February Staff Picks

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

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Alex, Approximately Cover Image
ISBN: 9781481478779
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Simon Pulse - April 4th, 2017

A super sweet easy travel read that kept me hooked!

— Sonia

The Story of Arthur Truluv: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781400069903
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Random House - November 21st, 2017

Rich in detail, this story is told from three different points of view. Sometimes heart wrenching and always hopeful, it is a story about unusual people and unusual friendships.

— Abbie

The Girls: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812988024
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - May 9th, 2017

The Girls is a debut novel by Emma Cline based on the story of Charles Manson and his followers. It follows Evie, a lonely teenager who becomes entranced with girls she sees at the park, but what she doesn’t realize are the secrets the girls are keeping. I’m glad I picked up this book because it made me feel like I traveled back to 1969 and lived through all of Evie's terrifying memories. Crossing the genres of mystery, thriller, suspense, and historical fiction, this book is in every way a worthwhile read.

— Yumna

The Isle of the Lost (A Descendants Novel, Book 1): A Descendants Novel (The Descendants #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781484725443
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Disney-Hyperion - April 25th, 2017

The beginning of a wonderfully transformative series in its own right, this companion to the hit Disney musical franchise hits all the right notes with strong women and the creation of empowering friendships in the face of adversity.

— Kiran

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ISBN: 9780316519847
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Published: Hachette Books - November 14th, 2017

Nikita Gill's raw emotion and brilliant metaphors make Wild Embers, a story of rebirth, growth, and empowerment, a stunning and thought-provoking read.

— Dora

The Nakano Thrift Shop: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781609453992
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Published: Europa Editions - June 6th, 2017

A quirky novel about the employees of a thrift shop with awkward characters reminiscent of the characters in the movie Amélie.

— Stephen

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399588174
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - November 15th, 2016

Trevor Noah’s memoir is encapsulating, inspirational, and absolutely hilarious. Recounting his childhood being mixed race in post-apartheid South Africa, Noah’s book is surprising, funny, and uplifting. From his relationship with his supportive mother to relatable anecdotes about awkward prepubescent crushes, Noah’s book will keep you sucked in. I highly suggest this book for memoir newbies and frequent flyers. This book moved me in a way that so few memoirs can, please go read this book.

— Ani

Betty Before X Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374306106
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - January 2nd, 2018

Ilyassa Shabazz immerses readers in 1940’s Detroit in this novel based on her mother’s early adolescence. 11-year-old Betty moves north to live with her mother after her grandmother’s death. While Betty’s relationship with her mother frays, she finds support in her church community and develops her activist spirit through growing involvement with the Housewive’s League.

— Rachel