Staff Fiction Favorites

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

What do you do when you know your future? You meet the love of your life when you’re six. . .though he won't meet you until you’re twenty. You know where you'll live, who your friends will be, and that he will constantly disappear from your life without warning. And one day he won't come back. So you love your husband, and live your life, because all we have is the moment we live in. - Jocelyn

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

I love Pandora, the heroine of this story. She’s over married life and just wants to create and sell board games. Kleypas does get into marriage and property laws of the era which I found fascinating. The love story is passionate and the dialogue is smart. - Karena

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Devil in Spring (Ravenels #3) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062371874
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Avon Books - February 21st, 2017

Pachinko unfolds like a family tree—a couple generations back, little is known but closer to the present details accumulate to build a complicated, interwoven whole. This gorgeous saga jumps from branch to branch of a Korean family as they struggle against poverty and prejudice. This timely refugee story touched me deeply; I read it a while ago but I’m still thinking about it. - Ivy

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Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist) Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781455563937
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - February 7th, 2017

Disillusioned teenager Johanna Morrigan boldly attempts to overhaul her image. Her story of self-reinvention is both hilarious and heartbreaking. It's heavy on the sex, drugs and rock-n-roll, but with a light touch and a healthy dose of self-awareness. Brassy and ballsy, perfect for a child of the 90s or anyone who has ever grappled with their self-image. - Kelly

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How to Build a Girl (P.S.) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062335982
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Perennial - June 30th, 2015

Whether you’re a social butterfly or a loner, I hope you’re a person who has been lucky enough to experience a friendship like this – the kind that not only supports you, but defines who you are. This book fills me with hope and love, and reminds me how lucky I am for the friends I had as I discovered who I am. - Jocelyn

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9781442408937
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 1st, 2014

All of your favorites—Aesir, Vanir, giants, dwarves, elves, and big bad wolves—try once again to fit in as many adventures as they can before Ragnarok descends to destroy them all. Translated by master of the fantastic Neil Gaiman, this updated version is reminiscent of the classic Edith Hamilton collection, but with a tang of Gaiman’s dark sense of humor. - Aric

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Norse Mythology Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780393609097
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 7th, 2017

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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All the Light We Cannot See Cover Image
$27.00
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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The Snow Child Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316175661
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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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Parable of the Sower (Earthseed #1) Cover Image
$15.99
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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Scarlet, Book 1 Cover Image
By Brian Michael Bendis (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Alex Maleev (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781302901523
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Marvel Comics - August 2nd, 2016

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