December 2022 Staff Picks

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When McKinsey Comes to Town: The Hidden Influence of the World's Most Powerful Consulting Firm By Walt Bogdanich, Michael Forsythe Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385546232
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Published: Doubleday - October 4th, 2022

The consulting firm McKinsey has its hand in everything. This book gives a sense of the scope of their work and the consequences of a private enterprise exercising such worldwide influence in everything from Healthcare to Authoritarian Governments. For a company that masquerades as a way for young graduates  to change the world, they do a nauseating amount of harm. 

The Thief (Deluxe Edition) By Fuminori Nakamura, Satoko Izumo (Translated by), Stephen Coates (Translated by), Duane Swierczynski (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Fuminori Nakamura, Satoko Izumo (Translated by), Stephen Coates (Translated by), Duane Swierczynski (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781641293211
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Published: Soho Crime - May 24th, 2022

"A literary crime masterpiece that follows a Japanese pickpocket lost to the machinations of fate."  An addictive read, perfect for the mystery reader in your life who seems to have read everything! 

The Latecomer: A Novel By Jean Hanff Korelitz Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250790798
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Published: Celadon Books - May 31st, 2022

Chosen by: Julie

When I finished this one, it felt like finishing five seasons of a tv show I binged in a week. How did the characters change in such startling, yet realistic ways so quickly? Am I just supposed to stop wondering about them now? While I connected with the members of this family on a cellular level, The Latecomers has broad appeal for anyone into family sagas and family secrets and meditations on privilege and excellent writing. 


What's for Dessert: Simple Recipes for Dessert People: A Baking Book By Claire Saffitz Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984826985
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Published: Clarkson Potter - November 8th, 2022

Chosen by: Sophia

What's for Dessert is an incredible follow up to the cult classic Dessert Person. Saffitz breaks down how to make dessert in a way that is mesmerizing, marrying her impressive knowledge and her love for sweet treats. The pictures in this book are stunning and I don't know what to make first! The perfect gift for that sweet someone, sweet anyone in your life!

Time Is a Mother By Ocean Vuong Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593300237
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Published: Penguin Press - April 5th, 2022

Chosen by: Sophia

Time is a Mother is Ocean Vuong’s second collection of poetry. Each sentence is beautifully heartbreaking, leaving you aching but somehow hopeful. Vuong invites you to sit with his grief and examine living after the death of his mother. He paints pictures with words just as vividly as he did in his critically acclaimed titles On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous and Night Sky With Exit Wounds.

The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man: A Memoir By Paul Newman, David Rosenthal (Editor), Melissa Newman (Foreword by), Clea Newman Soderlund (Afterword by) Cover Image
By Paul Newman, David Rosenthal (Editor), Melissa Newman (Foreword by), Clea Newman Soderlund (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9780593534502
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Published: Knopf - October 18th, 2022

Chosen by: Ava

Before I read this book, I loved Paul Newman. He was an incredible philanthropist and actor, devastatingly handsome and very charismatic. After I read this memoir I admired him even more than I did before. This autobiography was surprisingly raw, deeply honest and self-analytical. He was one of the most famous celebrities of his time who was often put on a very high pedestal; I felt like his story told in his own words, was one that was both incredibly human and relatable.

Kafka By R. Crumb, David Zane Mairowitz, Richard Appignanesi (Editor) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781560978060
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Published: Fantagraphics - May 17th, 2007

Chosen by: Ava

This is a combination you didn’t know you needed until you saw that it existed. While reading this book, it was evident that the only person you could get to illustrate a Kafka story is someone who is equally deep, smart, strange and ironically humorous. R. Crumb uses his scratchy pen-and-ink style drawing to perfectly capture a Kafkaesque mood.

Craft and Conscience: How to Write About Social Issues By Kavita Das Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807046494
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Published: Beacon Press - October 4th, 2022

Chosen by: Emily 

This is such an important book. In a world of constant social-media posting and performative activism, local author Kavita Das asks "what is our motivation for writing about social issues?" She uses her own published work as well as the writing of greats such as George Orwell and James Baldwin to illustrate the nuances of tackling difficult topics. One thing that makes this book so well-rounded is that it contains the full text of the work the author references, so the reader can fully understand the points being made. This is a book not only for journalists or authors, but for anyone who wants to more effectively write, read, post, speak, and think about the state of our world. 


Where Is Bina Bear? By Mike Curato, Mike Curato (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mike Curato, Mike Curato (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781250762207
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - January 11th, 2022

Chosen by: Astrid, age 3

Bina bear is a little shy. Where did Bina bear go?

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Indigenous Continent: The Epic Contest for North America By Pekka Hämäläinen Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631496998
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Published: Liveright - September 20th, 2022

Chosen by: Michael

In this monumental work, Hämäläinen completely reframes American history by centering the indigenous societies that occupied North America before the Europeans arrived. Upending the traditional American narrative highlighting unenforceable territorial claims by European colonial powers, Hämäläinen shows how the indigenous societies were not backwoods savages but fully formed powers themselves, forcing the Europeans (and later the Americans) to ally and negotiate with them to survive. One of the best new history books in years.


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Shuna's Journey By Hayao Miyazaki, Alex Dudok de Wit (Translated by) Cover Image
By Hayao Miyazaki, Alex Dudok de Wit (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781250846525
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Published: First Second - November 1st, 2022

This dazzling graphic novel (translated into English for the first time by Alex Dudok de Wit) is a fascinating look into iconic filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki’s early career, as well as a stunning, fully formed work in its own right. Perfect for the graphic novel or Miyazaki lover in your life, or anyone who wants to embark on a beautiful adventure.


The Writer's Map: An Atlas of Imaginary Lands By Huw Lewis-Jones (Editor), Philip Pullman (Prologue by) Cover Image
By Huw Lewis-Jones (Editor), Philip Pullman (Prologue by)
ISBN: 9780226596631
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Published: University of Chicago Press - October 11th, 2018

If you love opening a book and seeing a map in the front pages, this book is for you! If you enjoy wandering a new city with just a paper map, this book is also for you! If you imagine and create new lands and stories of your own, guess what? This book is for you!!! Feast your eyes on strange early maps from our own world as well as the fantastical array of maps from our favorite literary worlds and read all about the artistic processes that generated them. This book also makes an incredible gift for the writer, artist, fantasy reader or D&D player on your holiday list.

Greek Myths: A New Retelling By Charlotte Higgins, Chris Ofili (Drawings by) Cover Image
By Charlotte Higgins, Chris Ofili (Drawings by)
ISBN: 9780593316269
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Published: Pantheon - January 11th, 2022


A beautiful new compendium of the Greek myths, told through the voices of the women at the heart of them. Get ready to be transported  to a dream-like, labyrinthine world, where the stories are woven together seamlessly and accompanied by elegant line drawings by the artist, Chris Ofili. This is a fresh, captivating collection that will surprise readers who are already familiar with the tales, and enchant readers who are discovering them for the first time.