November 2022 Staff Picks

Foster By Claire Keegan Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802160140
Availability: Backordered
Published: Grove Press - November 1st, 2022

Chosen by: Heidi

Sparse, moving, a beautiful piece of writing that will stay with you long after you finish. 

Fathers and Children By Ivan Turgenev, Nicolas Pasternak Slater (Translated by), Maya Slater (Translated by) Cover Image
By Ivan Turgenev, Nicolas Pasternak Slater (Translated by), Maya Slater (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781681376356
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: NYRB Classics - August 23rd, 2022

Chosen by: Ava

This classic Russian novel brought back to life by NYRB is filled with issues that are still relevant today. The pain that comes with the clash of the generations, love, politics, life and death are brought to light through Turgenev’s deep insight into familial and human psychology. Originally published in 1862, this book is both ironically contemporary and beautifully written.

The Woman in White (Modern Library Classics) By Wilkie Collins, Anne Perry (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Wilkie Collins, Anne Perry (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780375759062
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Modern Library - January 8th, 2002

Chosen by: Julie

My very favorite book of all time, and widely considered to be the first English sensation novel. Wilkie Collins is an absolute master storyteller. Alternating narratives draw you deep into a world of intrigue, murder, and madness. There are villains you’ll love hate, and heroes (and heroines!) you’ll hate to leave. Get ready to be transported to Victorian England to solve one of the greatest mysteries ever conceived. 

Understanding Comics By Scott McCloud Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060976255
Availability: Available to Order - shipping times vary
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - April 27th, 1994

Chosen by: Emily 

This book is like a college course you can read in one sitting (but it's a lot more fun than a class!) It completely changed my view of not only the art of comics but also the entire relationship between images and the written word. McCloud creates a rich and accessible vocabulary for both making and understanding comics that can be translated to any form of art, whether you are the creator or the consumer. 

Tomboy Survival Guide By Ivan Coyote Cover Image
ISBN: 9781551526560
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - October 18th, 2016

Chosen by: Sophia


Tomboy Survival Guide is a funny and moving memoir from Ivan Coyote. Told through stories detailing the bliss and adversity of growing up and growing into a tomboy, falling in love, navigating public restrooms and family connections. Their colorful way of storytelling invites their audience to find comfort in resilience and creative ways to embody self confidence as someone who may defy social norms. Everyone should read this, not just the tomboys or genderqueer folks. Coyote reminds us, “I am not trapped in the wrong body; I am trapped in a world that makes very little space for bodies like mine" Read it to understand a perspective that might not be yours.

My Phantoms By Gwendoline Riley Cover Image
ISBN: 9781681376813
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New York Review Books - September 13th, 2022

Chosen by: Michael 

A new novel about difficult family dynamics by an English author who is so good I can’t believe she isn’t more widely known. It’s remarkable how much emotion Riley can convey in such spare, stark language. I couldn’t put it down.

Accident! By Andrea Tsurumi Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544944800
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Clarion Books - October 3rd, 2017

Chosen by: Astrid (3 years old)

If you want your kid to shout "Calamity!" when something happens and learn a valuable lesson about owning up to and fixing mistakes, this is a great one.