November 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.

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My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501115073
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: Washington Square Press - April 5th, 2016

Recency bias or favorite book ever? Elsa's grandmother builds her a fairytale castle from the roughest bricks of her adventurous life and they retreat inside it together. In their secret language, they fight fairytale shadows and dragons--because real ones are just around the corner. On a mission to find and deliver her grandmother's apology letters, Elsa finds the edges of the fairytale seeping into real life--which is fine, because she is a knight. The plot is sweet and reads a little young, while the characters are funny and complex. Emotions ring true, pain is handled tenderly, and love manifests in the most creative ways. If, like me, you considered learning Swedish because you can't wait a year for the third Beartown to be translated, consider this gem from Backman's backlist. It definitely hits the spot. -Aly


Britt-Marie Was Here: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501142543
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Published: Washington Square Press - February 7th, 2017

It's a spin-off! The hardest-to-like character from My Grandmother Told Me to Tell You She's Sorry keeps on being so impossibly irritating and so fully lovable. It's the closest thing to Ted-Lasso-as-a-book that I've ever read. -Aly


Migrations: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250204035
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Published: Flatiron Books - July 6th, 2021

This atmospheric and suspenseful novel centers on Franny Stone as she follows the last migration of Arctic terns south from Greenland in a near-future world where we are deeper into the climate crisis and only a handful of wild animal species remain. McConaghy has crafted an eerie and emotionally charged novel wrapped around an uneasy narrator. Franny’s past unspools slowly in flashbacks throughout the book, delivered like a slowly dispersing fog. Her unfettered, willful nature ties the years together as we learn about her unconventional marriage to Niall Lynch, a disarming professor passionate about conservation. I was specifically struck by the nature of Franny and Niall’s relationship: at once capricious and remarkably committed, their tenderness and mutual understanding was such a beautiful ember in the midst of an otherwise cold and gray world. 

Part of the power of this novel is the way McConaghy’s writing evokes the visceral nature of Franny’s pull to wander and the depth of her self-condemnation. Her split desires and war with her own body are memorably crafted. There were quite a few excerpts I wrote down because the writing was both beautiful & sharp. Also, the setting is remarkably unsettling, conjuring an ambience of entirely-realistic destruction. 

-Holly

 


Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781324001935
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 14th, 2021

A delightfully weird romp through the world of miscreant marsupials, treacherous trees, and perilous pachyderms. Roach's writing feels like a transcription of the tape-recorder notes of a spunky, eccentric, naïve early 20th-century adventure correspondent. I learned a lot and chuckled at least once per chapter. -Holly


Dead City Saga: Dead City; Blue Moon; Dark Days Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781665902458
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Published: Aladdin - July 6th, 2021

A fun take on zombies from author James Ponti. Great for kids who like their reads a little spooky. -Will


Boyfriend Material Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781728206141
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Sourcebooks Casablanca - July 7th, 2020

I'll admit I wasn't expecting too much-- mostly I was looking for light and casual to pass the time, and instead ended up clutching this in my hands, crying laughing through the whole of it. It's a straight-forward fake-dating, disaster-meets-upright personality romcom, but Hall's writing is seamlessly funny and goes down easy. The cast of characters buffeting the central couple are also unusually delightful-- there's a certain benignly chaotic character named Alex Twaddle that I'd like to bottle up and use as a pick-me-up for hard times. -Mindy


Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780525656098
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Published: Knopf - May 4th, 2021

A charming voice, fascinating scientific discovery, evocative prose and a quirky personal history: everything you could possibly want from a book like this. A unique (the author is an ecology professor and former logger) and worthy addition to the growing library of books about trees. -Davi


Home: A Short History of an Idea Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780140102314
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Published: Penguin Books - July 7th, 1987

The coziest history book I have ever read. Exploring the concepts of domesticity and comfort, privacy and style, HOME unpacks the cultural and social influences on domestic life across centuries. Both incredibly enjoyable and informative. -Lorenzo


I’ll Love You from Afar Cover Image
By Racha Mourtada, Sasha Haddad (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780063138889
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Published: HarperCollins - September 7th, 2021

A sweet, beautifully illustrated picture book about the ways we can show love to the people in our lives who we can't see as frequently as we'd like. Prepare to shed some tears before you give your best friend a call and tell them how much you miss them and want to give them a big hug! -Amanda


In the Night Field Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781936767656
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Augury Books - June 1st, 2021

Reccommend by Amanda


White Trash Cooking: 25th Anniversary Edition [A Cookbook] Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781607741879
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Published: Ten Speed Press - September 27th, 2011

A culture's cuisine tells their story in a way that conventional histories don't quite capture. The traditional food of a society conveys the resources available within a given region, the average range of travel for its members, the degree to which a group comingles with its neighbors, and their relative socioeconomic status. That this particular culinary folklore relies almost exclusively on onions and mayonnaise isn't great, but the recipes are very easy and sloppily delicious. Enjoy the horrible food of my people! -Steven