Chris's Recommendations

Chris has almost 20 years' experience in bookselling working in every level of a bookstore.
Chris has almost 20 years' experience in bookselling working in every level of a bookstore.

Chris has almost 20 years' experience in bookselling working in every level of a bookstore.  He enjoys reading non-fiction (history & politics), science fiction & fantasy, and graphic novels.  Having sold books for so many years, he can recommend something in almost every genre (even those you wouldn't guess he has read.)  Outside the store, he enjoys the outdoors (camping and hiking), gaming, and raising his young Sun Conure, Goose.

Recommendations: 

A Most Remarkable Creature: The Hidden Life and Epic Journey of the World's Smartest Birds of Prey By Jonathan Meiburg Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781101875704
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Knopf - March 30th, 2021

“Utterly captivating and beautifully written, this book is a hugely entertaining and enlightening exploration of a bird so wickedly smart, curious, and social, it boggles the mind.”—Jennifer Ackerman, author of The Bird Way


Stalin's War: A New History of World War II By Sean McMeekin Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781541672796
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Basic Books - April 20th, 2021

A prize-winning historian reveals how Stalin—not Hitler—was the animating force of World War II in this major new history.

World War II endures in the popular imagination as a heroic struggle between good and evil, with villainous Hitler driving its events. But Hitler was not in power when the conflict erupted in Asia—and he was certainly dead before it ended.


The Mission: A True Story By David W. Brown Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780062654427
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Published: Custom House - January 26th, 2021

“Exceptionally absorbing and thrilling. ... Masterful.” —Nature

A "magnificent" (Scientific American), genre-defying narrative of the most ambitious science project ever conceived: NASA’s deep space mission to Europa, the Jovian moon where might swim the first known alien life in our solar system


Fugitive Telemetry (The Murderbot Diaries #6) By Martha Wells Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250765376
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tordotcom - April 27th, 2021

The New York Times bestselling security droid with a heart (though it wouldn't admit it!) is back in Fugitive Telemetry!

Having captured the hearts of readers across the globe (Annalee Newitz says it's "one of the most humane portraits of a nonhuman I've ever read") Murderbot has also established Martha Wells as one of the great SF writers of today.


All Systems Red: The Murderbot Diaries By Martha Wells Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250214713
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Published: Tordotcom - January 22nd, 2019

Now available in hardcover, All Systems Red is the first entry in Martha Wells' New York Times and USA Today bestselling science fiction series, The Murderbot Diaries.

Winner: 2018 Hugo Award
Winner: 2018 Nebula Award
Winner: 2018 Alex Award
Winner: 2018 Locus Award


"As a heartless killing machine, I was a complete failure."


H Is for Hawk By Helen MacDonald Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802124739
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Grove Press - March 8th, 2016

One of the New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of the Year
One of Slate's 50 Best Nonfiction Books of the Last 25 Years


Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess's Stardust (New Edition) By Neil Gaiman, Charles Vess (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Neil Gaiman, Charles Vess (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781401287849
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vertigo - February 19th, 2019

Half a crusading epic, half based in Tolkien-esque mythology, Neil Gaiman's award-winning graphic novel fantasy is now back in a brand-new edition!


1421: The Year China Discovered America By Gavin Menzies Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780061564895
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - June 3rd, 2008

On March 8, 1421, the largest fleet the world had ever seen set sail from China to "proceed all the way to the ends of the earth to collect tribute from the barbarians beyond the seas." When the fleet returned home in October 1423, the emperor had fallen, leaving China in political and economic chaos.


The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastards #1) By Scott Lynch Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780553588941
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Del Rey - June 26th, 2007

“Remarkable . . . Scott Lynch’s first novel, The Lies of Locke Lamora, exports the suspense and wit of a cleverly constructed crime caper into an exotic realm of fantasy, and the result is engagingly entertaining.”—The Times (London)
 


The Gothic Stories of H. P. Lovecraft (British Library Hardback Classics) By H.P. Lovecraft, Xavier Aldana Reyes, PhD (Foreword by) Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780712352468
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Published: British Library Publishing - November 1st, 2018

H. P. Lovecraft is best known for his tales of cosmic horror, in which unnameable nightmares torment the limits of human consciousness. This mastery of weird and unspeakable terror is underpinned by the writer's sizeable contribution to Gothic fiction.


Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Capetown By Paul Theroux Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780618446872
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mariner Books - April 5th, 2004

The legendary travel writer's thrilling and dangerous account of his journey across Africa

A rattletrap bus, dugout canoe, cattle truck, armed convoy, ferry, and train. In the course of his epic and enlightening journey, wittily observant and endearingly irascible Paul Theroux endures danger, delay, and dismaying circumstances.


Fallingwater Rising: Frank Lloyd Wright, E. J. Kaufmann, and America's Most Extraordinary House By Franklin Toker Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780375710155
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf - April 19th, 2005

Fallingwater Rising is a biography not of a person but of the most famous house of the twentieth century. Scholars and the public have long extolled the house that Frank Lloyd Wright perched over a Pennsylvania waterfall in 1937, but the full story has never been told.


The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America By Erik Larson Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780375725609
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - February 10th, 2004

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The true tale of the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago and the cunning serial killer who used the magic and majesty of the fair to lure his victims to their death.


On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century By Timothy Snyder Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780804190114
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Published: Crown - February 28th, 2017

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A “bracing” (Vox) guide for surviving and resisting America’s turn towards authoritarianism, from “a rising public intellectual unafraid to make bold connections between past and present” (The New York Times)


The Eyre Affair: A Thursday Next Novel By Jasper Fforde Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780142001806
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Published: Penguin Books - February 25th, 2003

Meet Thursday Next, literary detective without equal, fear or boyfriend

Jasper Fforde’s beloved New York Times bestselling novel introduces literary detective Thursday Next and her alternate reality of literature-obsessed England—from the author of The Constant Rabbit


Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom By Thomas E. Ricks Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143110880
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - May 1st, 2018

A New York Times bestseller!

A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2017

A dual biography of Winston Churchill and George Orwell, who preserved democracy from the threats of authoritarianism, from the left and right alike.


The Fountainhead By Ayn Rand Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780452286375
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Published: NAL - December 28th, 2004

The revolutionary literary vision that sowed the seeds of Objectivism, Ayn Rand's groundbreaking philosophy, and brought her immediate worldwide acclaim.