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Latest Staff Picks

Shel Silverstein for adults. Perfect for those days when you feel like shit and can't muster up the (physical) energy to do anything but lay in bed, or the (mental) energy to love yourself.

Wonderfully therapeutic in its gallows humor and satirization of anxiety.

Picked by Avery

If Llewellyn’s collection of short stories was a dating profile it might read: 

Goth seeks kinky Aquarius who’s probably weirder than you. Into horror, Lovecraft and long, sullen silences while staring deeply into your soul. A keen sense for short stories and the unexpected is a plus. 

This you? If so, I’d definitely recommend checking out this collection weird and horrifying shorts.    

Picked by Garrett

A short but sweet story of two unconventional princesses discovering themselves and their happily ever after: Princess Amira, valiantly brave and with kick-butt hair, and Princess Sadie, warmhearted, problem-solver, and beloved by all.

AKA, my two favorite princesses.

Picked by Avery

Valente does a fantastic job creating colorful, delicious voices for scorned women sacrificed in order to further the storylines of popular superheroes. Feels like Chicago's "Cell Block Tango," and you can almost hear the noir-ish saxophone behind each story. 

Picked by Michelle

I was psyched when I heard about this collaboration between two of my favorite masters of dry humor in kids' lit. And it's a SUCCESS.

I really wish I could meet Niles in real life. He's kind of a mastermind who can make any scheme go down, with the suavity of James Bond and the quirks and optimism of Dr. Who.

Picked by Michelle


Six people wake up in a spaceship to see their own gruesomely murdered bodies floating in the air around them. Since everyone else is either asleep or a million light years away, they only have each other to suspect. This is a fun, thought-provoking page-turner that keeps heaping on the suspense.

Picked by Rich

If Grindr/Tinder were a book, this book would be it. A fantastic look into gay hookup/dating culture in today's workd in the age of the Smart Phone; each story is its own, but all weave together to map out the paths that characters take and the web of relationships they form.

Seriously though... this book is too real.

Picked by Avery

While some might decry Herman’s book as just another bougie art criticism or preachy self-help book, it really is neither.

Visual Intelligence isn’t asking you solve a specific problem in your life...Herman just offers exercises to get you to examine and expand the way you view the world, all in turn making you a more perceptive, better listening and more empathetic individual. 

I highly recommend this book.   

Picked by Garrett

Nicole Georges' workds speak straight to the soul, and especially so in Fetch, her new graphic memoir about a misbehaving dog that she rescued at 16 and who, in turn, rescued her over the next 15 years. Extremely heartfelt and moving, Fetch is an empathetically told tale that all dog-lovers can respect and find comfort in.

Picked by Avery