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, Margie and Megan

 

Lost and Wanted by Nell Freudenberger

Lost and Wanted is a title that falls short of the immensity the novel encompasses.  A whip- smart, science filled, study of loss, race, friendship, parenting, and the study not only of the big questions of a universal life, but also the small microscopic moments that make up our everyday existence.  There’s much here, it’s astounding and kept me mesmerized.  I read it in less than 24 hours and yet I will think about it for a very long time.  What a fantastic writer!  I have added Nell Freudenberger to my list of “must read authors.” I loved it – Robin

Normal People by Sally Rooney

Normal People is a well written, coming of age story set in Ireland.  At times depressing and utterly beautiful, it felt so authentic that I forgot at times these were characters in a novel and not living, breathing people in the room with me.  Normal People is far from ordinary.  I loved it! – Robin

 

Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly

I couldn’t wait to dive into Lost Roses being such a huge fan of Lilac Girls.  I was thrilled to be back in the lives of Caroline Ferriday’s mother Eliza and Sofya, a cousin of the Romanov’s and Varinka, the hired girl.  Kelly brings history alive and gives her characters so much depth with a keen understanding of their place in history.  I loved Lost Roses and the continuing story of these incredibly strong and resourceful women.  – Robin

 

Lessons From Lucy The Simple Joys of an Old Happy Dog by Dave Barry

What a treat!  Have tissues ready to wipe your eyes from laughing.  Only author Dave Barry could take his ten year old dog Lucy’s behavior and turn it into life lessons that make sense, leaving you weak from laughter.  You’ll love this book! – Mary

 

While You Sleep by Stephanie Merritt

I’ve been into ghost stories lately and author Stephanie Merritt has a winner with this book.  Zoe Adams, a modern American woman, needs to get away for a bit and decides a remote island off the coast of Scotland is the place to go.  A house out on the moors, almost secluded from the town, sounds just right.  But McBride House has quite a history as Zoe begins to find out.  Erotic, scary, intriguing and an ending you will not guess!!  This is a juicy read and a definite page-turner!!! – Mary

The Invited by Jennifer McMahon

What a book!!!   Nate and Helen, two middle school teachers living in a condo in Connecticut, come into a little money when Helen’s dad passes.  Deciding to go for their “dream house” they move to Vermont and buy property to build their salt box style home.  Their property and the surrounding area have a dark and tragic past that begins to seep into their lives.  Helen, a history teacher, becomes enthralled with the stories going back almost one hundred years and begins sourcing historic materials – beams, mantle, bricks – bringing a thrilling turn of events to the process of building a home.  Author Jennifer McMahon has written a superb ghost story, the building of a haunted house, if you will.  Be prepared to let the daily routine fall to the side when you start reading.  Absolutely great book!!! – Mary

 

Elevation by Stephen King

Not your typical Stephen King mystery!  Elevation is a mystery nonetheless which will keep the pages turning.  This snapshot of life in a small town also illustrates the value of appreciating one’s neighbors.  An enjoyable, quick read! – Margie

 Circe by Madeline Miller

I was skeptical when I first picked up Circe.  As a huge fan of Greek Mythology, I thought there was only so much author Madeline Miller could write about Circe’s story.  I was wrong.  Ms. Miller gave so much more than just another retelling of a classic Greek tale.  Circe comes alive in a way I’ve never seen before.  If you’re looking for your next epic page turner, this is it! – 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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