Staff Fiction Favorites

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

This impeccably written book chronicles a man pinned between two worlds. Born in Vietnam and educated in the US, the main character finds himself an outsider in both cultures. Told from his prison cell, the story starts in the past, builds to the present, and goes beyond, along the way exploring the boundaries of friendship, patriotism, and the nature of humanity itself. - Jade

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The Sympathizer: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802124944
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Published: Grove Press - April 12th, 2016

Don’t let the squirrel on the cover fool you—this is not a vapid summer read. This is quirky, hilariously critical, literary fiction.  It is both a romantic comedy told in present day Palo Alto, which ponders the thresholds of love and marriage—and a critique of the nouveau riche, big pharma and the military industrial complex. Unique and sweet, you’ll fall in love with it. - Jason

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$16.00
ISBN: 9781101981597
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Published: Penguin Books - November 1st, 2016

I have a very meta love of books about books and The Weird Sisters is very much about that love. It follows three complex (and often at odds) sisters who come home to care for their ailing mother. Told in first person plural narrative you feel instantly a part of their story. - Karena

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780425244142
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Published: Berkley Publishing Group - February 7th, 2012

This is an inventive locked-room murder mystery set on a generational space ship. The six crew members are clones, each of whom come to life with no memory of how, or by whom, their predecessor was killed.  Each of the crew members is a suspect and each of their histories provides clues in determining what actually happened. - Trey

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$15.99
ISBN: 9780316389686
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Published: Orbit - January 31st, 2017

This remains one of my favorite books. We meet Dolores Price at age 13 and stay with her until middle age. Along the way Dolores attempts various personas, deals with or avoids her various traumas, and tries to temper her wise-ass personality with her longing to be loved. Unpredictable, funny, and emotionally wrenching, She’s Come Undone is truly unforgettable. - Chorel

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She's Come Undone (Oprah's Book Club) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780671003753
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Published: Washington Square Press - December 1st, 1996

This book drew me in from the very beginning and I practically couldn't put it down until the end. The protagonist's trials force you to consider questions old and new. Which experiences make you who you are? What if you had lived your life differently? Are you the best version of yourself? Thrilling, thought-provoking, and emotionally intense—a great summer read. - Natalie

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$16.00
ISBN: 9781101904244
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Published: Broadway Books - May 2nd, 2017

Ignore everything about the cover, I promise this book is the fantasy book of your dreams. Zosia fought her war with a band of misfits, won her crown, but in the end everything turned out worse than expected. Each character is incredibly fleshed out and the story takes the tropes of the genre and smashes them to pieces. I was mad I didn't pick it up sooner. - Ivy

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A Crown for Cold Silver (Crimson Empire #1) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316379410
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Published: Little Brown & Co - September 15th, 2015

What does society mean when no one lives there? Through the life of a cop on the failing Moon Colony with only a few wards, this book explores just that. The art is playful, but each line purposeful. The entire package from story to artwork delighted me and it definitely earns its Eisner nomination. - Ivy

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$19.95
ISBN: 9781770462540
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Published: Drawn & Quarterly - September 20th, 2016

A moving story about a woman who gives up her own ornithological studies to follow her husband to his secret assignment at Los Alamos. But when she meets a Vietnam vet, she comes to realize there are choices she never thought possible. I really liked this one! - Clytia

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$15.95
ISBN: 9781616206901
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Published: Algonquin Books - March 7th, 2017

This is one of those books that is hard to remember was totally groundbreaking because it feels so essential it’s hard to imagine the world without it. Gaiman, a Jewish Brit living in Minnesota, took a road trip through America and then wrote this unique exploration of plurality, religion, identity, and home. An amazing, engrossing epic adventure. - Jocelyn

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American Gods: Author's Perferred Text Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062080233
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Published: William Morrow & Company - February 5th, 2013

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