January 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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Bayrut: The Cookbook: Recipes from the heart of a Lebanese city kitchen Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781925811698
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Published: Smith Street Books - October 19th, 2021

This cookbook ended up being the staple of my Christmas dinner.  A wonderfully familiar romp through Lebanese cuisine Hissam Assad delivers recipes with tons of classic tips to make familiar dishes sparkle. All while pushing the reader one step deeper into the ideologies that make Lebanese city cooking. -Hanz


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Viking in Love Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593202289
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - December 14th, 2021

A funny, sweet picture book about a Viking scared of the sea trying to get to his true love. (And there *might* be a message in there about overcoming your fears. And there also might be kittens involved.) Perfect for adults or children to read alone or together! -Amanda


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Opening the Hand of Thought: Foundations of Zen Buddhist Practice Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780861713578
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Published: Wisdom Publications - June 15th, 2004

Whether you're just starting or have practiced Zen for years, Opening the Hand of Thought is foundational and worth revisiting over and over again. It's written with bell-like clarity that so few books on the topic ever capture. An illuminating expression of Zen. -Lorenzo

 


Grant Morrison is a great, unsung anthropologist of disposable culture. In addition to providing a thorough survey of comic book history, this exploration of a subculture ascendant tells us what a bunch of make-believe freaks, mutants, aliens, robots, and demigods reveals about the species that created them. Not since "The Hero with a Thousand Faces" has an academic work so comprehensively analyzed the mythical structures and archetypes of human storytelling. -Steven


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Flowers for the Sea Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9781250804037
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Published: Tordotcom - October 19th, 2021

A miasma of dread permeates Zin. E. Rocklyn's viscerally upsetting novella of cathartic putrefaction. Social politics and the sanctity of the self languish thirstily on the high seas in this surreal, peri-apocalyptic, waking nightmare. Rocklyn's electrifyingly righteous prose lights up the all the major nerve centers and rampages uninhibited through the body for a hundred breathless pages. -Steven


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The Butchers' Blessing Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781951142742
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Published: Tin House Books - November 16th, 2021

A melancholy but fiercely resilient story of how the old ways can dissipate under the pressure of "modernity" but endure in the most unexpected ways, and how "progress" can both devastate the familiar, and yield new opportunity. -Mindy


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The Cocktail Seminars Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780789214003
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Published: Abbeville Press - June 22nd, 2021

The cover is battered, pages are stained, this book has a lemony smell to it and I have owned it for a little over a month. The Cocktail seminars breaks down cocktails in an incredibly pragmatic way that will finally let you know what you love and how make something out of nothing. If you prefer technique over 1 new star recipe this is it. Scoop it up and you'll have a guide to get you shopping, shaking, and sipping. -Hanz


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Cygnet: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063095915
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 24th, 2021

This short, creative, unsettling novel follows an unnamed teenager narrator who is stuck on an island off the New Hampshire coast in a separatist community of retirees (self-named The Wrinklies) who begrudgingly let her stay after her grandmother dies and her parents cannot be reached. Season Butler writes with clarity, wit, and rich description. Her imagination is on clear display and produced an immersive, memorable read. The book is quiet and character-driven, exploring generational distrust & misunderstanding, the end of the world, and a person’s worth. -Holly

 


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The Anomaly: A Novel Cover Image
By Hervé Le Tellier, Adriana Hunter (Translated by)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781635421699
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Published: Other Press - November 23rd, 2021

What? You were already going to read this anyway because of that intriguing NYT review? Then consider this a second alarm, post-snooze, or an email labeled "urgent." I really want to talk to someone who's finished it. -Aly


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Having and Being Had Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525537465
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 31st, 2021

So, on some level, this book is a rich white woman's thoughts on work and wealth. On no level is it the Communist Manifesto or a roaring cry to activism. That being said, Biss' thoughts are sharp, rebellious, intersectional, and very well put. Her fast, apt chapters made me laugh, think, and reconsider the worth of art, indulgence, and abundance. -Aly


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Fault Lines: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063099807
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Published: Custom House - September 7th, 2021

This book broke my heart and put it back together again page after page with it's brutally honest look at marriage and motherhood. It is funny and angry and sad (the last sentence is devastating!) and perfectly captures the sensation of holding two competing desires in your head and heart. And the writing subtle and gorgeous. Read it and then let's talk! -Amanda


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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780765387561
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Published: Tor Books - October 6th, 2020

Whimsical, lyrical, and unforgettable, this story is perfect for readers who want to fall in love with a character and watch them grow with the world around them. Addie La Rue walks through history like a shadow, desperately trying to find ways to leave her mark and be remembered. Filled with art, magic, love, and war, you will be absorbed the moment you begin. -Sarah


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No Longer Human Cover Image
By Osamu Dazai, Donald Keene (Translated by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811204811
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Published: New Directions - January 17th, 1973

Dark and disturbing, you delve into the mind of a man struggling with mental illness and feelings of alienation. Viewing human beings as an entity apart from himself, the discussion of depression and anxiety is overwhelmingly blunt and visceral. It’s a slow descent into an extremely dark place. A read unlike anything I’ve ever come across. (Please check trigger warnings before picking it up). -Sarah


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I Am Love: A Book of Compassion (I Am Books) Cover Image
By Susan Verde, Peter H. Reynolds (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9781419742378
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Published: Abrams Appleseed - September 7th, 2021

Though so seemingly plain on the surface, I Am Love does a wonderful job of simplifying a concept as complex as healthy relating into just a few pages. I am so glad this exists and wish I had more children in my life that I could gift this to. -Anastatia