Staff Fiction Favorites

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

Sometimes you just need to escape from the real world for a while. Sometimes, that escape might be classic literature. Sometimes, it might be humor. Sometimes, it might even involve a little bit of murder. Lucky for you, this has all three. No prior experience with Jane Eyre required – just a tolerance for Edwardian England and a little bit of blood. - Jocelyn

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Jane Steele Cover Image
ISBN: 9780425283202
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - March 14th, 2017

This was recommended by a close friend and I have to say Englander is now my favorite new author despite how long he’s been around. His writing leaves just enough unsaid to guess at surreal interpretations before grounding the reader in hard reality. And he doesn’t bore the reader with unnecessary dialogue, leading to poignant lines of action and arresting commentary. - Ian

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For the Relief of Unbearable Urges: Stories (Vintage International) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375704437
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Published: Vintage - March 21st, 2000

Winner of the Nobel Prize, Naipaul is one of the great writers of the 20th century. In my opinion, this is his best book, the story of an Indian man who buys a store in the middle of the Congo and tries (and mostly fails) to make a living while the world around him is falling apart. The story of both a single human being and an entire continent, this is a flat-out masterpiece. - Rico

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A Bend in the River (Vintage International) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679722021
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Published: Vintage - March 13th, 1989

This graphic novel has everything I want: friendship, feminism, and shenanigans. It’s the story of three young girls starting college while they navigate the tricky world of dating, parties, and—oh yeah—actually attending classes. This book is like a walking advertisement for the Bechdel test. The art is wonderfully stylistic. I love it so much I just want to squish it forever. - Ivy

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ISBN: 9781608867899
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Published: Boom Box - December 1st, 2015

Hilarious shenanigans, diva superheroes, and catty bloggers made this a fun read. I devoured this urban fantasy and not just because of the demon cupcakes. Evie Taneka is the best reluctant-assistant-turned-superhero ever. It's the first of a series that I'm looking forward to continuing. - Karena

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ISBN: 9780756410841
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Published: Daw Books - July 5th, 2016

There is no superhero we currently need more than Ms. Marvel. An American Muslim teenager, Kamala Khan, embodies the classic superhero—a normal person trying to balance regular life with doing what’s right—and at the same time holds up a mirror to who we are and what we want to be in the 21st century. Plus, the book is fantastically wonderful and fun. - Jocelyn

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No Normal (Ms. Marvel Graphic Novels #1) Cover Image
By Marvel Comics (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
ISBN: 9780785190219
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Published: Marvel Comics - October 28th, 2014

This sci-fi comedy is British humour in top form still referenced today in pop culture around the world. The characters are zany, locations wild, and plot outlandish. Yet, when all is said and done, it still ends in a fitting way. A true classic of the craft. - Ian

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345391803
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Published: Del Rey Books - September 27th, 1995

Before The Portable Veblen made her famous, McKenzie wrote this amazing collection of connected short stories. Together they tell the story of Ann and her lovably nuts family (including her grandmother, “Dr. Frost”, a psychiatrist). You will laugh, maybe cry a little, and then laugh some more. Also, a nozzle stolen from Bob Dylan’s garden hose makes an appearance. - Rico

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Stop That Girl: Fiction Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812972283
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Published: Random House Trade - April 11th, 2006

This is the perfect book for those looking for something deeper and richer than your average summer read. Set in England on the eve of World War I, it hosts a fascinating cast of characters that worm their way into your heart and refuse to leave. It’s about love and loss, and the ways lives are not only defined but also forged and refined by hardships endured. - Jax

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ISBN: 9780812983203
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Published: Random House Trade - February 21st, 2017

This beautiful novella combines historical fiction with a dash of magic to produce a fascinating story about queer women in 1940's San Francisco. Klages has woven a soft and surreal tale of art, romance and forbidden love into a vivid setting, with compelling characters, that will enchant and delight you. - Trey

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Passing Strange Cover Image
ISBN: 9780765389527
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Published: St. Martin's Press - January 24th, 2017



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