July 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.

Tangerine: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062686664
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Ecco - March 27th, 2018

Reading a story that takes place in the unbearable heat of Africa will make summertime in Virginia feel a little less oppressive. The story might make you wonder if you’re crazy; but it might also make your crazy ex, friend or roommate seem less so in comparison to the women in the book.

— Molly

The Pisces: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524761554
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Hogarth - May 2018

The Pisces is dark, sexy, and frighteningly relatable. Melissa Broder poetic writing style combined with her dry humor creates a gorgeous piece of literature that explores a woman's struggle of never being romantically satisfied. I could not put this book down, but not in a whats-gonna-happen-next way but in more of an im-encapsulated-by-the-writing-way. I adore this book and would recommend it to anyone who has known what it is to confuse lust for love and appreciates a good merman love interest.

— Ani

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501115073
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Washington Square Press - April 5th, 2016

This novel turned out to be more than I could have ever expected, with its continuous plot twists, revelations, and innocence. Everything ends up being connected and the book becomes greater than itself!

— Chloe

Sam & Ilsa's Last Hurrah Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399553844
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - April 10th, 2018

The premise is simple: Each twin can invite three guests to a dinner party at their grandmother's rent-controlled New York apartment, and they can't tell the other who they invited so it's a surprise when the party begins. What ensues is a beautiful catastrophe of a party complete with exes, random people met on the street, and the fear of jumping off into the world after high school. Sam & Ilsa's Last Hurrah left me out of breath and hooked on every new and intriguing character or turn of the plot. It's the perfect quick read fit with everything you would and wouldn't think of.

— Dora

We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544223790
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Clarion Books - May 3rd, 2016

Russell Freedman, one of the best writers of history for young people, recounts the bravery of teen siblings Sophie & Hans Scholl, who put their lives at risk to spread their message of resistance in Nazi Germany.

— Rachel

You're Welcome, Universe Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399551413
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - March 7th, 2017

You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner is a diverse and eye-opening take on D/deaf culture and how to cut out negative people in your life. Readers will empathize with some of the struggles that Julia, a bi, Deaf, South Asian teen, faces, as well as be introduced to a whole other facet of disabled life. Plus, graffiti is really cool and plays a huge part in the story.

— Kiran

The Almost Sisters: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062105721
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - May 29th, 2018

Graphic novelist Leia Birch comes away from a convention with a big secret; she’s pregnant! She has to break the news to her Southern family in the midst of a big hoopla about her grandmother’s deteriorating mental state and her sister’s broken marriage. Throw in a mystery or two and you’ve got The Almost Sisters: A light read with a most satisfying ending!

— Abbie

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735220690
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Penguin Books - June 5th, 2018

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is a quick, easy read with wonderful writing and amazing character development.

— Yumna

The Essex Serpent: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062666376
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Custom House - June 6th, 2017

It's not bad.

— Stephen***