Adam's Picks

Perhaps it all started when his parents took him at the ripe young age of three to the library. Adam could be found curled up on the floor with Tintin’s latest adventure. Not much has changed since then. Adam has studied literature for more than twelve years, both at home and abroad, specializing in medieval literature and the work of Chaucer. When not reading works from his favorite authors David Sedaris, David Levithan and Dave Eggers, (all named David, oddly enough) Adam enjoys poetry, political nonfiction and travel writing. When Adam cannot be found near a book, he may be teaching a lesson at Champlain Valley Union High School or perfecting his forehand on the Ultimate Frisbee field. Adam lives in Essex Junction with his partner Jen and their Hobbit-inspired feline companion Pippin.

Ghostly, edited by Audrey Niffenegger

Reviewed by: 
Adam
Staff Pick Badge
Ghostly: A Collection of Ghost Stories By Audrey Niffenegger Cover Image
$28.00
Email or call for price.
ISBN: 9781501111198
Published: Scribner - October 6th, 2015

What happens when the author of The Time Traveler's Wife acts as editor for some of the best ghost stories ever written? Find out in Ghostly, edited by Audrey Niffenegger. Notable spooky contributors include Neil Gaiman, Edger Allen Poe and many more Gothic and modern authors. Perfect for binge reading four or five tales all at once or reading one at a time. Niffenegger's illustrations help set the mood for each tale.


The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage, by Sydney Padua

Reviewed by: 
Adam
Staff Pick Badge
The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer (Pantheon Graphic Library) By Sydney Padua Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780307908278
Availability: Not in stock. At Our Partner Warehouse: Usually Ships in 4-7 Days
Published: Pantheon - April 21st, 2015

Wait for it: it's a fantastically illustrated, (mostly) accurate, historical graphic novel telling the story of the first computer that's laugh out loud funny. Must. Read.


Supermutant Magic Academy, by Jillian Tamaki

Reviewed by: 
Adam
Staff Pick Badge
SuperMutant Magic Academy By Jillian Tamaki Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781770461987
Availability: Not in stock. At Our Partner Warehouse: Usually Ships in 4-7 Days
Published: Drawn and Quarterly - April 28th, 2015

What's worse than being a supermutant at school? Being a TEEN supermutant at school. Laugh out loud comics that are smart, witty and filled with irony. Perfect for Hyperbole and a Half fans.


Coffee Gives Me Superpowers, by Ryoko Iwata

Reviewed by: 
Adam
Staff Pick Badge
Coffee Gives Me Superpowers: An Illustrated Book about the Most Awesome Beverage on Earth By Ryoko Iwata Cover Image
$12.99
Email or call for price.
ISBN: 9781449460839
Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - April 7th, 2015

Infographics + coffee = hilarious hyperknowledge of all things java. Wonderfully illustrated, quick with facts, wit and brimming (pun mostly intended) with reasons coffee gives us superpowers. --Adam


The Martian, by Andy Weir

Reviewed by: 
Adam
Staff Pick Badge
The Martian: A Novel By Andy Weir Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780553418026
Availability: Click Title to See Location Inventory
Published: Ballantine Books - October 28th, 2014

Andy Weir's debut novel is a story of survival, isolation and adventure. Set in the not-so-distant future, astronaut Mark Watney finds himself stranded on the surface of Mars with no way to contact Earth or let NASA know he's still alive. What follows is a thrilling tale of adventure and science fiction that is perfect for Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke or Into Thin Air readers.
--Adam


Tuesday Tucks Me In: The Loyal Bond Between a Soldier and His Service Dog

Reviewed by: 
Adam
Staff Pick Badge
Tuesday Tucks Me In: The Loyal Bond between a Soldier and His Service Dog By Luis Carlos Montalván, Bret Witter, Dan Dion (Photographs by) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781596438910
Availability: Not in stock. At Our Partner Warehouse: Usually Ships in 4-7 Days
Published: Roaring Brook Press - May 27th, 2014

Tuesday Tucks Me In is the story of returned war veteran, Luis Carlos Montalvan, and his service dog, Tuesday, going about their business on a typical day together. Page after page is filled with different ways Luis relies on Tuesday. While waiting for the subway, Tuesday stands vigilant guard for Luis who is reluctant to stand among the waiting crowd of people. Each page is touching and endearing.

A wonderful book for military service families, animal lovers, and those struggling with PTSD/anxiety.


Pages