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

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

Wicked, darkly funny and a tad bizarre – author Samantha Downing has a winner in her first book.  Millicent and her husband Tobias have been married for 15 years, have two children, a boy and a girl, and live in a beautiful suburb.  But…things have become staid, boring – they need something different and exciting.  I can’t tell you what they do without spoiling the story so do what I did – jump in and read – lots of plot twists and a crazy ending.  This is a great book for the beach, an airplane or just to have some fun. – Mary


Inheritance by Dani Shapiro

Imagine, at the age of 54, you discover your dad is not your biological father, and you are not the person you believed yourself to be since childhood.  It’s like the floor opening up and free falling.  I read this beautiful, poignant memoir while waiting for my own DNA results.  I could not put it down as the mystery of author Dani Shapiro’s heritage unfolded in  a rapid, thriller-type novel that had me burning through the pages.  I loved this book, it made me cry but more importantly it made me think about the power of love. – 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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