August Staff Picks

 

If there is anything we love more than reading books... it's talking about them! Scroll down to see what books we are raving about this month.

For more recommendations, check out our full Staff Picks Page.

 

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Box of Light Vol. 1 By Seiko Erisawa Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9781638585213
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Published: Seven Seas - July 19th, 2022

"An oddly comforting story about life and death and the space in between. The characters are endearing and the setting draws you in with its light. Exploring heavy themes in light-hearted tones, it's an experience I do not regret having. If you’re looking for something both fun and slightly unsettling, this is the manga for you." -Sarah


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Sylvie By Jean Reidy, Lucy Ruth Cummins (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jean Reidy, Lucy Ruth Cummins (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534463486
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - May 10th, 2022

"Currently my FAVORITE children's story! Sylvie (our small, but mighty protagonist) hangs on a silvery thread, safely hidden under her damp, dark fire escape. If she stays carefully out of sight, she can watch over her people in the apartment building above. Lately though, her people seem to be missing…something. Sylvie wants to help, but she’s always stayed out of view. After all, not everyone appreciates a spider who calls attention to herself. We all can relate to having to muster up the courage and put ourselves out there, despite our anxieties, in order to help our friends and improve our own self-esteem." -Nicole


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The Marriage Plot: A Novel By Jeffrey Eugenides Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9781250014764
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Published: Picador - September 4th, 2012

"Madeline Hanna woke up hungover on the morning of her college graduation, and things never got any easier. An honors thesis on the literary tradition of "the marriage plot" looms heavily overhead, and her own love life seems to be following the same, tangled trajectory of the embroiled heroines of her study. In the grand meta-genre of the reflection becoming the reflected, Jeffrey Eugenides navigates his own hall of mirrors by closing his eyes and gleefully smashing his way through." -Steven


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The Ex Talk By Rachel Lynn Solomon Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780593200124
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Published: Berkley - January 26th, 2021

"This was such a charming read! It's enemies-to-lovers set in the world of Pacific Northwest public radio and podcasts, with two leads who are equally vibrant. I stayed up way past my bedtime to read this and didn't regret it at all. Also, I wish the fictional Ex Talk radio show was a real show-- what an excellent premise." -Mindy


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Brown Girls: A Novel By Daphne Palasi Andreades Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780593243428
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House - January 4th, 2022

"A gorgeous, gratifying story, evoking a strong sense of place in the "dregs of Queens" and told from the plural perspective of the eponymous brown girls. Disguised by the book's brevity is the impressive span of rich, lively vignettes that make up a life, cradle to grave. Particularly notable is the way Andreades rejects the idea of caricature while also managing to tell a story from a collective narrator. An excellent choice for those who enjoyed Girl, Woman, Other or Infinite Country. Wonderful as audiobook as well thanks to masterful narration from Tashi Thomas." -Holly


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The Last Resort: A Chronicle of Paradise, Profit, and Peril at the Beach By Sarah Stodola Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062951625
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Published: Ecco - June 28th, 2022

"What a fascinating, engrossing read! Author Sarah Stodola merges robust research and personal experience to craft an excellent account of beach resort culture the world over. I learned so much from this book, peppering everyone around me with new facts and revelations. Stodola strikes a great balance between calling out the ways that resorts upset local cultures while also acknowledging positive economic impacts and the undeniable allure of a lovely beach. She also intertwines reflections on climate change being both impacted by and actively impacting existing beach destinations. I highly recommend this book if you enjoy social anthropology and learning fun facts about cultural mainstays." -Holly


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The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It By Robert B. Reich Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780593082003
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Published: Vintage - February 2nd, 2021

"Raise your hand if you're angry! Raise your hand if you want to be angrier! Why do we do this to ourselves?" -Aly


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Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time By Rob Sheffield Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781400083039
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Published: Crown - December 4th, 2007

"Make no mistake when picking up this book: It's a tearjerker. You'll cry, pull yourself together, read a page, and cry some more. But despite being about love and loss and grief, the book is also joyous and sweet and perfectly captures the sensations of falling in love or hearing your favorite song for the first time or, even better, the experience of both things happening simultaneously. And when you're done reading I guarantee the first thing you'll want to say to someone special in your life is, "I'll make you a tape!"" -Amanda


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Patricia Wants to Cuddle By Samantha Allen Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781638930044
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Published: Zando - June 28th, 2022

"To paraphrase a few of the things said about this book on it's cover: This was the Bigfoot-Lesbian-RomCom-Mystery-Horror story I've wanted for awhile. Smart, fun, with great characters. Thoroughly enjoyed this read." -Will


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The Woman in the Purple Skirt: A Novel By Natsuko Imamura, Lucy North (Translated by) Cover Image
By Natsuko Imamura, Lucy North (Translated by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143136033
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Published: Penguin Books - June 14th, 2022

"An eerie read that sat at the front of my mind for over a year. Reflecting on the uncanny view we have on regular strangers lives this is perfect for every people watcher. Great for fans of convenience store women and the classic Japanese murder mystery." -Hanz


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Acts of Service: A Novel By Lillian Fishman Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593243763
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Published: Hogarth - May 3rd, 2022

"This book made me uncomfortable in all the right ways and challenged me on some pretty heavy subjects: sex, relationships, monogamy, power, gender dynamics, you get the picture. On each of these the author is startlingly clear and confident. I turned the last page with a better understanding of certain aspects of the human condition. What more can we ask from a novel? A bunch of explicit sex scenes? Cuz there's also a bunch of explicit sex scenes in it." -Davi


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Poking a Dead Frog: Conversations with Today’s Top Comedy Writers By Mike Sacks, Mike Sacks (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Mike Sacks, Mike Sacks (Introduction by)
$20.00
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ISBN: 9780143123781
Published: Penguin Books - June 24th, 2014

"Poking a Dead Frog is more than a writing manual and better than a book of advice. Mike Sacks has documented the triumph of whimsy over severity, and, in so doing, has shed some light on the essentially nonsensical foundation of the world. Through a series of sprawling interviews and bursts of ultra-specific comedy knowledge, we are treated to a masterclass on - if not necessarily how to be funny - at least what it's like to inhabit a skull plagued by funniness." -Steven


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Chelsea Girls: A Novel By Eileen Myles Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062394668
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ecco - September 29th, 2015

"Though I read this book for the first time when I was sixteen, Myles' voice has stuck with me like a seductive parasite in my head. Their recount of New York in the 70s, unblushing lesbian/queer existence and survival as an artist had (and continues to have) me wholeheartedly captivated." -Anastasia