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Latest Staff Picks

Did you love The Kiss Quotient? Then you need to read Alisa Rai! She writes strong, smart, diverse women falling in love and heroes that will melt your heart.

 

Rhi Hunter knows the best revenge is success. As creator of the dating app Crush, she has what it take to takeover her competitor, Matchmaker. But tracking down their elusive, eccentric owner hasn't proved easy and with buyers circling - like her toxic ex-boyfriend and former boss - she's had to be rather creative in her approach. Fate serves up a twist when she discovers a former hookup is the new face of Matchmaker: retired footballer player Samson Lima, aka "The Curse". He's goofy, nervous, and totally clueless when it comes to online dating, but Rhi has a solution that might just help them both get ahead. A romance that is sweet, a little spicy in the bedroom, and full of active consent, The Right Swipe is a believable second chance romance for tech-savvy readers.  

Picked by Danielle

A fearlessly honest and fascinating collection of essays from some of the bravest journalists in the world: the Arab women writers who defy cultural expectations and put their lives on the line to report the stories from a rapidly changing Middle East. Full of hope, loss, despair, and unexpected bursts of humor, this is a timely reminder of the necessity of real journalism and the power stories have to change the world.

Picked by Sarah

At the heart of this historical fiction is the lifelong friendship of two girls growing up in a matriarchal sea-diving community on the South Korean Island of Jeju.

While Korean (and world) history envelops the island we get a glimpse of a remarkable community of women that really exists and is not long for this world. Choices we make and how and IF we forgive are explored.

Picked by Elisabeth

The visuals of this graphic novel are an experience in and of themselves. Before reading Skip I never had the sensation of tasting color. The only thing I can liken it to are the intense feelings that come over me when viewing the art of Vincent Van Gogh. In addition to stunning visuals, the story is absolutely beautiful, and reading through it made me feel like a leaf floating on a river: fast and slow, gentle and crushing. 

Picked by Ashley

This is a hilarious whirlwind of a story that follows April May an co. as they fumble their way through first alien contact, deal with unwanted internet fame, and navigate so much more than they knew they were getting into. It's funny as hell, ultimately hopeful, and full of so much heart. 

Leave it to Hank Green to bringing humans living on this planet together. You won't easily forget this story.

Picked by Gabi

Summer camp counselors, awkward & sweet friendship turned to romance, alternating perspectives, laugh out loud humor, AND unputdownable pacing - um, yes please!

Picked by Claire

Small investment, big payoff.  Aickman has long been an undervalued and out of print author but is now experiencing a small revival, and this novelette is an ideal place to start.  Like much of Aickman, "The Inner Room" is an entrancing seduction, an impossible mystery, and a melancholy siren song.  Here memory, psychology, and the external world overlap and confound one another.  This is neo-romanticism at its best, shrugging aside the mundane to expose a secret entrance to unfathomable and hazardous depths.  Though often characterized as "horror," it's much better to label such Aickman stories as literary dark fantasy--or to use his own term: "strange stories."

Picked by Adam

Is it absurd to use a domesticated crow and his blood hound sidekick to tell the story of a zombie apocalypse? Or just absurd that no one has ever thought to create such a hilariously profane avian hero, in the midst of an identity crisis and spurred on by a love for Cheetos? Either way, "Hollow Kingdom" is a glorious Seattle receptacle where “Zombieland”,“Happy Feet”, and “The Truth About Animals” are tossed together with the anthropomorphized voices of the urban animal kingdom. Now, my only hope is that this clever cast of characters will rescue my cat when I succumb to the pull of my phone and the audiobook read in the many voices of Robert Petkoff.

Picked by Katelynn

The only word that accurately describes the experience of Supper Club is "viscous."

I hate anything related to food: preparation, consumption, the offensive necessity of it. But Williams's ability to imbue the art of cooking with an eroticism, intoxicating decadence and sense of dread left me squirming and squealing.

Picked by Wesley