Staff Picks – February 2023

Read below to find our staff picks for February 2023 and learn more about these must-reads!

We Are All So Good At Smiling
by Amber McBride
On Sale Now
Ages 14-18

“Amber McBride’s second YA novel in verse, We Are All So Good at Smiling, feels like another world entirely, much in the same way that emotion and pain can transplant you far from the physical realm. Amber has created a dark and magical world where Faerry and Whimsy must navigate their past and present pain to break through to their future. With the help of magic, unyielding encouragement from each other, and the presence of their ancestors, they are able to face their repressed trauma and find hope. Readers experiencing depression and/or grief will feel seen in this story full of fairy tales and perseverance.
-Elysse Villalobos Associate Marketing Manager

We Need to Talk About Vaginas: An IMPORTANT Book About Vulvas, Periods, Puberty, and Sex!
By Dr. Allison K. Rodgers; illustrated by Annika Le Large
On Sale 2/28/23
Ages 10-14

We Need to Talk About Vaginas is a must have in every library and classroom! With two starred reviews so far, Dr. Allison K. Rodgers makes talking about a tough subject easy! This beautifully illustrated middle grade non-fiction novel simply explains everything from from why we have periods to sex and consent in the age of social media. This title encourages positive body images for both young and adult readers. I highly recommend picking up this all inclusive book and discover the magical self-cleaning properties of vaginas.”
– Grace Tyler, Marketing Assistant

In Limbo: A Graphic Memoir
by Deb JJ Lee
On sale March 7th
Ages 14-18

In Limbo is a breathtaking debut YA graphic memoir by new talent Deborah JJ Lee about a Korean-American girl’s coming-of-age in both a New Jersey suburb and in Seoul, and the experience of feeling suspended in limbo between both places. It comes out in March but is already gathering acclaim for its stunning artwork, its portrait of resilience, and its depiction of the intersection of mental health and the immigrant experience. Award-winning graphic novelist Tillie Walden called In Limbo is a ‘tour de force’ and I couldn’t agree more.”
-Molly Ellis VP, Executive Director of Publicity