Staff Fiction Favorites

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

I picked this up thinking to escape the world I find myself living in, and while the French countryside and German villages are beautifully rendered, this was no easy escape. Werner’s struggles with being complicit in the madness and cruelty surrounding him ring painfully true, and Marie-Laure’s fight for survival is anything but restful. - Jax

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ISBN: 9781476746586
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Published: Scribner Book Company - May 6th, 2014

What I love most about this haunting and beautiful fairytale from Ivey is the way she evokes the wilderness as her setting. Alaska, in all its harsh and terrible beautiful, is as much a character as the elderly couple struggling to survive and the young girl who appears seemingly by magic into their lives. I lost myself in this story, in the best possible way. - Jax

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ISBN: 9780316175661
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Published: Reagan Arthur Books - November 6th, 2012

When the world burns and you lose those you love, what do you do? Butler is one of the greatest American writers of science fiction we’ve ever known, and this is my favorite of her works – a dystopian future (before it was cool) where a young black woman on a post-apocalyptic road trip decides not just to survive, but thrive – and bring the rest of the world up with her. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9780446675505
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - January 1st, 2000

Bendis began this story of a young (white) woman violently taking on corrupt police and politicians in 2010. It likely would be a different story had he waited just a couple more years. That said, this grey-area epic (with gorgeous art by Alex Maleev) of one average person taking matters into her own hands - because no one else will - cannot help but strike a chord today. - Jocelyn

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By Brian Michael Bendis (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Alex Maleev (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781302901523
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Published: Marvel Comics - August 2nd, 2016

Confession: reading To Kill a Mockingbird as an adult I was…not impressed. However, I adored this book. While Mockingbird lives safely in childhood, relying on heroes older & wiser, Watchman is harsher, calling present adults to account. This is a rawer book – more honest, with a greater message for those waiting for an Atticus today. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9780062409867
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 3rd, 2016

Dead gods. Fallen empires. Old atrocities. And people trying to pick up the pieces after. Also, spies. And a murder. These are the ingredients making up a book incredibly fun to lose oneself in – and also shockingly thoughtful (amidst the espionage and monster fights) and resonant to real life questions of history, accountability, and the challenge of making a better future. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9780804137171
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Published: Broadway Books - September 9th, 2014

It begins with a terrorist attack on San Francisco – but this book is about the resistance, led by a teenage boy caught in the aftermath, to the totalitarian-like crackdown of Homeland Security that follows. Doctorow has unabashedly laced a manual for modern-day resistance against a surveillance state in a fast-paced exciting story full of hope and heart. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9780765323118
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Published: Tor Books - April 13th, 2010

Kundera is one of the great writers of the last half of the 20th century and this, in my opinion, is his masterpiece. His pitch-perfect evocation of the artistic and intellectual life in Czechoslovakia following the Prague Spring, and the story of his very human (i.e. flawed) quartet of main characters, will nourish your mind and break your heart. - Rico

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ISBN: 9780060932138
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Published: Harper Perennial - July 5th, 2005

Murakami has written many strange and wonderful books but this one is definitely my favorite. Starting with a strange phone call on an otherwise uneventful day, it pulls its main character into a surreal world in which all is not what it seems. Moving back and forth in history, and filled with compelling, startling turns, it comes together in brilliant and unexpected ways. - Rico

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ISBN: 9780679775430
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Published: Vintage - September 1st, 1998

When this book was published twenty years ago, the impact was so powerful we’re still feeling the reverberations today. The most flat-out brilliant book of the 1990s, by a mile, it offers amazing erudition, terrifically sympathetic characters, and a mind-bending structure. And footnotes—lots and lots of footnotes. It’s also the funniest book I’ve ever read. - Rico

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By David Foster Wallace, Tom Bissell (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780316306058
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Published: Back Bay Books - February 23rd, 2016



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