Staff Picks

Sally's Pick:

The daughter of survivalists, Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty, and of the grief that comes from severing one's closest ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes, and the will to change it.

For those who enjoyed The Glass Castle, this coming of age memoir is a perfect choice. It's a memoir that reads like a novel, with twists and turns and heart-breaking revelations.

 

 

 

Jamie's Pick:

From the beloved author of Comeback Love and Wherever There Is Light, comes a novel about the life-changing journey of a young man who travels from New Jersey to Khrushchev's Russia and the beaches of Southern France as he finds love and discovers the long-hidden secrets about his heritage


For fans of historical fiction about the Holocaust and the Cold War, this is an excellent novel of a Jewish Russian family and their secrets.

 

 

 

Sherri's Pick:

A young girl tries her hardest to respond to devastating news as compassionately and empathetically as possible in this charming debut picture book. 

A beautiful story that teaches about community, resilience, and optimism. This book is not only timely but timeless.

 

 

 

 

Alex's Pick:

Defekt, by Nino Cipri. Defekt is hilarious, engrossing, and slightly heartwrenching. Every character feels familiar and easy to connect with. If you've ever been in an IKEA and thought "why aren't there more wormholes?" You'll love this book.

Great for fans of LGBTQ lit

 

 

 

 

Halli's Pick:

The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green. A collection of essays from author John Green covering subjects such as scratch n' sniff stickers, sunsets, and whispering. The essays are informative, quirky, and humorous. Through it all, John Green shares his opinions and insecurities and presents these essays with the voice we have grown to love.

Perfect for adults and teens.

 

 

 

 

Amber's Pick:

I Hold a Wolf by the Ears by Laura Van Den Berg. A collection of eleven short stories about womanhood, trauma, identity, and the thinning, translucent veil that separates our own world from those of fantasy. These stories are immediately gripping, achingly human, and, perhaps, mildly hallucinatory. You will quickly find yourself staring down the barrel of your own anxieties and trepidations as they unfold themselves in these pages.

These stories can only be experienced through the whispery voices of the ghosts that haunt your bedroom at night, the ones that you mistake for the idle sounds of a house, or the muted mutterings of your neighbors. Well, that, or you could buy this book.

 

 

 

Sarah's Pick:

Kaleidoscope by Brian Selznick. Told in fragmented snapshots, Kaleidoscope is the story of two young friends who are bound together through time, space, and dreams. The story winds through moments in the friendship that range from the fantastical and dreamlike to the beautifully mundane, and as you read, you begin to piece together a magical tale of love, loss, grief, and joy.

Great for teens and adults.

 

 

 

 

Minna's Pick:

The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson. In a world where multiverse travel is possible, but only to universes where your other self has already died, suddenly society finds value in its poorest citizens. Those most likely to have died in alternate timelines. A Space Between Worlds offers a look at humanity, fragmented, kaleidoscopic, and inside out. Johnson provides a breathtaking exploration of classism, trauma, and the parts of ourselves we rarely see.

 

 

 

 

Justina's Pick:

First Person Singular by Haruki Murakami. Murakami's first-person narrators (who give this collection of short stories its name) are some of my favorites. They're skeptical of everyone around them, yet unreliable themselves. They're aware of their faults but aren't aware of their blind spots. They encounter the supernatural often, such as a talking monkey who works at a hot-spring and has a thing for beer and human women. And they irresponsibly project their desires — success, love, identity — onto others around them. They've reminded me that a lot of us are going through deep processes of uncovering and learning about ourselves. But they also remind me that things are probably actually going just fine, especially compared to them!

 

 

 

Gabrielle's Pick:

The Prettiest Star by Carter Sickels. The book begins in the spring of 1986. We meet Brian, a young gay man in his early 20's who decides to return home to Ohio from NYC after finding out he has AIDS. The book includes the POV's of multiple characters to expand on what it looks like for Brian to come home to his small-minded town. His family is forced to question how they value human lives and Brian explores how he is going to leave his mark on the world. This beautifully written historical fiction novel highlights a perspective of the '80s forgotten by media.