February Favorites

 

Chris's Picks

Chris Eaton has been in the book industry for nearly thirty years. He is usually to be found in the history section, perfecting our selection, or in the back, as our inventory manager.

IF I DIE IN A COMBAT ZONE BY TIM O'BRIEN

From the author of Going After Cacciato and The Things They Carried comes an intensely personal account of author Tim O'Brien's year as a foot soldier in Vietnam. O'Brien takes readers behind the lines of combat to explore the confusion and ambiguity of masculinity and morality in war. Touching, painful, and beautifully written, If I Die in a Combat Zone is exemplary in its genre.

SHANNON'S PICKS

Shannon Dominy is a writer and book lover from Warner Robins, Ga. She graduated from UGA in 2016 with a bachelors in Journalism and English with an emphasis in creative writing. She’s a lover of tea, a novelist, a crocheter of cuddly things, a potter, a dog mom, and a wife, in no particular order. She reads mostly young adult and fantasy books, but is broadening her horizons through Normal Books book clubs and events.

THE BELLRINGER BY WILLIAM TIMOTHY MURRARY

A fantastic story of legend and fate, The Bellringer will take you in for a wild ride. 

PLUS Normal Books has a special deal right now where if you buy one of Murrary's books you get his companion book "The Fall of the Faere and Other Stories" for free! (I won't lie, that's why I read this one now, but it's been on my to be read pile for a while!)

THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL BY SHANNON & DEAN HALE

This book is adorable, quirky, and fun. I'd recommend it for anyone aged 11+. The main character, Doreen, is a 14 year old girl who just moved to New Jersey (which is excitingly close to New York, where the Avengers are!). She just so happens to have a squirrel tale (swishy), proportionate squirrel strength (she's really strong), and a larger-than-average love for nuts.  

When a mysterious "MM" starts wreaking havoc in her new neighborhood (setting up nasty squirrel traps and terrorizing the local dog population), Doreen decides that she needs to let her tail out and see what she can do about it. 

This is an honestly delightful romp that has made me laugh out loud at several points. Pick it up for the young reader in your life (or for yourself, it's great!).

 
Mary Eaton