Sarah B

WIth years of bookstore experience, she's your go-to for what folks-in-the-know are talking about. She makes sure we have the sought after books in stock.

These are on Sarah's staff picks shelf right now.   Unless someone just bought one.

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The Followers Cover Image
ISBN: 9781609454012
Availability: Usually Ships from Warehouse in 1-5 Days
Published: Europa Editions - July 25th, 2017

The Followers is a beautifully written novel about a mother seduced into a
religious group by a charming zealot, and the lasting effects it has on
her young daughter. By writing from both characters' perspectives, Wait is
able to create empathy and understanding in her readers. For anyone who
loved The Girls, this is your next read!--Sarah B

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My Favorite Thing Is Monsters Cover Image
ISBN: 9781606999592
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Fantagraphics Books - February 14th, 2017

Karen Reyes is a monster-obsessed 10-year-old girl growing up in Chicago
in the 60s. When her neighbor upstairs is killed, Karen decides to find
her killer. With intense, arresting artwork, Ferris has created Karen's
notebook for us to read and wonder at. For anyone who loved Harriet the
Spy as a child, this is the grown-up version you've always longed for!--Sarah B

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The Rap Year Book: The Most Important Rap Song From Every Year Since 1979, Discussed, Debated, and Deconstructed Cover Image
By Shea Serrano, Ice-T (Foreword by), Arturo Torres (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781419718182
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Abrams Image - October 13th, 2015

I thought I'd reached the point of saturation when it came to hip hop
books, until I was sent "The Rap Yearbook." I can't put it down! Shea
Serrano chooses the most important hip hop song of each year since 1979,
then defends his choice and deconstructs the song for his reader. Arturo
Torres provides brilliant illustrations, and for each year an outside
music critic debates Serrano's choice, picking an alternate "most
important song." But what really makes this book come alive is Serrano's
incredible sense of humor - he will crack you up!--Sarah B

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Sometimes a Great Notion Cover Image
ISBN: 9780140045291
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - July 28th, 1977

"Sometimes I live in the country,
Sometimes I live in the town;
Sometimes I get a great notion
To jump in the' drown."
—From the song "Good Night, Irene" by Huddie Ledbetter and Jon Lomax

Sweet, sad, funny and tragic, Sometimes a Great Notion is American icon
Ken Kesey's best novel. Kesey's rugged Oregon upbringing and
counterculture middle-age gave him rare insight into the conflicted nature
of American character in the 20th century, and he poured it all into this
amazing book.--Sarah B

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The Feral Detective: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062859068
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ecco - November 6th, 2018

Lethem takes the classic noir detective story and flips it on its head
using a touch of Mad Max and the spirit of Ken Kesey, to get a unique
insight into life in the Trump era. A well-written, entertaining portrait
of America's Manifest Destiny imploding.--Sarah B

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American Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735223585
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Press - September 18th, 2018

In this amazing and insightful book Bauer goes undercover as a guard in a
private prison. Informed by his own time in an Iranian prison, he exposes
the many urgent and disturbing issues in these for-profit institutions.
Understaffing, low wages, little or no healthcare -- these prisons are
tragedies waiting to happen.--Sarah B

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Our Man in Havana Cover Image
By Graham Greene, Christopher Hitchens (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780142438008
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Classics - July 31st, 2007

Most people know Greene from his darker, more "serious" work - but the man
was funny! Check out this tale of bumbling MI6 agent in 1959 Cuba. All he
needs is one big score so he can buy his spoiled daughter the horse he
promised her. He fudges a few reports, but then some of his lies start
coming true...--Sarah B

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Manfried the Man: A Graphic Novel Cover Image
By Caitlin Major, Kelly Bastow (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781683690153
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Quirk Books - May 1st, 2018

premise of Manfried the Man never gets old - what if cats were the masters
and we were the pets?--Sarah B

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Home Land: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312424183
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador - December 9th, 2004

Lewis Minor a.k.a. "Teabag" was the biggest loser in his high school
class, and now he's written this EPIC letter to his alumni newsletter
telling everyone what he really thinks of them and more... Hilarious!--Sarah B

The Natural Way of Things Cover Image
ISBN: 9781609453626
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Europa Editions - June 28th, 2016

A woman wakes up in a strange room, in chains... How's that for a
grabber?! Australian author Charlotte Wood has created an eerie feminist
novel that is thoroughly engaging and thought provoking. For fans of The
Handmaid's Tale this book reads like a guilty pleasure, but is so much
more!--Sarah B

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The New Me Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143133605
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Penguin Books - March 5th, 2019

In the first two page chapter of The New Me, Butler manages to capture a
chillingly familiar voice - cynical, angry, trapped. This brilliant novel
captures our modern cycle of angst, despair, boredom and consumerism with
such accuracy and humor it blew me away. Millie, the thirty-something temp
in Chicago is a stand-in for all of us who have ever looked down out of a
fog at our hampster wheel and wondered why...--Sarah B

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Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062836960
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - June 12th, 2018

One of my favorite books! Callahan was an alcoholic who wrecked his car
and ended up a quadriplegic. Then he became the artist behind the funniest
@#$!@% cartoons you've ever seen! Read this before the movie comes out in
July (2018) - it is sad, funny, hilarious, heartbreaking and uplifting.--Sarah B

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The Expendable Man Cover Image
By Dorothy B. Hughes, Walter Mosley (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9781590174951
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: NYRB Classics - July 3rd, 2012

The First Lady of Noir! Looking for a smart literary thriller? Hughes was
a pioneer of twist endings, unreliable narrators and setting as character.
Without Hughes there is no "Gone Girl" or "Girl on the Train." Try one -
she won't disappoint! (Local bonus: Hughes was a Kansas City, MO native).--Sarah B

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In a Lonely Place Cover Image
By Dorothy B. Hughes, Megan Abbott (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9781681371474
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: NYRB Classics - August 15th, 2017

--Sarah B

The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735217713
Availability: Backordered
Published: Riverhead Books - February 6th, 2018

This is a beautifully written examination of the Mexican-American border.
Cantu was born and raised along the border and eventually worked as a
border agent, where he was forced to confront the harsh realities facing
border crossers, residents and patrollers. Amazing insight into one of the
hot-button issues of our era.