Dean

Dean is a nomad who's lived so many places in the U.S. he's almost lost count. Currently, he's settled down in Richmond where he's got his dream job at Fountain Bookstore. A life-long avid reader, his tastes range from non-fiction to kids books to magical realism. He's got a son who has inherited his voracious appetite for life and books, so Dean is pretty well-versed in kid's books. When he's not reading, he's writing, gardening, or concocting something delicious in the kitchen. You could say he's something of a hedgewitch and loves to read Tarot and collect rocks (it's a thing). Feel free to stop in and say hi. He loves talking about books and his magical little black kitten named Kismet.

Books: 

Staff Pick Badge
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062697257
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - March 5th, 2019

Easily one of my top-five favorite books of all time.

This is the story of the end of the world, as documented by a witch who has the gift of prophecy. As the prophecies unfold, we follow the story of an academic, uptight angel and a loose, fun-loving demon who form an unlikely friendship trying to thwart the apocalypse and save the earth they've become rather fond of. Hilarity ensues. Written by sci-fi and fantasy geniuses Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, this book won't let you put it down. The end of the world is here and it's hilarious.


Staff Pick Badge
The City in the Middle of the Night Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780765379962
Availability: Currently Out of Stock - Available to Ship From Our Warehouse in 3-5 Days
Published: Tor Books - February 12th, 2019

Charlie Jane Anders has done it again and created a captivating story set in an original world that will engross you until the very end and leave you wanting more. The story is set far in the future on the planet January, where humanity is caught between dangerous climate extremes and is struggling to survive. The story follows two characters who are searching for something more and form an unlikely alliance in order to save themselves - and perhaps their communities.


Staff Pick Badge
Louisiana's Way Home Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763694630
Availability: Currently Out of Stock - Available to Ship From Our Warehouse in 3-5 Days
Published: Candlewick - October 2nd, 2018

Kate DiCamillo tells the story of Louisiana, a  little girl who's on a grand adventure with her granny, even though she'd rather be home with her pets and friends in Florida. Louisiana's straightforward voice takes us along for the ride as she learns about family, being lost, and finding home in the most unlikely places. One of the few books that made me cry at the end.


Staff Pick Badge
Red: A Crayon's Story Cover Image
By Michael Hall, Michael Hall (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062252074
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Greenwillow Books - February 3rd, 2015

Easily one of my all-time favorite books. I always keep several on hand to give to friends who have kids. Red is the story of a crayon who has a Red label. Even though all of his friends, and teachers, and family members try to tell him he just needs to try to harder to be a red crayon, he keeps drawing blue pictures. This heartwarming , gentle tale helps kids see that we're more than our labels and being who we are on the inside is the best thing we can be.


Staff Pick Badge
Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha #1) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250170972
Availability: Currently Out of Stock - Available to Ship From Our Warehouse in 3-5 Days
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 6th, 2018

Eleven years ago, the king of Orisha wiped all adult magi, the people who are gifted with the ability to perform magic. That day, the gods died and magic itself disappeared.

Now, Zelie is struggling to survive under the cruelty of the king who still oppresses the remaining magic-less magi and their families. But then something happens that could bring magic back to the land  and Zelie is faced with the task of finding the gods, restoring magic, and learning about her own power.

This is a thrilling adventure that weaves together my favorite elements of any story - magic, adventure, and family. Children of Blood and Bone is easily one of my favorites of the year and I can't wait until the next book.


Staff Pick Badge
Out There Cover Image
By Tom Sullivan, Tom Sullivan (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062854490
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Balzer + Bray - May 14th, 2019

This sweet story is sure to delight anyone who's ever looked at the stars and wondered if we're alone in the vast universe. It shows Earth through alien eyes and with a funny twist that's sure to delight readers of all ages.


Staff Pick Badge
Leaving the Witness: Exiting a Religion and Finding a Life Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780735222540
Availability: Currently Out of Stock - Available to Ship From Our Warehouse in 3-5 Days
Published: Viking - June 4th, 2019

I don't normally read memoirs. But this one stood out to be because my own story is very similar to Amber Scorah's. I'm now re-reading it so I can make sure I didn't miss a thing. Leaving the Witness details her journey from believer to apostate. Raised as a third-generation Jehovah's Witness, Amber goes to Shanghai to share the truth about Armageddon. But in the one of the world's most restrictive counties - where preaching Christianity can have you imprisoned or killed - she finds her freedom. As someone who was raised in a similar environment, this book deeply resonated with me. But you don't have to have had a similar experience to enjoy it. The writing is rich and vibrant and gives a fascinating look into what leaving a cult looks like. 10/10 highly recommend!