Holiday Recommendation from Our Staff

Otherworldly Fiction

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Illustrations by Camille Rose Garcia (All Ages)

Camille Rose Garcia’s contemporary illustrations of Lewis Carroll’s classic fantasy tale make a perfect gift for old & new fans of Alice. Garcia’s dark vision is a perfect companion to Carroll’s twisted and complex imaginings. As Garcia puts it: “[Alice] falls down the hole…every character she encounters, they’re not really on her side.” This coming of age isolation is something Garcia captures masterfully, and her new vision of Alice is incredible. -Candra

 

Going Bovine by Libba Bray (Teen)

Cameron Smith is a chronic underachiever. He lives in a sleepy Texas town, eking out an even sleepier existence. But after Cam learns of his inexplicable contraction of Mad Cow Disease and subsequent visit by what could be his guardian angel, Cam’s life takes a much more exciting path: embarking on a a divinely inspired road trip to save, not only himself, but the world. Along the way Cam meets a colorful cast of characters (including an animate garden gnome), runs afoul of a cult, and jams with a jazz legend. Part fantasy, part teen angst tale, Going Bovine is a hilarious journey into the mind of a teenage boy. -Casey S.

 

How To Live Safely In A Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu (Science Fiction)

This is that most rare and beautiful monster…a book that will appeal to both sci-fi fans and regular earthlings. Charles Yu has built an astonishing literary vehicle…the book as time machine. The story follows burnt out time machine repairman Charles Yu as he scours a busted up minor universe for his disappeared father, with only a book called How To Live Safely In A Science Fictional Universe (incidentally written by his future self) to guide him. A one of a kind, fantastic read. -Casey O.