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 Recommendations. It is really the heart of what Independent Bookstores and Booksellers provide to readers.

The excitement and anticipation of the next great story that will heighten their next reading experience. So if you ever need a suggestion, please don’t hesitate to ask. It really is one of our favorite things about being booksellers.

If you’re buying a gift for someone else? We always offer complimentary gift wrap and can ship it as well.

Robin, Mary, Megan and Margie

 

Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

There’s something intensely magical about a debut novel and Where The Crawdad’s Sing is that novel.  First time author Delia Owens blew me away with her beautiful writing and descriptions of the marshland on the North Carolina coast.  I could hear the grasses singing in the breeze and almost smell the brine in the air.  This is a novel that comes alive and shimmers in its themes of abandonment, loneliness, the rawness of the natural world, and the primal urge of this young protagonist named Kya, or the Marsh Girl, to not only survive in it, but thrive in her own unique way.  By the end I didn’t want to let her go.   Loved, loved, loved this! – Robin

In The Shadow of Statues by Mitch Landrieu – Mayor of New Orleans

“It’s an important book for everyone in America to read, because it shows how intellectual honesty can lead to moral clarity”. – Walter Isaacson.  I agree completely!  This book will piss you off, it will inspire, and hopefully set the record straight on the great stain of racism in America. – Robin

The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock

A bawdy plum of a first novel from British author Imogen Hermes Gowar.  In 1780’s London residents become transfixed when a local merchant, Jonah Hancock, displays a “mermaid” for all to see.  His rise to fame is almost too much for the somber Jonah and he finds himself in the company of characters he never imagined.  A witty, mischievous, engaging read that will have you smiling through to the end. – Mary

The Air You Breathe by Frances de Pontes Pebbles

This is a delicious novel that I gobbled up in two days.  Weaving the story of an intense female friendship with the story of Samba in Brazil in the 1930’s and the war time studio lots of Los Angeles, I was spell bound by the intense, emotional characters that literally lifted me away.  Author Frances de Pontes Peebles gives us a vividly written novel that stuck with me long after the last page.  A true delight! – 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

 Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Pachinko is one of the best books I’ve picked up in awhile.  Min Jin Lee expertly details the hardships of a family trying to stay together and alive in a world that is completely against them.  Tragic and real, this is a story I recommend everyone read.  –  Megan

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