You are here

Erin's Picks

The Interestings: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594632341
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - March 25th, 2014


A great then and now coming of age and then growing older with your friends story. Bonus points if you read it over the course of a weekend in NYC and find yourself on the same subway line headed to the same neighborhood as the main character. It is a great book... just trust me.

Free the Tipple: Kickass Cocktails Inspired by Iconic Women Cover Image
By Jennifer Croll, Kelly Shami (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9783791384047
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Prestel - September 4th, 2018


Gather the Daughters: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316463683
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Back Bay Books - July 24th, 2018


This is a perfectly creepy, "this could actually happen" dystopian story. One of the ones where the most impact comes from what isn't spelled out for you. And a timely, "this is what happens when strong girls band together" story that sticks with you even though it makes your skin crawl and your heart breaks.

Frankenstein Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062870667
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Perennial - September 4th, 2018


We all know the story, but how many of us have actually read the book? Halloween and October's gloomy weather gives the perfect excuse to remedy that! How many of us know Mary Shelley's story? She was the daughter of Mary Wolstonecraft, an 18th century English writer, philosopher, and advocate of women's rights, who ran away with a married man at 16, wrote this book, and spent the rest of her life defending the fact that yes, a woman could (and did!) imagine such horror.

Food52 Genius Desserts: 100 Recipes That Will Change the Way You Bake (Food52 Works) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524758981
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ten Speed Press - September 4th, 2018


If you love cooking and are fascinated by the tips and tricks chefs (...or should I say well seasoned cooks?) use to take a dish from tasty to the best thing you've ever eaten, you need this book. But, before you dig in, just know that Food52 isn't promising that these recipes will make a recipe easier or faster, just better. Their goal is to change the way you think about cooking!

Staff Pick Logo
East of Eden: (Penguin Orange Collection) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143129486
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Classics - October 18th, 2016

JUNE 2018

You know those books you randomly pick up because you're bored? East of Eden is one of those for me. I grabbed it off of my mom's bookshelf the summer after high school as she was in the car, yelling at me to hurry up because we were already late leaving for a family trip. At first, to avoid my brothers, then eventually because I was completely captivated, I wasn't able to put it down.
Whether or not you think you like Steinbeck, I promise you (no matter what high school English curriculum says) this is his best work. As with all of his books, he makes you feel - happy, sad, exhausted, annoyed, worried - and feel deeply.
Recently, a friend asked if I had ever read it and the feeling or remembering a long ago forgotten friend came surging through me. I think it's time to pick this up again, and you should too.

Staff Pick Logo
Flowers Are Calling Cover Image
By Rita Gray, Kenard Pak (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780544340121
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - March 3rd, 2015

MAY 2018

I love, love, love children's books: I think they're great for grown-ups to read when they forget the little wonders of this life. Especially those with amazing pictures. Extra for books that are secretly educational. (This one is, but I won't tell if you don't). This book checks all of those boxes and more. It's a sweet story, perfect for this time of year when everything is in bloom and the critters are waking up. Go ahead, get lost in the illustrations and you can learn a little too!

Staff Pick Logo
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780618711659
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mariner Books - April 4th, 2006

APRIL 2018

Oh, how I love this book. It grabs you from page one and leads you through the streets of New York City following a little boy who grieves the  sudden loss of his father by going on a secret, solo mission across the city looking for the lock that fits a key he found in a small envelope, stuck to the bottom of a vase, on a high shelf in his fathers closet. Yeah, yeah, yeah... there is a movie, but trust me, with this one especially, the book is infinitely better (and there are pictures!).

Staff Pick Logo
Everything Is Illuminated Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544484009
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mariner Books - April 14th, 2015

MARCH 2018

I've been thinking about this book lately for an unknown reason. It has been years since I first read it, but it remains among my favorites.
Told in three distinct voices: one in the past that gives us reason, one in the present gives us adventure, and the third as letters back after. This book tells a story of love and loss in a village that no longer exists, but did before Nazi's came to Ukraine.
(It's also a movie which I highly recommend as a companion to the book!)

Staff Pick Logo
Doomboy Volume 1 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780991332472
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Lion Forge - October 28th, 2014


Between Valentine's Day and lots of cold nights to stay in and be cozy... February really is the month of love. Doomboy is a weird little love story my husband and I found at a used book store and bought it because we liked the art - the initial plan was to cut pages out and frame them. Luckily we decided to read it first!
If you like music, weird little graphic novels, or really cool art work, give this one a try.

How to Be Alive: A Guide to the Kind of Happiness That Helps the World Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062236715
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dey Street Books - January 31st, 2017

Staff Pick Logo
The Elegance of the Hedgehog Cover Image
By Muriel Barbery, Alison Anderson (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781933372600
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Europa Editions - September 2nd, 2008


I was gifted this book years ago from someone I barely knew, and little did I know it would become one of my favorite books (how could you have just one)! I've read and reread and gifted and lent this book so many times since. It's the story of the daughter of a wealthy family and a middle aged caretaker who reside in the same apartment building and the ways their lives are interwoven. Told in each voice, this book gives you a glimpse into the inner lives and intimate thoughts of these two women, each strong in their own way - each searching for something bigger than themselves.

Upcoming Events