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Staff Pick: Geek Love by Katherine Dunn

by Georgia

The black sheep in a family of circus freaks, Olympia trips down memory lane when confronted with her own audacious offspring. Never mind said lane is a twisted romp through the entrails of a depraved beast­. Freaky and funny, you’ll stay glued to this train wreck.

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Staff Pick: The Passion by Jeanette Winterson

by Rebecca

It's gambling, it's love, it's lies. Evocative language gives this book subtlety and beauty, and the line between truth and fiction will pull you in.

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Staff Pick: Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins

by Kelly

An irreverent and fantastical epic that explores the unique connection between immortality, scent, sex and, lest we forget – beets.

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Staff Pick: Darkness Sticks to Everything by Tom Hennen

by Nancy

I love reading Hennen’s poetry on the bus. Each poem is short but quickly delivers you into an isolated, eerie landscape. A few of my favorites: A Note to My State-Appointed Job Counselor (p40); Landscape of Night (p62); Love for Other Things (p78)

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Staff Pick: Bleeder by Shelby Smoak

by David

This gripping, poignant and at times poetic memoir of a man who was diagnosed with hemophilia as a child and HIV as a late teen. He struggles with life in every sense of the word. Unforgettable.

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Staff Pick: A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermor

by Charley

In 1933, when the author was eighteen, he traveled from Rotterdam to Istanbul on foot. This book recounts and reflects upon the first part of that journey. Fermor, a WWII hero and subject of a recent biography, walked through a Europe that would soon cease to exist. A great cast of characters passes through these pages and Fermor turns these strangers into friends.

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Staff Pick: Zone One by Colson Whitehead

by Jake

I am generally opposed to the zombification of our modern world. Having said that, Zone One is an excellent reading experience. Terse, tense, funny, and original in spite of its genre origins, it is Whitehead at both his loosest and most ruminative. Lower Manhattan as safe zone? Need I say more? Get reading.

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Staff Pick: The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet by Reif Larsen

by Steph

You probably haven't heard of T.S. Spivet, the gifted cartographer whose work was exhibited at the Smithsonian at the tender age of twelve. This is because he's fictional. But Larsen renders him in great detail, using the margins of the page as a playground for side-notes, sketches and, of course, maps. He runs away to D.C. in a Winnebago aboard a train, fleeing his troubled family and tragic past in a desperate attempt to make his own life fit the organized maps he loves so dearly.

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Staff Pick: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne Valente

by Steph

An often overlooked novel, this is the charming tale of September, a young girl who catches a lift to Fairyland on the Green Wind. Valente uses all the tropes of traditional fairytales, but a heady dose of wit and irony makes the story at once subversive and enchanting for readers of all ages.

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Staff Pick: The Book of Basketball by Bill Simmons

by Adam

In this book, The Sports Guy takes us through the past, present and future of the NBA, touching on every major basketball debate along the way. His humorous asides and frequent pop culture references make this book accessible to everyone, not just the hardcore basketball fan.

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