Staff Favorites

Staff Favorites

Our Staff Favorites section is a popular spot to browse in the store. It’s 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

Permanent Record by Edward Snowden

Patriot or traitor? Edward Snowden, whose ancestors arrived on the Mayflower, grew up in the suburbs with parents who worked for the government.  In this memoir he explains how he arrived at the decision to leak confidential documents from the National Security Agency to the press, and how he was forced  into exile in Russia.  A compelling and at times, disturbing story that leaves the reader with much to ponder. – 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 Line Tender by Kate Allen

Twelve-year-old Lucy and her friend Fred embark on a summer assignment to create a field guide on sharks in the Rockport, MA area.  Lucy’s mom, a marine biologist, passed away five years ago and Lucy finds herself delving into her mom’s unfinished research, along with her dad, a local fisherman, and an elderly neighbor.  The four form an unlikely bond helping them to overcome their own struggles and grief.  Kate Allen skillfully tackles the difficult issue of grief in a realistic way. – Tori-Lynn

The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells

Growing up, climate change has been a prevalent topic in most aspects of my life.  Now, as a college senior the situation has become even more dire, impacting a majority of decisions as I plan for the future.   This book beautifully depicts the extent to which climate change will impact all of humanity and our planet. – Megan

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