Staff Picks - Nadine


Nadine, Store Manager


Willful Creatures Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385720977
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Published: Anchor Books - August 8th, 2006

I finished this book and immediately started it again, ignoring the 30 or so other books in my to-read pile -- that's how much I loved it! Bender's sharp wit, dark humor, keen observational eye, and remarkable tenderness for her subjects make the fantastic worlds she conjures feel more real than our own.

Mr. Splitfoot Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544811812
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Published: Mariner Books - January 24th, 2017

Mr. Splitfoot! I'm obsessed with this book. Psychic orphans, con men, creepy religious cults, a ghost story, and maybe the devil himself? What more could you ask for? Oh, Hunt's prose is also weird, dark, propulsive, menacing, at times hilarious, and always fantastically original.

The Border of Paradise Cover Image
ISBN: 9781939419699
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Published: Unnamed Press - April 12th, 2016

A beautiful, harrowing debut novel exploring isolation and madness in the haunted, haunting Nowak family. I feel like a jerk calling it "Faulknerian" in scope and subject matter but, sorry, that's what it is!

All My Puny Sorrows Cover Image
ISBN: 9781940450711
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Published: McSweeney's - July 28th, 2015

This book is for you if you've ever loved, or been, someone with a mental illness. It's also for you if you've ever: a) had a family, b) been a human being, or c) just liked books that pack joy, laughter, heartache, and fundamental truth into every page.

Just Kids Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060936228
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Published: Ecco - November 2nd, 2010

If ever I feel that life might not be worth living, I re-read Patti Smith's Just Kids because I can rely on it to change my mind.

Autobiography of Red: A Novel in Verse (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375701290
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Published: Vintage - July 27th, 1999

I am so smitten with Anne Carson. Autobiography of Red is odd, funny, and tender, and manages to make poetry -- of all things -- feel downright suspenseful. Its unforgettable protagonist, the boy/monster Geryon, clawed his way inside my heart and hasn't left yet.

The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250118035
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Published: Picador USA - June 6th, 2017

Maybe I'm just a loser, but this exploration of urban life, art, and loneliness was so damn relatable it hurt.

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ISBN: 9780451497543
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Published: Tim Duggan Books - August 15th, 2017

Think Salinger's Glass family transported to present day France. Izzy/Dory is a wonderful narrator: the youngest and only non-genius among a pack of siblings struggling to cope with loss. It's sweet, funny, and devastating, full of all-too-human observations that stop you dead in your tracks.