Staff Picks December 2016

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by Jean-Paul Sartre

When the things you enjoy in life start to make you sick, you are free to choose how to accept or reject everything. —Joe

Tintin: Hergé’s Masterpiece
by Pierre Sterckx

A sublime art book & illuminating glimpse at the themes and consummate artistry behind the beloved comic strip’s seeming simplicity. —Reva

Adulthood Is a Myth
by Sarah Andersen

This made me LOL — a lot. And I’ve been an adult (supposedly) for a while now! —Michaela

The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko
by Scott Stambach

This book is filled with brutal honesty. It is a testament to being human. This book made me laugh, it made me think, it made me empathize, and then it made me cry. Happy tears, then sad tears, and then it made me think some more, and then it made me happy to be alive. If you are pondering reading this book, then, without hesitation, I plead with you to just do it. Read it. Now. Forget all else and join Ivan in Belarus. —Jon

The Secret Lives of People in Love
by Simon Van Booy

Not only a story of love between men and women but a story that explores the love between parent and child, the bond between men in war, the brief love that can be found between strangers, and love that is lost. Beautiful short stories about love that can be found in a sometimes harsh world. —Lacey

The Name of the Wind
by Patrick Rothfuss

A wonderfully subtle and poignant book about one man’s extraordinary life. A fantasy novel that relies on great writing instead of wizard magic. From the love and familiarity of family to the often frightening transition to university. A prodigy, a survivor, a musician, a ginger: Kvothe. —Jon

Touched with Fire
by Kay Redfield Jamison

This landmark work on the connections between madness and creativity is essential reading for anyone affected by manic depression (bipolar disorder), and equally fascinating for those who aren’t. Extremely helpful and thought-provoking. —Reva