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Staff Picks

Staff picks


An independent bookstore is only as good as it's booksellers, and we think we have some of the best around! Our customers rely on the diverse recommendations from our varied staff, and we are thrilled to be able to share some of those here on our Staff Picks pages! Click through on the booksellers' names to see their most recent picks. (These pages are still under construction so please bear with us!) And, the link at the bottom of the page is a list of favorites over our 25+ years! 

Judy As readers we are all drawn to different aspects of a novel…one may be more drawn to a gripping plot line while another may gravitate toward really great writing and while both of these are very important to me it is the character development and the relationships between the characters that truly draw me in…characters you miss and can’t wait to get back to as you go through your day. That is what I hope to find in every new book I open.

Pat I am one of the lucky people who likes to go to work.  Being surrounded by books and book people makes me happy.  My reading diet leans toward literary fiction and I have a particular fondness for well developed characters and beautiful writing.  I dip into non-fiction sometimes too.  I'll read anything by Erik Larson and Candice Millard, and I have an appetite for biography and memoirs especially with a food theme.  I also enjoy travel writing - even though I'm not going anywhere soon.

Nancy After he donated his library to help create the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson bemoaned "I cannot live without books" and began anew to acquire volumes. I share that sentiment; working at Island Books feeds my passion. Smart people come in and we talk about books: what else would an old English major need?  And the best part is every weeknew books arrive! A few of my life-long favorites: Thomas Pynchon, William Faulkner, Kate Atkinson, David Mitchell, Graham Swift. Of course, there are new favorites to discover with every new book. So many books, so little time...

Sally My reading preferences vary from literary fiction and memoir to non-fiction about current issues running the gamut from education and sports to business and technology and more. Some of my favorite books over the years have included The Boxcar ChildrenTales of the CityTime & AgainTruth and BeautyCrossing to Safety, and Quiet.

Kathleen I was fortunate to be in the right place at the right time. Two months after I retired from teaching, Judy asked me to think about part time work at Island Books. I could not believe my good luck, a  legitimate reason to indulge my love of reading, quilt free. My reading tastes are rather ecelctic, slightly more fiction than non-fiction but a good mix. Lately World War II seems to be a theme, ordinary people doing extraordinary things on a daily basis. I am presently on a quest to read more books that make me laugh out loud.

Geri As long as I can remember, I have always loved books and reading.  I began with Bobsey Twins, Nancy Drew, Beverly Cleary and then onto teenage " girl stories".  In high school, I was lucky enough to be hired at the public library in my small New Jersey town.   I think they felt that they might as well hire me as I was always there anyway and knew the library well!    After two previous careers, I have my dream retirement job - at Island Books!   Surrounded by books and people who love books is where I love to be.  


The link below is a list of favorites over our 25+ years!