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Staff Picks

On of the best things about bookselling is recommending a favorite (and there's always a new favorite)! Take a look at what we're reading now. Click on the bookseller's name for more recommendations from them. Enjoy!

Recent Picks
Store staff Alyssa


I'm a bookseller both in-store and at events.  I enjoy reading essay collections, science/medicine related books, literary fiction, and YA fantasy for fun.



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Red Clocks: A Novel Cover Image


I am the store's general manager and I love to read mystery/thrillers, true crime, memoirs, as well as feminist and social justice non-fiction books. I usually always have at least three books going at any given time -- one on my nightstand, an audiobook, and a library book. I definitely tend to pick up titles that strike my current mood. I'm also the proud mom of three cats, Mr. Oscar Wilde, Fitzgerald, and Maya. I love chai tea lattes and listening to live music. My fiance and I love to travel; one of my goals when traveling is to visit at least one library or bookstore in the town we're visiting. I prefer mountains over the beach. 

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The Whisper Man: A Novel Cover Image


I'm the events coordinator, a poet, caregiver, cat-person, dog-person, and unashamed therapeutic crier. My favorite books are ones that give me nightmares, make me weep, and/or make me laugh out loud. Usually all three? Poetry is my main jam, but I have a love for psychological thrillers and short story collections. My pronouns are they / them.

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Store staff Cliff


See the rest of Cliff's picks here.


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The End of the Day Cover Image


I enjoy both fiction and non-fiction.

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Locked In: The True Causes of Mass Incarceration-and How to Achieve Real Reform Cover Image


Hank is the adorable son of Jim, our receiving manager. His picks are typically about trains, things that make noise, dogs, and social justice.

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Trains Go Cover Image


Read the rest of Jarek's picks here.

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Heavy: An American Memoir Cover Image


Resident graphic novel expert

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Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia Cover Image


I'm a bookseller. 

My favorite things to read are fantasy, true crime, comic books, and history, especially about radical and working class political groups, and just anything weird.


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Imaginary Friend Cover Image


"The scandalous truth about me is that I am an unruly reader. I don't keep a methodical list, I often have more than one copy of the same book in piles I forget about, and I read somewhat randomly, and can be motivated by a book cover or how it smells alone.  I gravitate towards books by or about disenfranchised folk everywhere:  literary fiction that takes me somewhere I could never otherwise go, literary nonfiction--memoir and essays especially-- noir and thinking person's mysteries, poetry, and the occasional straight-up book of history.  But my first requirement is almost always good writing." 

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Heavy: An American Memoir Cover Image


I'm a bookseller, consignment reviewer, and I run the SF reading group. Science fiction, obviously, not so much fantasy, mystery, science, history, and occasionally philosophy. I'm also a photographer, so I appreciate good visuals.


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A Study in Honor: A Novel (The Janet Watson Chronicles) Cover Image

Mark the II

I'm a bookseller and I facilitate the Read the Resistance book group. I tend to read all over the place -- contemporary fiction, hard-boiled mystery, picture books -- but my favorites are always the ones that make me laugh.

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This Land: How Cowboys, Capitalism, and Corruption are Ruining the American West Cover Image


I'm a bookseller and a sidelines buyer. I real all kinds of things, but I gravitate toward sci-fi, victorian novels, and essay collections.   

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My Dark Vanessa: A Novel Cover Image


Phoebe's picks by genre: YA Fiction, Sci-Fi, Graphic Novels   Phoebe's Favorite 5 Reads in 2018


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Roller Girl Cover Image


Bookseller and buyer.

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Stay and Fight: A Novel Cover Image


I'm the store's Children's and Teen Specialist.  I mostly read anything in those sections (especially YA and picture books), plus plays, graphic novels, nonfiction about social justice issues, and weird avant-garde adult literary fiction that gets remaindered as soon as I recommend it.

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I love to read fiction of almost all varieties but lean more towards mystery and epic historical fiction (really anything with a good story that might make me cry or laugh). I also read narrative non-fiction like memoir with a social justice theme, micro-histories, and true crime. I will pick up any book that strikes me at the moment. 


I am the author wrangler (event host), assistant cat wrangler, book whisperer, reading group coordinator, and Friend's program coordinator among other things.

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Shualee's Most Anticipated Plays 2017

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Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution Cover Image




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The Little Grumpy Cat that Wouldn't (Grumpy Cat) (Little Golden Book) Cover Image


I owned a bookstore in Indiana for 36 years and am happy to be back serving customers. I read mostly character driven fiction.

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The Body: A Guide for Occupants Cover Image