. No amount of description can do this novel, or Everett’s body of work, justice. What can is reading – something described in this very book as “a completely private affair and completely free and, therefore, completely subversive.”  Welcome to the world of classic literature, Percival Everett style.


Review by Zac

Staff Pick Badge
Listen for the Lie: A Novel By Amy Tintera Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250880314
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Celadon Books - March 5th, 2024

If you are looking for a page-turning thriller, this is the book for you. From page one, I could not put this book down. This is not the kind of novel you can figure out who is guilty until the last chapter.

Every character is a suspect, every situation is dark and twisted with an added touch of sarcastic humor. This book is fantastic; I highly recommend it. I hope Amy Tintera writes more books like this!


Review by Sue

Staff Pick Badge
Victim: A Novel By Andrew Boryga Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780385549974
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Doubleday - March 12th, 2024

"I wasn't trying to play the victim until the world taught me what a powerful grift it is." 
From the very beginning I was compelled by our main character Javi and his story. 
I can promise you, Javi is an unreliable narrator you haven't read before. 


Review by Rosa

Headshot: A Novel By Rita Bullwinkel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593654101
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Viking - March 12th, 2024

It's teenage girls boxing in Reno. Cool, right? But it's also the inner workings of a girl's brain: her past, her future, her present of hitting another girl not too different from her in the stomach. Bullwinkel reminds us so simply and so vividly what it is to be a teenager with thick skin and an audience of twelve at such a specific yet fleeting time in your life. This was expansive yet relatable in the witnessing of girlhood, in the violence and in the quiet. Punch to the gut, punch to the heart. 

 


Review by Emily

Staff Pick Badge
Land of Milk and Honey: A Novel By C Pam Zhang Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593538241
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Riverhead Books - September 26th, 2023

This book left me simultaneously sated and starved. The way Zhang describes food–you can smell it, feel it, taste it. In a near-future world where smog has devastated plants and animals alike, an unnamed chef goes to work in a reclusive community sheltered from the reality outside. There, she discovers what she is willing to do to survive. Land of Milk and Honey brings a whole new essence to “eat the rich.” 


Review by Lauren

Staff Pick Badge
Lucy: A Novel By Jamaica Kincaid Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780374527358
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 4th, 2002

Lucy doesn’t feel at home in Antigua or the states. Her relationship with her mother is painful but she can’t live without her. She’s running towards something but doesn’t know what. Jamaica writes with gentle, raw honesty about feeling like strangers in our homes. But Lucy is the answer; we build our own nests. I saw bits of myself through her, angry about the colonial histories of our native countries and how it plays into our wandering lost selves. Lucy might be unlikable to some, but that’s exactly why I love her so much. 
 


Review by Javi

Pages