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Staff Picks

War for the Oaks
STAFF PICK | April

Emma Bull

“ One of the first ‘urban fantasy’ novels, which inspired today's YA favorites like Cassandra Clare and Maggie Stiefvater. Apart from being a kickass adventure about a motorcycling rockstar who stirs up magical trouble, no other book out there reveals how tangible magic can be when it's disguised as music. ”
Mariah
A Hungry Lion
STAFF PICK | April

Lucy Ruth Cummins

“ Exactly what it sounds like, and with not one but TWO twists at the end. Basically Inception for kids who like cake and lions. ”
Mariah
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
STAFF PICK | April

Susanna Clarke

“ A book worth its original hype. I don't think ‘breathtaking’ is going too far here, where the visual intensity and empathetic characters of Dickens meet the magic of Harry Potter. Also, a magician defeats Napoleon at Waterloo, a scene that should tempt anyone to read this book. ”
Mariah
The Once and Future King
STAFF PICK | April

T. H. White

“ At once the most playful and most serious version of King Arthur. You might recognize the first part of the book in the charming Disney film, but the rest is a serious and sometimes sobering tale of what makes a man into a legend. Great for Game of Thrones nerds who need a little more medieval in their lives. You will lend this book to your friends. ”
Mariah
Lucinella
STAFF PICK | April

Lore Segal

“ A hundred and fifty-four pages of witty, deranged perfection, Lucinella zooms from Yaddo to New York as the titular poet pursues literary greatness, men, and the ideal filing system. Every sentence is divine, and the ending will destroy you. ”
Kyle
Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements
STAFF PICK | April

Bob Mehr

“ The only true bio of one of the greatest bands of outsiders rock and roll has ever known. The Replacements beer soaked music and straight from the heart lyrics resonate with anyone who actually listens. Bob Mehr has penned a pin point accurate story that is joyful, hysterical, and poignant. If you're a fan of true Rock'N'Roll, this is a drop all, absolute must read. ”
David
STAFF PICK | April

Art Spiegelman

“ Maus and milkshakes and hugs and collie puppiesFuture and Young Thug and time with my bubbiesYou will love everything that this book bringsThese are a few of my favorite things! ”
Brian
In Our Time
STAFF PICK | April

Ernest Hemingway

“ First published in 1925 when Hemingway was living in Paris, this collection was many people's first introduction to him. In it he draws from childhood memories, his experiences in Italy during World War I, and events he witnessed as a young reporter in post-war Europe. The book features several of his Nick Adams stories set in Michigan, including one of my all-time favorites, ‘The Three Day Blow.’ I've returned to these stories many times. ”
Bennett
A Musical Hell
STAFF PICK | April

Alejandra Pizarnik

“ Dark radiance. I hadn't heard of Alejandra Pizarnik until last month when I came across this beautiful bilingual edition, which includes a preface by her fellow Argentine Julio Cortázar. Best read late at night. ‘Debajo de mi vestido ardía un campo con flores alegres como los niños de la medianoche.’ / ‘Fields of flowers stung beneath my dress, giddy as children at midnight.’ ”
Bennett
The Hundred Dresses
STAFF PICK | April

Eleanor Estes

“ I recently rediscovered this beloved middle reader novel in a box of elementary school memories. I immediately remembered how much I loved it and how much it inspired me personally and creatively. If you have an imaginative young person who loves art-making or one who struggles with bullying in your life, buy them this book. ”
Olivia

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