Strand Staff Picks

New picks every Friday!
  1. Autobiography of Read: A Novel in Verse By Ann Carson
    This verse novel by Ann Carson tackles the concepts of family, identity, sexuality, and more. Combining allusions to Greek mythology, rhapsodic language that rolls endlessly around in your brain post-read, fascinating geological settings, and the details of a burgeoning homosexual romance, the novel perfectly encapsulates the torments of a Bildungsroman while giving the reader a glimpse of the regular life of Geryon, a red boy with wings. --Janna http://buff.ly/2paQlb2
  2. Red Rising by Pierce Brown
    Humanity has banned together to escape a dying world. In a society where every person born has a role, Gold rules while every other color bows down. For 700 years Darrow and his people, the lowly Reds have dug. To all others, they are as insignificant as an ant. Beat down. Shamed. Reds unite to fight on equal grounds and rise. --Luis http://buff.ly/2oKcmRQ
  3. Culture As Weapon by Nato Thompson
    Thompson manages to construct an intricate but accessible examination of the ways we make and are made by culture. Timely reading for the post-truth era. -- Andreas http://buff.ly/2oKpkPj
  4. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft
    Equal parts dazzling and terrifying, At the Mountains of Madness is the story of a doomed expedition to the arctic where revelations about the origin of life on earth turn from wonder to horror. Lovecraft hits the mark with this story reaching that transcendental quality of truly awesome terror that only the master can convey. -Michael http://buff.ly/2oKj36r
  5. Haley Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
    Tiny Beautiful Things is my bible. It's gotten me through every difficult time in the last 5 or 6 years. I highly recommend it for anyone struggling. We need Sugar's voice especially now. -- Haley, main floor http://buff.ly/2nmHuGM
  6. Freedom Is a Constant Struggle by Angela Y. Davis
    "She shows how African American and Palestinian communities can create a solidarity movement by learning from each other. This is a must read book of 2017." -Ayan http://buff.ly/2lKgYF2
  7. Journals by Keith Haring
    Taking place in 1980s downtown New York, follow Haring as his life and most inner thoughts are presented intimately in his heartbreaking, raw, and honest journals. -Becca http://buff.ly/2l4Jg9b
  8. How To Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran
    Moran, through bawdy wit and wild emotion, boldly draws a young woman navigating the different facets of her identity, it's intersection with art and politics, and what it means to become yourself." -Kyle http://buff.ly/2l4Dc0s
  9. Bobcat and Other Stories by Rebecca Lee
    Each story in Bobcat is both a long poem and a mini-novel. I reread it for comfort and to marvel at what language can do when Rebecca Lee is in charge. It is pure beauty; there is nothing else like it. -- Olivia L. http://buff.ly/2jxMMf3