Kristina's Staff Picks

By Auburn Oil Co. Booksellers

By Auburn Oil Co. Booksellers

An eclectic collection of books from feminist philosophy to novels that pair well with warm tea - provided to you by that eccentric mom with all the tattoos.

Oksana, Behave!

Maria Kuznetsova

$26.00 $23.40

Witty and hilarious! When Oksana is seven years old she finds out that she's moving with her family from Ukraine to the United States. The story follows Oksana's life as she moves from childhood through young adulthood. This is a thoughtfully reflective and comical read. As someone who grew up in the 90s and came of age in the early 2000s, I really enjoyed Kuznetsova's cultural references and sense of humor.

Becoming Mrs. Lewis: The Improbable Love Story of Joy Davidman and C. S. Lewis

Patti Callahan

$25.99 $23.39

The perfect historical fiction novel to take your time reading while relaxing with a warm drink. Patti Callahan tells of Joy Davidman and her relationship with C.S. Lewis. Joy's journey through womanhood and motherhood is relatable, and her story of being a writer and finding love with Lewis is fascinating. A beautiful read.

The Testaments: The Sequel to the Handmaid's Tale

Margaret Atwood

$28.95 $26.06

If you loved The Handmaid's Tale then The Testaments is for you. This sequel is told through the voices of three characters - taking you into the heart of Gilead. Well-written, gripping, and entertaining.

On the Road

Jack Kerouac

$18.00 $16.56

A story about freedom, wanderlust, and coming of age during the Beat generation. Kerouac's writing style reads like music. A gem that's historically fascinating and timeless.

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Stephen King

$17.00 $15.64

Part memoir, part advice - You'll find this book fascinating, heartfelt, and practical. This book will leave you feeling inspired and with a special appreciation for Stephen King.

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

Elizabeth Gilbert

$16.00 $14.72

This book will leave you feeling encouraged to pay attention to creative ideas, accept your ideas as gifts, and be your unique self without fear or permission. If you're looking to live your best creative life then this book is for you.

The Feminine Mystique (Anniversary)

Anna Quindlen, Betty Friedan, and Gail Collins

$17.95 $16.51

A groundbreaking book when first published in 1963, Friedan examines the social norms surrounding the roles of women and encourages women to seek their worth and ambitions.

Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil

Hannah Arendt and Amos Elon

$18.00 $16.56

A report on the trial of nazi Adolf Eichmann. A disturbing and thought-provoking historical account that pushes the ordinary person to reflect on their role in morality. Both tragic and enlightening.

What Are Big Girls Made Of?: Poems

Marge Piercy


Poetry that's raw and beautiful. An excellent collection that explores themes like love, family, womanhood, and body image. Piercy's words are powerful and brave.

The Falling Between Us

Ash Parsons


An engaging novel by a local Auburn author. A glimpse into the lives of the rich and famous, and how that can come at a cost. When a teen boy achieves overnight stardom and then disappears, how will his girlfriend react?

Prince Charming

Rachel Hawkins

$10.99 $10.11

A feel-good YA story! Daisy Winters travels to Scotland because her sister is engaged to the prince. Full of palace adventures and royal love.

Ghost, Volume 1

Jason Reynolds

$7.99 $7.35

A fantastic book from beginning to end. Ghost is a seventh grader with a traumatic past and a rough life. When he joins the local track team he finds more than just a sport that he's good at - he finds discipline, a mentor, friends, and empowerment.

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street

Karina Yan Glaser

$7.99 $7.35

I'm obsessed with this series! Darling and fun novels about the adventures of five siblings in NYC, their family, and community.

The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden, Volume 2

Karina Yan Glaser

$7.99 $7.35

I'm obsessed with this series! Darling and fun novels about the adventures of five siblings in NYC, their family, and community.

The Vanderbeekers to the Rescue

Karina Yan Glaser

$16.98 $15.62

I'm obsessed with this series! Darling and fun novels about the adventures of five siblings in NYC, their family, and community.


Quentin Blake and Roald Dahl

$7.99 $7.35

A childhood favorite. Matilda is a very smart girl and avid reader. She's also a prankster - using her power of telekinesis to pull off practical jokes. This is a story of a young girl with a hard life and a happy ending.

In a Jar

Deborah Marcero

$17.98 $16.54

An absolutely charming tale with gorgeous illustrations. Rabbit friends collect items, magic, and memories. A lovely story of a special friendship.


Pascal Lemaitre and Holly M McGhee

$17.98 $16.54

A heartfelt book about being in tune with yourself, others, and the world.

Little Joe Chickapig

Brian Calhoun and Pat Bradley

$9.99 $9.19

A lovely read aloud with great illustrations. A young chickapig dreams of a life filled with adventure and his chickapig mother tells imaginative stories of the great chickapigs that took risks before him.

Tomorrow I'll Be Kind

Jessica Hische

$17.98 $16.54

A beautifully illustrated book about the desire to be a beautiful soul in the world.

Goodnight Moon (Revised)

Clement Hurd and Margaret Wise Brown

$18.98 $17.46

A simple and sweet classic children's book. Perfect for reading to little ones at bedtime.