Staff picks

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The Watchmaker of Filigree Street

4

A tale of mystery and intrigue, featuring a mechanical octopus that steals socks. Read more...

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The Boston Girl

4

If storytelling is your thing, Addie Baum will keep you engaged with the fascinating tale of her life in early 20th-century Boston. Read more...

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It's Tough to Lose Your Balloon

5

Lost balloons, broken toys? Sometimes we all need a little reminder about looking on the bright side! Read more...

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The Marvels

4

A stunning book with Selznick's trademark mix of page-turning illustrations and a beautiful, complex story. Read more...

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13 Days Of Midnight

4

A necromancer, a wannabe witch, eight ghosts and an appearance by the Devil himself make this book a perfectly creepy October read. Read more...

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Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic

4

If you think the heroin epidemic won't reach central Ohio, reporter Sam Quinones has bad news: it already has. Read more...

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In the Kingdom of Ice: the Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette

5

A harsh and haunting tale of heroism and ultimate sacrifice in the race to reach the North Pole. Read more...

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Pretty Baby

4

No good deed goes unpunished in this sly psychological thriller about another woman on another train. Read more...

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Leo: A Ghost Story

5

Leo is the most-adorable, least-scary ghost I have ever met. He gives Casper a run for his money. Read more...

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The Kitchen Counter Cooking School

5

I'm not a novice, but I learned so much after reading this fun and informative food memoir. Read more...