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Peek at the Staff Picks Shelves From Indie Bookstores All Over America

We have to admit — though we love pretty much everything about brick-and-mortar bookstores, one of the best parts is often the staff picks shelf, where we’ve found (and enjoyed) many an unusual recommendation or neglected classic. To celebrate this great tradition, we asked a few of our favorite bookstores from around the country to send us pictures of their staff picks shelves, so you can soak in the expertise of hundreds of literary staffers without having to leave your seat (though, in a minute, you’re going to have to get up and go to a bookshop). After the jump, peek at the staff picks from Flavorpill’s local WORD to other indies across the land, and tell us the best book you’ve picked up after a staff recommendation in the comments.

Photo Credit: Dave Wheeler

Photo Credit: Dave Wheeler

Photo Credit: Dave Wheeler

Photo Credit: Dave Wheeler

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Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, WA

From curator Dave Wheeler:

With over 100 titles displayed at any given moment, our staff proves our versatility of interests, appreciation for alternatives to mainstream obsession, and endless appetite for works of all kinds. You can tell from the pictures that our ‘staff recommends’ wall features old titles, new titles, kids books, poetry, politics, erotica, and architectural design, and more!

But I think what’s most fun about this display is getting to read what each of my colleagues loves about their recommendations. The corresponding tags for the books suggest why this book is one to read and enjoy and cherish. You can read each staff member’s recommendations on our website.

We also have a display this month that ties in to the new book My Ideal Bookshelf, for which we’ve cobbled together the most influential and memorable books of our lives, just like the authors in My Ideal Bookshelf.”