Dana's Picks

Dana is the shop owner, and has been a bookseller for over twenty-five years.  

Plotline pet peeves?
1. _________ had the perfect life, then _______ happens & everything goes to hell.
2. Dad/mom/grandparent dies & the main character returns home, where long buried secrets... blah blah blah...

Both are just plain lazy and formulaic.

Dogear or bookmark?
Bookmark--I have a stash and match them to the mood/subject of the book.

Any classics you refuse to read?
This isn't going to make me popular, but Austen & Dickens. Tried 'em. We didn't get along.

First book that made a big impression on you?
The Talisman by Stephen King when I was 11--it was the fattest book I had ever read; what a sense of accomplishment.
Then, at 15, Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut taught me how truly original and unconventional literature could be. It changed everything.

What's your most terrifying book experience?
I discovered I hated my book 30 minutes into a 4hr flight and didn't have a back-up.

Your mission as a bookseller?
To connect people to books that surprise them & open new words/avenues of reading.

Anything else of note??
1. There needs to be an 8th day of the week where nothing is expected of anyone except reading. The world would be a better place. Libroday?
2. I will always have a soft spot for the people who 1st introduce me to books I fall in love with.

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The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store: A Novel By James McBride Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593422946
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - August 8th, 2023

Starter Villain By John Scalzi Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780765389220
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tor Books - September 19th, 2023

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Assistant to the Villain By Hannah Nicole Maehrer Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781649375803
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Entangled: Red Tower Books - August 29th, 2023

Fun & sexy - perfect escapist reading. With dragons!


The Goodbye Coast: A Philip Marlowe Novel By Joe Ide Cover Image
By Joe Ide
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316459259
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mulholland Books - March 7th, 2023

Small Mercies: A Detective Mystery By Dennis Lehane Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780062129482
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper - April 25th, 2023

 

 


The Last Watch (The Divide Series #1) By J. S. Dewes Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250236340
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tor Books - April 20th, 2021

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The Road to Roswell: A Novel By Connie Willis Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593499856
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Del Rey - June 27th, 2023

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Sleepwalk: A Novel By Dan Chaon Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250871138
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Holt Paperbacks - May 23rd, 2023

The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi: A new fantasy series set a thousand years before The City of Brass By Shannon Chakraborty Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780062963505
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Voyager - February 28th, 2023

The Ferryman: A Novel By Justin Cronin Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780525619475
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ballantine Books - May 2nd, 2023

Antimatter Blues: A Mickey7 Novel By Edward Ashton Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250275059
Availability: Not in-store, but we'd be happy to order one for you.
Published: St. Martin's Press - March 14th, 2023

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Fourth Wing (The Empyrean #1) By Rebecca Yarros Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781649374042
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Entangled: Red Tower Books - May 2nd, 2023

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Good Night, Irene: A Novel By Luis Alberto Urrea Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780316265850
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 30th, 2023

I am so sick of WWII books. So sick of them. And then Urrea comes along with this novel and, damnit, here I am reading another one and loving it. Truth be told, it's the best of the bunch, partly because it's about an obscure branch of the Red Cross - the Donut Dollies - and partly because Urrea is such a phenomenal writer. He's as good with the intimate inner thoughts of the characters as he is with the battle scenes. He's at his best when he balances both at he same time.  I think this has the appeal and staying power of All the Light We Cannot See. Don't skip this one.

 


Killing Me By Michelle Gagnon Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593540749
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - May 16th, 2023

Crook Manifesto: A Novel By Colson Whitehead Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780385545150
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Doubleday - July 18th, 2023

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When We Were Birds: A Novel By Ayanna Lloyd Banwo Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593313619
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Anchor - February 14th, 2023

 

 


The Woman in the Library: A Novel By Sulari Gentill Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781464215872
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Poisoned Pen Press - June 7th, 2022

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Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law By Mary Roach Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781324036128
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 30th, 2022

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Remarkably Bright Creatures: A Read with Jenna Pick By Shelby Van Pelt Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780063204157
Availability: Not in-store, but we'd be happy to order one for you.
Published: Ecco - May 3rd, 2022

If Fredrik Backman and Sy Montgomery  ever had a literary love child, this is it. A novel of outcasts and octopuses (octopi?), it delves into loss and creating community in an utterly charming manner.  I usually run from a book described as "charming", so I was really surprised how much I loved this one.  ~ Dana


Now Is Not the Time to Panic: A Novel By Kevin Wilson Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062913517
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ecco - August 1st, 2023

Maeve Fly By CJ Leede Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250857859
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Published: Tor Nightfire - June 6th, 2023

The Fragile Threads of Power By V. E. Schwab Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780765387493
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tor Books - September 26th, 2023

Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone: A Murdery Mystery Novel By Benjamin Stevenson Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780063279025
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Published: Mariner Books - January 17th, 2023

All the Sinners Bleed: A Novel By S. A. Cosby Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250831910
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Published: Flatiron Books - June 6th, 2023

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The Torqued Man: A Novel By Peter Mann Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780063072114
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Perennial - January 10th, 2023

Salvage This World: A Novel By Michael Farris Smith Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316413633
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown and Company - April 25th, 2023