Staff Picks May 2017

mistborn tribe bird brains the particular sadness the stranger in the woods jonathan strange and mr norell
pond a gentleman in moscow an abbreviated life

by Brandon Sanderson

A semi-heroic band of thieves plot to overthrow a god-king who has ruled uncontested for a thousand years. But can they really do any better? Not your standard average-Joe-vs-god fantasy story, this trilogy will leave many images and questions burning in your mind. —Sean

by Sebastian Junger

What is it about modern affluent life that so starves us psychologically? How is it that wartime can provide the strongest social bonds and sense of meaning? Why do some survivors of extreme trauma develop PTSD, and others not? For succinct, powerful answers- read Tribe. I want to give it to all my friends. —Reva

Bird Brains
by Candace Savage

A photographic homage to corvids, that brilliant and gregarious family of birds whose members include jays, magpies, crows, and our own ravens. Full of fascinating natural history tidbits and anecdotes. Bird lovers will spend many a happy moment leafing through. —Reva

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
by Aimee Bender

An honest and palpable representation of familial relationships verging on the supernatural.—Bekah

The Stranger in the Woods
by Michael Finkel

Christopher Knight lived in the Maine woods in a tent for 27 years. You read that correctly. Now get the book to find out how he did it! —Jon

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
by Susanna Clarke

An exceptionally funny and lighthearted story reminiscent of classics like Great Expectations and David Copperfield. If you love magic and fiercely British humor, you’ll love this book! —Bekah

by Claire-Louise Bennett

Pond is sharp and compassionate, beautiful and strange — and everything felt turned upside down and inside out after I read it. —Lacey

A Gentleman in Moscow
by Amor Towles

A historical novel that precisely captures the mood of early-20th-century Russia. A must-read for fans of The Remains of the Day: evocative, graceful, and moving. —Veri

An Abbreviated Life
by Ariel Leve

A haunting story of bravery and survival; Leve recounts moments of her childhood darkened by psychological abuse and an out-of-control mother with honesty and emotional power. —Lacey