Staff Recommendations

A listing of staff proclivities, recommended by both past and present bookstore and publishing employees. Check back for new recommendations each month as we bring you the best of what we're reading or have read. Browse by title, author or staff member!



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  |  Anna
  |  Caitlyn
  |  Chris C.
  |  Daven
  |  Don
  |  Elaine
  |  Emma
  |  Garrett
  |  Greg
  |  Joel
  |  Josiah
  |  Lawrence
  |  Linda
  |  Michael
  |  Nancy
  |  Paul
  |  Peter
  |  Ryan
  |  Scott
  |  Solomon
  |  Stacey

   
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Midnight in Chernobyl
The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster
Adam Higginbotham
Journalist Adam Higginbotham's definitive, years-in-the-making account of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster—and a powerful investigation into how propaganda, secrecy, and myth have obscured the true story of one of the twentieth century’s greatest disasters. - Recommended by Daven
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Little Boy
A Novel
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti offers the ultimate parting gift to us, the legions of readers who love him. His tale is bittersweet, melancholy, romantic, existential, inquisitive, nostalgic, and funny, and unsparing in his expression of hope for a better world. -- Recommended by Stacey and Paul
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Seraphina
Lyrical, imaginative, and wholly original, this New York Times bestseller with 8 starred reviews is not to be missed. Rachel Hartman's award-winning debut will have you looking at dragons as you’ve never imagined them before… - Recommended by Caitlyn
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What's in a Name?
Poems
Poems of effervescent grace from one of the best- known and best-loved poets of Portugal. - Recommended by Josiah
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Lost Children Archive
A Novel
Valeria Luiselli
Lost Children Archive is a novel about archiving all that we don't want to lose. Luiselli looks into the American present as well as its history: into Native American history, and the many intersections between American and Mexican history that are and have always been there. This is the perfect American road trip novel for right now. —Tommy Orange
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The Parisian
A Novel
Isabella Hammad
A sublime debut novel by Plimpton Prize winner Isabella Hammad, The Parisian illuminates a pivotal period of Palestinian history through the journey and romances of one young man, from his studies in France during World War I to his return home to Palestine at the dawn of its battle for independence. - Recommended by Paul and Christopher P.
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Stony the Road
Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow
Henry Louis J r. Gates
A profound new rendering of the struggle by African-Americans for equality after the Civil War and the violent counter-revolution that resubjugated them, as seen through the prism of the war of images and ideas that have left an enduring racist stain on the American mind. - Recommended by Paul
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The Grave on the Wall
Brandon Shimoda
Winner of the 2020 PEN Open Book Award. A memoir and book of mourning, a grandson's attempt to reconcile his own uncontested citizenship with his grandfather's lifelong struggle.
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Why Marx Was Right
2nd Edition
Terry Eagleton
In this combative, controversial book, Terry Eagleton takes issue with the prejudice that Marxism is dead and done with.
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My Sister, the Serial Killer
A Novel
Oyinkan Braithwaite
NOMINATED FOR THE 2019 BOOKER PRIZE WINNER OF THE LA TIMES BOOK PRIZE FOR MYSTERY/THRILLER FINALIST FOR THE 2019 WOMEN'S PRIZE
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Trick Mirror
Reflections on Self-Delusion
From The New Yorker's beloved cultural critic comes a bold, unflinching collection of essays about self-deception, examining everything from scammer culture to reality television. - Recommended by Emma
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We Eat Our Own
Kea Wilson
Written by a fellow bookseller, this debut novel is about an enigmatic film shoot in the Amazon jungle, helmed by a director with a serious sadistic streak. This wonderfully compelling novel blurs the line between art and life (or is it death?) and is infused with the author's love of Italian horror films of the 1970s.-Andy
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Exhalation
Stories
Ted Chiang
Ted Chiang produces a short story so rarely, each tale is a celebration of exactitude. With an architect's eye for structure, the patience and temperament of a chemist, and a physicist's understanding of the order and chaos that underlines our world and our lives, these stories are each a carefully wrapped creation. -Daven & Christopher P
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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
A Novel
Ocean Vuong
Written as a son's letter to his mother who cannot read, this novel is raw and achingly beautiful. Vuong’s writing is both visceral and sublime with lines that will render you awestruck. – Andy

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