Staff Picks

The staff here at Sundance Books and Music shares a common passion for reading, listening and discovering. One of the best things about being a member of the Sundance staff is the conversations we get to have with our amazing, diverse customers every day. We love hearing about the books and music that you're excited about, and getting to offer some recommendations of our own too.


Be sure to check back regularly to find out about the books and music that our staff can't wait to share with you.

This week, check out selections from Emily, Mackenzie, Erica, and Stephanie:








by Anna Burns

If you like literature that challenges you, read this book.

It’s funny, tense, and heartbreaking. If you know as little
about the Troubles in Northern Ireland as I did, this
book is a good  introduction. Written in a conversational,
stream-of-consciousness style, it perfectly captures what
it’s like to live in a community where danger is the norm
and gossip is accepted as fact.  



The Blind Assassin
by Margaret Atwood

The Blind Assassin had a visceral effect on me.
The layers, the place, the people-- everything
is flawed and kind of wonderful. I grieved the
fact that this book had an ending. Read slowly.







Snow White
by Matt Phelan

This graphic novel retelling of the 
classic story is set in 1930s New York. 
Mostly drawn in black and white, the 
strategic splashes of color enhance the 
plot but don't overshadow it. Phelan 
does an amazing job modernizing 
the story without losing its heart. 









Notes from the Larder
by Nigel Slater

This book features over 250 recipes, but it's not only about the food.
I love that this is a daily reading about cooking, gardening, and ritual.
It perfectly connects the indoors with the outdoors.