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Staff Picks

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Carol Tomlin

Co-Owner
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Becoming Michelle Obama
Becoming Michelle Obama

I guess if you don’t like Michelle Obama you will not like this book
I thought she was a fabulous role model, and not just for African Americans but for all women.

Becoming Mrs Lewis
Becoming Mrs. Lewis

I learned so much about Joy Davidman C.S. Lewis’s his wife. I had no previous knowledge of Joy but found her very interesting

Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton

Who doesn’t love Dolly! I wanted children to learn about her too.

Hey Grandude
Hey Grandude!

If you are a baby boomer then you were probably a Beatles fan! You are also probably a grandparent or know someone who is! This is just a great children’s book for grandparents and their grandchildren.

The Orphan Mother
The Orphan Mother

Of course, I read Robert Hicks, Widow of the South. I found his third book, The Orphan Mother to be my favorite! I loved his character development of Moriah, Carrie McGavock’s slave.

Where The Crawdads Sing
Where the Crawdads Sing

I loved Delia Owens description of the Marsh. I felt transported to a place I had never been before. I also enjoyed the suspenseful ending.

Jennifer Deits

Jennifer Deits

Sales Associate

I taught Middle School and High School English for twenty years.  I have two children in their 20’s and my dream is to section hike the Appalachian trail, the Camino de Santiago and to travel to as many National Parks as I can.

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All The Light We Cannot See
All the Light We Cannot See

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2015 it is set during WWII when the paths of a blind French girl and a German boys paths meet in a fight for survival.

Nightingale
Nightingale

Also set during WWII, this New York Times Bestseller, is the tale of two sisters who take very different paths to survive the German occupation in France. One sister becomes part of the French Resistance. I loved the strong female characters in this novel and the courage they display.

Into The Wild
Into the Wild

Jon Krakauer is one of my favorite authors. The biographical book is about a young man just out of college who just walks away from his life and goes on a grand adventure that takes him all over the U.S. Once he decides to live off the land in Alaska without much preparation and not a lot of common sense he runs into a multitude of challenges. It is a fascinating tale and read.

Ragamuffin Gospel
Ragamuffin Gospel

I don’t read a lot of the newest Christian literature however; this is a book I buy for friends and give away. His view of God’s grace changed my life. His views on the modern-day church are spot on.

The Alice Network
The Alice Network

Great historical fiction about a group of female spies during WWII. If you like Nightingale you will love this also.

Ashley Adcox

Sales Associate
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Breathing Under Water
Breathing Under Water by Richard Rohr

I’ve lost count of the number of copies I’ve bought and handed out as gifts to friends. Reading this book for the first time was like discovering I’d been breathing through a straw my entire life, and finally understanding I was meant to breathe so much deeper. An absolute game-changer of a book!

Redwoods And Whales
Redwoods and Whales by Phil Joel

Newsboys bassist Phil Joel writes about how our flawed view/perception of God can negatively impact our reaction to Him and the choices we make, creating a cycle that can be difficult to break out of. Redwoods and Whales is full of funny stories, helpful metaphors, and practical tips. The book is geared toward students, but it’s a great read and encouraging reminder for everyone!

Its A Book
It's A Book by Lane Smith

Such a fun book!

Nothing To See Here
Nothing To See Here by Kevin Wilson

This was a book that took a while for me to enjoy, but it ended up being one of my favorite books of 2019! In an interview Kevin Wilson talked about how we often assume strong people are strong for weak people…but in reality it’s often weak people who are forced to be strong for weaker people. That idea is beautifully woven throughout this books!

Brave New World
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

I once heard someone say that Orwell’s 1984 describes a nightmare scenario forced upon people by the government, while Huxley’s Brave New World tells the tale of people bringing the nightmare upon themselves. Brave New World is a fascinating exploration of free will, desire, and individualism.

Portrait Erik Rostad

Erik Rostad

Webmaster

I run a reading project called Books of Titans. Each year, I read 52 books and then write and podcast about each one. So far, I’ve read 150+ books for the project and here are a few of my favorites.

Man's Search For Meaning
Man's Search for Meaning

Some of the best books are those forged through the worst suffering. Viktor E. Frankl endured the horror of the holocaust and describes the triumph of the human spirit in the midst of hell.

Coddling Of The American Mind
The Coddling of the American Mind

This is an important book for our times. The Coddling of the American Mind covers three “Great Untruths” or cognitive distortions people (especially young people) are being taught and the ramifications for those beliefs. The authors then show how these untruths are leading to what we’re seeing on campuses across the USA, where these ideas came from, and how they can be reversed.

Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

This is an astonishing look at slavery in the United States and not just what it did to the slave, but what it did to the slaveowner.

The Right Stuff
The Right Stuff

Oh boy was this fun. The Right Stuff covers the story of the “Mercury Seven,” the first 7 U.S. astronauts to go into space. Tom Wolfe masterfully pulled it all together highlighting the lives of these 7 men, the political battle and ramifications for the “space race” between the USA and Russia, the reality on the ground compared to how the press presented it, and how these men came to be viewed as protectors of the American people, single combat warriors in the vein of David vs. Goliath.

Monk Of Mokha
The Monk of Mokha

This book was a delightful surprise. It’s a true coming of age story about Mokhtar Alkanshali, a Yemeni-American who in the mid-2010s, traces his country and family coffee heritage back to its roots and decides he’s going to revitalize the Yemeni specialty coffee export business. The only problem is that Yemen is in the midst of being overrun by Al Qaeda, Houthi rebels, and a Saudi-led coalition of bombers.

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