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.

Check out these selections from Christine, Emily, Erica, and Philip:







On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
by Ocean Vuong

It is so beautiful and I am still working on what I want to say. Stay tuned!



Girl, Woman, Other
by Bernardine Evaristo

Evaristo weaves the stories of twelve people-- eleven women, one
non-binary person-- through multiple generations and places in time.
She shows remarkable skill and versatility in presenting twelve unique
voices, each with different points of view and experiences, yet all
connected by being women, overcoming adversity, or being Other.
It is clear that a lot of thought and love went into this book, and that
the author cared about creating rich, flawed, three-dimensional characters.
The stories and people in this book will stay with you for a long time.



Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments
by Saidiya Hartman

Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments chronicles the ways that 
Black women in the early part of the 20th century, denied a place 
in respectable society on account of their race, gender, and sometimes 
class, created their own worlds and identities. The writing is empathetic 
and lyrical, sometimes bordering on poetic, and carries you along like the 
best fiction. But don't be fooled; this is history and Hartman has the endnotes 
to prove it.