For the 8th edition of Staff Picks, our recommendation comes from Rachel Evans. Here's what Rachel had to say about Murakami's Kafka on the Shore:
"Japanese author Haruki Murakami is a mastermind of the written word. His writing style quickly takes the reader back and forth between seemingly different story lines, until the multiple stories begin to interweave with one another, finally coming to a clash in unsuspecting ways. A surreal fantasy, this book is like a neverending dream that makes you question the power of your own dreams and the people you meet there. This novel has a little bit of everything for every type of reader, including a coming-of-age story, various love interests, violence, murder, talking cats, fish and leaches falling from the sky, ghosts, philosophy, an entrance stone, a pimp named Colonel Sanders, and best of all, a library! In the end, you'll find yourself questioning reality and looking towards the woods ominously. Is there a secret world in the deep woods where time stands still and people escape death? I highly recommend this title. You can find it in the library on the bottom floor with the call number PL 856 .U673 U4813 2005."