Top Shelf in July: OLLIE’S ODYSSEY by William Joyce

Ollie thought of every trick he’d ever seen in every battle movie he and Billy had watched and in every book that had been read to them. “Okay!” he commanded. “Our plan is gonna be: do some Robin Hood, and some Use the Force Luke, and some Trojan Horse, and some...Yellow Submarine.” - Ollie’s Odyssey, … Continue reading Top Shelf in July: OLLIE’S ODYSSEY by William Joyce

Top Shelf in May: LAB GIRL by Hope Jahren

This review comes from BookPeople Inventory Manager Jan Day Shaking off the dregs of winter, we’ve finally shed our coats and exposed our naked limbs to the sun, shining more on our upturned faces. Sunshine is never more welcome than in springtime. (We haven’t been crushed by those three-digit heat waves that will inevitably arrive within … Continue reading Top Shelf in May: LAB GIRL by Hope Jahren

Top Shelf in March: INNOCENTS AND OTHERS by Dana Spiotta

While its cover hints at its sensuality, don’t let the flowered sheets mislead you—Innocents and Others is a bold novel of subversive characters and eccentric technologies. Beginning in 1980s L.A., it follows Meadow and Carrie, best friends who grow up to be successful filmmakers (of very different varieties), and one of their sad and seductive … Continue reading Top Shelf in March: INNOCENTS AND OTHERS by Dana Spiotta

Top Shelf in February

This post comes from our bookseller Molly Odintz. I first came to British novelist Howard Jacobson's work through his dystopian novel J, set in a future Britain after a second Holocaust, where the 20th century call to remember the dead has been replaced with enforced societal uncertainty. "What happened, if it happened..."is the catchphrase of the novel, … Continue reading Top Shelf in February

Top Shelf in January: THE RADIANT ROAD by Katherine Catmull

Katherine Catmull is one of our favorite Austin writers. Her first middle grade novel, Summer and Bird, was a huge staff favorite and one of our bestsellers. Consuelo, one of our managers and an early fan of Summer and Bird, described it as, “The story of two sisters each trying to find her own way … Continue reading Top Shelf in January: THE RADIANT ROAD by Katherine Catmull