Staff Picks

For Darkness Shows the Stars

Staff Pick Badge
For Darkness Shows the Stars Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780062006158
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Balzer + Bray - July 2nd, 2013

Take two intrepid heroes of the Austen persuasion. Add a few spaceships, class division, rampant genetic engineering, and a dollop of romance. Stir until potent. Diana  Peterfreund's For Darkness Shows the Stars is a lush, poetic reimagining of Jane Austen's Persuasion, an adaptation both familiar and surprising in turn. If Jane Austen and science fiction are your cups of tea, this book is for you.

Rebecca


Letters from Skye

Staff Pick Badge
Letters from Skye Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780345542601
Availability: It's Complicated--Contact Us for More Info
Published: Ballantine Books - July 9th, 2013

A love affair that crosses two continents and encompasses two wars begins with a chatty letter from David, a young American to his new favorite poet, Elspeth Dunn, sent in 1912. The book is a novel-in-letters, a complicated and passionate story that Elspeth's daughter pieces together while the bombs begin to fall on Britain in 1940.

Sarah


The Illusion of Separateness

Staff Pick Badge
The Illusion of Separateness: A Novel Cover Image
$23.99
ISBN: 9780062112248
Availability: It's Complicated--Contact Us for More Info
Published: Harper - June 11th, 2013

A stunning story that will grip you from the opening scene. The writing flows like poetry, and each word is meant to be savored. The characters are connected through time by one man's single thoughtful act during WW2. The atmosphere is beautiful, peaceful, and rough, and leaves the reader reeling in the quiet mystery and drama of how actions do resonate through time. A book to be read twice and to be given to friends.

Megan


Slow Horses

Staff Pick Badge
Slow Horses (Slough House #1) Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781569476437
Availability: Hard to Find--Contact us for More Info
Published: Soho Constable - June 1st, 2010

This is the first in a series of clever, darkly humorous, and cynical modern spy novels featuring the inmates of Slough House, all MI5 agents who have failed spectacularly in some way and are relegated to the most mind numbing tasks in the hope they will resign from the service.  However, ambition, denial and events conspire to put them back in the game again and the result is highly addictive.  Herron is a modern Le Carre from the world of office cubicles, downsizing and wry, obscure British TV.  The second book in the series, Dead Lions, is even better.

Susannah


The President's Daughter

Staff Pick Badge
The President's Daughter Cover Image
Email or call for price.
ISBN: 9780312374884
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Feiwel & Friends - July 22nd, 2008

Meg Powers likes her life just the way it is. This is unfortunate, considering that her mother has just decided to run for president. Worse, Meg is pretty sure her mother is going to win. The President's Daughter is the first installment in one of my favorite under-appreciated young adult series. Readers will discover a smart and savvy heroine in Meg, as well as a nuanced and sympathetic family dynamic set against the backdrop of a national political campaign. Perfect for fans of complex and compelling contemporary young adult fiction.

Rebecca


TransAtlantic

Staff Pick Badge
TransAtlantic: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781400069590
Availability: It's Complicated--Contact Us for More Info
Published: Random House - June 4th, 2013

Author of the bestselling Let the Great World Spin, Colum McCann weaves three seemingly disparate stories into one:  the visit of Frederick Douglass to Ireland in 1845 where he sees the famine firsthand and meets a young Irish girl who flees her homeland for America; the flight across the Atlantic by two World War I veterans in 1919; and the trials of former Senator George Mitchell, as he tries to broker an Irish peace in 1998.  This book is a brilliant combination of fact and fiction written by a master craftsman.

Nathan

 


Far, Far Away

Staff Pick Badge
Far Far Away Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780375849725
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - June 11th, 2013

This modern day story of suspense reads like a fairy tale. Jeremy Johnson Johnson (his real name) lives in the town of Never Better and helps to run the Two-Book Bookstore, where there are only two titles for sale. The ghost of Joseph Grimm, one half of the Brothers Grimm, is his closest companion and protector. Meanwhile the nefarious Finder of Occasions watches and waits.

Robin


Zoo Station

Staff Pick Badge
Zoo Station (A John Russell WWII Spy Thriller #1) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781616953485
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Soho Crime - May 28th, 2013

Run through all of Alan Furst?  Caught up with Philip Kerr?  Long since read the original Eric Amblers? Despair not - David Downing's British journo/spy John Russell fills the bill nicely. Zoo Station is the first of the "Station" series (the titles reference German train stations).

Gary


Cinnamon & Gunpowder

Staff Pick Badge
Cinnamon and Gunpowder Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374123666
Availability: Hard to Find--Contact us for More Info
Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - June 4th, 2013

What Owen really wants is a kitchen worthy of his culinary talents. What he has is the galley of a pirate ship, where he's expected to produce a gourmet meal each week for his captor, Mad Hannah Mabbot. Hannah and Owen spar over piracy, cuisine, and escape attempts in this novel that ranks with the classic pirate stories.

Sarah


The Day the Crayons Quit

Staff Pick Badge
The Day the Crayons Quit Cover Image
By Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399255373
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Philomel Books - June 27th, 2013

What are the crayons in your box thinking? Bet you never considered that question. Did you know, for instance, that yellow and orange are not speaking due to their differences about the color of the sun.  This is a book for anyone who colors, appreciates the work of Oliver Jeffers, or just plain likes to laugh. An original.

Carol


In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods

Staff Pick Badge
In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781616952532
Availability: Hard to Find--Contact us for More Info
Published: Soho Press - June 18th, 2013

In a narrative voice like smooth bourbon, Matt Bell’s excellent debut novel is a modern folktale of opposing elements; lake and dirt, bear and squid, song and ghost. Told with quiet brutality, Bell finds heart and perseverance in nature red in tooth and claw as the unnamed narrator inexorably strives for the woman he loves and the family life he wants against forces vastly more powerful than he could ever hope to be.

Josh


Pages