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Latest Staff Picks

Swedish husband and wife Alexander and Alexandra Ahndoril are the authors of the internationally bestselling Joona Linna series. It's been five years since we've had the pleasure of  new novel in the US and "The Sandman" was well worth the wait. Gut-clenching Nordic crime at its best, atmospheric and populated with complex, compelling characters. 

Picked by Deborah

For those who may feel overwhelmed by current events, this book offers an antidote to despair. Not just a clear-eyed, well-researched look at our pervasive epidemic of depression, it lays out possibilities for meaningful change both large-scale and individual. Full of concrete ideas which could improve your own life and the lives of the people in your community. 

Picked by Sarah

A sharp, deceptively breezy thriller which lures you in with brilliantly wicked wit and then hits you with true emotional weight as our narrator - stolid, capable, unlovely - must decide how far she's willing to go to protect her gorgeous but homicidal sister, while navigating the thorny memories of their violent family history.

Picked by Sarah

Imagine a detective novel written with all the modern criticisms of policing while also casting its protagonist, Darren Matthews, as a unapologetically black, Texas Ranger determined to use his badge to counteract racism in America. In Attica Locke's Bluebird Bluebird, she not only manages to create unique characters, but she also crafts a beautifully written mystery that is attentive to social issues and extremely exciting down to the very last page. Ranger Matthews is a combination of Longmire's true grit plus Luther's uncanny ability to suss out the puzzle that makes a murder so intriguing. Are you a part-time gumshoe? Well then, this book is for you!

Picked by Josiah

Whorton is one of those rare authors I read and lose the sensation of turning pages, slipping into his quirky worlds past the printed page. Here he creates a kind of redneck "Alice in Wonderland," each character more startling and vivid than the last. But what most surprises is how deeply Whorton causes you to care about--and cheer on--these fragmented but tenacious and hopeful personalities.  

Picked by Adam

Want to convince your relatives that universal healthcare, free high quality education, and a robust social safety net are a good thing without them thinking you're a pinko commie? Hand them this.

Picked by Anje

Johan Friedrich von Allmen, well-educated, heir to a vast fortune, never employed, has found himself in reduced circumstances. Forced to relocate to the gardenhouse of his Swiss estate with only his resourceful Guatemalan butler, Carlos, for company, Allmen is in  desperate need of funds. When an opportunity to pilfer Art Nouveau glass bowls from a neighbor arises, Allmen becomes first thief then detective in this delightful crime caper. 

Picked by Deborah

Cormac Mccarthy is best known for his gritty westerns that somehow manage to be both poetic and brutal. Mccarthy's dive into post-apocalyptic writing maintains this style but with characters and settings of The Road are vastly different than the Marlboro Men and Arroyo stories featured in his other books. This is not a story about heroes -- this is a story about a father ("Papa") and son ("boy") simply trying to survive a world bent on destroying them and itself.

Picked by Josiah

This collection of previously published essays establishes Wesley Yang as one of the great cultured observers of these times. Absolutely one of the best collections of the year. 

Picked by Kalani