Welcome to our weekly column Staff Picks, in which we ask the staffers at our favorite book, music, and movie stores around to town to share with us what they're reading, listening to, and watching this week. We figure they're good people to ask. Today we're checking in with the staff at Morningside Heights bookstore Book Culture to find out what they've been dog-earing lately.

Manager Aria Pierce: The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson and In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Lawson: I am not really a non-fiction reader but both of these authors have an amazing way of relaying a true story while maintaining their own strong voice. In the Garden of the Beasts is an incredible look at Nazi Germany through the eyes of the American Ambassador to Germany at the time and his socialite daughter. The Psychopath Test is Jon Ronson exercising his curiosity about the what makes someone "mad." I would say that I had a tepid interest in both of the subjects before the book but I couldn't put either book down.

Bookseller Caitlin Nagle: The Whale: In Search Of The Giants Of The Sea, by Philip Hoare: I have been obsessed with whales since I was a kid. This fascination probably has to do with all the weekends I spent in the Hall of Ocean Life, being terrified/amazed. Hoare combines Melville, whales of all kinds, and the Cosmos. I cannot tell enough people to read this—stop what you are doing now and go get this book. WHALES!

Bookseller Adriana Toma: The perfect summer cookbook, The Book of Tapas by Simone and Inés Ortega, includes over 250 simple recipes for authentic Spanish starters as well as an A-Z guide to Spanish cuisine. This beautifully edited and refined guide to the simple art of tapas shows just how versatile these small authentic Spanish starters can be—serving as sharing dishes or light meals—from Small Cuttlefish in their Ink with Gulas to a basic Sweet Spanish Rice Pudding.

Manager Jesse McCarthy: Between Parentheses, by Roberto Bolaño: This collection of short essays, notes, and musings is simply never uninteresting. Whether the subject at hand is the fate of Latin American literature, poets and friends, his bookstore keeper in Blanes or a trip to the beach, Bolaño's trademark wit and cool tone are perpetually enthralling. His world, which is really a literary constellation, has never been never more recognizably our world. There is no way forward in contemporary writing that circumvents him. To para-quote him—I could live under a table with Bolaño.

Never Any End to Paris, by Enrique Vila-Matas: Vila-Matas is out to kill in his novel, which is simultaneously the logical conclusion and a nostalgic farewell to the avant-guard literary fever of his youth. It's about hanging out in cafes, or at least trying to. It's about going to the movies—a lot. It's about trying to write and not getting very far, and trying to love and not knowing what you are doing. And yes, it's about Paris, around noon, on the Boulevard Saint Germain, with a cup of coffee and Marguerite Duras mocking your French accent.