Lisa's Staff Picks

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The Bluest Eye (Vintage International) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307278449
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Published: Vintage - May 8th, 2007

One of Toni Morrison's more touching novels is even more remarkable because it was her first! The story follows the life of Pecola Breedlove who wishes she had blue eyes like the priveleged white girls she sees. The main theme of the book is a racism so pervasive that it is internalized by those who suffer most. Pecola experiences abuse, extreme poverty, incest, and neglect. This powerful and important novel is not for the faint of heart.

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250153968
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Published: A Thomas Dunne Book for St. Martin's Griffin - October 3rd, 2017

Eight-year-old Wavy is the daughter of a drug dealer and lives a difficult life of parental neglect. A bright spot in her life comes from an unlikely source--an ex-con who works for her father. Kellen (the criminal) and Wavy's affection for each other grows into something inherently wrong. Can a love that is ugly on the outside, still come from a sincere and beautiful place?

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales Cover Image
ISBN: 9780684853949
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Published: Touchstone - April 2nd, 1998

Dr. Oliver Sacks was a neurologist (1933-2015) who was endlessly curious about the intricate workings of the brain--especially when something in the brain goes wrong. Dr. Sacks sympathetically tells the stories of his most interesting patients, their curious afflictions, and what those patients taught him.

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ISBN: 9781250214751
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Published: - January 21st, 2020

Ella has powers that get stronger and more dangerous as she grows up. Ella's brother Kev is the Riot Baby born in the aftermath of the Rodney King verdict. Onyebuchi's tale is a treatise of racism and the ongoing mistreatment of minorities. Told in chapters that jump in narration and time, the story telling creates a chaos that illustrates the mayhem of discrimination.

Convenience Store Woman Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802129628
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Published: Grove Press - September 17th, 2019

This quirky little book has an even quirkier narrator--Keiko Furukura. Keiko lives a simple life (and for her, a happy one) as a part-time worker in a convenience store called "Smile Mart." As the story begins, Keiko has worked at "Smile Mart" for 18 years. Naturally, she is getting more and more pressure from family and friends to find a husband. What will she do?


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The Institute: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982110567
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Published: Scribner - September 10th, 2019

Stephen King is Awesome! What a story! What a page-turner! Eleven-year-old Luke Ellis is kidnapped and brought to a facility deep in the Maine woods, He and the other children there (only children are kidnapped) have been brought to The Institute to develop their gifts: either telekinesis or telepathy. But to what purpose?

The Boatman's Daughter: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374538552
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Published: MCD x FSG Originals - February 11th, 2020

Part gothic horror, part fantasy, The Boatman's Daughter is a contemporary story that takes place in a swampy bayou. Having lost her father as a child, Miranda Crabtree does what it takes to survive, surrounded by people who don't care if she does or not. Thrilling and atmospheric, full of secrets and mysteries.