Staff Pick

This could be one of your favorite D.C. memoirs if you are not into reading about policy decisions but instead  tend to enjoy 21st century Peyton Place antics set in the Old Executive Office Building.  The author answers an ad on Craigslist and, as luck would have it, becomes a White House stenographer traveling all over the world with “44” and witnessing history.  Aside from the fact that there is way too much cheating and way, way too much drinking and that all I wanted to do was shake some sense into Stein, her writing redeems her.  This memoir was so entertaining and hard to put down…enjoy!

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ISBN: 9780525509127
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - July 10th, 2018

Staff Pick

If there’s ever a time when a comic novel should be in your “to read” pile it’s now, and I’ve got just the book for you.  In The Shakespeare Requirement by Julie Schumacher we return to some characters you will recognize from Schumacher’s hilarious novel, Dear Committee Members.  Professor Jason Fitger is now  the besieged head of the English Department at Payne University.  His fellow faculty, students and university administrators are undoubtedly recognizable, whether you are an academic or not.  Clever, smart and good for giggles, this novel is sure to be one you come back to again and again when a good laugh is in order.  

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ISBN: 9780385542340
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Published: Doubleday - August 14th, 2018

Staff Pick

A Place for Us is an unforgettable novel about an Indian couple who comes to  America and raises their three children in California. They are part of a devout religious Muslim community where being practicing believers is more important than just about anything else. Their way of life sustains and shapes them and also tears them apart. Told from multiple view points and over decades, the novel’s themes of parenting, loss, heartbreak and love will grab you on every page and leave you astounded. Fatima Farheen Mirza is a writer to watch. I can’t wait to see what comes next from this extraordinary talent. 

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ISBN: 9781524763558
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Published: SJP for Hogarth - June 12th, 2018