Christian's Picks

Christian is our very tall maintenance man who happens to have a fine taste in books. He also helps work the register on Saturday, so stop by then if you need some recommendations!

Neverwhere: Author's Preferred Text Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062476371
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Published: William Morrow - November 29th, 2016


There is more to London than what meets the eye. Neverwhere is a fantasy story of monsters, angels, murderers, and saints in the city of "London Below". Gaiman is excellent at building characters and worlds with depth and quirks that make them all the more endearing. Neverwhere is both an epic quest to save self and world, and a subtle commentary on homelessness and mental illness. It's truly one of a kind.

The Russian Five: A Story of Espionage, Defection, Bribery and Courage Cover Image
ISBN: 9781949709582
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Published: Gold Star Publishing - February 18th, 2020


September is here, and that means Red Wings hockey will be back in Traverse City for training camp! In hopes that this year is better than the last few for the team, The Russian Five is a great read to remind you of the late 90s dynasty in Detroit.
This is a story of defection from Russia, with each player's experience playing out like a spy novel, from their draft and journeys to America, culminating in the story of the tragedy that seriously injured 2 of the 5. The work of getting the Five to Detroit was well worth it, as they were an integral part of the '97 and '98 Stanley Cup championships.

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Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143114932
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Published: Penguin Books - December 30th, 2008

MARCH 2021

Sudhir, a first year grad student in Chicago, documents his time spent with those living in the Robert Taylor Homes, the well known projects of Chicago's south side.. What began as a study of the living conditions in project housing quickly becomes an inside look into gangs, policing (or lack thereof), family life, and the impossible challenge of upward mobility for the residents of RTH. Her from Sadhir and JT, a gang leader, about why gangs are so enticing to young men in impoverished communities and why the work the gang does dances along the fine line of moral ambiguity.

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The Alchemist Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062315007
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Published: HarperOne - April 15th, 2014


After 2020, a year with little adventure, join Santiago on a hunt for treasure from Spain to the Pyramids. Along the way, he learns more about the true treasures to be found in everyday life while overcoming a series of setbacks. Coelho's writing prompts you t9o search for connections between Santiago's journey and your own, with lessons that are relevant to anyone in search of their "Personal Legend".