Staff Favorites

Staff Favorites

Our Staff Favorites section is by far our most popular spot to browse in the store. Many customers return to share their opinions about books they’ve selected from our Staff Favorites. It is the heart of what Independent bookstores and booksellers provide to readers; the excitement and anticipation of the next great story that will heighten their reading experience. If you ever need a suggestion, please don’t hesitate to ask. Recommending a great book is one of our favorite things about being booksellers.

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Robin, Mary, Megan and Margie


Rainsongs by Sue Hubbard (bookcover cannot be copied)

There are books you read for the story and then there are books to be read for the beauty of the writing that tells the story in a way that moves you heart and soul.  Rainsongs is a study of grief, and loss of time and the realization that comes at midlife that there’s less time ahead than there is behind you.  The rugged landscape of the West Coast of Ireland can be felt throughout and it stirs inside each of its characters in different ways.  A beautiful story. – Robin


The White Darkness by David Grann

The White Darkness tells the story of explorer Henry Worsley.  I admit, I wasn’t familiar with him but I love a good adventure story.  I’m in awe of what drives a person to such an extraordinary adventure, pushing the limits of human endurance and suffering, risk and reward.  This is a short, thrilling story that like Antarctic itself, and its vast expanse, widens your scope of what’s possible. – Robin

The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker

In a remote California town, the students at Santa Lora College are falling asleep and they’re not waking up.  When the “virus” starts spreading to the town, panic descends along with medical volunteers from across the country and the military, placing the entire town in quarantine.  Author Karen Thompson Walker gives us a compelling tale but she goes deeper than just the story.  What are the meanings of our dreams?  Do we see the past or the future?  This is a most provocative novel and difficult to put down. – Mary


Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield

Picture the river Thames, in an ancient time, winding through tidy villages where story telling is an art form and the winter and summer solstice provide the mood and backdrop.  The best stories begin at the Swan Inn where locals have practiced this art for centuries.  So it is here that the story of “the girl who died and lived again” begins.  Like the river, the story twists and turns throughout the land in a mix of myth, mystery, magic and science.  Author Diane Setterfield is a master story teller; her words grab a hold of you and transport you to a world thrilling and delightful.  This is an excellent book, a pleasure, a trip to a bewitching place that leaves you filled with wonder. – Mary


The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Author Alex Michaelides, in his debut novel, mixes Alfred Hitchcock with Agatha Christie and sprinkles in Greek tragedy resulting in a stunning, “keep you guessing until the end”, incredible psychological thriller!  Alicia Berenson, a famous painter, and her husband, Gabriel, a renowned photographer seem to have it all until Alicia kills Gabriel and goes silent.  Theo Faber, a psychotherapist, becomes obsessed with her case and determines he will not only get Alicia to speak, but solve the mystery leading up to Gabriel’s death.  I’m pretty good at guessing “who dunnit” but I was blown away by this ending.  Be prepared to read into the wee hours. – Mary


The Oracle Year by Charles Soule

What would you do with 108 predictions about the future?  Hedge your bets and stash your winnings in the Caymens, or something more altruistic for the sake of others?  This philosophical adventure becomes a cat and mouse chase as the Oracle evades the authorities.  I couldn’t put it down. – Margie

 The Girl Who Smiled Glass Beads by Clemantine Wamariya

Every once in a while a book will come along that changes the way you think about and view the world.  The Girl Who Smiled Glass Beads is one such book.  It is brutally honest in a way that is heartbreaking yet necessary.  It challenges the way you think about people who have been victims of violence and survivors of tragedy.  I’m normally not a fan of memoirs, but this book reads so smoothly I had a hard time putting it down.  A book for people of all ages. – Megan

The Traveling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

A book not like any other!  Told from the perspective of a cat, The Traveling Cat Chronicles is lighthearted and fun.  At the same time, it deals with healing and loss in a way that is entirely unique.  I picked this book up expecting a quirky story but ended up with so much more.  Definitely in my top ten favorite books of all time. – Megan


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