Staff Picks

Here are some books that have been keeping us up at night:

The Labyrinth of Osiris by Paul Sussman

“This book took me back to my childhood when I loved to read Robert Ludlum, Ken Follett, and others. Good international thrillers that pumped up the heartbeat and kept me reading way past any bedtime, much to my mother’s chagrin.

The Labyrinth of Osiris, set in the Mid-East and featuring a partnership between Israeli and Egyptian detectives, has done the very same thing as those golden oldies. A woman reporter is strangled in the Armenian Quarter of Jerusalem which leads us to a lost gold mine from Egyptian antiquity and on to an industrial pollution scandal and power mongering that would gall anyone with a conscience. I loved the characters, the settings, the plot. Basically, I just really enjoyed this book. It was fun to feel like a kid again.”



Guests on Earth by Lee Smith

“Move over Pip and Jane Eyre, the amazing Evalina Toussaint is in town! This is a mesmerizing story of Evalina’s march to adulthood and wholeness played out against the backdrop of Highland Hospital in Asheville where Zelda Fitzgerald resides. A fabulous page turner.”




Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

“Willow Chance is a 12 year old genius, and though a bit odd, (she diagnoses medical conditions and is comforted by counting by 7s) she is totally loved by her adoptive parents . . . who, of course, die. But rather than being a depressing story, this well told tale is a funny, profound, real, and wonderful to read. I loved this book and its quirky characters.”




Tenth of December by George Saunders

“George Saunders in crazy. A man working at a medieval re-enactment center goes on a power trip and believes he is a knight. One mom wants to buy a puppy for her children, another mom ties her rambunctious son to a tree. Yet at the end of that story you’re questioning which mother is better to her children. On second thought, George Saunders makes me worry that I’m crazy. These are stories to read with a friend, so that you can both gasp and laugh together.”




In Times of Fading Light by Eugen Ruge (winner of the German Book Prize)

“This is Eugen Ruge’s first novel but it reads like the culmination of a life’s work. The book follows three generations of the Umnitzer family through 50 years of history as they live through the dissolution of the German Democratic Republic. This is a fine-tuned, masterfully written and translated book, whose characters grapple with trials of doubt, nearing death, failure, and love.”



Whatever you do, don’t take our recommendations with a grain of salt.

Eat, sleep, read,

– McIntyre’s Crew