John T. Staff Picks
John is from New Jersey and tries hard to hide his accent. He's been in bookselling since 2000, and joined Book Culture in July 2015.
Molly Metropolis is the world's biggest pop star when she disappears. A journalist teams up with her personal assistant to puzzle over Molly's journal to try to find out if she willingly disappeared or if her obsession with an architecture cult and the Chicago public transit system lead her down a dangerous path. I'm not normally a mystery reader, but the weirdness of the plot and inventiveness of the narration sucked me in. I can't stop talking about this book.
Slade House only appears every nine years on the Saturday before Halloween. If you do manage to find the house, you're already dead. Two vampiric twins construct increasingly elaborate traps to lore our doomed narrators to the Slade House attic where something worse than death awaits. Few books are as unputdownable as this one, it will keep you up at night.