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Staff Picks

$55.97
ISBN-13: 9780062278784
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Katherine Tegen Books, 10/2013
I bought this book to give to my niece for her birthday. However, on the plane ride over I accidentally opened the book and peeked inside. The rest is history I could not put it down no matter how hard I tried. I like to think of this series as if George Orwell wrote the Hunger Games. All the action and adventure is here, with a premise that is expansive and whip-smart! Enjoy! -nate

Live by Night (Paperback)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780062197757
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks, 5/2013
This is a book about boot-legging gangsters, lost love, and revenge oh-so-sweet. There are gun fights, double deals, and a swift rise to power. From seedy Boston nightclubs to steamy Tampa backwaters, Live By Night spans the unique geography of 1920’s Americana. Lehane puts the hot sun in your veins, and makes you feel the queasy vertigo of being at the top with nowhere to go but down. His pacing is quick with dialogue that swaggers; he’ll have you up all night reading one, just one, more page…. Whew!

The Dirty Streets of Heaven (Mass Market Paperback)

$7.99
ISBN-13: 9780756407902
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Published: DAW, 7/2013
Whoever thought that reading about a loose-lipped cynical earth-bound Angel chasing a missing soul around the South Bay while being pursued by various angry Demon-Lords and monsters could be so much fun? Well I sure didn’t until I cracked open Tad Williams latest creation The Dirty Streets of Heaven. You could call this ‘Angel Noir’ or even ‘Metaphysical Mystery’, but it doesn’t fit so nicely into any established categories known to humankind. I mean, this is big stuff here folks, the powers of Heaven and Hell slugging it out on the steps of Stanford Campus. Weird, Wild, and Deeply Entertaining. Keep ‘em coming Tad!

The Circle (Hardcover)

$18.99
ISBN-13: 9781468306583
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Published: Overlook Press, 5/2013
The comparison of this book to Twilight is so misleading! There are no vampires involved, and definitely no sappy love story. Yes, it’s about a group of teenagers, and yes, they are unexpectedly plunged into a supernatural world against the backdrop of a stark landscape; but: -- We are invited to follow six main characters equally, giving every reader someone to relate to. -- The writing here is beautifully simple, as translated Swedish is at its best. -- The teenage rebellion, the heartbreak, the desperation of six people unexpectedly trapped in a fog, when they know the world around them is mortally threatening and the stakes are high, give this book a uniquely ever-so-slightly ominous feel. -- The tension is subtle but constant, which you only realize after you have been gripping the book under the covers for an hour past your bedtime. Two more books are forthcoming. Highly recommended – did I mention that? --ALS

$6.99
ISBN-13: 9780375851377
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Published: Dragonfly Books, 9/2009
I was completely mesmerized by this book as a kid. The drawings aren’t particularly detailed, but nonetheless, I examined every inch of them over and over. The pancake scene, in particular, was a favorite. --ALS

Nevada (Paperback)

$17.95
ISBN-13: 9780983242239
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Published: Topside Press, 3/2013
Do you hate the patriarchy? Do you hate capitalism? Has that made it difficult to navigate your adulthood? Do you have complicated thoughts on gender and when the subject comes up you either talk really fast for too long or get really quiet and wish you were talking about absolutely anything else? Are you tired of reading queer theory and just want a goddamned novel? If you answered yes to any of these questions then just buy the damn thing. If Michelle Tea and Dennis Cooper had a gayby and that kid got the best of both of them (like Michelle Tea when you were thinking awesome, punk dykes doing stuff and before she made you think ugh, I bet you’re totally neighbors with Mark Zuckerberg… and Dennis Cooper when you are thinking woah, deep and nihilistic and before that ew, now I have to take a shower feeling hits) you might get Maria. This book has it all: deep thoughts on the patriarchy, post-punk denim vests, Kathy Acker jokes, curse words…. It’s edgy and queer and shit: just like you.

$5.95
ISBN-13: 9781597142601
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Published: Heyday Books, 9/2013
I bought this book to a) help me identify spiders in my neighborhood and b) help desensitize me to spiders in general, because aaaghh, omigod, spiders. Plus, Heyday is a great local press, so this book is not only adorable, but it’s ‘specially tailored to Northern California. Immediately after I bought it, I found a black widow in my living room, but I’m sure that was a coincidence; I don’ t want to discourage you… --ALS