Staff Fiction Favorites

A rotating selection of some of our staff's favorite titles. New reviews added quarterly.

Saunders tries something utterly new and succeeds masterfully. Who knew the story of the death of Abraham Lincoln's son could be so entertaining, and poignant, when told through historical footnotes and a cast of irreverent dead people? Bonus: Listen to the stellar audiobook version, which features a 166-person cast with Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, and many others. - Natalie

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$22.40
ISBN: 9780812995343
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Published: Random House - February 14th, 2017

A smaller-scale and more intimate novel than her star-system-spanning Ancillary Justice trilogy, this book is still Ann Leckie at her best: her characters are sharp-witted and understated, her world-building is rich and feels long-inhabited, and the plot hums as it follows a murder mystery/heist drama that’s really all about the protagonist’s search for place and meaning. - Stuart

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780316388672
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Published: Orbit - September 26th, 2017

A sublime collection of speculative, dystopian short stories. Weinstein’s near-future is full of isolating cybersex, social media implants and memory manufacturers. A father has to deal with his malfunctioning robot son. A suburban town has to decide which local kid to shoot off into space. Perfect for fans of George Saunders or Phillip K. Dick. - Jason

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$16.00
ISBN: 9781250098993
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Published: Picador USA - September 13th, 2016

The oldest soul in the world just can’t seem to reach perfection. He was a disciple of the Buddha, a superhero on an alien prison planet, a wise fisherman… but every single time, Milo doesn’t get it right. On a positive note, every time he dies, he reunites with his girlfriend, Death (who also goes by the name Susie). This book is totally goofy, sweet and wise. - Jason

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780399178481
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Published: Del Rey Books - August 22nd, 2017

Perfect writing and a tragic love story. This is about the marriage of two beautiful people, told in asymmetrical halves. Inspired by the classics, and fueled by passion, this book builds and bends, until it breaks your heart. Buy it to read great storytelling, but fall in love with the gorgeous language. - Jason

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$16.00
ISBN: 9781594634482
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 13th, 2016

Just like their architecture, the prose of the ancient Romans still holds up to the present day. In the Golden Ass, the only remaining novel originally written in Latin (first published in the second century A.D), modern fantasy fiction readers will find all the themes they pine for in a novel—sex, murder, and magic. The Golden Ass is sure to please. - Aric

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By Apuleius, E. J. Kenney (Translator), E. J. Kenney (Introduction by)
$14.00
ISBN: 9780140435900
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Published: Penguin Books - January 1st, 1999

This lengthened love letter will keep you enthralled until the very last twist. Our narrator is limited in her speech after being kidnapped and mutilated as a young girl and has returned to her village only to be shunned. Berry shows the true consequences of silence all the while tugging at your heart strings. - Grace

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$9.99
ISBN: 9780142427309
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Published: Speak - August 19th, 2014

This was my favorite novel from a breakout author this year! Set in the late 1960s, Evie, a Bay area native full of teen angst, finds solace in a cult, of course! Reminiscent of the Manson family, a perfect mix of romance and dark intensity. - Grace

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$17.00
ISBN: 9780812988024
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Published: Random House Trade - May 9th, 2017

Yes, a sappy dog book! Our charming four-legged narrator observes his owner’s life with careful wisdom and curiosity. We follow this unique perspective throughout different stages of human life with the commentary of man’s best friend. Sentimental and reflective, one of my favorites to pass on! Tear-jerker warning! - Grace

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$15.99
ISBN: 9780061537967
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - June 9th, 2009

I missed this one growing up, and worried that the book wouldn’t hold up to the off-the-charts hype. I’m happy to say this gorgeous, absolutely mesmerizing book is as relevant and engrossing today as ever. Offred’s story is so touching (and terrifying), because the world she inhabits feels so close to our own, with diction that feels positively poetic. - Jax

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$15.95
ISBN: 9780385490818
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Published: Anchor Books - March 13th, 1998

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