Staff Fiction Favorites

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

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

I LOVED this. Telling the story of the Donner Party in rich detail, Houston emphasizes interpersonal dynamics within the party, largely leaving the cannibalism theme (quite effectively) to the reader’s imagination. Diary entries from a survivor who once lived in the Santa Cruz house where Houston wrote the novel give it a special local angle. - Flannery

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ISBN: 9780156011433
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Published: Mariner Books - March 25th, 2002

This charming, funny story tells of a widow and her struggle to continue life with her two young daughters. Lilian, an illustrator, is tasked with drawing vegetables for an upcoming book, and so enrolls in a gardening class. There she meets a group of very different​ strangers, all of whom touch her life. This quirky novel is full of humor, joy and hope. - Sara

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ISBN: 9780399583582
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Published: Berkley Books - May 2nd, 2017

This book is what you get if you add fae magic to “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.” Millie is a delight, with all her dysfunction and her very real struggles with various disabilities. L.A. looms large as a character in its own right; the book is a kind of love/hate letter to the entertainment industry. I enjoyed the snark, loved the characters and was thrilled by the mystery. - Jax

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ISBN: 9781481429788
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Published: Saga Press - March 1st, 2016

From the author of The Miracle Girl comes this smart, often funny and heart-felt collection of short stories. A Californian, Roe’s sympathies lie with the Golden State’s outsiders—its janitors and harried single mothers and petty criminals and lost souls—and the efforts they make, however on point or misguided, to save themselves. An assured debut! - Rico

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ISBN: 9781938126437
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Published: Engine Books - May 9th, 2017



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