Staff picks

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Emma and the Blue Genie

4

This fantasy has a tiny genie, a pesky pup, a spitting dromedary and a blue-patterned grandmother. It is everything I never knew I wanted. Read more...

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The Devotion of Suspect X

4

A cool, calculated mystery that will keep you guessing-- even if you thought you already knew all the answers. Read more...

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All Four Stars

4

Gladys wanted to create the perfect creme brulee, and it was working until the kitchen curtains caught on fire and her parents discovered her secret. Read more...

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A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal

5

From now on, all my friends are going to be strangers. Read more...

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Yes Please

5

Looking for a memoir that perfectly balances humor, honesty and words to live by? Yes, please! Read more...

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My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories

5

What if saying "Christmas came early this year!" is cheesy, but true? Read more...

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Here Comes Santa Cat

4

Cat fears he won't get a present this year because he's been naughty. Will becoming Santa Cat make things right? Read more...

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The Bone Clocks

3

Is "The Bone Clocks" ambitious? Absolutely! Inventive? Without a doubt! Expertly crafted? Yes! A truly great book? Well, that I'm not so sure about... Read more...

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Us Conductors

5

The winner of the 2014 Giller prize for Canadian fiction tells a story of love, espionage and the uncanny singing of the electronic ether. Read more...

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The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances

5

Do you love running? Do you sometimes hate it a little bit? This book is for you! Read more...