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April 2021: Christy

Christy is a chronic bookseller, having worked in a used bookstore for years before having her two kids, a five-year-old boy, and a nearly nine-year-old girl. When she’s not reading to her kids or hiding in the bathroom with a book, you can find Christy playing in the streams by her house, cheering on the Carolina Hurricanes, or rummaging in her freezer for ice cream. 

The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin

My most favorite book of 2020. If you ask for a sci-fi rec, this is what I will unabashedly offer. A beautifully written urban sci-fi celebrating the city of New York and the resiliency of its people while throwing in other dimensions and alien life forms. 

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon

This Pulitzer prize winning novel tells the story of two cousins living in NYC in 1939. They create an incredibly popular anti-Nazi comic book hero while simultaneously tackling their personal battles. Chabon has created a highly entertaining and easy read, great for when you need a change of pace.

Underworld by Don DeLillo

DeLillo is one of my most favorite writers. This book can be daunting at 827 pages. The story starts with a baseball and then travels through many of the major events of the Cold War Era, bouncing back to current time, and ending with a para-sentence that resonates as a prayer to the reader. 

Mythology by Edith Hamilton

I first read Hamilton’s Mythology in middle school, falling in love with the ancient stories. It’s a love that has continued, as this book lives near my nightstand for those evenings I want a fanciful bedtime story to help me fall asleep. 

Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy

Follow The Kid, as he travels West and joins a gang of cowboys set to protect settlers and townsfolk from attacks by the Apache. The novel pulls no punches, explores very dark themes, and will challenge the belief that people are inherently good. This novel is meant to make you uncomfortable. 

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

This is a hard novel, both in subject and in how it leaves the reader. Nabokov masterfully challenges the reader to feel both disgust and pity for Humbert. You aren’t meant to like him. Nabokov has a magical way with words that should not be ignored. I am also very sentimental about the physical book, feel free to ask me about it!

Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein

This is a poem best read out loud, preferably as you pace around a room, drinking too much coffee, or wine, or both. That’s what Gertrude would have wanted. 

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

A beloved childhood favorite that is hands down, my most favorite to read to my children. I almost always add some growls and stomping of feet to make sure I do the story justice.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

One of the first books I remember reading on my own. I still dream about that secret garden and wish I could wander along its paths.

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

I go back to this book often to remind myself that I am good enough. As someone who struggles with anxiety, I find that Brene’s words speak truth to me and shore me up when I’m feeling weakest.

The City We Became: A Novel (The Great Cities #1) By N. K. Jemisin Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316509848
Availability: Ships from warehouse to store in 3-6 business days
Published: Orbit - March 24th, 2020

An instant NYT Bestseller!

Four-time Hugo Award-winning author N.K.

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (with bonus content): A Novel By Michael Chabon Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812983586
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - June 12th, 2012

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The epic, beloved novel of two boy geniuses dreaming up superheroes in New York’s Golden Age of comics, now with special bonus material by the author—soon to be a Showtime limited series

Underworld: A Novel By Don DeLillo Cover Image
ISBN: 9780684848150
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Scribner - July 9th, 1998

Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize
Finalist for the National Book Award
Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award
Winner of the Howell’s Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters
One of The New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books

“A great American novel, a masterpiece, a thrilling page-turner.&

Mythology By Edith Hamilton Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316223331
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Back Bay Books - April 30th, 2013

Dive into the timeless tales of gods and heroes in this bestselling A-to-Z encyclopedia detailing classic myths and legends—perfect for curious readers and academics alike.

Edith Hamilton's mythology succeeds like no other book in bringing to life for the modern reader the Greek, Roman and Norse myths that are the keystone of Western culture—the stories of gods and he

Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West (Vintage International) By Cormac McCarthy Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679728757
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Vintage - May 5th, 1992

25th ANNIVERSARY EDITION • From the bestselling, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Road: an epic novel of the violence and depravity that attended America's westward expansion, brilliantly subverting the conventions of the Western novel and the mythology of the Wild West.

Lolita (Vintage International) By Vladimir Nabokov Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679723165
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Vintage - March 13th, 1989

The most famous and controversial novel from one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century tells the story of Humbert Humbert’s obsessive, devouring, and doomed passion for the nymphet Dolores Haze.

"The conjunction of a sense of humor with a sense of horror [results in] satire of a very special kind."The New Yorker

Tender Buttons By Gertrude Stein, Seth Perlow (Editor), Juliana Spahr (Afterword by) Cover Image
By Gertrude Stein, Seth Perlow (Editor), Juliana Spahr (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9780872866355
Availability: BACKORDERED
Published: City Lights Books - April 8th, 2014

The MLA Committee on Scholarly Editions has awarded Tender Buttons: The Corrected Centennial Edition its seal designating it an MLA Approved Edition.

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Where the Wild Things Are: A Caldecott Award Winner By Maurice Sendak, Maurice Sendak (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Maurice Sendak, Maurice Sendak (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780064431781
Availability: On our shelves
Published: HarperCollins - December 26th, 2012

Maurice Sendak's Caldecott Medal-winning picture book has become one of the most highly acclaimed and best-loved children's books of all time. A must for every child's bookshelf.

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The Secret Garden By Frances Hodgson Burnett, Inga Moore (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780763647322
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Published: Candlewick - February 23rd, 2010

The beloved original text offered in a beautiful paperback edition by esteemed illustrator Inga Moore.

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are By Brené Brown, Ph.D, L.M.S.W. Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781592858491
Published: Hazelden Publishing - August 27th, 2010

Please note: the tenth-anniversary paperback edition of this book is available now.

Brené Brown’s game-changing New York Times bestseller, The Gifts of Imperfection, has sold more than 2 million copies in more than 30 different languages and is celebrating its 10th Anniversary in print.

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