Staff Picks & Reviews

Books recommended by the staff

The Tenth of December by George Saunders

The literary equivalent of a series of violent muggings. Most of these
have a gut-punch moment... and you think that's it. Then you get to the
end and you realize that Saunders was stealing your wallet the whole

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ISBN: 9780812993806
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Published: Random House - January 8th, 2013

The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers

What a perfect war-novel! It was real without overdramatization, sentimental without nostalgia, violent without idealization, and richly sincere. The novel was clearly written by a poet/veteran as it felt like a Terrence Malick film throughout. My favorite for the next Pulitzer!

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ISBN: 9780316219341
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 30th, 2013

Suddenly, A Knock on the Door by Etgar Keret

By turns strange, funny, realistic, magical, dreamy, gritty, and oh so short. Keret is the Israeli Lydia Davis.... I would start here, then move on to the Nimrod Flipout.

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By Etgar Keret, Nathan Englander (Translator), Miriam Shlesinger (Translator)
ISBN: 9780374533335
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - March 27th, 2012

The Killing Moon by N. K. Jemisin

Jemisin's worldbuilding is careful and fascinating, and the plot twists kept me turning the pages. The tension between morality and religion, between blind obedience and waiting to discover the truth, even when it is challenging, is central to this story. Great book, and now I'm raring for the sequel!

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ISBN: 9780316187282
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Published: Orbit - May 1st, 2012

Welcome to Your Awesome Robot by Viviane Schwarz

I absolutely can't wait for my goddaughter to be a couple of years older so I can give this book to her in a giant cardboard box. Imaginative, empowering, and supportive, this guide to creating a robot out of a cardboard box and whatever you have on hand is an excellent gift for any youngster with a creative bent.

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By Viviane Schwarz (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781909263000
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Nobrow Press - April 9th, 2013

Sandi's Picks

Some of Sandi's favorite books this year!

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ISBN: 9780307387813
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Published: Anchor Books - July 2nd, 2013

Another great book from the British novelist who has made it her life's work to chronicle the costs of WWI. This is a dark and painful tale of strained relationships between brother and sister, friends and lovers against the backdrop of postwar England.

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ISBN: 9781620401200
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - May 7th, 2013

One summer in the life of 10 year old Helen as she deals with the death of her beloved caretaker + grandmother, the absence of her father and first love. Set at the end of WWII, this is a haunting coming of age story.

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ISBN: 9780143122432
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Published: Penguin Books - February 26th, 2013

A wonderful read about a lost child who helps a woman come to terms with her own painful childhood.

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ISBN: 9780670026630
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Published: Viking Books - March 12th, 2013

This is the best book of the year! The story of a 16 year old Japanese girl told through her diary, which is found by a writer off the coast of B.C. Her longing for her lost American life, experiences of bullying from her classmate, and the kind and moving relationship she develops with her grandmother, a Buddhist nun, will keep you turning the pages long into the night!

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ISBN: 9781250024077
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Published: Picador USA - March 5th, 2013

The extraordinary tale of 10 year old Judith and her father (told in her voice), Judith is certain she is an instrument of God after it snows on the day she was to be confronted by the school's bully. A moving story of a child trying to reconcile her beliefs with an often-harsh real world.

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ISBN: 9780061579059
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Published: Ecco Press - April 17th, 2012

You will both laugh and cry out loud, when reading this novel about this odd family of performance artists. A true novel about the 60s and 70s + Art.

Cutting For Stone By Abraham Verghese

This novel is a solid masterpiece. Beautiful and painful; thick in history and culture, character development and charm. Verghese is a magician with prose.

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ISBN: 9780375714368
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Published: Vintage - January 26th, 2010

South Of Broad By Pat Conroy

Conroy never disappoints! This novel is thick with deep, loyal friendships and heavy in shock and awe! This book is utterly fantastic; it will thrill you, stun you and possibly have you shed a tear! A must read.

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ISBN: 9780385344074
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Published: Dial Press - May 4th, 2010

Wild By Cheryl Strayed

This is a fun book! If you need some inspiration follow Cheryl on her journey through the Pacific Crest Trail! This is an enjoyable, heart-felt and fast read!

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ISBN: 9780307476074
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Published: Vintage - March 26th, 2013

Truth and Beauty By Ann Patchett

Ann Patchett is a gorgeous writer; like satin, smooth and full. The relationship she brings forth in this memoir is deep, painful, loyal and stunning. A must read.

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ISBN: 9780060572150
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 5th, 2005


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