Staff picks that we can't decide who loves them the most!
My son David, Steven, and now I have all tried, repeatedly, to write a staff pick for this book that is worthy, and we have all failed. Allow me just to say that more people have come into the store to thank us for suggesting this book than any other, that when the third book comes out we will definitely have a midnight release party, and if you are in the least bit intrigued, just read the first page. We dare you.
For us, mixed race, queer and straight, this book, this character grabbed us by our angry, feminist selves and defied us to stop reading. Juliet Palante just finished her first year of college, is about to come out to her Bronx Puerto Rican family and get on a plane to intern for the summer with a very white, very feminist, very hippy, very lesbian author. This book takes our preconceived notions of culture, feminism, family, language, place and especially food, and allows us, like Juliet, to consider, reconsider, decide and remain open to changing even that because like Juliet, we keep meeting people who defy categorization… and are we really surprised about that? Not to mention that the writing is just breathtaking.
— Linda & Elisa
Lucy Everhart’s mother was a marine-biologist whose research on great white sharks off the coast of Massachusetts went unfinished when she died suddenly while on the job. Now five years later, twelve-year-old Lucy and her best friend Fred have found her mom’s research proposal which sparks an interest in her mom’s unfinished project. It’s a story of loss, a pure and unfiltered view of grief and healing through the eyes of a young girl. Kate Allen writes with a great amount of respect for the complicated, unforgiving emotion that is grief, and the particular difficulty of a twelve-year-old girl dealing with these feelings. As she uses her mother’s research to cope with and attempt to look beyond her loss, she also brings together an interesting band of helpers, from a kindly, elderly neighbor to some of her mom’s old colleagues. Lucy is warm-hearted, stubborn, sometimes broken, other times stronger than she should have to be, and she’s surrounded by a beautifully supportive community trying to help her battle her grief while battling their own. It’s sweet, full of heart, and definitely tear-inducing—a reminder that all living things are equipped with tools that help us survive, whether we’re fish or human. - Karen & Linda