Beverly's Staff Picks

By after-words bookstore

By after-words bookstore

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened (Original)

Allie Brosh

$21.00 $19.32

The first time I looked at this book, it was to price a used copy that came into the store. I was laughing through tears in under 10 pages. I couldn't sell it. It had to come home with me.

Role Models

John Waters

$17.00 $15.64

John Waters has spent his life making films about those that society - for one reason or another - has ignored, discounted, or left behind. No surprise that some of his Role Models fit that mold.

Mr Bear Squash You All Flat

Morrell Gipson

$15.00 $13.80

A big, dumb bear who squashes everyone's house by sitting on it? He has no regard for the damage he is doing, until someone teaches him a lesson in empathy. We could all use that lesson right about now.

The Mothers

Brit Bennett

$16.00 $14.72

A story that illuminated - in a very personal and direct way - the role of the church in a tight-knit African American community. Loved the use of the Mothers themselves as a sort of Greek chorus commenting on all of the action - and not always in productive ways.

The Vanishing Half

Brit Bennett

$27.00 $24.84

A pair of African American girls - twins - who are born with incredibly light skin. Their lives are severed one from the other when they choose very different paths. One passes for white. The other chooses not to. A beautifully written, fascinating portrait. I loved this novel.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Sherman Alexie

$15.99 $14.71

The fictional diary - in words and drawings - of an intelligent, sensitive Native American boy whose only opportunity for a good education is to travel off of the Reservation to attend the state public high school. Funny and charming. I devoured it.

Eragon: Book I

Christopher Paolini

$11.99 $11.03

The author was only 15 years old when he wrote this book for other teenagers. Luckily, we adults got to read this epic fantasy series as well.

Eldest: Book II

Christopher Paolini

$21.00 $19.32

Brisingr: Book III

Christopher Paolini

$14.99 $13.79

Inheritance

Christopher Paolini

$15.99 $14.71

Prison Writings: My Life Is My Sun Dance

Leonard Peltier

$17.99 $16.55

This was the first book I ever read about the role of race in mass incarceration and the justice system. It blew me away in the 1990's when I read it. He was on death row then. He is still in prison for life. It feels just as relevant today.

London A to Z

John Metcalf, Edward Bawden, et al.

$10.95

This was my bible the year I lived in London. Couldn't have found anyplace without it.

Cry, the Beloved Country

Alan Paton

$17.00 $15.64

This book was written by an Afrikaner about apartheid South Africa. I read it in high school, but am still moved by the simple. beautiful power of the words and story.

Cry, the Beloved Country

Alan Paton

$29.00 $26.68

Heartburn

Nora Ephron

$15.95 $14.67

Nora Ephron had wicked sense of humor and an acid-tipped pen. She wielded both to great effect in this novel that put her cheating ex-husband in his place. (I don't have to name names here, but I will. It was Carl Bernstein).

Bad Stories: What the Hell Just Happened to Our Country

Steve Almond

$16.95 $15.59

If you want to know what might heal America as we try to recover from the trauma that the Trump Administration has inflicted on our national psyche - not to mention our bodies - look no further than this thin little volume.

The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America

George Packer

$16.00 $14.72

This book was written in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. Not that a lot of average Americans weren't in crisis before that. But this book frames nicely all of the political and social forces at work on most citizens that are beyond their control. And the fraying of America's social contract. These days, it might just be hanging on by a thread.

From Black Sox to Three-Peats: A Century of Chicago's Best Sportswriting from the Tribune, Sun Times, and Other Newspapers

$18.00

Sports in Chicago isn't just a pass-time. It is a religion. This should be the bible.

Child of Christian Blood: Murder an Hb: Murder and Conspiracy in Tsarist Russia: The Beilis Blood Libel

Edmund Levin

$29.95

The Blood Libel has been used in Europe since the Middle Ages to explain away and excuse knee-jerk Anti-Semitism. It has persisted from the crimes of the Spanish Inquisition, to the pogroms of 20th century Russia, to Nazi Germany, to the Klansmen of today. Of course it was always a lie. This is a courtroom example from early 20th century Russia of just how insidious it could be.

The Uses of Enchantment

Heidi Julavits

$15.00

Seven Days of Us

Francesca Hornak

$16.00 $14.72

The Westing Game

Ellen Raskin

$9.99 $9.19

Away

Amy Bloom

$17.00

A Wrinkle in Time

Madeleine l'Engle

$6.99 $6.43

Life Doesn't Frighten Me (Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition)

Maya Angelou, Jean-Michel Basquiat, et al.

$19.95 $18.35

The Little Prince

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

$20.00 $18.40

Le Petit Prince (French)

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

$11.99 $11.03

Howl and Other Poems

Allen Ginsberg

$7.95 $7.31

Howl and Other Poems

Allen Ginsberg

$12.95 $11.91

Blood for Blood

Ryan Graudin

$10.99 $10.11

Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen

$14.99 $13.79

The Secret Garden: Special Edition with Tasha Tudor Art and Bonus Materials

Frances Hodgson Burnett and Tasha Tudor

$8.99 $8.27

Alice in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll and Ralph Steadman

$19.95 $18.35

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body

Roxane Gay

$16.99 $15.63

Lucky

Alice Sebold

$17.00 $15.64

The Mists of Avalon

Marion Zimmer Bradley

$20.00 $18.40

Between the World and Me

Ta-Nehisi Coates

$26.00 $23.92

What the Lady Wants

Renée Rosen

$17.00 $15.64

Windy City Blues

Renée Rosen

$16.00 $14.72

The Name of the Rose

Umberto Eco

$16.99 $15.63

Boy, Snow, Bird

Helen Oyeyemi

$16.00 $14.72

Me Talk Pretty One Day

David Sedaris

$16.99 $15.63

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary

David Sedaris and Ian Falconer

$24.00

Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002)

David Sedaris

$17.99 $16.55

Alias Grace

Margaret Atwood

$17.00 $15.64

The Handmaid's Tale

Margaret Atwood

$15.95 $14.67

Becoming

Michelle Obama

$32.50 $29.90

Fates and Furies

Lauren Groff

$17.00 $15.64

My Sister, the Serial Killer

Oyinkan Braithwaite

$14.95 $13.75

Dandelion Wine

Ray D. Bradbury

$7.99 $7.35

The Shadow of the Wind

Carlos Ruiz Zafon

$18.00 $16.56

Solutions and Other Problems

Allie Brosh

$30.00 $27.60

Ninth House

Leigh Bardugo

$17.99 $16.55

The Swallows

Lisa Lutz

$27.00 $24.84

Heads You Lose

David Hayward and Lisa Lutz

$15.00

The Spellman Files: Document #1

Lisa Lutz

$17.00 $15.64

Curse of the Spellmans: Document #2

Lisa Lutz

$16.99 $15.63

Spellman Six: The Next Generation

Lisa Lutz

$16.99 $15.63

How to Start a Fire

Lisa Lutz

$14.95 $13.75

The Color Purple

Alice Walker

$17.00 $15.64

Tropic of Cancer

Henry Miller

$17.00 $15.64

Delta of Venus

Anaïs Nin

$15.99 $14.71

The Kid Stays in the Picture

Robert Evans

$17.99

Look at Me

Jennifer Egan

$16.95 $15.59

A Visit from the Goon Squad

Jennifer Egan

$16.95 $15.59

It sounds like a bad writing exercise in a college course. Multiple characters - in very different voices and language usages - tell the narrative from their own perspectives. But the real main character is music itself. Jennifer Egan is my favorite American female novelist of my generation. She is - in a word - brilliant.

The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Malcolm X

$19.00 $17.48

The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Malcolm X

$7.99 $7.35

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Brontë

$14.99 $13.79

Little Women

Louisa May Alcott

$11.00

Little Women

Louisa May Alcott

$8.99 $8.27

The Eyre Affair

Jasper Fforde

$17.00 $15.64