Staff Favorites

Staff Favorites

Staff Favorites are the heart of what Independent Booksellers provide for their customers – a synopsis of a book they love and want to share.  Listed below are some of our current favorites, great stories that we hope will enlighten your reading experience.

The Staff at House of Books

Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout

Elizabeth Strout catches us up on what’s been happening in Crosby, ME since we left Olive Kitteridge there in 2008.  By turns melancholic, tragic and hopeful, the interwoven stories stick with you, much like the Pulitzer Prize winning novel.  An atmosphere of decline pervades Olive, Again and by extension, perhaps, a comment on this country during a dark time. – Peter

Olive, Again: A Novel by [Strout, Elizabeth]

 A Rip In Heaven by Jeanine Cummins

In April of 1991, Tom Cummins and two of his cousins are brutally attacked on the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, which spans the Mississippi River outside of St. Louis.  Surviving this horrific ordeal, Tom believes he is safe and can bring justice for his cousins.  He could not be more wrong.  A riveting memoir depicting the “injustices” of our legal system, bias of the media, and the struggles of a family that must come to terms with the events that have ripped their lives apart. – Mary

Long Bright River by Liz Moore

Named a “Most Anticipated Book of 2020” by The New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes and more.  Two inseparable sisters grow up in a Philadelphia neighborhood entrenched in the opioid crisis.  As adults, one turns to law enforcement, the other to addiction.  In a heart-pounding and gut-wrenching narrative, Liz Moore delivers a unique suspense novel that is also an intricate story of familial relationships and love. – Mary

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

Ann Patchett’s words make you stop and ponder a sentence or laugh out loud.  An engaging  story of Maeve and Danny Conroy, siblings who share an unbreakable bond with each other through five decades.  This is the type of book that sticks with you long after the last page is read. – Mary


Disappearing Earth by Julia Philips

Julia Philips takes you to the brooding, remote Kamchatka peninsula in her debut novel about two young sisters who go missing.  This novel provides a deep examination of loss and longing, painted in overlapping short stories that come together in a single haunting narrative. – Tori-Lynn

Disappearing Earth: A novel

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

Despite the length, Shannon manages to deliver an entertaining and gripping series of narratives.  Fantasy fans that are tired of homogeneous and misogynistic stories will be especially pleased with the diversity of characters.  With some of the best LGBTQ+ in the genre, political intrigue, plague, pirates and LOTS of dragons this epic fantasy has it all. – Tori-Lynn

The Priory of the Orange Tree by [Shannon, Samantha]

The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness

This beautifully constructed coming o age story features an unforgettable cast of characters including the most terrifyingly relentless villain, a boy forced into an adventure he never asked for and a superb talking dog.  A riveting thriller that will keep you turning the pages until the very end.  I have loved this trilogy for years and it will remain one of my favorites into adulthood.

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