Staff Recommendations

Keep checking back for the latest recommendations from our Full Circle Staffers!

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden: “Set in Medieval Russia, The Bear and the Nightingale is a great re-telling of a Russian fairy tale. A great first work by a new author.”- recommended by Theresa

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones: “If you loved ‘Labyrinth,’ you will LOVE this book! A great story about the Goblin King. Great Read!”- recommended by Theresa

Too Much and Not the Mood by Durga Chew-Bose: “If you enjoy prose in which every word feels carefully chosen for both sonic and thematic effect, this is for you. Chew-Bose’s collection of essays blends the personal and the cultural to explore themes of identity, solitude, and heritage. A searing, lyrical must read for 2017.”- recommended by Ian

Racing the Devil by Charles Todd: “This series continues to be so reliably good for mystery readers. Rutledge, a Scotland Yard detective, is a man haunted by memories of WWI, which plays a part in every nook. He is a compassionate, yet relentless, investigator who shows great kindness to those who have been hurt or victimized in some way, while seeing that those responsible are apprehended. The killer (devil) in the book is a formidable, clever adversary, whose motive is quite difficult to uncover. Surely the car accidents are related and not accidents at all.” -recommended by Jean Ann

Lincoln In the Bardo by George Saunders: “Inspired by historical events, Lincoln In the Bardo explores the existence of Willie Lincoln’s spirit in the Bardo (the Tibetan word for purgatory.) Both fantastical and highly emotional, Saunders’ novel questions the relationship between the living and the dead.” -recommended by Heath, Dana, and Julia

The Waves by Virginia Woolf: “Woolf’s stream-of-consciousness magnum opus focuses on six friends reeling with death and loss. The haunting, lyrical flow of this novel makes it one of the most beautiful reads I have ever read.”- recommended by Ian

A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline: “A fictional account of the relationship between Andrew Wyeth and his muse Christina Olson, who is the subject of his painting ‘Christina’s World.’ Kline based her story on true events. Anyone who loved The Girl With the Pearl Earring will love this book.”- recommended by Linda

The One Inside by Sam Shepard: “A short read that packs in everything great with Sam Shepard’s work- rugged, beautiful, and deeply personal.”- recommended by Matthew

The Prince Lestat and The Realms of Atlantis by Anne Rice: “Anne Rice returns to the universe and characters of her famous Vampire Chronicles series. Reeling from his experiences in Prince Lestat, Lestat strives to find comfort in his new position in the vampire world and seeks to find the truth behind the origins of the vampires’ creation.” -recommended by Heath

Adulthood Is a Myth by Sarah Anderson: “Real problems with real non-solutions for people with social anxiety. Very funny and a wonderful idea for a gift!”- recommended by Bethany

The Essential Feminist Reader by Estelle B. Freedman: “Really should be titled Essential Human Reader. Incredible fiction and non-fiction works that make you think.”- recommended by Bethany

Heat and Light by Jennifer Haigh: “Fracking comes to the dying town of Bakerton, PA. Although the subject is political, the joys in this book are the characters and their interactions. Hope and despair; love and loss; endings and beginnings. What else can you ask of a novel?”- recommended by Mary

Swing Time by Zadie Smith: “In her most recent novel, Smith crafts a stunningly poignant narrative that crosses continents and time zones in a parallel portrait of feminine community, fame, and identity. A must-read!”- recommended by Ian

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty: “The intriguing story of a night which changed the lives of three families. You discover what happened layer by layer, as each character reveals what he or she knows. It’s certainly not over till it’s over… till the very last page (and don’t peek!).”- recommended by Jean Ann

The Face: Cartography of the Void by Chris Abani: “The author discusses how much her resembles his father and how it has affected his life”.- recommended by Bethany

The Face: A Time Code by Ruth Ozeki: “After staring at her face in a mirror for three hours, the author presents all of the life stories linked to her facial characteristics.”-recommended by Bethany

The Face: Strangers on a Pier by Tash Aw: “The author describes the ways in which people confuse her multi-generational origins. She talks with her father about his family and their place of origin.”-recommended by Bethany

Heroes of the Frontier by Dave Eggars: “The decisions the mother in this story makes will drive you crazy, but the child characters redeem her. They are quirky and charming and totally believable. By the end, you will be rooting for this family to make it! Good job, Dave Eggars!” -recommended by Mary

Heat and Light by Jennifer Haigh: “Fracking comes to the dying town of Bakerstown, PA. Although the subject is political, the joys in this books are the characters and their interactions. Hope and despair; love and loss; endings and beginnings. What else can you ask for of a novel?”- recommended by Mary

The Diamond As Big As the Ritz by F Scott Fitzgerald: “A novella by the classic author continues his obsession with rich people, scandals, and plot twists. A fun, quick, and easy read!”- recommended by Bethany

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert: “Yes, people, magic does exist- It can appear as a big idea that floats in the ether and attaches to a person. And, yes, everyone is creative. A well written, quick read.”- recommended by Julie

The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain by Bill Bryson: “Bill Bryson has done it again… and you will laugh out loud (many, many times) at some of the situations he writes about. He is not making this stuff up! He writes affectionately about his adopted country of Great Britain and does not hesitate in a wonderful curmudgeonly way to talk about its foibles, eccentricities, and hard-to-understand places and people… and about the things that make him love it. A great book, a great gift for anyone.”- recommended by Jean Ann

Mother Bruce by Ryan Higgins: “A laugh out loud adventures of the grumpy reluctant Mother Bear Bruce. Adults and children alike will love this tale.” – recommended by Julie

Strong Motion by Jonathan Franzen: “I’m in awe that Franzen wrote this in 1992! His controversial themes, including exploitive capitalism, feminism, abortion, rabid religiosity, and corporate malfeasance, resonate in 2016. AND man-made earthquakes! He was ahead of the curve on this one. Also plusses for: plot, great writing, and characters. Loved it!”- recommended by Mary

The Wander Society by Keri Smith: “The Wander Society is a secretive group who love to wander, walk, and explore. This leads to creative expressions of many kinds. A fun quick read- made me want to get out and wander with no destination in mind and enjoy the process.” – recommended by Julie




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The Garden Café at Full Circle Bookstore serves a delectable breakfast menu and a delicious selection of soups, salads, sandwiches and sweets for lunch. We also offer a variety of after-hour nibbles, as well as wine and local beers. Join us for breakfast Monday-Friday, from 8:00-10:00am, and lunch Monday- Saturday from 11:30am-2:00pm.

In addition, our Java Joe Coffee Bar can make any espresso or cappuccino drink you may want.

Please refer to our Garden Cafe tab at the top of our site for detailed menus.
You may also call ahead for “To Go” orders, 842-2900.