Susan's Staff Picks

A little bit about Bookseller Susan: 

Susan is a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship recipient, a graduate of the GrubStreet Novel Incubator program, and a 2019 Tennessee Williams Scholar to the Sewanee Writers Conference. Her debut novel WINTER LOON won the Boston Authors Club 2018 Julia Ward Howe Prize for Fiction. Susan was born and raised in the Bitterroot Valley of western Montana. She prefers literary fiction with lyrical writing, dreamy picture books, and poetry. Her favorite book of 2019 was INLAND by Tea Obreht and, so far, her favorite novel of 2020 is THE GLASS HOTEL by Emily St. John Mandel. You can find her on Twitter @esdeebernhard. She’d be happy to give you book recommendations there!

These are some of the books she loves!

How to Stop Time: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525522898
Availability: Available now
Published: Penguin Books - June 11th, 2019

“A quirky romcom dusted with philosophical observations….A delightfully witty…poignant novel.” —The Washington Post

Pokko and the Drum Cover Image
ISBN: 9781481480390
Availability: Available now
Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - October 1st, 2019

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2019
A Today Show Best Book of the Year
A Booklist Book for Youth EditorsChoice 2019
An NPR Favorite Book of 2019
A Quill & Quire 2019 Book for Young People of the Year
“Extraordinary.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

The Lost Night: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525574729
Availability: Available now
Published: Ballantine Books - January 7th, 2020

“Tightly paced and skillfully plotted, The Lost Night is a remarkable debut.”—Jessica Knoll, New York Times bestselling author of Luckiest Girl Alive 

What really happened the night Edie died? Years later, her best friend Lindsay will learn how unprepared she is for the truth.


Bedtime for Sweet Creatures Cover Image
By Nikki Grimes, Elizabeth Zunon (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781492638322
Availability: Available now
Published: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky - January 14th, 2020

Nikki Grimes, Coretta Scott King Award winning author, and acclaimed illustrator Elizabeth Zunon's latest children's masterpiece creates an imagination-fueled and animal-filled journey to bedtime.

"Has the feel of an all-time great bedtime picture book"--The New York Times

It's bedtime. But Mommy's little one is not sleepy.

The Wild Birds Cover Image
ISBN: 9781644282007
Availability: Available now
Published: Rare Bird Books - March 3rd, 2020

Finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual Fiction
Finalist for the Foreword INDIES 2018 Award for Best Fiction

The Wildlands Cover Image
ISBN: 9781619022348
Availability: Available now
Published: Counterpoint LLC - September 4th, 2018

"Geni's fascination with the borders between human and animal drives this distinctive sophomore novel . . . Geni continues to create works of art with perfect voices that are simultaneously thrillers and meditations on nature. It is an incredible trick." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Lovely Beasts: The Surprising Truth Cover Image
By Kate Gardner, Heidi Smith (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062741615
Availability: Available now
Published: Balzer + Bray - September 18th, 2018

A stunning debut picture book that encourages kids to look beyond first impressions by sharing unexpected details about seemingly scary wild animals like gorillas, rhinoceroses, and more. This nonfiction picture book is an excellent choice to share during homeschooling, in particular for children ages 4 to 6.

The Best-Loved Doll Cover Image
By Rebecca Caudill, Elliott Gilbert (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780805054675
Availability: Temporarily Out of Stock - Check back soon
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - October 15th, 1997

Newbery and Caldecott Honor-winning children’s author Rebecca Caudill tells the timeless and charming story of the special relationship between a girl and her doll in The Best-Loved Doll, featuring illustrations by Elliott Gilbert.

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399184413
Availability: Available now
Published: Riverhead Books - March 1st, 2016

The New York Times bestseller from the author of The Order of Time and Reality Is Not What It Seems

“One of the year’s most entrancing books about science.”—The Wall Street Journal

“Clear, elegant...a whirlwind tour of some of the biggest ideas in physics.”The New York Times Book Review

The Flicker of Old Dreams: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062686701
Availability: Available now
Published: Harper Perennial - March 13th, 2018

·       2019 High Plains Book Award Winner for Fiction

·        2019 Western Writers of America Spur Award Winner for Best Contemporary  Western Novel

The Real Boat Cover Image
ISBN: 9781536202779
Availability: Available now
Published: Templar - January 8th, 2019

Lyrical text and magical illustrations combine to create a modern fable with an important message about striving for what you want and escaping your comfort zone.

Heart Berries: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781640091603
Availability: Available now
Published: Counterpoint LLC - April 9th, 2019


The PBS Newshour/New York Times Book Club January 2020 selection

The Affairs of the Falcóns: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062872357
Availability: Available now
Published: Ecco - April 2nd, 2019

Winner of the 2019 New American Voices Award
Longlisted for the 
PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel
Longlisted for the 
Aspen Words Literary Prize

Sleep Like a Tiger (lap board book) Cover Image
By Mary Logue, Pamela Zagarenski (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781328482648
Availability: Currently Unavailable
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - January 15th, 2019

In a lyrical bedtime book with echoes of Run Away Bunny cadence, the fresh look of two-time Caldecott Honoree Pamela Zagarenski's luminous illustrations paired with Mary Logue's poetic language frame the very simple-sounding question: does everything in the world go to sleep? This Caldecott Honor book is&#

Sweety Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525580003
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Published: Schwartz & Wade - March 26th, 2019

An Indie Next List Top 10 Pick!

From the author of WOLF CAMP comes the story of a charming, mushroom-loving, headgear-wearing, totally awkward naked mole rat who is looking for like-minded peeps.

Red Clocks: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316434782
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Published: Back Bay Books - October 2nd, 2018

In this ferociously imaginative novel, abortion is once again illegal in America, in-vitro fertilization is banned, and the Personhood Amendment grants rights of life, liberty, and property to every embryo.

Five women. One question. What is a woman for?

The Book of M: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062669612
Availability: Available now
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - June 25th, 2019

Brad Thor's Summer 2018 Fiction Pick for THE TODAY SHOW!

"Eerie, dark, and compelling, [The Book of M] will not disappoint lovers of The Passage (2010) and Station Eleven (2014)." --Booklist


The Late Bloomers' Club: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101981245
Availability: Available now
Published: Penguin Books - July 23rd, 2019

“A downright delightful read. . . [with] everything you want from a small town summer read: sweetness, charm, and a side of romance.” HelloGiggles

A delightful novel about two headstrong sisters, a small town's efforts to do right by the community, and the power of a lost dog to summon true love

Black Light: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525563501
Availability: Available now
Published: Vintage - August 13th, 2019


“The stories in Black Light are grimy and weird, surprising, utterly lush. . . . I loved every moment of this book.” —Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties

Tap Out: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9781328518125
Availability: Available now
Published: Mariner Books - March 5th, 2019

"Charts the gritty, physical terrain of blue-collar masculinity."New York Times New & Noteworthy
“Kunz arrives with real poetic talent.”The Millions, “Must Read Poetry”

"[A] gritty, insightful debut." —Washington Post


Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story Cover Image
ISBN: 9781626727465
Availability: Available now
Published: Roaring Brook Press - October 22nd, 2019

Winner of the 2020 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal
A 2020 American Indian Youth Literature Picture Book Honor Winner

“A wonderful and sweet book . . . Lovely stuff.” —The New York Times Book Review

Tap Out: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9781328518125
Availability: Available now
Published: Mariner Books - March 5th, 2019

"Charts the gritty, physical terrain of blue-collar masculinity."New York Times New & Noteworthy
“Kunz arrives with real poetic talent.”The Millions, “Must Read Poetry”

"[A] gritty, insightful debut." —Washington Post


Inland: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812992861
Availability: Available now
Published: Random House - August 13th, 2019

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The bestselling author of The Tiger’s Wife returns with “a bracingly epic and imaginatively mythic journey across the American West” (Entertainment Weekly).

Dept. of Speculation (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345806871
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Published: Vintage - October 7th, 2014

From the acclaimed author of Weather comes a slim, stunning portrait of a marriage--a beguiling rumination on the mysteries of intimacy, trust, faith, knowledge, and the condition of universal shipwreck that unites us all.


Standard Deviation: A novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804173162
Availability: Available now
Published: Vintage - April 17th, 2018

*A Skimm Reads Pick*
Washington Post 50 Notable Works of Fiction 2017
Kirkus Best Debut Novels 2017
Kirkus Best Fictional Families 2017
Minnesota Public Radio Best of 2017

Leaving Lucy Pear: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101981764
Availability: Currently Unavailable
Published: Penguin Books - June 27th, 2017

“From the first page, I was under Anna Solomon’s spell.” —Sue Monk Kidd

From the author of The Book of V., a novel chosen as a must-read book by TIME Magazine, InStyle, Good Housekeeping, The Millionsthe Minneapolis Star Tribune, and BookPage

Back Talk: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143131472
Availability: Available now
Published: Penguin Books - February 6th, 2018

“Beautifully crafted . . . the sentences in these stories are living and seamless, as if Lazarin had run her hand over them until they became smooth and gleaming with the evidence of her touch.” —Carmen Maria Machado, The New York Times Book Review

A B See Cover Image
By Elizabeth Doyle, Elizabeth Doyle (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481436991
Availability: Available now
Published: Little Simon - July 21st, 2015

A beautifully illustrated, graphic alphabet book with a fun search-and-find twist.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, what’s in a single letter? Everything in A B See!

Because hidden in each graphic letter are tiny troves of ABC treasures waiting to be found by sharp-eyed readers. Can you find the apple, arrow, and armor in the letter A?

I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525520221
Availability: Available now
Published: Knopf - February 6th, 2018

"I Am I Am I Am is a gripping and glorious investigation of death that leaves the reader feeling breathless, grateful, and fully alive. Maggie O’Farrell is a miracle in every sense. I will never forget this book."
—Ann Patchett

The Green Road: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393352801
Availability: Available now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 3rd, 2016

One of the Guardian's 100 Best Books of the 21st Century

"With language so vibrant it practically has a pulse, Enright makes an exquisitely drawn case for the possibility of growth, love and transformation at any age." —People

Let's No One Get Hurt: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374185244
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - March 20th, 2018

“An inventive and powerful coming of age story about the search for community and all the ways our ties to one another come undone. Jon Pineda has a poet’s eye for the details of this vivid, haunting landscape, and he brings it blazingly to life.” —Jenny Offill, author of Dept. of Speculation

The Round House: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062065254
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 24th, 2013

The Round House won the National Book Award for fiction.

Everything Here Is Beautiful Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735221963
Availability: Currently Unavailable
Published: Pamela Dorman Books - January 16th, 2018

‟A tender but unflinching portrayal of the bond between two sisters.” —Celeste Ng, New York Times bestselling author of Little Fires Everywhere

“There's not a false note to be found, and everywhere there are nuggets to savor. Why did it have to end?” O Magazine