book recommendations

Staff Pick of the Week: Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher

This week’s staff pick is a hysterical bite-s-zed novel, perfect for some beach reading.  Our staffer literally laughed out loud several times reading this. This is a fast read, all written via letters of recommendation that a beleaguered creative writing professor writes over the course of a year, and his story […]


Staff Pick of the Week: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

This week’s staff pick is Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. Six stories in one that follow the same reincarnated souls through time, this novel is wildly inventive.  The first part may seem a bit slow, but once you get to the second story, the novel takes off.  A wild, complicated ride […]


Staff Pick of the Week: Ghostman by Roger Hobbs

This week’s staff pick is a heist thriller that a lot of people couldn’t put down… our staffer loved it, and so we recommend to you: Ghostman by Roger Hobbs. “In a daring operation, two crooks-for-hire rob an Atlantic City casino. But their heist goes horribly wrong, and only one […]


Staff Pick of the Week: French Women Don’t Get Facelifts by Mireille Guiliano

This week’s staff pick is by Mireille Guiliano, and was read by a staffer for the Read Harder Challenge.  She particularly enjoyed French Women Don’t Get Facelifts and found it full of great advice, stories, and recipes. The author of the bestselling French Women Don’t Get Fat shares the secrets and strategies […]


Staff Pick of the Week: Poet Edition Maya Angelou

  The incomparable Maya Angelou is this week’s Poet of the Week (in honor of National Poetry Month).  She’s been a staff pick before, and she absolutely deserves to be again.  An American author, activist, poet, dancer, actress, and singer, she published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books […]