Erin's Picks

   Erin manages the coffee bar, but she can find you any book as well!


The Song of Achilles: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062060624
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Published: Ecco - August 28th, 2012

JULY 2019

So. so good. It's the story that you already know. That of Achilles and the battle of Troy, but it's told in a new way. Miller has a way of writing that draws you in and makes you fall in love with the characters so deeply that you feel their pain and get angry when they do deeply stupid things. Whether you're a fan of Greek mythology or just want a new read, try this one on for size... I promise you'll like it ( Her other book, Circe, is also excellent!)

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393351903
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 28th, 2015

JUNE 2019

I never thought I'd be the kind of person who reads books about death, but this is the second one this year! Caitlin Doughty is just so, so good at writing about it. These pages are filled with laughter, seriousness, and sprinkled with thought provoking  insight. I highly recommend this for anyone who has ever been (even slightly) curious about what happens to our bodies when we die or why a funeral costs so much. And, fear not, I promise you won't be bored to death!

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451621389
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 6th, 2013

MAY 2019

I wasn't expecting to like this book as much as I did. I begrudgingly started it as my book club was reading it... but holy cats, it's totally captivating and sucks you right in. It amazes me how little we know about the human body after all this time of being humans living in human bodies and questioning our existence. I highly recommend taking this wild ride into her month of madness, curious diagnosis, and eventual - but cautious - recovery.

Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt: (Nature Book for Kids, Gardening and Vegetable Planting, Outdoor Nature Book) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781452161365
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 14th, 2017

APRIL 2019

Spring is coming! I swear it's true. Get your seeds started, and your beds turned because planting season will be here before we know it. This is a great book to introduce little gardeners to all the wonders of the ecosystem. Now, go play in the dirt!

From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death Cover Image
By Caitlin Doughty, Landis Blair (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780393356281
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 9th, 2018

MARCH 2019

This book is just wonderful! I know reading about death and burial isn't everyone's cup of tea, but I promise you this will change your mind. This is very well written and can be a quick read - its a great kick start for those who are scared to venture into non-fiction (or slightly macabre books). Each chapter takes you to a new region of the world of death care and burial. Some will make you cringe because the traditions are so different than what we're used to and others will make you angry about the amount of restrictions the US has on the death business (spoiler alert: A LOT!) and others will fill you with an overwhelming sense of love that people have for one another.


Half Baked Harvest Cookbook: Recipes from My Barn in the Mountains Cover Image
ISBN: 9780553496390
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Published: Clarkson Potter - September 12th, 2017


This is quickly becoming my favorite cookbook. There is a recipe on page 121 for chicken soup that is now my go to soup! And a recipe for avocado ranch that is better than guacamole and way better than ranch! Oh, not to mention the wild rice stuffed acorn squash! Just trust me, okay?

The Interestings: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594632341
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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
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Published: Prestel - September 4th, 2018


Gather the Daughters: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316463683
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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
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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 [A Baking Book] (Food52 Works) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524758981
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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!

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East of Eden: (Penguin Orange Collection) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143129486
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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.

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Flowers Are Calling Cover Image
By Rita Gray, Kenard Pak (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780544340121
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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!

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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780618711659
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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!).