Staff Fiction Favorites

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

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
$14.99
ISBN: 9780765389527
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Published: St. Martin's Press - January 24th, 2017

Tom Barren is majorly messed up. After a time-travel accident born of arrogance and grief, he finds himself in the disastrous year 2016. Tom, you see, is from the world we were supposed live in. Hilariously funny and hyper aware of itself, this is a madcap roller-coaster ride from start to finish. Man, am I mad at Tom Barren for the present we have. - Ivy

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All Our Wrong Todays Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781101985137
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Published: Dutton Books - February 7th, 2017

The world could end at any moment, and a dwarf artist who only paints in solid black is the sole possessor of the most destructive force ever made. This story is both post-modern-apocalyptic scary and pee-your-pants funny. Perfect for first time visitors to Vonnegut’s amazing brain or those looking to revisit one of the great American artists. - Jason

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Cat's Cradle Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780385333481
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Published: Dial Press - September 8th, 1998

The fictional retelling of the life story of Anita Hemmings, who, in 1896, while passing as white, was the first black woman to attend Vassar. This story is eye-opening and well told. Tanabe made me immediately look up Hemmings’ story to learn more about this relatively unsung American hero. - Karena

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The Gilded Years Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781501110450
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Published: Washington Square Press - June 7th, 2016

Alif is a young, elite Muslim hacker in an unnamed city. His story begins with secret heartbreak, but quickly plunges him into an adventure that takes him through technological thresholds, the secret cities of the djinn, and on to the dawn of the Arab Spring and its calls for freedom and justice. In the current moment, I can think of few books as inspirational to read as this. - Jocelyn

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780802121226
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Published: Grove Press - April 2nd, 2013

Part sci-fi, part philosophy, and set in the semi-near future where many tasks are done by robots governed by three laws, this meditation on best laid plans constantly questions the reader about how rules are communicated and then ultimately interpreted. As relevant today as it was when published, this is a timeless collection for any questioning reader. - Ian

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I, Robot (Robot (Spectra Books)) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780553382563
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Published: Spectra Books - April 29th, 2008

A reimagining of the American language, The New Yorker called this book “a miracle in prose.” The story is something you might find in an old Western, but McCarthy creates something majestic out of it, something biblical. The images of the desert southwest, the Mexican ranchers, the cowboys, the star-crossed heroes, are both mythological and as real as stone. - Rico

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The Crossing: Border Trilogy (2) (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780679760849
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Published: Vintage - March 14th, 1995

I finally picked this book up at the behest of our former Commander-in-Chief, who claimed he read it as a way to escape. While certainly this is an immersive book, it is also one that challenges you, forces you to think and learn every moment you are reading it. It’s intensely smart and fascinating. It completely blew my mind. - Jax

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The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth's Past #1) Cover Image
By Cixin Liu, Ken Liu (Translator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780765382030
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Published: Tor Books - January 12th, 2016

How well do we know the people we love?  How well do we know ourselves?  When Arthur Pepper finds a hidden charm bracelet that belonged to his late wife it sets the stage for a remarkable journey of self-discovery as he tracks down the mystery of her secret life.  This is a delightful heartwarming tale filled with interesting characters, adventure, laughs and hope. - Trey

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The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780778319801
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Published: Mira Books - January 31st, 2017

Fates and Furies meets The Terminator! It takes a literary look at time travel, and contemplates feelings of being in love while experiencing loss. The structurally unique narrative bounces between the titular wife, an artist whose loneliness inspires angelic sculptures, and the time-traveling husband, whose journeys always lead him back to pivotal moments in her life. - Jason

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The Time Traveler's Wife Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781476764832
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Published: Scribner Book Company - May 6th, 2014

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