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Latest Staff Picks

I have never stayed up late into the night to finish a nonfiction book before, but Helen and her bees has me hooked! The minimal yet poetic attributes prescribed to the friends, locations and actions that intersect with her studies - utterly compelling. The controlled chaos, matriarchy, and environmental significance of a single colony - timely and impactful. Plus, she includes an awesome bibliography that would excite any nature reader! 

Picked by Katelynn

I have experienced a lot of side-eyes glances and unwelcome critique for my love of the horror genre, the assumption being that my outlook and tastes must be base if not subterranean.Tell that to Carol J. Clover. Through thoughtful lenses she looks at the slasher/horror genre as one with the potential to build empathy. This book reminds me that guilt and pleasure should never occupy the same space. 

Picked by Dean

Hands down, my new favorite historical romance of all time. What woman hasn't been disappointed, wronged, or hurt by men? Us cynics of love deserve a happily ever after, too!

Seraphina's memoirs are intended to enthrall her fellow ladies of society: her story is a call for equality of the sexes in late eighteenth-century England. She returns to her coastal home to focus on writing and instead discovers handsome Scottish architect Adam. THE RAKESS subverts all tropes to deliver a complex story of first heartbreaks, small-town gossip, and fiercely loyal friends.

Picked by Danielle

This impish debut is brief and dizzying, the literary equivalent of a whippit. Modern malaise has never felt so sly and despite the book's lack of physical heft (clocking in at 115 pages), it is heavy on charm. 

 

Picked by Wesley

An entrancing coming-of-age tale that effortlessly balances the wide-eyed wonder of first love (both romantic and platonic) with the grim, inherent trepidation that defines late adolescence.  I haven't been this moved by a book in centuries.  

Picked by Wesley

How will the next generation feel about the world they inherit and, equally fascinating, how will they feel about those that brought them into that world? With The Children's Bible, Millet's work has progressed from prescient to flat-out mantic.

Place and extinction are thematic staples in her work and they have come home to roost in this sharp indictment of humankind's place in its own extinction. 

Picked by Wesley

Bananas. These tightly-compressed stories feel tied to some even more mysterious, elliptical tale that's been lying dormant in the reader's imagination for eons. Like some kind of ancient truth.  I don't know that a book has ever left me feeling so vulnerable, like it knew me deeply. In my bones or some other new age nonsense.  I'd wager this is what DMT feels like.

Picked by Wesley

A fantastic book about the fantastically contentious creative process that birthed an architectural touchstone. Thankfully Broken Glass, priced at $28, destroyed my desire for a Barcelona chair. That's a savings of upwards of $1672.

Farnsworth for the win. 

Picked by Wesley

A meditative and insightful look at one of the most grossly misunderstood creative movements. Chayka's writing is thoughtful and conveys an engaging curiosity about what exactly "less is more" means. For Kondo addicts and John Cage acolytes alike.

Picked by Wesley