Staff Picks for July 4, 2020

  • Sarah: Sigh, Gone by Phuc Tran
  • Jennfier: Oona Our of Order by Margarita Montimore
  • Pam: The Dilemma by B. A. Paris
  • Marielle: Any Day Without You by Mae Respicio
  • Anna: Circe by Madeline Miller
  • Christopher: Scald by Denise Duhamel
  • Elise: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
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Sigh, Gone: A Misfit's Memoir of Great Books, Punk Rock, and the Fight to Fit In Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250194718
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Published: Flatiron Books - April 21st, 2020

Phuc Tran is an AMAZING writer and while I selfishly wanted to read his memoir because we grew up in the same small town and my mother was a teacher at Carlisle High School when he was a student, I didn't expect to be so blown away by his story. Sigh, Gone paints a portrait of my hometown that I always knew existed in the back of my mind, but never really saw or acknowledged. Touching and eye opening, I cannot wait to share Phuc's memoir with customers at the store! - Sarah


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Oona Out of Order: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250236609
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Published: Flatiron Books - February 25th, 2020

I ran across a quote years ago about how you should act in the present in such a way that you give your future self a gift. This is exactly what Oona does--or at least attempts to do--in this delightful and unique spin on time travel. Every year on her birthday, which is also New Year's Eve, she "leaps" into another year of her life, but not in sequential order. Without giving any spoilers, I will say that my favorite part of the novel was Oona's love of music and her devotion to the craft of performing it. tldr; Sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll. - Jennifer


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The Dilemma: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250151360
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Published: St. Martin's Press - June 30th, 2020

Is it ok to keep a secret because you feel it will protect the one you love? This is the main theme throughout this amazing book. As the story begins Adam and Livia are preparing for a large celebration that Livia has been dreaming of since she was nineteen years old. When tragedy strikes and only Adam knows the truth. Should he keep this to himself or share his news and destroy Livia's dream? - Pam


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$16.99
ISBN: 9780525707578
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Published: Wendy Lamb Books - May 5th, 2020

ANY DAY WITH YOU is a sweet wonderful story that pulls at your heartstrings and makes you want to cheer and cry in the best of ways. Though a contemporary modern setting, the story feels magical as it interweaves story, art, and film, alongside Filipino culture and the beautiful relationship between Kaia and her great-grandfather, Tatang. If you are looking for a story that is a true pleasure to read, even when tears fall around your smile, this is the book for you. - Marielle


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$16.99
ISBN: 9780316556323
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 14th, 2020

Madeline Miller continues to blow me away with her writing. I read "The Song of Achilles" a while back, and that made Miller an automatic buy author for me. "Circe" is truly an experience to read, and I mean that in the best possible way. The character building of Circe as a character was exquisitely done and she has become one of my favorite mythological figures ever. I learned more about Greek mythology's side characters than I have from anywhere else. I loved watching Circe really become her own strong and independent person after being so dependent on everyone else for a long time, and I loved seeing her become stronger with her magic. This was just an absolutely phenomenal book, and I would recommend this to anyone who has a yearning to learn more about mythology that doesn't include the Greek gods and goddesses - Anna


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Scald (Pitt Poetry Series) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780822964506
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Published: University of Pittsburgh Press - February 13th, 2017

Standing as a paragon for feminism within the community, Denise Duhamel's Scald is a knock-out collection of poems that will leave you charged after each and every page. Resfusing to shy away from the gross details of mysogeny and reality, Duhamel presents a rallying cry for immediate change. This mantra, alongside beautiful diction and articulate craftmanship, makes Scald one of my favoirte contemporary collections. Reader discression is advised. - Christopher


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$10.99
ISBN: 9780385741279
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Published: Ember - May 29th, 2018

I think it is best if you go into "We Were Liars" without knowing much, but I highly recommend this thrilling and mysterious novel that you won’t want to put down! The story takes place on a private island off the coast of Massachusetts where four families live every summer. Although this is a short book, the depth and meaning behind E. Lockhart’s words will have you thinking about this story long after you read the last page. - Elise