Tegan's Picks

 “Eclectic” might be the best one-word description for Tegan’s picks. From layered literary fiction to super-geeky sci fi and US history, her tastes run the gamut. As our buyer for teens and kids, Tegan has a particular fondness for those genres. Below are her recommendations, split by age group. 

Teen Recommendations 

Middle Reader Recomendations

Children's Book Recomendations

Adult Recommendations

The History of Bees Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501161377
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Published: Touchstone Books - August 22nd, 2017

This daring and dazzling international bestseller is told from the points of view of characters from three countries and three times. Themes of connection, ambition, sacrifice, the environment, and yes, bees tie them together in a quietly suspenseful novel. The translation from Norweigan is seamless, providing powerful, clean writing for a complex story. It would be great for book club discussion. 

Crazy Rich Asians Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345803788
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Published: Anchor Books - May 20th, 2014

What a treat to have not just one fun book, but a whole trilogy to dive into this summer! I am so happy that I finally got around to reading the first of this sassy, compulsive series set in modern Singapore. The “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” elements combine with skewering social commentary and some sweet romances and friendships to make these perfect beach, plane, or just good-ol’-diversion reads. Book two is China Rich Girlfriend, and then Rich People Problems.

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ISBN: 9781501144417
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 7th, 2017

I loved this geeky, nostalgic book set in 1987 in “the Armpit of New Jersey.” The narrator, a 14-year-old named Billy, has two great friends, Alf and Clark, who may not be the greatest influences. The three are determined to get their hands on a copy of the Vanna White Playboy, and they’re willing to go to ridiculous lengths. The plot becomes a mash-up of Goonies-esque determination and the most awkward Dangerous Liasons ever as Billy is chosen to woo a shop-owner’s daughter to get the boys access to a rooftop… Humor,  honesty, and some darn fun early computer game coding made this a fast, fun read that scratched my Ready Player One itch.

All Our Wrong Todays Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101985137
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Published: Dutton Books - February 7th, 2017

I adored the cleverness and heart of this dazzling time travel novel. Imagine a mash-up of Gary Shteyngart and "The Jetsons," with the high tech/ high emotional intelligence storytelling from Ready Player One

The Other Einstein Cover Image
ISBN: 9781492637257
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - October 18th, 2016

This richly-imagined, thought-provoking novel is well-researched and extremely readable. Mitza is a strong and compelling character, and readers will connect to her all-too-universal struggles balancing life and love, career and motherhood, ideals and demands. I can't wait to give this to Nancy Horan fans and folks who've pondered the book "Lean In!"

The Three-Year Swim Club: The Untold Story of Maui's Sugar Ditch Kids and Their Quest for Olympic Glory Cover Image
ISBN: 9781455523450
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - June 21st, 2016

*Holiday 2015 Recommendations*

The true story of a group of Japanese-American swimmers from the sugar plantations of Maui who trained for the Olympics in the 1930s is eye-opening, uplifting, heart-bursting history, like The Boys in the Boat.

Undermajordomo Minor Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062281227
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Published: Ecco Press - June 21st, 2016

*Holiday 2015 Recommendations*

Quirky, unique, and wildly imaginative, this will appeal to the reader with an appreciation for the eclectic. If Sisters Brothers was twist on a Western, this is DeWitt’s black comedy fairy tale, complete with a castle, love, murder, and deception.

Mycroft Holmes Cover Image
ISBN: 9781783291540
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Published: Titan Books (UK) - June 7th, 2016

*Holiday 2015 Recommendations*

Sherlock has Watson, and Mycroft has Douglas, a trusty friend from Trinidad. Mystery, atmosphere, and adventure to satisfy Sherlockian cravings, plus fascinating looks at race and colonialism.

Theo Chocolate: Recipes & Sweet Secrets from Seattle's Favorite Chocolate Maker Cover Image
ISBN: 9781570619977
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Published: Sasquatch Books - September 22nd, 2015

*Holiday 2015 Recommendations*

Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate-- and not just for dessert. This cookbook is beautiful and delicious, from the chocolate makers in Fremont.

Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks Cover Image
ISBN: 9781439167182
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Published: Scribner Book Company - April 17th, 2012

Part memoir, part history, part sociological exploration of maps and the people who love them, this is wonderfully entertaining! Maps make Ken Jennings happy, and he perfectly shares the joy.

Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802145314
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Published: Grove Press - May 10th, 2011

This is the kind of novel that takes my breath away and makes me put everything on hold. Marlantes writes with rugged, evocative prose to unflinchingly explore the politics, racism, gore, fear, isolation, and brotherhood of war.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and Other Concerns) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307886279
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Published: Three Rivers Press (CA) - September 18th, 2012

As light and delightful as you'd hope! Kaling, an actress and screenwriter from "The Office" and "The Mindy Project," mixes personal stories with surpisingly good advice.

Reading this is like getting ice cream with that girlfriend who always makes you feel better.

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ISBN: 9780307887443
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Published: Broadway Books - June 5th, 2012

This novel is pure fun-- kind of a sci-fi book version of “The Goonies” filled with video games and 80s nostalgia. It’s an AWESOME, geeky, exciting rush. Embrace your inner nerd and love this!

Stone's Fall Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385522854
Availability: Backordered
Published: Spiegel & Grau - June 1st, 2010

Dazzling, complex, and delightful! I guess I’ve come to expect that from Pears (Instance of the Fingerpost). Londoner John Stone dies in suspicious circumstances in 1909, and the mysteries surrounding him get more intriguing the deeper you delve into this layered novel. Passion and high finance combine in a deadly dance in this fascinating look at the British Empire before World War I.

The House at the End of Hope Street Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143124948
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Published: Penguin Books - March 25th, 2014

Pure bliss! It's a bookish combination of "Amelie" and "Fried Green Tomatoes," all set in a magical house in Cambridge, England. Quirky, charming, and delightful!


[Some dark things happened in the past, but this book is all about healing. If you have any triggers of things that bring you down, let us know-- we'll tell you if you'll be safe with this for pure enjoyment!] 

Shell Games: A True Story of Cops, Con Men, and the Smuggling of America's Strangest Wildlife Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061537141
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 12th, 2011

Exciting and fascinating true stories of animal smuggling (geoducks, dungeness crabs, and much more!) and the agents who protect our environment. 

Strange but true-- and local to boot!