Holy cats, Gena reads all over the place.  Must be the years of library experience...

These are on Gena's staff picks shelf right now.  Unless someone just bought one.

Don't be put off by the sheer size of this book.  As soon as you read the first page you're drawn into a completely compelling narrative that tells the stories of these important artists.  They are to be celebrated!  Full of world history as well.  Pick it up, put it down, use as a reference - I can't recommend it enough.--Gena

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Walk Through Walls: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101905067
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Published: Three Rivers Press - March 6th, 2018

I haven't felt so alive and inspired by discovering someone since I was introduced to Patti Smith 20 years ago. Amazing is an understatement.  Brave is an understatement.  She is ... Marina Abramovic!  Read this book!--Gena

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Evening in Paradise: More Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374279486
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 6th, 2018

Her stories will never disappoint. She is a singular voice to be discovered.--Gena

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Pasta, Pane, Vino: Deep Travels Through Italy's Food Culture (Roads & Kingdoms Presents) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062655097
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Published: Harper Wave/Anthony Bourdain - June 12th, 2018

What a delight!  I rarely pick up food writing books.  Goulding admittedly is aware of the plethora of books on Italian culture and cuisine, however his approach and writing is fresh, with such depth and respect.  Bonus:  Introduction by the late, great Anthony Bourdain.--Gena

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By Dag Solstad, Tiina Nunnally (Translator)
ISBN: 9780811225960
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - May 29th, 2018

This book is nothing other than astonishing - a description that would horrify the title character.  The comedic timing is understated and genius.  The flow Solstad creates of an ever-anxious, over-analyzing mind and his psychological development as he ages is at once modern and as old as a Russian classic.--Gena

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By Tennessee Williams, Doug Wright (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780811218528
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - October 30th, 2009

St. Louisians have much to be proud of, one of them being able to claim Tennessee Williams as one of their own.  Although he had a very troubled relationship with life here, it formed one of the bravest and extraordinary writers of the 20th century.  Facing his demons, he makes us face our own.  A friend of mine gave me a tattered copy of this book many years ago and it changed me.--Gena

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How to Slay the Buffy Way: Badass Buffy Attitude and Killer Advice Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062895820
Availability: Not in stock at store. Will, in most instances, ship from our warehouse in 1-5 days
Published: Dey Street Books - September 4th, 2018

Buffy kicks butt!  You can too!  Relive some great moments from the series and vamp your approach to life.--Gena

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Winter: A Novel (Seasonal Quartet) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101969953
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Published: Anchor - November 6th, 2018

World War II was a war that no one admitted took a mental toll on the soldiers once they got home.  Time was forcefully rushed into the bright fake doom of the 50s.  What these yahoos currently believe was when America was great.  But the toll was the same as it always is and it affected families and the new generation of kids in way we don’t understand today.  It was an unspoken toll.  This is not a WWII book.  Smith with her magic touch makes a book, not heavy handed but a modern one, that sketches that in.  Modern characters blog about nature, weaving time, ideas, current politics, and linguistics to show how real humans relate.  She is one, if not the best, writers of today.  In my humble opinion.--Gena

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Melmoth: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062856395
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Published: Custom House - October 16th, 2018

--Gena's pick