Staff Fiction Favorites

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

Plum anticipates the awesome life she imagines will materialize after her weight-loss surgery. Then her happenstance encounters with a strange woman lead her to Calliope House, where the daughter of a deceased diet mogul looking to make amends folds her into a subculture of radical feminists rallying against the diet-industrial complex. This book is truly exceptional. - Louise

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$14.95
ISBN: 9780544704831
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Published: Mariner Books - May 24th, 2016

Mongrels is about families and the strangeness of growing up; about the truths that hide in lies. It’s about Mack trucks and werewolves. A young boy is ferried across the deep south by his aunt and uncle as they struggle to survive life on the run. Jones delivers an immersive and raw journey which deftly juxtaposes tender moments with unflinching grit. - Kelly

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$14.99
ISBN: 9780062412706
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Published: William Morrow & Company - January 24th, 2017

Packed far beyond capacity with 10,582 German evacuees, the Wilhelm Gustloff was torpedoed and sunk on January 30th, 1945. Born on a lifeboat as the ship succumbed to the Baltic, Paul Pokriefke pieces together the events that led up to the sinking and to tries to make sense of the event that has so heavily influenced his life. A seamless combination of fact and fiction. - Jade

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By Gunter Grass, Krishna Winston (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780156029704
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Published: Harvest Books - March 7th, 2011

How do you live when everyone forgets you as soon as you're out of their presence? It started when Hope was a teenager and her parents forgot to set a place for her at the dinner table. Today she is a thief who can steal a necklace right off of someone's neck. This is a mesmerizing novel about an amazing character as well as a commentary about some of society's biggest fears. - Trey

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$15.99
ISBN: 9780316335966
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Published: Redhook - January 24th, 2017

The first in a trilogy, A Darker Shade of Magic involves four Londons, each with varying levels of magic, a bi-eyed boy with an ever-changing coat who can traverse them, a thief who finds herself in a London not her own, and a prince who is terrified by the responsibilities that are expected of him. I found it to be a fun adventure with compelling characters. - Karena

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$15.99
ISBN: 9780765376466
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Published: Tor Books - January 19th, 2016

I have a weakness when books are about the arts, so a novel about an opera singer? Fantastic. Also the main character, Lilliet, is a survivor. Whatever life throws at her, she figures out a way to move forward, no matter what it means for her. She dares you to judge her and, in the end, you have to respect her. The writing is beautiful and the story gripping. - Karena

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$15.95
ISBN: 9780544925472
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Published: Mariner Books - November 1st, 2016

It is rare that a short story collection wins the Pulitzer Prize in fiction, but then this is a rare collection of short stories. Elegant, beautiful and heartbreaking, these are the stories of immigrant children trying to assimilate into Western culture, and falling in love, and being flawed. This is perfect prose. You will be in awe. - Jason

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$14.95
ISBN: 9780395927205
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Published: Mariner Books - June 1st, 1999

I love a good serial killer mystery, and this is one of the most enjoyable, thrilling entries in the genre. A killer uses geocaching spots to cache his kills, taunting the investigators with cryptic clues. The gruesome, twisting story kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time, and the ending took me by surprise. If you want a good mystery, check this one out. -Flannery

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Five Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781250081490
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Published: Minotaur Books - January 26th, 2016

Don’t be fooled by the cover or subject matter—this is one of the funniest, most subversive Young Adult novels I’ve ever read. I was sold about 30 pages in, when things suddenly took a turn I did not expect, and spent the rest of the book rejoicing in the directions Bray took the story, and laughing until I cried. --Flannery

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$10.99
ISBN: 9780439895989
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - June 1st, 2012

Anne Bishop has been one of my favorite fantasy writers since I was a teen. I love her vivid, detailed worlds, complex characters, and dark, twisted plots. Her current series, The Others, is great. I’ve devoured every installment and gone back for seconds. Written in Red, the first in the series, is cemented as one of my favorites

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$7.99
ISBN: 9780451417909
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Published: Roc - March 4th, 2014

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