Alibris Staff Picks

Book of the Month chosen by Aaron

Aaron, Director, IS&T

He makes the place to be.

Aaron is our head of
Information Systems and Technology. He loves to ski, cook, and BBQ (yes, they're different), and is building a brick pizza oven in his backyard this summer.

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  • On Such a Full Sea

    Beryl, Director of Ecommerce

    She keeps the marketing trains running on time.

    On Such a Full Sea by Chang-Rae Lee

    • Who: Fan, a diver in the worker colony, and Reg, the man she loves.
    • What: In a future America, Fan lives and works in B-mor, a worker colony that is ruled by the Charter caste. When Reg goes missing she gives up being obedient and contained and risks her life to find him in the outlying spaces where the outcasts live.
    • Where: B-mor, a dystopic colony long ago known as Baltimore.
    • When: An unidentified time in the future.
    • Why: I heard about this new book on NPR and thought it sounded really interesting. This is for fans of dystopic literary fiction and the world the author imagines here is full, vast and deeply imaginative. It's part thriller, part romantic journey but mostly it's a tale of how we can salvage our humanity in times of chaos.

  • Isa Does it

    Andrew, Email Production Manager

    He keeps everyone in the loop.

    Isa Does it by Isa Chandra Moskowitz

    • Who: This is the seventh cookbook by Isa Moskowitz.
    • What: This lushly designed, heavy-weight display piece is constructed with thick paper and heavy binding, and was printed in full bleed with eye-grabbing color photography. Isa Does It looks as good on your bookshelf as it does on your kitchen counter.
    • When: Your kitchen, the grocery store, and a farmer's market or two.
    • Where: Cambridge Falls
    • Why: Containing over 150 easy-to-make, supermarket-friendly recipes, this cookbook has something for everyone — and Isa's friendly tone makes great vegetarian and vegan cooking accessible to everyone, from the nouveau chef to your seventy-year-old grandma.

  • The Emerald Atlas

    Heather, Director of Client Services

    She makes sure everyone is happy with the Alibris experience.

    The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens

    • Who: Three resourceful orphans, Kate, Michael and Emma
    • What: While exploring their new orphanage, three siblings find a magic book that sends them back in time to right the wrongs of an evil witch.
    • When: Present day to 15 years ago
    • Where: Cambridge Falls
    • Why: I read this awesome novel to my kids, and it quickly became a family favorite! These heroic orphans are amazingly clever, courageous and funny, and their love for each other and their missing parents (along with a bit of magic here and there) helps them save an entire community and quite possibly the world.

  • Hit Man

    Steve, Inside Sales

    Are you interested in being a seller? If so talk to Steve!

    Hit Man by Lawrence Block

    • Who: Keller
    • What: Hit Man
    • Where: New York City
    • When: 1998
    • Why: I am a big fan of books that have action, where the plot moves quickly, and I don't find myself bored. This series fits the bill. This is the first of a series of five novels so the fun is just beginning. The protagonist is the hit man!

  • Brain on Fire

    Zoe, Content Manager

    If you're reading it, she wrote it.

    Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan

    • Who: A memoir about Susannah Cahalan, an ambitious journalist for the NY Post
    • What: An emotional journey that chronicles the mysterious illness that began her descent into madness.
    • Where: New York City
    • When: 2012
    • Why: I love engaging memoirs and this is a book that makes real life just as scary and thrilling as fiction. Susannah details her strange story of a psychotic breakdown and the process of trying to diagnose a disease that is unchartered territory. Ultimately satisfying, it's a book for anyone that enjoys a highly personal, honest, but also educational story.

  • Easy Riders, Raging Bulls

    Dan, Front-end Developer

    He has an eye for design.

    Easy Riders, Raging Bulls by Peter Biskind

    • Who: A fascinating document about the changes in American cinema and Hollywood culture during the 1970s.
    • What: A deep dive into the personalities, the business, and the chaos behind many of the classic films of the 70s. Serious dirt is dug on Scorsese, Spielberg, Altman, Polanski, Coppola, and many other directors, writers, and actors.
    • Where: USA, Hollywood
    • When: 1970s-1980s
    • Why: I studied history and love the 70s period in film and music. The amount of creative thought and progression during this era is amazing and never-ending. This book taps into how such amazing art emerged and reminds us how far reaching this era was, before technology forever changed what is allowed to be produced.

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