Staff Picks

 

A Very Large Expanse of Sea
by Taherah Mah

Marie Lu says this book "Reads like a beautiful heart--one that shines and aches and yearns, and above all else, one that loves fiercely against all odds--...a transcendent story about truth, love, and finding joy." 

Recommended by Andrea
 

 

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Recommended by Becky 

 

A Little Life
by Hanya Yanagihara


This novel follows four college classmates as they move to New York in searech of fame and fortune. While their relationships deepen over the decades, tinged by addiction, success and pride, the men are held together by their devotion to the brilliant and enigmatic Jude, a man scarred by an unspeakable childhood trauma. This novel, described as "masterful" and "stunning" on its cover, explores the families we are born into and those we make for oursselves.

Recommended by Catherine
 

The Dead Ringer
by MC Beaton

This British cozy mystery series focuses on a talented but deeply flawed detective. Agatha Raisin smokes, drinks, and is incredibly vain--on the other hand, she sure loves her cats! She doesn’t do much investigating in this one, focusing mostly on her always messy love life, but as a fan I enjoyed spending time in Agatha's world again.

Recommended by Cathy
 

 

Looking for Rachel Wallace
by Robert B. Parker

I am a long-time fan of Robert B. Parker, and this is my favorite of all his
mysteries. It's funny but his shorter ones, like this one, tend to be his best.

Recommended by Chris (the original Auntie!)
 

 

The Power & the Glory
by Graham Greene

The main character in this novel is a renegade Catholic "whiskey priest" living in the Mexican state of Tabasco in the 1930's, just after the Cristero War; when the Mexican government had tried to suppress the Catholic Church. TIME Magazine has chosen the book as one of the 100 best English-language novels written since 1923.

Recommended by Claire
 

 

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Recommended by Cooper 

 

Sadness is a White Bird
by Muriel Rothman-Zecher

When Jonathan moves back to Isreal at 17, he is eager to join the army and defend the Jewish State that his grandfather--a Salonican Jew whose community was wiped out by the Nazis--helped establish. Then he meets Nimreen and Laith--the twin daughter and son of his mother's Palestinian friend. Lyrical and searing, this is the story of one man's attempts to find a place for himself, and discovering a beautiful, against-the-odds love that flickers like a cnadle in the darkness of a never-ending conflict.

Recommended by Daniel
 

   
 

The Viking Warrior series
by Asa Maria Bradley

In a world filled with immortal Vikings, Valkyries, and the minions of Loki, there is all sorts of paranormal romance to be had before Ragnarok brings about the end of the world. Book three in this phenomenal new series is due out some time in 2019. If you are already a fan of Christine Feehan or JR Ward, add Bradley to your list.

Recommended by Holly
 

 

Use of Weaapons
by Iain M. Banks

A man who is a Special Cirumstances agent, the woman who plucked him from obscurity, and a dron--who once saved he woman's life and who believes the man to be a burnt-out case--are the main characteers in this ferociously intelligent, witty and dark space opera.

Recommended by Jeremy
 

 

A Land More Kind Than Home
by Wiley Cash

This novel is a haunting tale of courage in the face of cruelty and the power of love to overcome the darkness that lives in us all. There are snakes and storefront churches with their windows covered over with newspaper, broken hearts and feelings of hope. This book was the Spokane is Reading choice for the year 2017 and is proven to generate a lot of discussion (especially in bookgroups).

Recommended by Kandy
 

 

The Inspector Gamache mystery series
by Louise Penny

In the summer of 2017, Canadian Louise Penny visited Spokane for a reading and was introduced by Kenna, who has read everything Louise has ever written about the tiny hamlet of Three Pines, just across the US border. To start the series, you  need to read Still Life. The 14th book featuring Inspector Gamache of the Sûreté du Quebec is Kingdom of the Blind.


Recommended by Kenna
 

  An Athiest Stranger in a Strange Land
by Herb Silverman

From Orthodox Jewish child in postwar America to mild-mannered mathematician in academia to legendary atheist activist in the heart of today’s Republican South, Herb Silverman has always been outside the mainstream of American culture, politics, and religion.


Recommended by Kerry C 
 
 

Elmet: A Novel
by Fiona Mozley

A mesmerizing novel about an unconventional family living on the margins in a corner of Yorkshire. When a local landowner shows up on their doorstep, forces are set in motion for a catastrophe to happen. This book was a Man Booker Prize finalist. 

Recommended by Kerry H
 

 

The Last Equation of Isaac Severy: A Novel in Clues
by Nova Jacobs

Isaac Severy has died and taken the secret of his last mathematical equation with him...be prepared to put on your thinking cap and get out your best clue-solving approach--you'll need all the help you can get. I absolutely loved this debut!

Recommended by Linda
 

 

The Kingkiller Chronicles: The Name of the Wind
by Patrick Rothfuss

In a lonely inn sometime after dark, a man begins telling a story about a magical prodigy named Kvothe on a quest to find the shadowy figures who killed his musician parents when he was a child. About his youth as a near-feral orphan growing up in a crime-ridden city. About his unlikely entrance to the legendary university which will teach him magic--or else. If you enjoy George RR Martin, Brent Weeks or Terry Goodkind you will love this trilogy. But be warned--fans have been waiting since 2011 for Rothfuss to finish the third book. 

Recommended by Marina
 

 

Madness, Rack and Honey
by Mary Ruffle

Over the course of 15 years, award-winning poet Mary Ruefle delivered a lecture every six months to a group of poetry graduate students. Collected here for the first time, these lectures articulate the wisdom accrued through a life dedicated entirely to poetry. Reviewers have praised this collection as "Intellectually virtuosic, instructive and experiential" as well as "immersive" and " utterly pleasurable."                                          

Recommended by Margaret 
 

 

Dancing With the Gods: Reflections On Life and Art
by Kent Nerburn

When write and sculptor Nerburn received a letter from a young woman questioning her dream of an artist's life, he was struck by how closely  her questions mirrored the doubts and yearnings of his own youth. From struggles with money to the bitterness of rejection, to spiritual questions of inspiration and authenticity, these meditations and reflections offer insight, solace, and encouragement. Tender, thoughtful, and  joyous.

Recommended by Mike
 

  Good Omens
by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
Sometimes I can't believe this book exists. It isn't hyperbolic to say that Good Omens is a collaboration between two of the greatest writers in history, and every paragraph shines. Neither voice overpowers or diminishes the other; instead, they create beautiful harmonies together. It has Pratchett's heart and Gaiman's soul, and it's constantly surprising in its moments of humor and humanity.


Recommended by Nessa
 
 

How to Train a Wild Elephant
by Jan Chozen Bays

Mindfulness can reduce stress, improve your physical health and bettere your quality of life. The practices in this book, developed by a woman who is both an MD and a Zen teacher, come in bite-sized bites that you can choose to employ for a week or a day. They are as simple as they are profound.

Recommended by Scott 
 

  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
by Betty Smith
This book is a beautifully-written coming of age story at the turn of the century. Our main character lives in a poor famiy and has suffered many a great loss and navigating her relationships within her family. Even though her life is hard, it isn't sad: I found her struggles and ideas so relatable even though we lead such differrent lives. An optimistic yet real story.
 

Recommended by Taylor
 
 

The Book on the Taboo Against Knowing Who you Are
by Alan W. Watts


"The prevalent sensation of oneself as a sepeerate ego enclosed in a bag of skin is a hallucination which accords neither with Western science nor with the philogophy-religions of the East..." In this beautifully-written and clear volume, Watts introduces modern Western readers to the Vedanta philosophy of ancient India as explained in the Upanishads

Recommended by Tom


 

 

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$16.00
ISBN: 9781681061825
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Published: Reedy Press - October 1st, 2018

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