Thursday, December 15, 2011

A Staff Pick List Meta-List for the Holidays

Searching for a recommendation? We've been compiling staff pick lists, in print and on the blog, for a year and a half now! The lists are all collected in a binder at the store -- feel free to peruse whenever you're in and looking for inspiration.

Here, meanwhile, is a sampling of our lists -- some with gift advice! -- from current and former staff members:

Amy’s Five Children’s Books for Getting into the Spirit of Snow
Amy’s 5 Picks for Father’s Day Gifts
Amy’s 5 Picks for Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gifts
All of Amy's Picks

Claudia's 5 Winter Mysteries
Anatole's Five All-Time Favorite Books about Mice (by Claudia)
Claudia's Happy-Go-Lucky List for April
All of Claudia's Picks

Erica’s Five Seasonal Book & Beverage Pairings
Erica’s 5 Great Novels Under 200 Pages
Erica’s Five Maptastic Reads to Help You Find Your Orientation
All of Erica's Picks

Janet's Five Gift Ideas for December
Janet's Five Ideas for Mothers and Others
Janet’s Five OohOohOoh... Ahhhhh...Ohhhhhh...Books
All of Janet's Picks

Jen's Five Years of Resolve
Jen’s Five Books with Excellent Illustrations
Five Kids’ Books with Quirky Facts that Jen Loves
All of Jen's Picks

Kasey's Top Five Picture Books for Grown-Ups
Five of Kasey's Favorite Poetry Collections
Kasey's Top Five Cookbooks
All of Kasey's Picks

Kate’s Five Books That Changed the Way She Thinks About Society
Kate's 5 Favorite Novels That Take You To Exotic Places
Kate's Top Five Favorite Kids’ Chapter Books with Plucky Heroines
All of Kate's Picks

Five Children's Books That Made Maleka's Heart Burst Wide Open
Maleka's Five Poetry Collections to Sink Your Teeth Into
Five Books That Made Maleka Want to Eat
All of Maleka's Picks

Minter’s Five Recommended Books About Writing
Minter’s Five Writers’ Journals That Illuminate the Writing Process
All of Minter's Picks

Five Books That Taught Mo a Thing or Two about Philadelphia
5 Kids' Books That Mo Likes to Recommend to Adults but that Kids Generally Like Too
5 Cookbooks Mo Thinks Are Pretty Great
All of Mo's Picks

Nif's Five Books to read to Micah (age 5 months)
Nif's List of Six Books That Changed Her Life Over the Last Four Years
Three Garden Books That Nif Refers to Over and Over (Plus Two More She Covets Dearly)
All of Nif's Picks

Sheila’s Picks: On Beyond Heather Has Two Mommies! -- Picture books featuring LGBT themes or family members
Five Jewish-y Books that Sheila Likes a Lot, for Many Ages
Six of Zivia's favorite books of mythology, folk tales, and gods and goddesses
All of Sheila's Picks

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Minter’s Five Recommended Books About Writing

Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande (Penguin, $12.95)

Writing the Memoir by Judith Barrington (Eighth Mountain Press, $14.95)

The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers by John Gardner (Vintage, $14.00)

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott (Anchor Books, $15.00)

The Situation and the Story: The Art of Personal Narrative by Vivian Gornick (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $14.00)

November 2011, Minter Krotzer