March 2023 Staff Picks

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Cold Enough for Snow By Jessica Au Cover Image
ISBN: 9780811231558
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Published: New Directions - February 15th, 2022

Chosen by: Cadah, Owner of Poor George

This novel was so gentle and beautiful. Though short, under 100 pages, each sentence is deliciously dense with detail and best absorbed slowly. The inner monologue of memories of the main character slowly unveils their relationships and pushes the story of their travels along. This is a great book for someone to relax with or for someone who wants to feel like they are standing alone, bathing in the silence of a Japanese forest. “

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Rikers: An Oral History By Graham Rayman, Reuven Blau Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593134214
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Published: Random House - January 17th, 2023

Chosen by: Emily 

This riveting book is not an emotionally easy read, but it’s an incredibly important one. Unlike many pieces of narrative nonfiction, the participants in this story speak completely for themselves, laying bare the horrors that are taking place right under our noses in New York’s most infamous prison. I found myself pausing several times throughout this book and wondering how our country is still treating people this way in 2023. If you aren’t already an abolitionist you will be after reading this book.

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Bad Cree: A Novel By Jessica Johns Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385548694
Availability: Available to Order - shipping times vary
Published: Doubleday - January 10th, 2023

Chosen by: Ava

This is a unique horror story that talks about personal and generational trauma and loss through mythology and metaphor.
I enjoyed this book for its beautiful description of Cree culture, especially highlighting the power and importance of the female members of the family. I found it it to be incredibly poetic and psychologically rich.

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Humankind: A Hopeful History By Rutger Bregman, Erica Moore (Translated by), Elizabeth Manton (Translated by) Cover Image
By Rutger Bregman, Erica Moore (Translated by), Elizabeth Manton (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780316418522
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - November 16th, 2021

Chosen by: David

This joyful history book paints a convincing case for human’s intrinsic Goodness. Through fascinating examples of our capacity for genuine care and collectivism, including stories of war, a close look at “Lord of the Flies” and the mystery behind Easter Island, Bergman provides a much-needed outlook of hope and possibility. A beautiful reminder of the altruistic decency we are all capable of!

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The Carrying: Poems By Ada Limón Cover Image
ISBN: 9781571315137
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Published: Milkweed Editions - April 13th, 2021

Chosen by: Heidi

A friend sent me the poem “Instructions on Not Giving Up” (p.66) and I was instantly hooked on Ada Limón. This collection will give you the raw ache in your throat that only really good poetry can. Read it and welcome spring to the world with fresh eyes. 


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Cheap Land Colorado: Off-Gridders at America's Edge By Ted Conover Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525521488
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Published: Knopf - November 1st, 2022

Chosen by: Michael 

Conover immerses himself in the community of modern day homesteaders in the valley of Colorado. He buys some “cheap land” and gets to know the people that are drawn to the area. He doesn’t romanticize or criticize the people he writes about, bringing them and the place so fully to life that you feel like you are there. A fascinating look at a part of our country that is very different from what most of us know. I’ll definitely be checking out Conover’s other books!


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City Under One Roof By Iris Yamashita Cover Image
Difficult to find
ISBN: 9780593336670
Published: Berkley - January 10th, 2023

Chosen by: Julie

This was a premise I could not resist: A murder occurs in the tiny, isolated town of Point Mettier, Alaska, where every resident lives in the same high-rise apartment complex, and they all have something to hide; an avalanche cuts off access into and out of the town, and strands an investigator from Anchorage among the suspects and oddballs, who don’t take kindly to “others.”  As secrets are uncovered and alliances formed and broken, the investigator, who is haunted by her own past, must sift through layers of lies if she’s going to solve the mystery. Written by an Oscar-nominated screenwriter, this one is thrilling, taught, and plain fun.