Staff Picks

Thank you to our holiday treat-bearers. For the past week, I’ve dealt with chocolate mouth, the dehydration that comes from eating only chocolate all day long. With these sweet gifts, we’ve added about fifteen to twenty lbs. to our staff. No matter. We’ll shed our hibernating weight in the new year. Until then, we read!

Here’s a peek at books we’ve enjoyed lately. We’ll start with Pete’s pick, Goat Mountain. A boy hunting with his family spies a poacher in his gun’s scope. The boy pulls the trigger. Can the family stay together with blood on their hands?

Goat Mountain by David Vann

“This is fiction with a punch, unalloyed grit that rivals Tom Franklin, Daniel Woodrell or anyone who plumbs the dark side of the American psyche. It’s a novel of life changing events and the consequences thereof. Think Deliverance only tighter. That’s Goat Mountain in a nutshell.”



Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

“A little like the premise of Charlie & the Chocolate Factory except this book is about awesome games, clever thinking, a state-of-the-art library, and books! A great read for kids (9-12) who love reading, problem solving, and gaming!”



This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolff

“Tobias Wolff shows us where the comedic and tragic rub fingertips. I couldn’t put this book down. Wolff lived through a boyhood no one wants. He and his mom spent his youth without a safe, real home. His deranged stepfather stuck him in the attic shucking chesnuts. But Wolff also lived the childhood every kid wishes for. His memoir is fun: it makes you want to pull pranks on nuns and throw rocks at jerks in convertibles.”



Levels of Life by Julian Barnes

“Barnes explains the endurance of human spirit through love, grief, and the risks of early aeronautics. Seriously. In his lucid, articulate way, Barnes takes us through the exploits of early balloonists, mixing his tale of ricks and discovery with rich observation on marriage and memory, love and loss.”



Read on, Wayne, Read on, Garth,

-McIntyre’s Crew