Things You Should Know About

Staff Pick: Season of the Witch

by Olivia

If you were someone who sat in their basement playing with your ouiji board and listening to the Beatle’s White Album backwards, this book is for you.

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From the publisher:

This epic cultural and historical odyssey unearths the full influence of occult traditions on rock and roll -- from the Beatles to Black Sabbath -- and shows how the marriage between mysticism and music changed our world.

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Staff Pick: Hard Rain Falling

by Jake

Hard-bitten and hard-boiled, but tender too. Young men adrift and searching for meaning in 1960’s Portland, Oregon and Northern California. A nice blend of literary and genre fiction.

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Staff Pick: Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

by Steph

You might be thinking that the last thing we need is yet another retelling of a classic novel, but bear with me. In this delightfully bloody retooling of Jane Eyre, our titular heroine becomes a serial killer - the kind who only kills the most sinister of bad guys! From her idyllic country home to a Trunchbull-worthy boarding school and on to grisly London, Faye has created a thoroughly modern (and yet innately Victorian) Jane whom we can all root for. GO JANE!

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From the publisher:

"Reader, I murdered him."

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Staff Pick: The 33 1/3 Series

by CK

One album, one book-length essay: what’s between the covers, though, might be anything from a detailed musical analysis to a coming-of-age memoir; from a political history of the music scene to a work of fiction. (The sheer variety is what I love about this series.) Whether you’re into punk, funk, metal, hard rock, yacht rock, krautrock, alt-country, dance music, or jazz fusion, there’s something here for every type of music geek. Bloomsbury, $14.95

 

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Post Script!: The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli

by Kramerbooks

The story behind Luiselli's novel is almost as compelling as the work itself. The novel began as a commissioned work for an art gallery owned by a juice company outside of Mexico City. Luiselli's work was to be included in the catalog of an exhibition and she chose to write a novel in installments. The installments were then read and discussed by the juice factory workers, and in turn Luiselli incorporated their feedback into her narrative. This shared work became the story of Gustavo "Highway" Sánchez, a wheeler-dealer auctioneer.

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Post Script!: Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín

by Kramerbooks

Colm Tóibín is turning up everywhere: stage (The Testament of Mary), screen (Brooklyn), and of course, where we like him best - bound and in your hands. Nora Webster is set in rural Ireland in the 1960s where a middle-aged woman has just lost her husband. Not about grief but about life. Poignant and real.

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Staff Pick: The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

by Rachel

The first installment of the Thursday Next series. Thursday Next, Swindon literary detective extraordinaire and proud dodo owner finds that she has inherited the ability to jump inside books. Shenanigans ensue...

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Staff Pick: On Writing by Stephen King

by Alison

Are you a reader? Are you a writer? Are you both? Are you neither? Then this book is for you. This book is essentially a master class by one of the best worldwide known authors of all time.

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From the publisher:

Immensely helpful and illuminating to any aspiring writer, this special edition of Stephen King's critically lauded, million-copy bestseller shares the experiences, habits, and convictions that have shaped him and his work.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Children's and Young Adult

by Kramerbooks

 Kramerbooks' Holiday Gift Guide, Board Books

BOARD BOOKS

A B See by Elizabeth Doyle
A delightful twist on the traditional alphabet book, this is a seek-and-find for little hands where bright colors and busy illustrations make up each letter.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Science

by Kramerbooks

Kramerbooks' Holiday Gift Guide, Science

Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
A compassionate and clear-eyed weaving together of the stories of doctors, health-care providers, and the author's own father’s death. Gawande uses his unique access and platform to examine how we grow old and die in this country - for better and for worse.

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