September 2022 Staff Picks

The Bog People: Iron Age Man Preserved By P.V. Glob, Elizabeth Wayland Barber (Introduction by), Paul Barber (Introduction by) Cover Image
By P.V. Glob, Elizabeth Wayland Barber (Introduction by), Paul Barber (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781590170908
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Published: NYRB Classics - August 31st, 2004

Chosen by: Ava

This amazing book investigates the archaeological discoveries of the incredibly well preserved Bog People from Europe. Even though these bodies have been submerged for over 2000 years, they are almost completely intact including their skin, hair and clothing. Bog People gives us a glimpse into history, biology and culture like never before and having the visual references to go along with it makes this book a must read. It's a very ancient true crime novel!

True Biz: A Novel By Sara Novic Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593241509
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Published: Random House - April 5th, 2022

Chosen by: Heidi 

A completely unique social, cultural and linguistic journey. An enthralling portrait of deaf culture and a coming of age story wrought with the universal desire for connection and acceptance. 


The Paying Guests By Sarah Waters Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594633928
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 8th, 2015

Chosen by: Julie

This is a slow-burning romance, a riveting crime novel, and a post-WWI morality play all wrapped up in devastatingly gorgeous prose. Sarah Waters knows how to bring the thrills, the chills, and the heat!

Long Life: Essays and Other Writings By Mary Oliver Cover Image
ISBN: 9780306814129
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Published: Da Capo Press - March 2nd, 2005

Chosen by: Emily 

Delicate, tender prose melds with poetry as Oliver pushes the limits of form. This slim volume is a sensory experience in the lives and deaths of our loved ones, animals, and even plants–every word cuts straight to the heart and makes the reader feel as if Oliver’s inner life is somehow also their own. This book is a meditation born of vigorous writing practice and rigorous commitment to being present in the moment. 

Dog Biscuits By Alex Graham Cover Image
ISBN: 9781683965527
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Published: Fantagraphics - June 21st, 2022


Chosen by: Michael

The debut graphic novel by one of the most exciting new artists out there, Dog Biscuits is able to faithfully depict the lives of several young (and not so young) characters doing their best to get by in the summer of 2020 in Seattle. Graham is able to create a fully addictive, immersive work with a blend of humor, pathos, and just a little social commentary. A real treat!

Yerba Buena: A Novel By Nina LaCour Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250810465
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Published: Flatiron Books - May 31st, 2022

Chosen by: Sophia

Nina LaCour's dedication to her wife Kristyn made me cry and I immediately purchased Yerba Buena. LaCour brightly tells the tender yet at times heart-breaking love story of Sara Foster––a tortured, sought-after bartender, and Emilie Dubois––a talented but aimless florist struggling to find her true identity. The two lock eyes while working at a local restaurant called Yerba Buena, and instantly are infatuated. But childhood traumas and current dramas make their love story an epic triumph as they both confront the past they are running away from to build a future together. This novel vibrantly calls on all your senses, ending with a breath of minty freshness after exploring the musty woods.

Motherthing By Ainslie Hogarth Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593467022
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Published: Vintage - September 27th, 2022

"A masterfully crafted horror novel that’s by turns humorous and deeply unsettling" - Publishers Weekly