All Staff Picks

Stories I Only Tell My Friends
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This wonderful autobiography by actor/writer/director Rob Lowe is funny, inspiring, and moving. In great detail, he describes his early years in rural Ohio, his days of hanging with friends like Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen, his uphill battle to find a place in Hollywood, and the people that inspired him on his journeys.
All There Is
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True touching stories about the many wondrous kinds of love.
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
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Mary Roach offers up the science of human cadavers in an incredible way that not only allows you to understand it but it makes you laugh at the same time. You don’t have to be a science buff to read and enjoy this book.
Percy Gloom
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Percy Gloom is a strange little man, who lives in a world of surreal people and even more surreal problems. This book sports beautiful, whimsical artwork and characters, and even though it’s a little weird a lot of the time, you’ll be just as absorbed as with a Disney movie.
Iron West
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Sure it’s “just another wild west story”, but this one has robot outlaws. Would you also believe it works sasquatch and the Loch Ness Monster in there, too? Doug Tennapel continues to amaze with his well-drawn, well-written fantasies.
Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things
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Every wonder why some people have a tendency to hoard objects, even if it’s trash? Ever thought, “Why don’t they just throw it away or get rid of it.”? This engaging book delves into case studies of varying degrees of hoarders and explains the psychology behind their thinking.
Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life
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Fantastically written story of a boy, his band, and the battle to win a girl's heart. This first of six volumes introduces you to Scott Pilgrim. Watch and enjoy as he attempts to get a girl, get a job, keep his apartment, spend quality time with his friends, and keep his bass guitar skills up to snuff. In between all of that, he has to fight Ramona's seven evil ex-boyfriends in order to keep dating her.
Wonton Soup, Vol. 1
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This beautifully and densely illustrated comic follows the culinary inter-stellar-future-space adventures of master-cook-turned-deep-space-trucker Johnny Boyo as he searches the universe for awesome food.
Charlie the Ranch Dog
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This cute and beautifully illustrated picture book by blogger & cookbook author Ree Drummond is about her real life basset hound Charlie and just a typical day for him on the ranch.
Naked In Baghdad
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Follows National Public Radio’s foreign correspondent, Anne Garrels, as she covers the buildup, events, and aftermath of the American invasion into Iraq from the heart of Baghdad.
Batman: Hush
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This epic Batman story by Jeph Loeb and drawn by Jim Lee is a great read! There are appearances by most of Batman’s big baddies and many of his allies and the book introduces a mysterious new villain with a bandaged face, Hush.
Doctor Who, Vol 1: Fugitive
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This graphic novel extension of the amazing British sci-fi show is spot on. The writer Tony Lee catches the voice of the 10th doctor so perfectly that you can hear David Tennant’s voice while you read. If you are a fan of the television show I highly recommend this book.
In Front Of My House
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Can a 120-page picture book capture and keep a preschooler's attention? You bet it can! This circular story is full of surprising twists and turns that will send your child's imagination on a journey to the mountains, into outer space, under the ocean, around a zoo, and more!
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
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What do you get when you cross Abraham Lincoln & vampires? A well written & really fun book that interweaves history & monsters in such a great way that for just a second it makes you think, 'well maybe...'
5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth
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Clever, hilarious, and well-written. Contains many wonderful guides to life, such as: 14 (ish) Things Worth Knowing About Cheese, 8 Ways to Tell If Your Loved Ones Plan to Eat You, 6 Reasons Bacon is Better Than True Love, 7 Reasons to Keep Your Tyrannosaur Off Crack Cocaine, and Why Nikola Tesla is the Most Awesome Geek Who Ever Lived. Warning: Contains explicit language.
The Gifts Of Imperfection
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Social researcher Brene Brown shares her insights into the emotionally loaded topics of vulnerability and shame in a book that has the power to change the way you see yourself and others.
Doctor Who: The Complete Fourth Series
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Travel with the 10th Doctor (David Tennant) and Donna Noble (Catherine Tate) through all of time and space in what I believe to be the best season of the amazing British sci-fi television show, Doctor Who.
Dawn Land
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The ancient inhabitants of North America have an even more ancient foe facing them, as darkness threatens to overtake their lands.

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