Staff Book Recommendations

Eagle Harbor Book Co. Staff Favorites 2018!

Your local booksellers have a lot of strong opinions about books they read. As each year opens, we ask them to name their three favorites from the previous one. Click here to view the books online or in our Staff Favorites display at the store!

2018 Holiday Gift Guide

If you're not sure what to get for the young reader(s) in your life, take a look at our staff picks in the 2018 Holiday Gift Guide!

 

Staff Recommendations

Eagle Harbor booksellers are a diverse lot! Check out our current 2017 staff picks and see whose recommendations work for you. You can also click to view prior annual staff picks below!

Alison

Alison has been at Eagle Harbor Books since 2000. She is the head buyer for our Children,Young Adult and Gift sections. In her spare time, Alison likes to read, work on jigsaw puzzles, bake with her daughters - and play in the dirt, sometimes with her grandsons.

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Andrew

Andrew's reputation should have preceded him. He enjoys cooking, long walks on the beach, and puppies.

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Ann

Ann came to the Island shortly after Cpt. Vancouver made his brief stop at Restoration Point and has lived here off and on ever since. A former member of the Library Cart Precision Formation marching in the Fourth of July parade, she’s also donned skin-colored long underwear and ridden a horse in the Scotch broom parade - as Lady Godiva! Nineteen years ago, she joined the crew at the bookstore and ever since has been shelving books, looking up titles, making up limericks (some of which have been suitable for all ages) and recommending reads. She’s our resident polymath, unless operating something involving electricity when her inner Luddite flares to the surface.

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Caitlin

Recently escaped from Azkaban, this Browncoat enjoys beers, books and bumming through local areas playing at tourist.  Her reading interests are constantly at war, from trenchant historical and science works to the bewitching allure of YA fantasy and science fiction.

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Dave

Dave and his wife Jane own the bookstore. Unlike everyone else there, he knows nothing about the business - but from constantly asking questions, he’s trying to learn. The staff very much hopes he’ll succeed before he starts coming up with ideas he’d like them to implement. A trial lawyer in his prior life and now a part-time human rights lawyer focusing on Africa, he’s looking at the ways in which the bookstore can be a forum for critical issues. Examples include increasing diversity on the island, confronting xenophobia, racism, and considering the distinction between freedom of speech and hate speech.

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Jane

For nearly 10 years before she owned the bookstore with her husband Dave, she’s been a bookseller here. Her previous gigs included serving as the Events Manager, management committee member, and becoming a journeyman book buyer. At least, almost one. She focuses on our body, mind, soul and religions collections. She’s been involved in hosting events, and becoming pals with all of the weird and wonderful people who make this community great. She loves nothing more than to be astonished by the latest brilliant novel. But buyer beware, stop her from telling you a book’s ending that you’re thinking about buying since she has somewhat of a problem controlling her blood/sugar balance when she gets excited about the book in question. That said, it’s nothing compared to her passion for all things relating to baseball.

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Jenna

Jenna joins us as our new Albus Dumbledore, who will do for us what Hogwarts' principal did for Harry Potter and his pals. She comes to our rock from Florida, of all places, which at least has giant mouse ears, princesses' castles and a magical park that opens its doors to muggles and turns them into wizards. Even though she's developing a Wizarding World museum at home, she actually reads adult books. And in 2020, she plans on voting for the presidential candidate who both gets the majority of the votes and actually becomes the President.

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John

An Island Treasure and award-winning poet, John also runs our Poetry Section. He takes our various staff recommendations and polishes them till they shine. Ever since he was hired in 1991, he’s been championing the works of his favorite poets (Sharon Olds, Wislawa Szymborska, Ted Kooser, Theodore Roethke, Gary Snyder) and assorted authors (Cormac McCarthy, Kate Atkinson, Ian McEwan, Ruth Ozeki, etc.). He also has led a poetry workshop on the island since 1992. Otherwise, he cooks, hikes and makes sure all of us newcomers don’t unduly mess with the bookstore’s storied traditions and its culture.z

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Kathie

Kathie's formative years were as a school secretary and library assistant, making her transition to nearly any of the various jobs in the bookstore a natural fit; Book Group Coordinator, Sideline assistant and a helping hand in the world of displays. She likes reading historical fiction and if you see her in the children’s section most likely she will remind you how wonderful Stuart Little is and how to this day she can remember reading Island of the Blue Dolphins on the floor of her public library. Funny she should end up living on an island herself.

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Kiyo

That Kiyo was born in Okinawa and raised in New Jersey are not likely the reason he’s a mythology, science fiction, fantasy, classic manga and comics aficionado. Painting, drawing, behavioral economics, gaming, philosophy, pop culture, psychology, science, and technology equally light him up, suggesting he’s either a polymath--or just confused. It may be interesting to know he’s been a graphic designer, PC support manager, software consultant, and software product manager. Yet if you seek to plumb the inner Kiyo, you need to know his two favorite D&D classes are Bards and Monks.

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Rodie

Rodie landed on the island long before nearly all of us. She earned her bookseller chops at the wonderful Madison Park Books before she joined us. Our maven of high end literature, she spends an equal amount of time combing the racks for odd titles. You might be wise to resist her efforts to sell you “How to Sit,” but not so wise if you otherwise spurn her recommendations.

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Susan

Not every bookstore employs a graduate of the Bondurant School of High Performance Driving. Her retired librarian chops, though, may be more what you’re looking for as you seek refuge from Winslow Way. She’s also the pit crew boss of our Mystery Book and Readers’ Circle Book groups, coordinates our consignment program and will send you towards a pulse-pounding thriller if you let her.

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Tim

Since he’s our Manager, Tim is fond of trying to herd cats. He denies that’s why he left Omaha, spent years wandering around the west, first studying astrophysics and then more squarely focusing on history, gender theory and writing. He’s been in the book business for years, first at Borders and now at Eagle Harbor Books. Tim is also our head adult book buyer. In his non-existent spare time, he walks the land, cooks, fusses too much with music, and designs new cities. Yes, designs new cities. In addition to history, he focuses on current affairs and politics, although he’s keen to get carried away in discussions about all things science and tech.

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Victoria

Her patch of turf at the bookstore is directly off the front desk so Victoria can hover, hover, hover over everything that’s happening; liaising with authors in her capacity as our Events Manager, engaging in every in and off-site store activity, and discharging her informal bookstore hostess duties.   She survived Columbia Journalism graduate school and living on the east coast for 30 years nicely, and returned home 8 years ago.  She’s also our e-book and audiobook expert, and is passionate about non-fiction and social justice issues.  Just don’t even try to keep her attention with any of that, however, if she hears anyone in the store mention the word “bird” in a sentence.

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Previous Staff Picks

 

Top 10 Weekly Bestsellers

Click to view the top selling books at Eagle Harbor Book Co.

 

Mystery books 

Susan is our Mystery Book Group coordinator, and has lots great mystery suggestions for all kinds of tastes.

 

What We're Reading Right Now

Our booksellers are always on the hunt for their next great read! For your consideration, here are the books we are currently reading with the caveat that not all will make the cut.

Alison: Ann: Caitlin:
Catherine: Dave: Jane:
Blood and Sand: Suez, Hungary, and Eisenhower's Campaign for Peace
Jenna: John: Kathie:
Miss Burma Cover Image
Kiyo: Rebecca: Rodie:
Susan: Tim: Victoria: