Book List, Staff Picks

New Staff Picks, Good Byes & Introductions

Today will be the last time we’re sharing Carly’s staff picks – she’s off to put her master’s degree to good use working in a museum! Becca is also heading off to graduate school in Boston (though she’s given us her picks to tide us over until her return for the holidays) and Hannah is heading off to her freshman year of college! While we’re sad to see them leave the store this month, we’re excited for the wonderful opportunities they have all found! In the coming weeks we’ll be introducing our three new booksellers, Jaclyn, Athena & Becky!

Rachel to the Rescue by Elinor Lipman

An absolutely delightful and witty book of a young woman who finds herself working in the White House, calls #45 an idiot, finds herself fired, and then hit by a car. All in the first few chapters. It’s a very funny, darkly humorous read and I cannot wait to share it this summer at the store!

Rachel Klein is sacked from her job at the White House after she sends an email criticizing Donald Trump. As she is escorted off the premises she is hit by a speeding car, driven by what the press will discreetly call “a personal friend of the President.” Does that explain the flowers, the get-well wishes at a press briefing, the hush money offered by a lawyer at her hospital bedside? Rachel’s recovery is soothed by comically doting parents, matchmaking room-mates, a new job as aide to a journalist whose books aim to defame the President, and unexpected love at the local wine store. But secrets leak, and Rachel’s new-found happiness has to make room for more than a little chaos. Will she bring down the President? Or will he manage to do that all by himself? Rachel to the Rescue is a mischievous political satire, with a delightful cast of characters, from one of America’s funniest novelists.

The Verdigris Pawn by Alysa Wishingrad

A wonderful story set in an expertly crafted fantastical setting THE VERDIGRIS PAWN is a true delight to read. With elements of both modern and classic quests and characters that you’ll want to follow anywhere, this is a story that pulls you in and won’t let go. Adventure and friendship combine to create an absolute joy of a book!

A boy who underestimates his power . . .

A girl with a gift long thought lost . . .

A Land ready for revolution . . .

The heir to the Land should be strong. Fierce. Ruthless. At least, that’s what Beau’s father has been telling him his whole life, since Beau is the exact opposite of what the heir should be. With little control over his future, Beau is kept locked away, just another pawn in his father’s quest for ultimate power.

That is, until Beau meets a girl who shows him the secrets his father has kept hidden. For the first time, Beau begins to question everything he’s ever been told and sets off in search of a rebel who might hold the key to setting things right. 

Teaming up with a fiery runaway boy, their mission quickly turns into something far greater as sinister forces long lurking in the shadows prepare to make their final move—no matter what the cost. But it just might be Beau who wields the power he seeks . . . if he can go from pawn to player before the Land tears itself apart.

XX: Poems for the Twentieth Century by Campbell McGrath

In this unique and experimental collection, Campbell McGrath relates through varied form and verse, a quasi-linear re-telling of the twentieth century in the voices of influential figures and moments. With beyond-the-grave guest appearances from Virginia Woolf, Frida Kahlo, and Mao, this Pulitzer finalist will appeal to historians and poetry lovers alike.

A poetic history of the twentieth century from one of our most beloved, popular, and highly lauded poets—a stirring, strikingly original, intensely imagined recreation of the most potent voices and searing moments that have shaped our collective experience.

XX is award-winning poet Campbell McGrath’s astonishing sequence of one hundred poems—one per year—written in a vast range of forms, and in the voices of figures as varied as Picasso and Mao, Frida Kahlo and Elvis Presley. Based on years of historical research and cultural investigation, XX turns poetry into an archival inquiry and a choral documentary. Hollywood and Hiroshima, Modernism and propaganda, Bob Dylan and Walter Benjamin—its range of interest encompasses the entire century of art and culture, invention and struggle.

Elegiac and celebratory, deeply tragic and wickedly funny, XX is a unique collection from this acknowledged master of historical poetry, and his most ambitious book yet.

One by One by Ruth Ware

A successful tech company goes on holiday at a beautiful but isolated ski chalet, only to find the employees are being picked off ‘one by one’ by someone lurking there. Ruth Ware is a master story-teller, and crafts a suspenseful tale of murder and deception in this modern take a la Agatha Christie.

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Turn of the Key and In a Dark, Dark Wood returns with another suspenseful thriller set on a snow-covered mountain.

Getting snowed in at a luxurious, rustic ski chalet high in the French Alps doesn’t sound like the worst problem in the world. Especially when there’s a breathtaking vista, a full-service chef and housekeeper, a cozy fire to keep you warm, and others to keep you company. Unless that company happens to be eight coworkers…each with something to gain, something to lose, and something to hide.

When the cofounder of Snoop, a trendy London-based tech start-up, organizes a weeklong trip for the team in the French Alps, it starts out as a corporate retreat like any other: PowerPoint presentations and strategy sessions broken up by mandatory bonding on the slopes. But as soon as one shareholder upends the agenda by pushing a lucrative but contentious buyout offer, tensions simmer and loyalties are tested. The storm brewing inside the chalet is no match for the one outside, however, and a devastating avalanche leaves the group cut off from all access to the outside world. Even worse, one Snooper hadn’t made it back from the slopes when the avalanche hit.

As each hour passes without any sign of rescue, panic mounts, the chalet grows colder, and the group dwindles further…one by one.

Zodiac by Robert Graysmith

My favorite genre of true crime has always been unsolved mysteries. There’s always that teeny tiny chance that maybe, just maybe, you’ve got some piece of information that solves the puzzle, or a theory that connects the dots. In ZODIAC, Robert Graysmith tells the story of one of America’s most baffling cases with an enigmatic killer who taunts law enforcement and the media with unsolvable riddles. Can you crack the code?

Robert Graysmith’s New York Times bestselling account of the desperate hunt for a serial killer and his own investigation of California’s unsolved Zodiac murders.

A sexual sadist, the Zodiac killer took pleasure in torture and murder. His first victims were a teenage couple, stalked and shot dead in a lovers’ lane. After another slaying, he sent his first mocking note to authorities, promising he would kill more. The official tally of his victims was six. He claimed thirty-seven dead. The real toll may have reached fifty.

Robert Graysmith was on staff at the San Francisco Chronicle in 1969 when Zodiac first struck, triggering in the resolute reporter an unrelenting obsession with seeing the hooded killer brought to justice. In this gripping account of Zodiac’s eleven-month reign of terror, Graysmith reveals hundreds of facts previously unreleased, including the complete text of the killer’s letters.

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