Staff Picks by Tag

Staff Pick Badge
Winter's Orbit Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781250758835
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Tor Books - February 2nd, 2021

A delightful queer romance with a fun sci. fi. setting. There's a nice balance between cute relationship moments and unraveling an interplanetary mystery full of political intrigue. I listened to the audiobook on Libro.fm and it was top notch.

If you want something that will pull you in and be a great time, pick this one up, you'll thank me later.

P.S. Your heart is NOT ready for Prince Kiem and Count Jainan <3 <3


Review by Nicole

Staff Pick Badge
Crosshairs: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982146023
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Atria Books - December 8th, 2020

What does it mean to be a true ally?

What are you willing to give up so EVERYONE is free?

These are the kind of questions this book will ask of you. Could not put down. Highly recommended! 


Review by Rosa

Staff Pick Badge
Liquor & Cigarettes Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781974711628
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: SuBLime - January 14th, 2020

This story is short, sweet, (quite) sexy and lovingly illustrated. If you are into yaoi (apparently I am) this one is well worth a snag. 


Review by Dean

Staff Pick Badge
The Once and Future Witches Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316422048
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Redhook - October 13th, 2020

Alix E. Harrow's lush sophomore novel grapples with the allure of feminine power and the bonds of sisterhood in a historical setting. A creative twist on magic and imaginary worlds draws from familiar European folklore, sure to delight any reader familiar with Grimms Tales and other mythological stories.

 

Three sisters, traumatized by their violent father, discover one another on the streets of New Salem in the mid-1850s. A mysterious pull has drawn them together at the moment of two incendiary events: a protest for Women's Suffrage and the dramatic yet brief appearance of the Lost Way of Avalon. These events compel the sisters to work together, despite old wounds, and inadvertently aid a tyrannical mayoral candidate in his efforts to snuff out witchcraft forever.

 


Review by Danielle

Staff Pick Badge
Boyfriend Material Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781728206141
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Sourcebooks Casablanca - July 7th, 2020

The fake boyfriend trope is a classic in romantic fiction, and when it’s done as wonderfully as it is in “Boyfriend Material,” you can see why. There is nothing more satisfying than learning to love two very different characters despite their quirks and flaws, knowing all the while that they are meant to be together. And if the journey to happily ever after involves the dung beetle, ridiculous puns and  the craziest, most wonderful cast of supporting characters ever assembled, all the better. Luc and Oliver will steal your heart.


Review by Deborah

Staff Pick Badge
My Brother's Husband, Volumes 1 & 2 (Pantheon Graphic Library) Cover Image
By Gengoroh Tagame, Anne Ishii (Translated by)
$29.95
ISBN: 9780375715181
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Pantheon - February 11th, 2020

I don't do 'cute' and I don't let my books get water damaged. Needless to say my copy of this affecting story about kinship and acceptance is thoroughly dampened with tears. Read it. Now.


Review by Dean

Staff Pick Badge
My Autobiography of Carson McCullers: A Memoir Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781947793286
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Tin House Books - February 4th, 2020

If you’ve ever read the title of Carson McCullers’ seminal work “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter” and thought: “I’ve just read the most beautiful poem, written for me”—if you’ve ever done that—maybe you should pick up this book. 

 

Shapland deftly writes about closeted queer desire, her own coming to terms with herself, and McCullers vs. the coded language she has long been shrouded in. 

 

I don’t know where to put this magnificent  book—but maybe it belongs with you. 


Review by Kitri

Staff Pick Badge
In the Dream House: A Memoir Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450383
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Graywolf Press - December 1st, 2020

In picking the carcass of her own experience, Carmen Maria Machado has written a new kind of memoir. Short vignettes, told through kaleidoscopic lenses, are pieced together by the reader—not that it feels anything like work. It feels more like therapy.


Review by Kitri

Staff Pick Badge
This Is How You Lose the Time War Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781534430990
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Gallery / Saga Press - March 17th, 2020

This is a blossoming romance set among the rubble of incomprehensible destruction. This is not Doctor Who fan-fiction, nor is it the concrete, expository science fiction we're used to. This is for the dreamers who want to look through broken windows into another reality.


Review by Kitri