Whether you're looking for the best in a certain category or genre, or are looking for a subsection, or something off of the beaten path, or just want to see how our preferences run, our goal is simple: we want to put you in a good book. We want to help you find your unicorn -- the book that will speak specifically to you. Don't see a category or genre you're looking for? Stop by, give us a call, or shoot us an email, we're always happy to talk books!
Antiracism Non-Fiction and African-American History
Here you'll find a collection of titles, both adult and children's, that can serve as excellent primers for learning more about race, racism, and African-American history. From left to right, they are loosely organized as antiracism books, African-American history, biography/autobiography and children's titles.
Pride Month 2020
to benefit OUT Metrowest
Celebrate Pride Month in style with one of these 50 titles, which range from children's picture books, to middle-grade, young adult, and a variety of adult books - non-fiction, fiction, poetry, and fantasy included. A portion of the proceeds from any purchase of these 50 titles during the month of June will be donated to OUT Metrowest. Any purchase will also get a free rainbow-logoed Silver Unicorn sticker!
Acton Mothers Out Front CanaryTrees Campaign
The Acton chapter of Mothers Out Front has organized the CanaryTrees Campaign to warn of the dangers that underground gas pipe leaks have on our street-facing trees, not to mention our health, and the health of our climate. In support of this worthy cause, we have collaborated with community activists to make this recommendation list on trees specifically, and climate change more broadly. The list is organized with adult books at the start, and children's books appear as you scroll to the right.
Politics and Electoral Reform
In a normal election year, it would be a good time to reflect on the policies that shape our government, as we choose the people who will enact those policies. This has been far from a normal year, so we cobbled together this recommendation list of political and electoral reform books. There is a wide range here, but in our estimation all are relevant for today's political climate.
Coffee Table/Gift Books
These are books you'll want to have on display, or see on display in the homes of your friends and family after you give them as gifts.
ABRHS Summer Reading List 2020
The wonderful library staff at the Acton-Boxborough Regional High School, led by the empress of the library realm/library media specialist Anna Secino, have put together their 2020 Summer Reading List. This is always a fantastic list of exciting and diverse young adult titles, and we've bundled the five paperback books on this list over on our Book Bundles page.
Indian Food Cookbooks
Great, now we're hungry!
Middle Grade and Young Adult Novels in Verse
"Novels in verse" is another way of saying a novel written through poetry. It is an expanding field of literature, particularly among young people's literature. Since we get questions on what type of books fit this profile from time to time, we put together a list of our favorites.
Books That We've Launched Here
We've had the privilege of hosting the launch event for several books. The books are listed from left to right in chronological order of their release, starting with Casey Robinson's Iver & Ellsworth. Casey's launch will always be a special memory for us, as we not only sold out of all the books we had on hand that day, but even a nine additional copies that her publisher pulled from the trunk of his car! Iver & Ellsworth went on to become the first book we sold 100 copies of!
Books You Just Can't Put Down!
Go ahead, we dare ya!
Scratch & Sketch Books
These books are like buying 30-60 minutes of silence in a bottle. Kids love scratching the pages off to see what fun designs are lurking beneath. As a whole, this series is easily among the store's bestsellers!
Keeping Kids Busy
Of course, we have more books to keep kids busy than just the Scratch & Sketch books. Some of these they can do by themselves, some they may need your help with. Many of these titles have comparable titles, and in addition to these, we have wide range of Usborne sticker books.
Keeping Adults Busy
Not in the mood to sit down and read, but still looking for something to do? Don't worry, we've got you covered.
A local publisher that used to have its own store in Concord, Barefoot publishes great educational books, card decks and sticker books.
National Geographic Books for Kids
These fact books are always a big hit with kids who want to learn a bunch of random things that they can use to impress their friends and family.
Paint by Sticker Kids
These books are for designed for kids, but we've heard from parents that they're fun for them as well!
Are these books too on the nose? Well, that's up to you to decide!
Learn more about pandemics of the past.
Climate Fiction (Cli-Fi)
A growing sub-genre, climate fiction generally focuses on topics such as climate change and global warming.
Sometimes, we just need a happily ever after.
Books Paul Has Been Meaning to Read!
One of the things Paul tries to do is read ahead, so he can recommend books as they come out each month. But he doesn't get to all of them. Here's a list of books that he didn't get to before they came out that he really wants to go back and read at some point. The list is only 50 books long because 50 books long is the limit for this scrolling list!
Paul's Favorite Sci-Fi Books
Paul reads a lot of sci-fi books. These are his favorites.
These are books about unicorns.
Everyone likes a good memoir. Here are some of our favorites.
A growing sub-genre of cookbooks, we get asked a lot about these, so we put together this list to highlight our favorites.
Baby and Children's Books in both English & Spanish
It's never too early to teach your child to speak Spanish.
2019 Bestsellers - Adult Books
These are the store's bestselling adult books from 2019, which was our first full year in business.
2019 Bestsellers - Children's and Young Adult Books
These are the store's bestselling children's and young adult books from 2019, which was our first full year in business.
Year One Bestsellers - Adult Books
We opened our doors on March 24, 2018. These are the store's bestselling adult books from our first year in business.
Year One Bestsellers - Children's and Young Adult Books
We opened our doors on March 24, 2018. These are the store's bestselling children's and young adult books from our first year in business.