August Staff Picks

Don’t know what to read next? Let us be your guide! Here are some of our favorites this month.

Need even more ideas? Check out last month's picks.

Yes We (Still) Can: Politics in the Age of Obama, Twitter, and Trump Cover Image
ISBN: 9781538711712
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Published: Twelve - June 19th, 2018

For the person who misses Obama and wants to understand and move past the madness. In this amazing memoir/analysis/political activism how-to book Pfeiffer gives you the warmth of the Obama days, with funny Barak anecdotes and tales of White House madness paired with an insightful analysis of the impact Twitter has on our democracy and the vital importance of youth activism. Sometimes I have to tune out of current politics to save my sanity, but Pfeiffer's writing made me realize the importance of paying attention and was a good transition back into the current political world. 100% recommended for young and old. A funny, fanscinating, and important read.


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Convenience Store Woman Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802128256
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Published: Grove Press - June 12th, 2018

A fast but incredibly fun read, Convenience Store Woman chronicles the story of a 36-year-old convenience store worker named Keiko whose life has been dedicated to restocking snacks and training new employees since she was 18. Along the way she meets a man who challenges her predicatble world. Keiko's quirky personality will get you through the last few weeks of summer heat.


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We Were Liars Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385741279
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Published: Ember - May 29th, 2018

There are only two words to describle this book: hauntingly beautiful.


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Educated: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399590504
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Published: Random House - February 20th, 2018

Possibly the best memoir I've ever read. Westover knows she had an incredible childhood, but instead of recounting it for shock value, takes an introspective look at how how it has shaped her life and views. Part Captain Fantastic (minus some fantastic) wholly eye-opening to the way some - or maybe even most - Americans think and live, this book is so well-written and objective, you can't not love it.


The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic Cover Image
By Leigh Bardugo, Sara Kipin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781250122520
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Imprint - September 26th, 2017

For those familiar with the Grisha-verse or the wonderfully dark heists in Six of Crows, The Language of Thorns  is a welcome addition to the lore behind it all. These classic fairy tales are bewitched with perilous twists and stunning artowrk, entrancing any and every reader.


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Silhouette of a Sparrow Cover Image
ISBN: 9781571317049
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Published: Milkweed Editions - August 6th, 2013

It's not bad.

-Stephen ***

Into the Wild Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385486804
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Published: Anchor - January 20th, 1997

Ever wanted to escape the pressures of everyday life and just get away? You might understand where Chris McCandless is coming from in this true travel story. The best parts of this haunting yet inspirational tale are the passages at the beginnings of the chapters, quotes and excerpts from McCandless's own books, a peek into what he was thinking about as he made this ill-fated journey. It's worth a look.