Mikayla's Staff Picks

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The Histories Cover Image
By Herodotus, John M. Marincola (Introduction by), John M. Marincola (Notes by), John M. Marincola (Revised by), Aubrey de Sélincourt (Translated by)
$13.00
ISBN: 9780140449082
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Published: Penguin Classics - April 29th, 2003

Yes, I know it is literally ancient history.  But when it’s got badass warrior queens, outlandishly clever thieves, awesome naval battles, super cool mummies, and prophecies about mighty kings, who cares if its ancient history?  Side note: the reader may want to venture into the notes section, which can get quite cheeky!


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Prosper's Demon Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781250260512
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Published: Tor.com - January 28th, 2020

Nasty, brutish, and short, in the best way possible.  This is not your grandpa’s exorcist.  There are snarky demons, infernal plots, a philosopher king, and a 1,000-foot-tall bronze horse. That Parker was able to distill this massive world into a devilishly potent 100 pages is a small literary miracle.


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Metamorphica: Fiction Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250215000
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Published: Picador - July 9th, 2019

To say that these are “retellings” of Ovid’s Metamorphosis is to do them a disservice.  Mason takes the tiny jewel at the center of each story and refracts its light into something entirely new and wholly beautiful.  He captures the mythic past almost as well as Homer, and reminds the reader just why we continue to tell ourselves these stories again and again.


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Heartstopper: Volume 1 Cover Image
By Alice Oseman, Alice Oseman (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781338617436
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Published: Graphix - May 5th, 2020

If you ever want to inject pure, uncut joy straight into your heart, this is the best way.  This series is gentle, thoughtful, and kind in a way that makes you melt like ice cream.  The simple, expressive art perfectly captures adolescent angst, friendship, and the complications of first love.


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Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening Cover Image
By Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda (Artist)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781632157096
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Published: Image Comics - July 19th, 2016

While the cool kids were reading Saga, the even cooler kids were reading Monstress.  Carnage has never been so beautiful.  It can be dark, and even disturbing, but Monstress is ultimately about how we meet those forces of darkness, and how we fight them. (And if anything happens to Kippa in volume 5, we fight at dawn!)


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Little Weirds Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316485340
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - November 5th, 2019

Maybe it was just Jenny Slate’s magical voice on the audiobook, but I fell hard for Little Weirds.  It’s not really essays, and not really stories.  It’s more like tiny spoonfuls of creativity and oddity, as nourishing to the soul as a scoop of sweet jam, straight out of the jar.


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Vampires in the Lemon Grove: And Other Stories (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307947475
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Published: Vintage - January 14th, 2014

Russell has a way of dipping her pen into the world beneath our world, and the stories she writes feel truer than the truth.  Reading her stories is like walking through the woods at night, when the lull of crickets makes you wonder what unseen magic nips at your heels.


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Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780385722438
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Published: Anchor - September 17th, 2002

A quiet rebellion against authoritarianism, a clever epistolary novel, a trick of diction, a narrative of a land that doesn’t exist.  Ella Minnow Pea is a lot of things, but above all it’s a true delight.