Emilie's Staff Picks

A little bit about Bookseller Emilie:

Possibly the most Ravenclaw of all Ravenclaws, Emilie is a fan of all kinds of fantasy, queer romance, and various nonfiction. She suggests that the best reading occurs snuggled up with a tiny dog.

These are some books she loves!

Hysterical: Why We Need to Talk About Women, Hormones, and Mental Health Cover Image
ISBN: 9781580058445
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Seal Press - August 27th, 2019

It's 2020 and we're no longer here to mess around. Morgan's searing look into the 'hysterical female' and the history of how women and their hormones have been treated holds nothing back. A must read for everyone.

In the Dream House: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781644450031
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graywolf Press - November 5th, 2019

This no-holds-barred memoir defines Machado as the voice of a generation. A generation eager to find ourselves but wary of the costs in doing so. Bringing light to violence within the queer community - but also the acceptance - her voice is passionate, searing, and uniquely her own. Also highly recommend listening to the author-narrated audio on Libro.fm.

I Can Cook Vegan Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419732416
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 29th, 2019

The writing is funny, the recipes are delicious. Vegan or not this book will be your new go-to favorite! 

Fence Vol. 1 Cover Image
By C.S. Pacat, Johanna the Mad (Illustrator), Rebecca Nalty (With)
ISBN: 9781684151929
Availability: Available from Warehouse
Published: BOOM! Box - July 31st, 2018

From writer C.S. Pacat and illustrator Johanna the Mad comes the classic tale of an underdog struggling to prove himself and the rival who has it all. Pacat writes honest, funny characters with romantic undertones and Johanna's brilliant comic style and coloring (undercuts and all)  make the story irresistible. An addictive start to this series, you can read the next few online or find the trade editions at your local comics store. 

Check, Please! Book 1: # Hockey Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250177964
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: First Second - September 18th, 2018

A delicious mix of college drama, team shenanigans, and stress baking, Check, Please! started as a webcomic and is now collected in this first bound volume. Bitty is a former figure skater now on his college hockey team. He bakes, he vlogs, and he might just be falling in love with the team captain. Don't let the cute art style fool you - this graphic novel is definitely for the older reader. An effervescent read! 

To Night Owl From Dogfish Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525553236
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dial Books - February 12th, 2019

This epistolary novel follows the growing friendship of Avery and Bett - fondly refered to by their pen names of Nightowl and Dogfish. When their fathers begin a cross-country relationship, they send the girls to camp in the hopes they can meet and become friends. The girls are decidedly against this at first but, as we see through their emails, everything begins to change. A charming middle-grade read, Sloan and Wolitzer's own friendship is clear from the very first page. 

Gods Behaving Badly: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316067638
Availability: Available from Warehouse
Published: Back Bay Books - December 9th, 2008

Funny and breezy, this was a great little piece of Greek fan fiction and a delight to read. Alice and Neil are wonderful and the Olympian household is a great interpretation.

Red, White & Royal Blue: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250316776
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - May 14th, 2019

Utterly delightful! Buy this book, read this book, love this book. 

How to Read a Book Cover Image
By Kwame Alexander, Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062307811
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins - June 18th, 2019

A delightful ode to reading backed by Sweet's incredible and brilliant (literally) illustrations. Snuggle up in your favorite chair and take it in!

Wilder Girls Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525645580
Availability: Available from Warehouse
Published: Delacorte Press - July 9th, 2019

Raw, powerful, and intriguing, Wilder Girls is just the sort of novel I love. Well-paced and full of suspense, it’s an excellent example of craft and the art of urban fantasy/sci-fi. Power’s voice is clear and her talent immense.

Ask Me About My Uterus: A Quest to Make Doctors Believe in Women's Pain Cover Image
ISBN: 9781568589411
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Published: Bold Type Books - March 5th, 2019

Abby Norman understands pain. For many women, making any kind of headway in the medical world is difficult. For those of us with Endometriosis, it can be nearly impossible. Norman's story follows a difficult childhood, pain, mysterious symptoms, emancipation, more pain, and facing the fact that endo has no cure. For those who have pain and those who need to understand it: read this book and let everything about it settle in.  

Prince & Knight Cover Image
By Daniel Haack, Stevie Lewis (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781499805529
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: little bee books - May 1st, 2018

An incredibly sweet story by Daniel Haack exquisitely illustrated by Stevie Lewis. A classic fairytale of boy-meets-boy in a world where acceptance is the norm. 

Ninth House Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250313072
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Published: Flatiron Books - October 8th, 2019

Atmospheric and haunting (literally), Bardugo's adult urban fantasty debut is incredible. Fantastic worldbuilding, hilarious and heartbreaking characters, and Bardugo's signature spooky touch make this the perfect November read. 

The Starless Sea: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385541213
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Doubleday - November 5th, 2019

No one tells a story quite like Erin Morgenstern. Delicate, intricately crafted, and phenomenally readable, The Starless Sea was worth the wait. A beautiful world filled with exceptional characters, I desperately want to just live in this world forever.

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250170972
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 6th, 2018

This book is amazing and deserves all the hype it has gotten. I am so, so excited for Adeyemi to become a powerful, popular voice in fantasy - and fiction in general. The action is fast-paced, the characters wonderfully wrought, and the story intriguing. I cannot wait for the film (I have casting suggestions!!) and am excited for more of the wonderfully rich world of Orisha. Do yourselves a favor and read this book.

The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250067456
Availability: Temporarily Out of Stock - Check back soon
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - June 16th, 2015

Rappaport writes history like fiction, setting up the events of the Romanov's rise and fall to read more like a suspense novel than a dry historical text. Focusing on the relationship of the four sisters, Rappaport goes into their sheltered, and often stark, daily lives as they go from St. Petersburg palaces to their deaths in the basement of a nondescript home in Yekaterinburg. This moving work acts as a monument to the unluky young girls caught in the crosshairs of the revolution.

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399588174
Availability: Available from Warehouse
Published: One World - November 15th, 2016

Unflinching in his depiction of apartheid, Noah’s memoir is full of humor and grace. Though occasionally hard to follow the non-chronological order, the stories are almost unbelievable to a white American audience but oh so necessary in the current day.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345391803
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Del Rey - September 27th, 1995

Funny, surprising, and vastly entertaining, this book is a classic for a reason. A great little novel to escape into, it stands alone or as part of the broader Hitchhiker's series. Adams' prose is engaging and fast-paced which makes this gem a fast read - just don't forget your towel!

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250037756
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador - September 24th, 2013

Never before have I encountered a novel with an idea similar to Sloan's, and I doubt I'll run into another one anytime soon. This slim tome is a delightful escape into a world of codes, love, and the ever-mysterious Mr. Penumbra. Plus this book glows in the dark, which is always a win.

Tin Man: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735218727
Availability: Currently Unavailable
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - May 15th, 2018

This is a poignant, heartbreaking little gem of a book that I feel honored to have read.

Woman World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781770463356
Availability: Available from Warehouse
Published: Drawn and Quarterly - September 11th, 2018

Hilarious and brilliant, Woman World explores a universe where men no longer exist and Beyonce's thighs are on the community flag. Filled with realistic characters discovering what it means to be human, Dhaliwal's former webcomic comes to us now in all its poignant, hysterical glory. 

Vengeful (Villains #2) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780765387523
Availability: Available from Warehouse
Published: Tor Books - September 25th, 2018

Seven years after Vicious, we discover what happens to Victor and Sydney as well as meeting new characters - the elusive June and the worthy-of-her-own-series Marcella. Brimming with delicious tension, Schwab's clear, confident writing, and distinct worldbuilding, Vengeful is an incredible follow-up as well as just an amazing novel. If you're not familiar with Schwab's work you're missing out. 

The Paper Magician Cover Image
ISBN: 9781477823835
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Published: 47north - September 1st, 2014

In this cute, quick little book, Ceony Twill, recently graduated from her magical studies, is apprenticed to a paper magician rather than her preferred path of metal work. Romantic, creative, and breezy, this inventive novel follows Ceony as she bonds her magic to paper and learns from from her mysterious mentor. An utterly charming series.