Staff Picks

Looking for a recommendation? Here's what the lala staff is loving right now!

Staff Pick Badge
Behind You Is the Sea: A Novel By Susan Muaddi Darraj Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780063324237
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperVia - January 16th, 2024

I could not put this down. Each chapter felt like a story on its own, but the threads between them are strong. When "behind you is the sea" you have little choice but to go forward and deal with whatever is ahead.This is for readers who want to books that help them better see the world as it is

- Laura


Masters of Death: A Novel By Olivie Blake Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250892461
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Tor Books - August 8th, 2023

Staff Pick Badge
Burning Roses By S. L. Huang Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250879202
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tordotcom - January 24th, 2023

Staff Pick Badge
Are Prisons Obsolete? (Open Media Series) By Angela Y. Davis Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781583225813
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Seven Stories Press - August 5th, 2003

What if society actually wouldn't collapse if things were different?

- Mirielis


A City Inside: Hardcover Edition By Tillie Walden Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781910395417
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Avery Hill Publishing - October 15th, 2018

Staff Pick Badge
The Marvellers (The Conjureverse #1) By Dhonielle Clayton, Khadijah Khatib (Illustrator) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781250878847
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Square Fish - August 29th, 2023

Another great addition to the growing series that will help kids move on from the Harry Potter. The Marvellers centers on an outcast girl from New Orleans essentially invited in to the school as a part of the integration strategy. The subtle and not so subtle discrimination is an important part of the story, but the main theme is building community/friendship and discovering your power. Ella and her friends Brigit and Jason, work together to solve a mystery and in the process help those around them see "outcasts" as valuable additions to the community. This is a great series to give kids positive, girl-forward school of magic titles with more diverse characters.

- Laura


Staff Pick Badge
Carmilla By Carmen Maria Machado (Editor), Joseph Sheridan Lefanu Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781941360385
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Lanternfish Press - November 26th, 2019

This is not even a book but a movie with words.


How the World Thinks: A Global History of Philosophy By Julian Baggini Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781783782307
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Granta Books - October 8th, 2019

A fascinating look at philosophy outside of the Western world and how it has shaped and moulded cultures and societies for centuries. This book is motivating me to poke and prove at ideas and perceptions I've always lived with, and allowing me to expand my purview of my world and the wider one.

- Thea