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]

 Run Me To Earth by Paul Yoon

During the Vietnam War, Laos experienced an internal conflict between the Communist Pathet Lao and the Loyal Lao Government.  The CIA provided extensive support to the RLG in the form of bombing missions that lasted nine years.  Many of these bombs or “bombies” landed in fields undetonated.  This is the brilliant, deeply moving story of Alisak, Prany and Noi, three orphans who survive devastating loss and learn to navigate this perilous landscape. – 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

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

Lydia and her seven-year old son, Luca, barely escape the cartel that has murdered their entire family.  In traveling with them to “el Norte”, author Jeanine Cummins takes us on a journey of life-threatening peril most South American immigrants face when trying to reach the United States border.  Forceful and gripping, this novel gives face to migrants who flee violence and near certain death to find a better life. – Mary

Saint X by Alexis Schaitkin

Alexis Schaitkin’s debut novel is a knock out.  Claire is seven when her teenage sister, Alison, disappears on the last night of her family’s Caribbean vacation.  Hours later her body is found and two local men are arrested but eventually released.  Years later in New York City, Claire encounters one of these men by getting into his taxi.  That moment sets Claire on an obsessive pursuit of the truth that culminates in a riveting ending.  An exceptional psychological thriller. – Mary

Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky

For fans of Stranger Things and old Stephen King paperbacks, comes a masterpiece of modern horror that will make the hair on the back of your neck stand on end.  It has everything: multiple points of view, endless backstories, an epic showdown between good and evil, and a twist that will knock you off kilter.  Reading this book is a visceral and brutal experience. – Tori-Lynn

Imaginary Friend by [Chbosky, Stephen]

Cottons: The Secret of the Wind by Jim Pascoe & Heidi Arnhold

For teens who grew up fans of Erin Hunter’s Warriors and the Redwall series comes a graphic novel featuring rabbits and foxes in a world where magic, technology, and art are used as weapons of war.  With incredible world building, lovable characters and compelling visual storytelling, The Secret of the Wind will easily become a new fantasy favorite.

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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