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2022 Holiday Reads - Jo's Picks

Recommendations from our Booksellers


Jo's literary picks for the Holidays are a varied mix of memoir, mystery, short stories and science fiction - something for almost everyone.


Liberation Day, George Saunders, short stories, 2022, hardcover, $28.00

"Saunders’ first publication since the Booker Prize winning “Lincoln in the Bardo” grapples with the complexities of our world, veering in and out of dystopia with empathy for his characters." Jo



The “best short-story writer in English” (Time) is back with a masterful collection that explores ideas of power, ethics, and justice and cuts to the very heart of what it means to live in community with our fellow humans.











Shutter, Ramona Emerson, mystery, 2022, hardcover, $28.00

"A fast paced and blood chilling debut, set in the Navajo Nation and Albuquerque. A thriller, intertwined with the Native beliefs that infuse the plot and lift it beyond the crimes." Jo



Did you catch Ramona in conversation with US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo? If not, you can watch our recording here.












The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times. Michelle Obama,

memoir, 2022, hardcover, $32.50

"The subtitle, “Overcoming in Uncertain Times.” sums up the followup to “Becoming.” Powerful stories and considered advice for dealing with pandemics and political turbulence. “When we are able to recognize our own light, we become empowered to use it.” Jo

There may be no tidy solutions or pithy answers to life’s big challenges, but Michelle Obama believes that we can all locate and lean on a set of tools to help us better navigate change and remain steady within flux.






Mountain in the Sea, Ray Naylor, science fiction, 2022, hardcover, $28.00

"The discovery of an octopus species with its own language and culture sets off a global competition to dominate the future. A blazing debut about the nature of consciousness, corporate greed and the treasure and wreckage of humankind’s legacy." Jo



A near-future thriller about the nature of consciousness, Ray Nayler’s The Mountain in the Sea is a dazzling literary debut and a mind-blowing dive into the treasure and wreckage of humankind’s legacy.

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