Delectable December Staff Picks

Delectable December Staff Pick

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Piranesi Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781635575637
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - September 15th, 2020

I usually start with the basic who, when, and where of the book I’m reviewing but that isn’t going to be the case with Piranesi. This unique little treasure bewildered me at first then quickly reeled me in with its familiar characters and mind-bending mystery. Don’t be fooled by the somewhat simple writing style in the beginning, the depth within the few pages of this quick read is astounding as it unravels layer upon numerous layer. It’s best to go into this book blind and allow yourself the chance to be delightfully surprised and amused as you enter the mysterious and mystical Halls, just don’t get swept away by the powerful Tides! Beautiful, spellbinding, and somehow simultaneously comforting and disturbing in its exploration of the human condition. 
- Josie


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The Lying Life of Adults Cover Image
By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translator)
$26.00
ISBN: 9781609455910
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Published: Europa Editions - September 1st, 2020

Oh, to live those dreadful “coming of age” years again! This story takes the reader inside the mind of a teenage girl navigating through the ages of 12 to 16. Giovanna, the only child of two loving, sophisticated, and educated parents, progresses from an obedient, entitled child, to a questioning, rebellious teenager. As Giovanna transitions into the physical and mental shift of puberty, she becomes aware of the false faces, the lies, the infidelities, and betrayals of the adults in her life. This powerful novel is a good reminder of how confusing and disorienting this phase of life can be, especially when parents present an “illusion” of a perfect life!  

-Virgie

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To Sleep in a Sea of Stars Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781250762849
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Published: Tor Books - September 15th, 2020

I have always been a big fan of Paolini’s previous work The Inheritance Cycle (Eragon) and have been waiting years for his foretold next project. For years his fans have known that he was working on a SciFi book, but over that time I seem to have forgotten the extent of Paolini’s attention to detail. This is possibly the most thoroughly thought out work of science fiction I have ever read. He doesn’t fall into the trap so many authors do of saying “it’s the future, faster than light travel and aliens exist just trust me.” He includes delicate explanations and nearly 100 pages of appendices explaining everything from global politics to Markov limits and how Kasaba Howitzers work. 

This is not a children’s book. For people my age who grew up reading Eragon over and over it is refreshing to see how mature his writing has become. This book is much faster paced, action forward, and has much more mature characters than his previous works.

-Sam

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Don't Move Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781982678326
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Published: Blackstone Publishing - October 20th, 2020

Megan Forrester has had a rough past few months due to the loss of her husband and son. When she hears about a camping trip run by her church she jumps at the opportunity to distract herself. Little does she know that monsters live in the forest. Now Megan has to try and survive giant spiders that can feel vibrations of movement. That is, if she wants to survive. Jump into the enticing pages of Don’t Move and follow Megan on her journey of survival and healing. I personally found the book very fun and a little crazy. I had originally opened it to read the first paragraph and get a feel for what the book was like. The next thing I knew I had finished the book before the day was even over. I would definitely recommend this book if you enjoy a thrilling journey of survival.

-Patty

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The Archer Cover Image
By Paulo Coelho, Margaret Jull Costa (Translated by), Christoph Niemann (Illustrator)
$21.00
ISBN: 9780593318270
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Published: Knopf - November 10th, 2020

If you found meaning in The Alchemist, you’ll surely enjoy this new treasure by Paulo Coelho. Don’t let the title confuse you! This book is not exactly about an archer, rather it’s a beautiful metaphor for living a rewarding life! The book may be short, but it is packed full of wisdom! I read it twice, just to soak it all in! This is the kind of book you’ll want to keep on your shelf, to reread at different points of your life. In my opinion, this book would be a great gift for that special someone in your life!

- Virgie

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Before the Coffee Gets Cold Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781335430991
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Published: Hanover Square Press - November 17th, 2020

In a Tokyo back alley, in a basement, there is a cafe where you can travel back to the past. There are rules that you need to follow though, and you need to come back to the present before your coffee gets cold. This book seems more like a series of vignettes following peoples trips into the past. The question is, what really changes when you go back? Is it you or the future?
This is a refreshing take on time travel, reminiscent of magical realism. It is a beautiful book and I highly recommend it for anyone who wants an ethereal read. -Izzy
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Written in the Stars: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780063000803
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Published: Avon - November 10th, 2020

A truly lovely queer romance featuring an opposites attract fake romance!  Darcy is a no-nonsense actuary who can’t seem to catch a break from her matchmaking brother, and Elle is a romantic minded astrologer searching for true love.  After a disastrous first date, the two find common ground in faking a romance just to get away from meddling and overbearing relatives.  With a December 31st end date, these two might just find that they are more compatible than they thought.  But when their fiery chemistry finally comes to a head, will the stars align or will the numbers just not add up?

-Jenna

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The Good Lord Bird: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594632785
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 5th, 2014

National Book Award winner and now Showtime special on Hulu, The Good Lord Bird is 50% entertaining and 50% educational. Written in the voice of a freed slave known as Onion, this is an adventure story that takes place at the precipice of the Civil War. Onion ends up with John Brown, the architect of the notorious, tragic, Harper’s Ferry raid that was the catalyst to the Civil War. With appearances by Harriet Tubman and Federick Douglas, this novel will make you think and laugh! -

Kim B.

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Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781984826787
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Published: Del Rey - June 16th, 2020

Have you ever taken a minute to think about a world where Bigfoot is real? I mean really think about it, how has a giant ape survived all of this time in the US, where did they come from, why did they evolve? More importantly what would happen if nature finally forced humans and Sasquatch together and removed all of the food and technology? 

This book may seem like another horror book from the author of World War Z but in reality, it is a biting criticism of American consumerism and our need to “connect” with nature while at the same time being as far away from it as possible. How people who expect deliveries overnight and everything on-demand react when nature intercedes is the real heart of this book, sasquatch is just the icing on the cake.
-Sam

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$14.99
ISBN: 9781524860677
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - September 1st, 2020

This is an exquisite book of comics depicting a deeply sweet love story between a vampire and a werewolf. Funny, adorable, sometimes poignant, this is the perfect little read for those with a dark sense of humor and a pechance towards the everyday lives of monsters. This book lives by my bed so that I can pick it up whenever the going gets tough and I need a pick me up. I adore this book so very much. It warms the cockles of my long-frozen heart. -Izzy


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The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062255655
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Published: William Morrow - June 18th, 2013

This novel is Gaiman in his most brief and best form; a whimsical tale that brings you back to a childhood you never lived but fully resonates with you, Ocean takes the perspective of a man recounting a lost portion of his childhood; a portion fraught with both fear and whimsy, danger and magic. As he recounts the memories of his five-year-old self, you get sucked into the tale of familial betrayal and infidelity.  It’s an emotionally honest if fantastical, novel that I couldn’t put down and revisit frequently. If you have even the slightest idea that you might like this book, trust me and dive into this ocean.

-Ryan

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Joe Biden: The Life, the Run, and What Matters Now Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9781982174026
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Published: Scribner - October 27th, 2020

This book is an excellent overview of the President-elect’s life and his time in office.  If you are looking for a window in the life of Joe Biden, this is the book to pick up!  I believe in being as informed about current events as possible, regardless of your political leanings, and found this title a perfect stepping stone into learning about the presumed new administration.  Osnos brings his award-winning writing into this project in full force, and as such, this biography is both informative and exceedingly readable, without any of the heavy-handed condescension of many political bios.  Through his time as a senator right up until his 2020 run for president, learn about Biden’s political choices, precedents, and upcoming policies as you flex your civic engagement muscles!

- Jenna

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Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780593189481
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 10th, 2020

It’s no surprise to me, and many of you might agree, that our lives have been turned upside down with the Covid Pandemic, and political and racial tensions. Wouldn’t it be great to find a strategy that can alleviate even a little stress? Author Katherine May instructs us to look at nature and the seasons to find a bit of understanding and peace. As nature goes into winter to rest and re-boot, so too can we make our own place to “winter” and come through it as beautiful and refreshed as Spring!  It might sound a bit too simple but May’s book, Wintering, embraces a new perspective of using the wisdom of nature to relate to our own personal downtimes.

-Virgie

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The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America: Second Edition (Sibley Guides) Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780307957924
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Published: Knopf - March 29th, 2016

If you are a birder you probably already own this book, if you’re a novice you probably should. The arrangement of the birds takes some getting used to but you will not be able to find a more thorough field guide. All of the artwork is hand-drawn with descriptions of flight patterns, wing shape, sociability, and location. I cannot recommend this enough. - Sam


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Greenlights Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780593139134
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Published: Crown - October 20th, 2020

Greenlights is such a joy to read.  McConaughey takes us through his childhood and his experiences as an A-lister and husband and father with such candor that you can’t help but say “alright, alright, alright.”  This one is worth reading even if you aren’t one of the millions who grew up watching McConaughey’s films.

More than anything, this book reveals that this man is a truly gifted storyteller.  So many folks will pick this book because of the name recognition that comes from the celebrity of its author, but even if he wasn’t already a household name, Matthew McConaughey’s words would be worth reading.  More than anything, they are a tribute to his joie de vivre, and an absolute love letter to this life. - Jenna

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The Inheritance Games Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781368052405
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 2020

Avery  had gone from rags to riches overnight.  Ok maybe not rags, but it was close.  She doesn’t know the rules of this new world that she has been thrust into, along with 4 brothers that come with her new house.  Each one is very different from the others.  She has so many questions, one of them being: why me?  As soon as she steps into the house there is so much more going on,  puzzle after puzzle after puzzle.  Where will all these lead Avery and the Hawthorn brothers?  
I must say that I was intrigued by the way the author put these puzzles together.  You will be too.

-Chris

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Shadow and Bone (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781250027436
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Published: Square Fish - May 7th, 2013

Bardugo has been exploding in popularity in recent years and it is well deserved! This novel flows nicely, with masterful worldbuilding and a plot that wants you to race forward. A world where magic is essential but somewhat reviled, young Alina Starkov, an orphan turned soldier, turned savior;  struggles with a burgeoning power and a nation whose entire hopes rest on her shoulders. Full of strife, monsters, and love, this is a brilliantly fun novel in a rich setting that I personally adore. Pick it up and get ready to be hooked for the entire series!

-Ryan

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City Spies Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534414914
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Published: Aladdin - March 10th, 2020

This is for fans of Mysterious Benedict Society or Spy School.  This ragtag group of kids, each with their own distinct background, must find a way to work together on spy missions.  This book is funny, with a lead character called Mother, action-packed with some tight squeezes and with friendship building.  Ponti writes in such a way that you just have to keep reading!!

-Chris

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Redwall: A Tale from Redwall Cover Image
By Brian Jacques, Gary Chalk (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780142302378
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Published: Firebird - September 30th, 2002

I have been reading (and loving!) Redwall since I was a kid! Redwall centers around the struggle of Matthias, a young mouse, and monk in training at the titular Abbey of Redwall. Readers follow Matthias on a journey of discovering the nature of bravery and the secrets of the abbey’s founder, in a desperate bid to save his home and community from the hoards of a vicious rat warlord. It’s full of humor, grand meals, and wonderful riddles and is consistently good throughout the entire series that came after. - Ryan

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The Winglets Quartet (The First Four Stories) (Wings of Fire) Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9781338732399
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Published: Scholastic Press - October 6th, 2020

These four short stories help us dive more into some of the characters of Wings of Fire and Wings of Fire : Dragonslayer.  When I read Wings of Fire for the first time, I  immediately fell in love with the books.  These stories just bring more to the books that you may have already read.

- Chris

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The Most Beautiful Thing Cover Image
By Kao Kalia Yang, Khoa Le (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781541561915
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Published: Carolrhoda Books (R) - October 6th, 2020

This beautifully illustrated picture book reminds children of the importance of intergenerational family bonds. Our elders can teach us important things through their own stories. Author Kalia Yang grew up in a Refugee Camp in Thailand and moved to America at the age of six. Her story centers around her own Grandma, whose childhood stories encompass wisdom and respect. Yang’s book delivers the message that we are resilient people, who CAN endure difficult times, and listening to our respected elders will give us perspective and hope for good times.

-Virgie


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True or Poo?: A Kid's Guide to Animal Facts & Fakes Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316535397
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - July 28th, 2020

If you liked Does It Fart?: A Kid’s Guide to the Gas Animals Pass, then you’ll love that the same authors are bringing you some true facts about some common misconceptions. Did you know that you can see penguin poop from space? You’ll be laughing while shattering these misconceptions.

-Kim T


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Mary Had a Little Glam, Volume 1 Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781454913931
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Published: Sterling Children's Books - August 2nd, 2016

Mary has a talent for fashion, she has galm. When she walks down the street, she glitters and glows. When she walks into her new classroom, she notices how drab everyone looks and sets out to fix it.
Very cute, very good.

-Izzy
 


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The World Needs Who You Were Made to Be Cover Image
By Joanna Gaines, Julianna Swaney (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781400314232
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Published: Thomas Nelson - November 10th, 2020

The colorful illustrations and simple words of this book give the message of diversity and acceptance. As children gather to create hot air balloons, it’s apparent that each child has their own strength, and that working together, sharing talents and abilities, has the power to “fill the sky with beautiful colors.”  This picture book is appropriate to readers of all ages. We just can’t get enough reminders of collaborative living! - Virgie