Welcome to our 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 Dumbo's eye-catching independent bookstore/gallery/venue Powerhouse Arena to find out what they've been dog-earing lately.

Lena's picks: The Cows by Lydia Davis: "Leave it to Lydia Davis to write a stunning meditation on-well—cows. It's enough to make you think twice before biting into a juicy burger.

Players by Tina Barney Barney captures the theatrics of high society life and circus performers in this garish and fun collection—my personal favorite is the image of Michael Stipe cleaning his glasses with an adorable dog on his lap.

Your Presence Is Requested At Suvanto by Maile Chapman: A bizarre retelling of Euripedes' Bacchae set in a Finnish convalescent hospital. If you got a kick out of the creepy old people in Rosemary's Baby, you'll love this promising first novel."

Erin’s Picks: The F Word, Granta's Spring 2011 Issue: "Despite my love/hate relationship with feminist literature, I was really happy to stumble across Granta's Spring 2011 issue. It has over a dozen incredibly honest and eloquent essays and short stories exploring modern-day feminism, femininity, and the reconciliation of the two. A.S. Byatt, Louise Erdich, Tea Obreht, Francine Prose, and Eudora Welty are featured. Also included is a brilliant photo essay by French photographer Clarisse d'Arcimole."

Syreeta’s Picks:Drown by Junot Diaz: "Junot Diaz's first and only collection of short fiction chronicling the Dominican American experience still reads as raw, smart, poignant and graceful as the first time I picked it up. An effortless marriage of fiction and poetry, 'No Face' breaks the heart over and over again.

Bacalaitos & Fireworks by Arlene Gottfried: If you were looking for a flux capacitor to visit an earlier New York of first and second generation Puerto Rican transplants, look no further than the pages of Gottfried's opus and love letter to Loisaida."