Staff Picks - what are your literary matchmakers reading in lockdown?

By Page 1 Books

By Page 1 Books

What the Page 1 booksellers are reading right now

One Hundred Years of Solitude

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

$16.99 $15.63

Sara says “I recently finished the great read of One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. It was the perfect refuge for the current pandemic; so rich and free flowing, a beautifully woven tapestry that invites you into its pages and let’s you dwell there joyfully. It brought me to the jungles of the mythic Macondo, told of the stories and loves and solitudes of the generations of the Buendía family. Marquez’s tale casts a spell on the reader, which has strangely left me unable to recall almost any of its splendid words. I almost wish to read the whole thing all over again...”

Most Likely

Sarah Watson

$17.99 $16.55

Lisa says “It’s a YA book about friendship and you know from the beginning that one of the friends will become president of the United States but you have to wait until the end of the book to find out who that will be (I’m not there yet)”

Super Host

Kate Russo

$27.00 $24.30

Brandy says “I am thoroughly enjoying this delightful, quirky, emotional tour of the mind of an Air BnB owner with super host status. I’m falling in love with Bennett Driscoll not in spite of what a mess of a human he is, but because of it.” And yes, Kate Russo is Richard Russo’s daughter, but this has a totally different feel.

Banned Book Club

Ryan Estrada, Kim Hyun Sook, et al.

$15.00 $13.80

Simon says (lol) “Banned Book Club by Kim Hyun Sook is a small book that packs a powerful punch. It’s a fast-paced manga-style graphic memoir set in South Korea in 1983 when students led pro-democracy protests at great personal risk. The Gwangju massacre, in which about 600 civilians died at the hands of an authoritarian backed military, was only a few years previous. The members of the Banned Book club are as likely to be labeled Communist sympathizers as pro-Democracy agitators by nervous authorities, but it’s a world of risk that’s new to Hyun Sook, who describes her navigation of family expectations, personal ambition, and political awakening with honesty and humor. I read it on my balcony yesterday in one sitting and loved every minute.”

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