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Staff Picks

St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves
STAFF PICK | July

Karen Russell

“ Each of Karen Russell's stories is like an ornate, impeccably polished snow globe. Ten little masterclasses in fiction writing. ”
Unlovable
STAFF PICK | July

Dan Yaccarino

“ Alfred is a pug who thinks nobody could love him because he is squat and goofy, but we all know that's not true. Alfred is the man! Unlovable is a wonderfully written and illustrated book about accepting who you are. ”
Blood Meridian
STAFF PICK | July

Cormac McCarthy

“ Discussed within: scalping, dust, cowboys, a million different words for Adobe huts that you won't be able to find in a dictionary, more dust, a mysterious force of unstoppable evil referred to as ‘the judge.’ Perfect beach book if you're not afraid of sunning yourself while reading a meditation on the nature of violence nested within a subversive western. (Seriously, though, this book is incredible. At times, the gore can be a little much, but McCarthy's writing is unmatched. I read this six years ago and haven't stopped thinking about it since then.) ”
Picasso
STAFF PICK | July

Gertrude Stein

“ We often associate Pablo Picasso with loaded behaviors that diverge us from understanding his actual skill and trade. Gertrude Stein, having been a close comrade of Picasso’s gives access to the influences and thoughts behind each of his movements. From his move to France, to the provocation of cubism, all wildly noted by Stein herself. ”
We Should All Be Feminists
STAFF PICK | July

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“ Nigerian born writer gives American audiences a short sweet and to the point glance of the customs, behaviors, and exchanges that culminate into heightened gender roles back in her home country. ”
The Color of Water
STAFF PICK | July

James McBride

“ This is a warmly written autobiography about the African-American author’s raising and his relationship to his white Jewish mother. The story carries you along through his adolescence while he tries to grasp a sense of identity and understand how it came to be that he and his own mother look nothing alike. ”
The Trumpet of the Swan
STAFF PICK | July

E.B. White

“ My favorite E.B. White book. It's really really hard to pick a favorite, but there ya go. ”
Hollye
Say Her Name
STAFF PICK | July

Francisco Goldman

“ Francisco Goldman lost his wife in a tragic accident, and wrote this rumination of grief/biography/love story. The writing has a tender, angry heartbeat. My husband and I both devoured this book two years ago and shortly after decided to get married. You've been warned. ”
Hollye
The Whale
STAFF PICK | July

Philip Hoare

“ This book is the grown up answer to my childhood fascination with whales. Read it by the ocean. Read it on the subway. Read it before or after you've read Moby Dick. Read it if you never plan on reading Moby Dick. ”
Hollye
STAFF PICK | July

Bobby Hart & Glenn Ballantyne

“ During the 1960s, Bobby Hart and Tommy Boyce not only wrote songs for The Monkees, they also embarked on a pop career themselves. Their song, L.U.V. (Let Us Vote) was used in the 1968 campaign to help lower the voting age to 18. But in 1970, Tommy abruptly cut short their career and Bobby found himself searching for some kind of spiritual balance. He found it in the form of yoga and meditation and studied the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda. In this wonderful memoir, we hear how, after moving from his hometown of Phoenix, AZ to Hollywood in the late 50s, he eventually got his big break with Tommy Boyce to write the music for an upcoming pilot tv show called The Monkees, the duo's association with Robert Kennedy's 1968 election campaign and his continued commitment to meditation. ”
Glenn

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