Staff Picks

Sally's Picks:

Echo by Thomas Olde Heuvelt. A call from nature takes a man to the Swiss Alps where something ancient and evil is waiting. Something that may take his soul. 

Travel journalist and mountaineer Nick Grevers awakes from a coma to find that his climbing buddy, Augustin, is missing and presumed dead. Nick’s own injuries are as extensive as they are horrifying. His face wrapped in bandages and unable to speak, Nick claims amnesia—but he remembers everything. He remembers: something was waiting for them...






The Love of My Life by Rose Walsh is a love story and page-turner. Emma has a great life. A husband, daughter, and rescue dog. Because Emma is a prominent marine biologist, Leo, her husband, and obituary writer, is asked to write his wife's obituary while she is still alive. It is then that he discovers his wife is not who she claims to be. Her name is not even Emma. As more of her past becomes known, Emma must convince her husband she is the woman he married. Can she convince him? (Release date March 1, 2022)





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:

How to be Perfect: The Correct Answer to Every Moral Question by Michael Schur. From the creator of The Good Place and the co-creator of Parks and Recreation, a hilarious, thought-provoking guide to living an ethical life, drawing on 2,500 years of deep thinking from around the world. The author takes us through moral questions, starting with "should I punch my friend in the face" to more serious issues such as enjoying art created by bad people and how much money to charity. This book makes us question the reasons behind our choices through fun and non-threatening discussions.





Hannah's Pick:

Gideon the Ninth is one of my favorites: Imagine a murder mystery set in a creepy mansion starring a lesbian jock and her tiny goth boss. Tamsyn Muir has something for everyone in this series, from people just looking for a fun spooky read, to those who would prefer to spend hours pouring over every detail, unpacking Muir’s incredible worldbuilding.





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.




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.