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Our Five Most Popular Staff Picks!



We love Staff Picks and so do you! We took a look at our sales for the past five years and here are our most popular Staff Picks. We've sold almost 1,200 of these wonderful reads since 2016. These are the books that keep us afloat. Nothing makes us happier than recommending a book to you. Thank you for your support and keep reading!


News of the World by Paulette Jiles

An exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction, that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust. Elsie’s Pick: “One of the best books I have ever read—a Western, a love story. Nostalgic!”







The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

A story of three women, haunted by the past and the secrets they hold. The Women in the Castle is a dramatic yet nuanced portrait of war and its repercussions that explores what it means to survive, love, and, ultimately, to forgive in the wake of unimaginable hardship. Both Elsie and Doug love this book: “It was our book of the year!”







Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

Beautiful Ruins is the story of an almost-love affair that begins on the Italian coast in 1962...and is rekindled in Hollywood fifty years later. Andrea’s Pick: “An Italian resort, and aging Hollywood star, an almost love affair. I laughed a lot and cried a little.”








A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell. Nora’s Pick: “Beautifully written, fully realized tale of a life thrown off course by the Russian revolution.”









A Land Remembered by Patrick Smith

In this best-selling novel, Patrick Smith tells the story of three generations of the MacIveys, a Florida family who battle the hardships of the frontier to rise from a dirt-poor Cracker life to the wealth and standing of real estate tycoons. We all love this book! “It’s the best novel about Florida history ever written. If you love Florida, you’ll love this book.”



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