Mo's Staff Favorites

Mo joined the Annie Bloom's staff in September of 2022, and has also worked as a bookseller at BookPeople in Austin, TX and at the airport location of Powell's. Her debut novel, Every Anxious Wave, was published by St. Martin's Press in 2016 and was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. Mo is obsessed with contemporary novels that are either fun and funny or dark and gritty. She believes that some problems in life can only be solved through fiction. Mo is also a voracious reader of psychology and self-help books as well as hard-hitting memoirs. When she is not selling books, she is hard at work on her next novel.

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Every Anxious Wave: A Novel By Mo Daviau Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781250116345
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (updated daily)
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - November 22nd, 2016

A Gen X time travel indie rock love story/a feminist High Fidelity. I wrote it. It's my pride and joy. If you like Pavement, Sebadoh, dark bars, and brooding, this is your jam. I'd be happy to sign and personalize a copy for you--just ask!


Vladimir: A Novel By Julia May Jonas Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781982187644
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - January 31st, 2023

English professors having affairs with students is usually a no thanks for me, but Julia May Jonas completely upends this tired trope with relentless erotic foreboding. Desire is the main character here, and whatever does or doesn't happen with the narrator's obsession, the new writing professor at her remote college, is hardly the point. Absolutely riveting.


How to Be an Adult in Relationships: The Five Keys to Mindful Loving By David Richo, Kathlyn Hendricks (Foreword by) Cover Image
By David Richo, Kathlyn Hendricks (Foreword by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781611809541
Availability: Backordered - availability and arrival estimates will be provided when your order is processed
Published: Shambhala - November 2nd, 2021

My go-to book for understanding and improving ourselves within relationships. Richo preaches the gospel of the Five As needed to sustain and grow a healthy relationship.


Simulacra (Yale Series of Younger Poets #111) By Airea D. Matthews, Carl Phillips (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Airea D. Matthews, Carl Phillips (Foreword by)
$20.00
ISBN: 9780300223965
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Published: Yale University Press - March 28th, 2017

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Bookish People By Susan Coll Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781400234097
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Published: Harper Muse - August 2nd, 2022

I adored this sweet and funny novel about a bookstore owner and her staff examining various and sundry misfortunes. Anyone asking me for a light read gets this one put in their hands. A sunny, hopeful, daring book, and one that has a turtle as a character.


Silver Sparrow By Tayari Jones Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781616201425
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Published: Algonquin Books - May 8th, 2012

A stunner--this novel has stayed with me since the first time I read it ten years ago. The daughter of a man's secret second family meets and befriends his known daughter, her half-sister, and secrets are revealed.


Maybe It’s Me: On Being the Wrong Kind of Woman By Eileen Pollack Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781953002211
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Published: Delphinium - January 24th, 2023

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The Dutch House: A Novel By Ann Patchett Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780062963680
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Published: Harper Perennial - January 5th, 2021

Little, Big By John Crowley Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780061120053
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - October 17th, 2006

The Last Playboy: The High Life of Porfirio Rubirosa By Shawn Levy Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780007170609
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 31st, 2006

The true story of Porfirio "Rubi" Rubirosa, an early twentieth century womanizer, an operative of Trujillo's dictatorship in the Dominican Republic, a lothario who tangled with multiple high-profile heiresses, a Hollywood gad-about, a looker, a lover, and according to Portland's own Shawn Levy, the last guy to get away with all of this. You will never look at large pepper mills the same after reading this scrupulously researched biography. (For a more wholesome read, check out Levy's IN ON THE JOKE, about pioneering female comedians!)


Refuse to Be Done: How to Write and Rewrite a Novel in Three Drafts By Matt Bell Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781641293419
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Published: Soho Press - March 8th, 2022

A most useful and straightforward craft book for the novel. You WILL re-key the entire second draft and you will be happy you did.


The Done Thing: A Book Club Recommendation! By Tracy Manaster Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781507204894
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Published: Gallery Books - December 5th, 2017

This book did not get the attention it deserved when it was published. An arch, angry, dare I say "unlikeable" (bleh!) protagonist, a family tragedy, and a healthy serving of revenge flesh out this masterful work of fiction. If you're looking for a book club book, dare to read The Done Thing!