Jenn

Jenn, events director, Brooklyn & Jersey City
Most recent staff pickTigerman by Nick Harkaway (ebook available)
I could not possibly have been more excited for Tigerman, Nick Harkaway's third book. Expectations: met and then some. This is about family, environmental apocalypse, government bureaucracy, international intrigue, and oh yeah, REAL LIFE SUPER HEROES and how far you’d go for someone you love. It’s a real shift from The Gone-Away World and Angelmaker; Harkaway’s humor is in full force, but in many ways this is a far more realistic — and therefore more terrifying — story. And here’s where I run out of words and start to ramble and babble and so I will just say: buy it. Buy it now. (Jenn)

Staff Pick Badge
Tigerman By Nick Harkaway Cover Image
$26.95
Out of Stock - Not Available
ISBN: 9780385352413
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - July 29th, 2014

I could not possibly have been more excited for Tigerman, Nick Harkaway's third book. Expectations: met and then some. This is about family, environmental apocalypse, government bureaucracy, international intrigue, and oh yeah, REAL LIFE SUPER HEROES and how far you’d go for someone you love. It’s a real shift from The Gone-Away World and Angelmaker; Harkaway’s humor is in full force, but in many ways this is a far more realistic — and therefore more terrifying — story. And here’s where I run out of words and start to ramble and babble and so I will just say: buy it. Buy it now. (Jenn)


Staff Pick Badge
What We See When We Read By Peter Mendelsund Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780804171632
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - August 5th, 2014

If you are a reader (which you are, because you are reading this right now, HI THERE) then you must must must pick up What We See When We Read. Mendelsund is a much-lauded art director and cover designer (for good reason; have you seen the Kafka redesigns?), and he brings the knowledge and experience that inform his work to every page of this discussion on how we turn words into pictures. The fonts vary in size and positioning, images integrate themselves throughout, and each page is a work of art designed to make you stop and think. Can you picture Anna Karenina clearly? How much does it matter if you can’t? How good is your sense-memory of smell? How important are adjectives? And what is the point of describing a river, anyway? This is the Reading About Reading book I didn’t know I wanted, and will now chase everyone around with. (Jenn)


Staff Pick Badge
Friendship: A Novel By Emily Gould Cover Image
This item is currently unavailable and can not be ordered.
ISBN: 9780374158613
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - July 1st, 2014

This book made me laugh and (while I am not much of a crier) made me sad -- which are the two things everyone always wants to hear about a book, right? Gould approaches the titular topic with wit and insight; I was snorting over g-chats and snarking with the main characters, and then shaking my head and yelling at them as they made some of the terrible decisions we are so prone to in our 20s. If you've ever fallen in love with -- and then out of love with -- a friend, you have to pick this one up. (Jenn)


Staff Pick Badge
Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country: Traveling Through the Land of My Ancestors By Louise Erdrich Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062309969
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper Perennial - March 11th, 2014

I never thought I’d be able to crown an all-time favorite, but I just finished this book and I think it was fate. Erdrich writes movingly about family, nature, and the importance of words, but most of all she is looking for answers to the question, “Books. Why?” And this is the question I’ve been trying to answer, both professionally and personally, since I learned to read. Everyone who reads should read this. (Jenn)


Staff Pick Badge
Red or Dead: A Novel By David Peace Cover Image
$30.00
Out of Stock - Not Available
ISBN: 9781612193687
Published: Melville House - May 27th, 2014

This is one of the strangest novels I've ever read, and -- despite my absolute ignorance about the state of British football -- definitely one of the most interesting. Peace has created something weird and wonderful out of the life of legendary Liverpool Football Club coach Bill Shankly. Red or Dead is a hypnotic reading experience, a spot-on portrayal of what it's like to be part of a dedicated community, and a convincing portrayal of a fascinating man. If you're looking for: a behind-the-scenes look at the English Premier League; a companion to your World Cup cheering; a doorstop of a book to tackle over the summer; or a stunning example of a master stylist at work, this book is for you. (Jenn)


Staff Pick Badge
The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky, and Death By Colson Whitehead Cover Image
$24.95
Out of Stock - Not Available
ISBN: 9780385537056
Published: Doubleday - May 6th, 2014

I have never played a game of poker in my life, nor am I likely to (I have zero poker-face abilities) -- but that couldn't matter less. Colson Whitehead is one of those writers who can do literally anything. If he decided to read the phone book out loud, I would go to that event. If he wrote about garbage, I would read it. And this tour of the poker world is hilarious, insightful, and absolutely gripping. It's a great vacation read, a great subway read, a great weekend read; listen, I'm telling you, it's a great read. Bonus points if you pair it with beef jerky. (Jenn)


Staff Pick Badge
My Lucky Little Dragon By Joyce Wan, Joyce Wan (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Joyce Wan, Joyce Wan (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780545540469
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Cartwheel Books - January 7th, 2014

This might be my new go-to baby shower
gift. It's got adorable animals, and praise-worthy adjectives with which
to shower a little one: clever, kind, brave, chatty, snuggly, trusty
... It's also got sparkle and pizzazz, and a sweet little mirror in the
back. (Jenn)


Staff Pick Badge
Invasive Species By Joseph Wallace Cover Image
$9.99
Out of Stock - Not Available
ISBN: 9780425269497
Published: Berkley - December 3rd, 2013

This book kept me up nights, both because it was hard to put down and because I was having visions of giant killer wasps. Wallace delivers one of the best creature-features I've read in a good long while; Invasive Species contains political shenanigans, apocalyptic adventure, and a hard look at our changing environment. (Jenn)


Staff Pick Badge
The Scar Boys By Len Vlahos Cover Image
$17.99
Out of Stock - Not Available
ISBN: 9781606844397
Published: Carolrhoda Lab (R) - January 21st, 2014

Vlahos's debut is big-hearted and bold. The Scar Boys is a coming-of-age novel that tackles trauma and recovery, toxic friendships, first love, first passions, and the power of music. It's set in the 1980s, but the stings and elations of teen years are timeless, and both adults and teenagers alike will recognize themselves in -- and be rooting for -- the characters. (Jenn)


Staff Pick Badge
Bleeding Edge By Thomas Pynchon Cover Image
$28.95
Out of Stock - Not Available
ISBN: 9781594204234
Published: Penguin Press - September 17th, 2013

This book is a moving target through and through, and trying to sum it all up feels impossible. Instead, here is a list of things you can expect: ‘90s and ‘00s references; mafioso and hackers and dotcom billionaires; unscrupulous government agents of uncertain affiliation; terrorism (this is, after all, a novel about 9/11); finances both legit and shadowy; conspiracy theories galore; underground videotapes and the Deep Web; murders; karaoke nights, parties, school playgrounds; and New York City, the most important character in the whole book, blazing and shady all at the same time.


Staff Pick Badge
As the Crow Flies: A Longmire Mystery By Craig Johnson Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143123293
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - May 28th, 2013

As the TV show version nears its 3rd season and I still can't get over how accurate Robert Taylor's portrayal of Walt is, I think it's high time to mention this series. The books are more or less what would happen if Lonesome Dove and The Long Goodbye had babies: hardboiled noir set on the plains of Wyoming. They're perfect winter reading, full of snowdrifts and storms and the chill of unpleasant memories. (Jenn)


Staff Pick Badge
Magic Marks the Spot (Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates #1) By Caroline Carlson, Dave Phillips (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Caroline Carlson, Dave Phillips (Illustrator)
$16.99
Out of Stock - Not Available
ISBN: 9780062194343
Published: HarperCollins - September 10th, 2013

I can't stop telling people about this book, which follows a young girl who ends up on the high seas with a rag-tag group of pirates, her governess, and her magical gargoyle. I wish I could go back in time and give this to my 8-12 year old self. Recommended for every reader who has a sense of adventure and a strong imagination, especially fans of The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle and Alice in Wonderland. Carlson has written a smart, funny, and captivating debut, and begun a wonderful new series. (Jenn)


Staff Pick Badge
Battling Boy By Paul Pope, Paul Pope (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Paul Pope, Paul Pope (Illustrator)
$25.99
Out of Stock - Not Available
ISBN: 9781596431454
Published: First Second - October 8th, 2013

Pope's first all-ages book has so much to love: classic mythology and world-building all his own; two scrappy main characters who find themselves taking on tasks that the adults just can't seem to cope with; terrifying monsters; enchanted t-shirts; and last but certainly not least, his signature artwork. Its appeal is definitely all ages -- adults and kids alike will dig into this series and want the next installment ASAP. (Jenn)


Staff Pick Badge
The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World's Greatest Piece of Cheese By Michael Paterniti Cover Image
$27.00
Out of Stock - Not Available
ISBN: 9780385337007
Published: Dial Press - July 30th, 2013

If you like travel, cheese, escapes to the Old World, and/or warped family sagas, you will want to pick this up. As a freelance editor for a foodie periodical, Paterniti learned of the ultimate cheese, made by hand with love by a man in Spain. Many years later, as a journalist looking for a story, he found out that the cheese was no longer being made and decided to find out why not. The story gets bigger and more complicated from there, and includes betrayal, revenge fantasies, an international move -- and lots and lots of cheese. (Jenn)


Staff Pick Badge
Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish: A Novel By David Rakoff Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780385535212
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Doubleday - July 16th, 2013

Against my expectations, I adored Rakoff’s Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish. I am highly allergic to hype, and this book couldn't really have more. It's Rakoff's first and only novel, published posthumously, and it's in verse, AND it's got the full Chip Kidd treatment, plus illustrations by Seth. There's a lot going on there, you know? But it was lovely. The rhyme scheme is very Seussian, which seems weird at first but then turns out to be a lot of fun even during the sad parts (and there are a lot of sad parts), and Rakoff's wit has a lot of bite to it. Honestly? I might even read it again. (Jenn)


Staff Pick Badge
All Our Pretty Songs: A Novel (The Metamorphoses Trilogy #1) By Sarah McCarry Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250027085
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - July 30th, 2013

We are nuts for this book. McCarry has taken a scene near and dear to our hearts -- Seattle grunge in the '90s -- and made it the setting for a rock'n'roll, retelling of the story of Orpheus and Eurydice. But the twists don't stop there, and All Our Pretty Songs is about much more than romantic love. For everyone who has ever needed music to survive -- which is all of us, right? (Jenn & Molly)


Staff Pick Badge
Once Upon a Tower (Fairy Tales #5) By Eloisa James Cover Image
$7.99
Out of Stock - Not Available
ISBN: 9780062223876
Published: Avon - May 28th, 2013

I look forward to each new installment in James's fairytale series of romances, and the newest (a retelling of Rapunzel featuring a young British woman and a Very Proper Scottish lord) might be my favorite thing she's ever written. She breaks genre rules right along with the hearts of her characters. For example: the conflict here? The hero and heroine have lots of emotional and physical chemistry, but are a disaster together in bed. This flies against everything I thought I knew about how romance novels work. But if you are a master like Eloisa James, you can do these things, and still deliver a "Happily ever after." (Jenn)


Staff Pick Badge
Matilda and Hans By Yokococo, Yokococo (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Yokococo, Yokococo (Illustrator)
$16.99
Out of Stock - Not Available
ISBN: 9780763664343
Published: Templar - May 14th, 2013

Hans and Matilda are two very different kittens -- one is a terror who is constantly playing pranks, and one is as good as good can be. When Hans lets the animals in the zoo out one night and a reward is posted, Matilda comes to the rescue! Or does she? Best twist-ending in a picture book we've seen in a while. (Jenn)


Staff Pick Badge
The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Five Novels in One Outrageous Volume By Douglas Adams Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780345453747
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: Del Rey - April 30th, 2002

I decided on a summer reread of Adams' five-book trilogy since it has probably been a decade since I last spent time with Arthur, Trillian, Ford, and Zaphod (if you don't count the recent movie version, which I almost do because it was such a great adaptation). My recommendation is, do not try to eat or drink while reading, because no matter how many times you've read them before, these books are still hilarious enough to induce spluttering. (Jenn)


Staff Pick Badge
Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great By Bob Shea, Bob Shea (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Bob Shea, Bob Shea (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781423159520
Availability: Backordered
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 25th, 2013

That Unicorn, he's so fancy -- and Goat just can't stand it. All his cool tricks just don't seem to compare with Unicorn's magical powers. But then, it turns out that Goat has some things going for him that Unicorn thinks are pretty great. Can Goat and Unicorn be friends? Maybe even ... fight crime together?! Or at least play nicely? There's only one way to find out. "Taste my cloven justice" is totally going to be our new motto. (Molly and Jenn)


Staff Pick Badge
Thinking, Fast and Slow By Daniel Kahneman Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780374533557
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 2nd, 2013

I’m a sucker for accessibly-written, this-is-how-your-brain-works books (see also Why We Make Mistakes and The Power of Habit and The Shallows) and Kahneman does an excellent job of presenting the science without going over a normally-educated reader’s head. Kahneman lays out both his own research and that of others in a highly accessible style, with lots of mini-quizzes and examples to illustrate the bigger points. More than anything else, it’s got me mulling the priming effect and the ways in which the novels I read might be priming me emotionally. INTERESTING, Y’ALL. (Jenn)


Staff Pick Badge
The Malice of Fortune: A Novel of the Renaissance By Michael Ennis Cover Image
$15.95
Out of Stock - Not Available
ISBN: 9780307951045
Published: Anchor - June 4th, 2013

This book hits the sweet spot for summer -- it's a thriller, so there's lots of action (not to mention gore) and conspiracies and plotting, but it's also historical, so you can feel like you're learning things! Which -- if you're like me, and got through British history classes by reading Sharon Kay Penman -- will be right up your alley. The Borgias, Leonardo da Vinci, Machiavelli, murder, intrigue, and suspense: it's the whole package. (Jenn)


Staff Pick Badge
Equilateral: A Novel By Ken Kalfus Cover Image
$24.00
Out of Stock - Not Available
ISBN: 9781620400067
Published: Bloomsbury USA - April 16th, 2013

Here's the pitch: A 19th century astronomer convinces an international array of backers to fund the building of a giant, visible-from-space, equilateral triangle in the Sahara Desert, which he then plans to LIGHT ON FIRE, so that Earth can attract the attention of the Martian genius philosophers that everyone is absolutely positive exist. Sounds like the best kind of crazy, am I right? This novel plays with real history (up to a certain point), and while it's deeply steeped in the gender and racial politics of its setting, it also manages to both excoriate and understand its increasingly befuddled protagonists. (Jenn)


Staff Pick Badge
Art2-D2's Guide to Folding and Doodling (An Origami Yoda Activity Book) By Tom Angleberger Cover Image
$12.95
Out of Stock - Not Available
ISBN: 9781419705342
Published: Amulet Books - March 26th, 2013

Just when I thought I couldn't love Angleberger any more, this book comes out. The Origami Yoda books are some of my favorite chapter books out there, both for their clever plotlines and their nerdy origami fun, and this book teaches kids to draw, fold, and nerd to their hearts' content. I recommend getting two: one for the kid, one for yourself! (Jenn)


Staff Pick Badge
The Dark By Lemony Snicket, Jon Klassen (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Lemony Snicket, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316187480
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 2nd, 2013

Snicket and Klassen's take on the perennial childhood fear of the dark is absolutely gorgeous, and thoroughly endearing. Laszlo would like very much for the dark not to visit him every night, and does his best to keep it at bay. But one night he embarks on an adventure that goes from scary to sweet. Is there anything creepy that Snicket can't turn into fun, and that Klassen can't make into art worthy of hanging on your walls? Nope. (Jenn)


Staff Pick Badge
How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia By Mohsin Hamid Cover Image
$26.95
Out of Stock - Not Available
ISBN: 9781594487293
Published: Riverhead Books - March 5th, 2013

Between the potentially-off-putting title and the fact that this novel is written in the second person, you might be inclined to give it a pass. But I promise you, you'll be sad to miss it! Chronicling the narrator's journey from poor village boy to aging former tycoon, and the parallel journey of his youthful crush, Filthy Rich in Rising Asia is beautifully written, sharp, and entertaining. This is without a doubt the best rags-to-riches story I've read since ... well, I actually can't remember the last time I read one I liked this much. (Jenn)


Staff Pick Badge
Grave Mercy: His Fair Assassin, Book I By Robin LaFevers Cover Image
This item is currently unavailable and can not be ordered.
ISBN: 9780544022492
Availability: Out of Print
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - March 5th, 2013

I missed this book when it first came out, but the buzz about the soon-to-be-released sequel got me curious. The plot, once you hear it, basically sells itself: a convent of assassin-nuns in medieval Brittany is busy training up the next generation, and 17-year-old trainee Ismae is sent to court on her first mission. While you can see some of the plot points coming a mile away (Of course she falls for the nobleman she's gone undercover with! Of course she stumbles into layer upon layer of wicked court intrigue!), the book is a lot of fun, and the characters are well-drawn enough that I'll definitely be picking up Dark Triumph. (Jenn)


Staff Pick Badge
When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice By Terry Tempest Williams Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250024114
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Picador - February 26th, 2013

This one is for fans of Cheryl Strayed and Annie Dillard. When Terry Tempest Williams' mother dies, she leaves her daughter several shelves of diaries that all turn out to be blank. Williams is an incredible writer, and her fascination with nature melds with her contemplations on family and the creative voice to produce a gorgeous tear-jerker of a memoir. (Jenn)


Staff Pick Badge
One Good Earl Deserves a Lover: The Second Rule of Scoundrels (Rules of Scoundrels #2) By Sarah MacLean Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062068538
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: Avon - January 29th, 2013

If you are looking for a gateway to romance novels, try this one! Revolving around a gambling den in London, One Good Earl follows a smart, scientifically-minded lady (in a society that finds the combination of science and women Absolutely Scandalous) trying to find the formula for happiness and love, and the hero is a brooding mess (as you might expect). (Jenn)


Staff Pick Badge
Chu's Day By Neil Gaiman, Adam Rex (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Neil Gaiman, Adam Rex (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062017819
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: HarperCollins - January 8th, 2013

As cute as the panda video that may have inspired it, this picture book is our new favorite read-aloud. When Chu sneezes, you better watch out! His sneezes are so powerful he has to wear an aviator cap and goggles at all times. Kids will have fun not only with the build-up to the Big Sneeze, but tracking the other animals in the cast. (Jenn and Molly)


Staff Pick Badge
What Are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman's Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal By Laina Dawes, Skin (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Laina Dawes, Skin (Foreword by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781935950059
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Bazillion Points LLC - January 8th, 2013

I picked this up because Music Writing Book Group was reading it, and I am so glad I did. Dawes writes not only about her own experiences as a black woman in the heavy metal/hardcore scene, but also interviews anyone else she can find who will talk to her -- not an easy thing, with this divisive of a topic! A fascinating look at the fringes of the fringe community. (Jenn)


Staff Pick Badge
Gods Without Men (Vintage Contemporaries) By Hari Kunzru Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307946973
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - January 8th, 2013

This was one of my favorite books of 2012. What do a British rocker, a couple with an autistic child, a Spanish monk on pilgrimage, frontier outlaws, a New Age cult, and a military training base have in common? Kunzru's storytelling abilities are on full display in this brilliantly weird and thought-provoking novel that I will be giving to all our Cloud Atlas fans. (Jenn)


Staff Pick Badge
Familiar: A Novel By J. Robert Lennon Cover Image
$15.00
Out of Stock - Not Available
ISBN: 9781555976255
Published: Graywolf Press - October 2nd, 2012

If you've read his other books, you'll know that Lennon does nothing simply, and Familiar is just as beautifully complex and warped as one might hope. Elisa is compelling because of, rather than in spite of, her flaws, and her circuitous journey is like a highway accident -- a complete wreck that you can't help but stare at. From a shattered family and a troubled marriage, Lennon crafts an intensely psychological thriller that is surprising, engrossing, and unforgettable. For all fans of a weird story well-told. (Jenn)


Staff Pick Badge
This Is Not My Hat By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780763655990
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Candlewick - October 9th, 2012

It's hard to believe that anything could be as darkly and endearingly funny as I Want My Hat Back, but I am here to tell you that This Is Not My Hat is just as good -- and I might even like it better! A tiny fish just stole a very fashionable hat from a very large fish, and isn't worried about it at all. Nope, not worried at all... But maybe he should be! (Jenn)


Staff Pick Badge
Safe as Houses (Iowa Short Fiction Award) By Marie-Helene Bertino Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781609381141
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: University Of Iowa Press - October 1st, 2012

I'm a sucker for a good short story, and Bertino's debut collection is absolutely full of them. There are words for the individual pieces of her style: whimsy, surrealism, wry humor, a knack for hitting a nerve. But it's hard to describe the way all the pieces fit together -- and how beautifully they do. Safe as Houses is everything I want out of a short story collection: variety, emotional resonance, even aliens. I laughed; I teared up a bit; and then I immediately lent it to a friend. (Jenn)


Staff Pick Badge
Distrust That Particular Flavor By William Gibson Cover Image
$17.00
Out of Stock - Not Available
ISBN: 9780425252994
Published: Berkley - September 4th, 2012

You probably know Gibson for his sci-fi (and if not, pick up Neuromancer immediately), but his essays are also worth reading. As he explains in his intro, for a hardcore novelist like him, each piece of truth-telling is an exercise in weird fiction -- and it shows. Worth buying for the Steely Dan album review alone! (Jenn)


Staff Pick Badge
Big Mean Mike By Michelle Knudsen, Scott Magoon (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Michelle Knudsen, Scott Magoon (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780763649906
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Candlewick - August 14th, 2012

Mike is the biggest, meanest dog in town -- he goes to the gym, he drives a loud car, he has a spiky collar and pointy claws. Everyone knows that he is Big Mean Mike! Except, apparently, for some very cute fuzzy bunnies, who keep showing up in his car. How can Mike be big and mean AND be friends with bunnies?! Be prepared to growl, yell, and then go "Awwwwwwwwww!" when reading this one! (Jenn)


Staff Pick Badge
Capital: A Novel By John Lanchester Cover Image
$26.95
Out of Stock - Not Available
ISBN: 9780393082074
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 11th, 2012

You may not think you want to read a novel about the 2008 bank collapse, but you'd be wrong. Lanchester's examination of the lives of families on one street in London is smart, witty, and may even make you feel better about the crazy state of economics today. (Jenn)


Staff Pick Badge
Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar By Cheryl Strayed Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307949332
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: Vintage - July 10th, 2012

You should buy Tiny Beautiful Things for yourself, and then for your best friend, and maybe also your mom and your brother and anyone else who has ever needed a helping hand. (Really: everyone.) It's one of the most comforting, companionable book you could ever have on your shelf. Nota bene: I highly recommend not reading this on the subway, unless you're totally fine with sobbing in public. (Jenn)


Staff Pick Badge
Zone One By Colson Whitehead Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307455178
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: Anchor - July 10th, 2012

Fans of horror and apocalypse will be delighted by Whitehead's vision of an overrun U.S. complete with zombies both terrifying and pitiful; fans of literature will revel in his linguistic flights of fancy and wry commentary on society. It's in my top five favorite end-of-the-world novels to date, and believe me when I say I've read more than my fair share. (Jenn)


Staff Pick Badge
Zombie By J.R. Angelella Cover Image
$17.00
Out of Stock - Not Available
ISBN: 9781616950880
Published: Soho Press - June 5th, 2012

Jeremy is fourteen, obsessed with zombie flicks, and struggling at school and at home. His dad disappears every night, he's probably going to get his butt kicked weekly (if not daily) by the local jock brigade, and every time he talks to the girl of his dreams he gets a nosebleed. Angelella has written a truly surprising, frequently sinister, and very clever YA novel. (Jenn)


Staff Pick Badge
Gone Girl: A Novel By Gillian Flynn Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780307588364
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ballantine Books - June 5th, 2012

I highly recommend not talking about this book with anyone else who has read it until you're done, because the spoilers are major and you really, really, really don't want to know anything ahead of time. REALLY. Flynn's got a razor-sharp writing style and dissects the myriad ways that relationships change us for both better or worse, in the meantime serving up one of my favorite whodunits since Turn of Mind. (Jenn)


Staff Pick Badge
The Shadowed Sun (The Dreamblood #2) By N. K. Jemisin Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316187299
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: Orbit - June 12th, 2012

Book 2 is here, Book 2 is here! Thank the publishing gods that they were only a month apart, I was having trouble waiting even that long. In the sequel to The Killing Moon, we find out how Gujaareh is doing under Kisuati rule, what has happened to the ninja-priests after discovering the corruption deep in their ranks, and get a whole new cast of characters to obsess over. (Jenn)


Staff Pick Badge
The Legend of Pradeep Mathew: A Novel By Shehan Karunatilaka Cover Image
$16.00
Out of Stock - Not Available
ISBN: 9781555976118
Published: Graywolf Press - May 8th, 2012

This is the best novel narrated by a cranky, aging, alcoholic Sri Lankan sportswriter that you never knew you wanted to read. Also, you will learn about cricket, which is possibly the weirdest sport ever invented by humans and endlessly entertaining to try and suss out. (Jenn)


Staff Pick Badge
Bring Up the Bodies: A Novel (Wolf Hall Trilogy #2) By Hilary Mantel Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780805090031
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Henry Holt and Co. - May 8th, 2012

Even though we all know exactly what happens to Ann Boleyn, this is a compulsive reading experience. Cromwell is the ultimate narrator, seeing the Tudor shenanigans with a sigh and then rolling up his sleeves to get it done. (Jenn)


Staff Pick Badge
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business By Charles Duhigg Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781400069286
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House - February 28th, 2012

I can't recommend this highly enough for my fellow productivity freaks. If you've ever wondered what it is about your bad habits that make them so hard to shake, or want to hack your daily routines, Duhigg gives you the tools (and the background info) to do it. (Jenn)


Staff Pick Badge
The Killing Moon (The Dreamblood #1) By N. K. Jemisin Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316187282
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Orbit - May 1st, 2012

Ninja-priests and dream magic! This is epic fantasy at its finest, and the ancient Egypt-inspired setting is surreal and fascinating (and a nice break from pseudo-medieval Europe). (Jenn)


Staff Pick Badge
Lost Everything By Brian Francis Slattery Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9780765329127
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Tor Books - April 10th, 2012

Brian Francis Slattery has written another apocalypse novel, and I for one hope he never stops. It's an incredibly timely and moving meditation on war -- who and what do we fight for? Who are we fighting against? And, of course, in true Slattery style, it's also bursting at the seams with laughter and hijinks, and parties I wish I could attend. (Before the shooting starts, anyway.) (Jenn)


Staff Pick Badge
Blueprints of the Afterlife By Ryan Boudinot Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802170910
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Grove Press, Black Cat - January 3rd, 2012

This one I picked up because customers couldn't stop raving about it, and recommending it to each other, and you guys are always spot on when that happens. It's a zany, mildly absurd but also incredibly thoughtful, philosophically-inclined blockbuster of a plot -- Total Recall meets Blade Runner, maybe? Anyway it's great. (Jenn)


Staff Pick Badge
Boy and Bot By Ame Dyckman, Dan Yaccarino (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Ame Dyckman, Dan Yaccarino (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780375867569
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - April 10th, 2012

I would like to give this to robot-loving-children everywhere. Do little boys need oiling? Do robots like applesauce? Important questions are answered herein! (Jenn)


Papertoy Monsters: Make Your Very Own Amazing Papertoys! By Brian Castleforte Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9780761158820
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Workman Publishing Company - December 29th, 2010

A breakthrough paper-folding book for kids—paper airplanes meet Origami meets Pokemon. Papertoys, the Internet phenomenon that’s hot among graphic designers and illustrators around the world, now comes to kids in the coolest new book.