April Staff Picks

Happy April! Here's what we're reading this month. Need more ideas? Check out our last picks here.

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So Here's the Thing . . .: Notes on Growing Up, Getting Older, and Trusting Your Gut Cover Image
ISBN: 9781538731550
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Published: Twelve - March 5th, 2019

Just as witty and insightful as her first book, So Here's the Thing is a humorous collection of advice and stories about before, during, and after Alyssa Mastromonaco's time working in the Obama White House. Like with her first book, Who Thought This Was A Good Idea, I cannot recommend this book enough.

— Dora

You Think It, I'll Say It: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399592867
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Random House - April 24th, 2018

— Ani

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The Bird King Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802129031
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Published: Grove Press - March 12th, 2019

Dear friends Fatima and Hassan, each with their own extraordinary gifts but out of place in the world, flee the Inquisitors of the Spanish Inquisition.  Hoping to find a sanctuary where they can escape the world, they seek the mythical island home of the Bird King.  But first, they must outrun the Inquisition's soldiers and overcome betrayal and their own doubts.  I loved this poignant tale of courage and love and jinn and shifting reality.

— Stephen

King of Scars (King of Scars Duology #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250142283
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Imprint - January 29th, 2019

— Micah

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Something Great and Beautiful: A Novel of Love, Wall Street, and Focaccia Cover Image
ISBN: 9781590519738
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Published: Other Press - September 18th, 2018

I picked this book up in a time where I needed an easy and quick story to follow and I did find that in Something Great and Beautiful, but as I ended the novel it really did turn into something much more meaningful. The story takes place all over the world but at the end of it all it imparts upon readers a “can do anything” sense that resonates deeply. I recommend picking up this book for a quick dose of inspiration when nothing feels as if it’s going right.

— Chloe

The Two Towers: Being the Second Part of The Lord of the Rings Cover Image
ISBN: 9780547928203
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Published: Mariner Books - September 18th, 2012

— Toby

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White Elephant: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062857750
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Published: Ecco - March 26th, 2019

Read The White Elephant by Julie Langsdorf and try not to recognize yourself, friends and neighbors. The community of characters is both familiar and intriguing, and you won’t want to let them go.

— Molly

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Daisy Jones & The Six: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524798628
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Published: Ballantine Books - March 5th, 2019

Written as a series of interviews with a band from the 70s, the novel makes you want to play records, go to a really good concert and listen to the songs the band writes throughout the book. It’s fun, moving, sad and wonderful all at once.

— Molly

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Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419731402
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 25th, 2018

I loved this book. It’s partly magical and a little sad because the way the young chimney sweeps are treated is based on real life. I loved the characters and I couldn’t wait to find out what happened.

— Rory

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One Day in December: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525574682
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Published: Broadway Books - October 16th, 2018

While the holiday season has long gone, it’s never too late for rom-com cozy feels, and that’s exactly what you’ll get from this Reese Witherspoon book club pick.

— Mika