Summer Staff Picks, Round 7

  • SARAH: Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret by Craig Brown
  • PAM: City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • MARY: The Line Becomes a River by Francisco Cantu
  • MARIELLE: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
  • JENNIFER: Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
  • HADLEY: The Factory by Hiroko Oyamada
  • DREW: The Yiddish Policeman's Union by Michael Chabon
  • CHRISTOPHER: Land of the Lustrous by Haruko Ichikawa
  • ANNA: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
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Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780374538392
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 21st, 2019

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Queen Elizabeth II's sister Princess Margaret was, at best a difficult woman, and at worst a terrible human being. But like most tabloid fodder (and trainwrecks) it is next to impossible to turn away. Or in this case, stop turning pages. It's a fun and dishy book, perfect for fans of the rebellious and trouble-making royals. - SARAH


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ISBN: 9781594634741
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 7th, 2020

This is an entertaining novel, set in the 1940's, from the author of Eat, Pray, Love. Vivian, who is 95 years old, is looking back and reflecting upon her life. At the age of 19 she was kicked out of Vassar because she did not attend class. So, her parents send her to New York City to live with her eccentric aunt who runs a playhouse and here Vivian is quickly embraced by the theater community and meets an interesting cast of characters. - PAM


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The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735217737
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 5th, 2019

What an enlightening memoir by Francisco Cantu, a Mexican American, who joins the US Border Patrol, to gain an understanding of the border. In the first part, he describes his training and work as a field officer with the Patrol. Migrants are trying to escape Mexico's violence and criminality. In the second part, he is working in an office collecting border intelligence. In part three, Cantu is pursuing a graduate degree. The saga of his friend Jose is sad, as he goes to Mexico to see his dying mother. This book shows me there is much to learn about immigration and the border and how the system objectifies these people and loses sight of their humanity. - MARY


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$14.99
ISBN: 9780316341677
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 22nd, 2018

You know that book that leaves you speechless when you finish the last page? STRANGE THE DREAMER is that book. The beautiful writing and expert storytelling draw you into this fantastical world, and the lovely, heartbreakingly flawed characters will make you want to stay forever. If you are dying to go on a wonderful journey and get lost in a truly good book, this is the story you need. - MARIELLE


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Another Brooklyn: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062359995
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Published: Amistad - May 30th, 2017

This gorgeous coming-of-age tale fades in and out of August’s thoughts as she remembers pieces of her past. She is a Black woman who has traveled around the world, documenting the dead of other cultures and countries. As a child, she and her brother lived with their father in an apartment in Brooklyn after leaving the home they shared with their mother in Tennessee. Other adults come and go in August’s life and leave impressions on her, but her thoughts flow mostly back to her mother and her three best friends—Sylvia, Angela, and Gigi—as we learn their hopes, dreams, loves, heartaches, and fates. - JENNIFER


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By Hiroko Oyamada, David Boyd (Translated by)
$13.95
ISBN: 9780811228855
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Published: New Directions - October 29th, 2019

The Factory is a short little book that follows three workers recently employed at a highly segmented, ultra-powerful organization that seems to be embedded in every aspect of its employees lives (Oyamada actually wrote this novella after her experience working for one such company). One shreds paper, another proofreads documents entirely out of context, and another is trying to figure out the optimal way to lay moss around the organization's campus. Is something sinister going on? And what's with all the weird birds on the property? I'm not going to sit here and tell you this book isn't bizarre. But if you're like me and you're open to a little absurdity and ambiguity, pick this up; I promise you'll have a blast. - HADLEY


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The Yiddish Policemen's Union: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780007149834
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 29th, 2008

A fascinating what if book that examines one of the most contentiuous areas in the world. What if the Slattery Report had been supported by the United States and followed though on creating a semiautonomous Jewish state, in Alaska. The Yiddish Policeman's Union is a murder mystery as well as a cultural examinatoin of what makes us different, what unites us, what extremes people are willing to go to protect themselves when they feel they are alone, and who should be trusted. An absolute gem of a read this is a great little standalone novel! - DREW


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ISBN: 9781632364975
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Published: Kodansha Comics - June 27th, 2017

Land of the Lustrous is what I’d call the Steven Universe of manga. Focusing around a race of race of humanoid gemstones fighting to survive in a post-apocalyptic world, Land of the Lustrous stands out to me among other Manga I have read for its breathtaking visuals (look inside). The series mainly focuses around the motif of maturity and greatly rewards reading that continue reading the later volumes. While the plot is slow in this first volume, I would recommend this book for the art alone. - CHRISTOPHER


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ISBN: 9780545424936
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - July 30th, 2013

The Raven Boys- I wanted to include this throwback read, because it is the first book in a series that brought my love of reading back during my second year of college. We follow four boys and one girl named Blue, and these characters are some of my favorite fictional characters ever. Their development over each book is fantastic, and it made Maggie Stiefvater one of my favorite authors. This series involves dead Welsh kings, a boy that can pull things from his dreams, a family of clairvoyants, and two super cute romances. If you love a light fantasy, this series is for you! - ANNA