Staff picks

Browse all our staff-written book reviews, featuring books for all ages, from kids through adults. Or, focus in on just what you're looking for by filtering our picks by age or genre.

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Let's Talk About Love

5

An indie music critic decided to write a book about the artist he most despised. What happened next took him on a journey to the end of taste. Read more...

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Outlander

5

War, romance, history and just a dash of time travel made this book one of my all-time favorites. Read more...

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Fourth of July Creek

5

A gritty and gut-wrenching debut novel. Read more...

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Absolutely Almost

5

"I love you, Albie. You are caring and thoughtful and good." And, really, isn't that what matters in the long run? Read more...

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How They Choked: Failures, Flops, and Flaws of the Awfully Famous

4

These funny and irreverent facts are sure to tickle the funny bones of kids and adults alike. If you don't watch out, you might learn something too. Read more...

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Boomerang

4

A sizzling summer read so hot you could fry an egg on it. Read more...

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Bellweather Rhapsody

4

A crumbling, haunted hotel, a boatload of rising teenage musical stars and a massive snowstorm combine to create a most enchanting mystery. Read more...

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The Spectacular Now

4

If you're looking for a good dose of realistic fiction with a Holden Caulfield-esque main character, take a chance on "The Spectacular Now." Read more...

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Astonish Me

4

Ballet takes center stage in this novel that highlights the rigors of professional dance and the challenges of self-acceptance. Read more...

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Past Perfect

4

Want a summer read that'll make you ignore your friends? This is it. Read more...