Staff Fiction Favorites

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

I have really liked the romances written by this duo of writers (who write under the single pseudonym Christina Lauren), so when I saw they were trying contemporary fiction I was willing to try it out. I usually side-eye books with constant flashbacks, but this was done so effortlessly (and charmingly) I actually looked forward to the flashbacks. - Karena

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Love and Other Words Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781501128011
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Published: Gallery Books - April 10th, 2018

LaValle has written a modern-day fairytale that entrances as it draws you into the unique rhythms of a young family in New York. Apollo, a "book man" who hunts for the big find in boxes of used books, is our window into the old, uncanny forces hovering beneath the surface of the new millennium. This horror fantasy packs a big punch! One of my favorite books! - Clara

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The Changeling Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812985870
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - March 6th, 2018

Is there anything Margaret Atwood can’t do? Part sci-fi, part romance, part mystery, part social commentary, and part historical fiction, The Blind Assassin is a heartbreaking page-turner. It’s also a matryoshka doll of sorts; there’s a story within a story within a story, and somehow all three merge together with a twist that’s both surprising and extremely satisfying. - Jessica

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The Blind Assassin Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780385720953
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Published: Anchor Books - August 28th, 2001

Seiichi Hayashi’s cult-classic comic will make you cry. The experimental black-ink work pays homage to Godard films as much as underground comic books. It completely immerses you in a fractured world of love, failed revolutionary politics, and art. Any word I can use to review this book feels false compared to the stark beauty and emotional viscosity of the book itself. - Gabe

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Red Colored Elegy Cover Image
By Seiichi Hayashi, Taro Nettleton (Translator), Ryan Holmberg (Contribution by)
$21.95
ISBN: 9781770462120
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Published: Drawn & Quarterly - February 20th, 2018

Munro is quite simply the best short-story writer ever. The recent Nobel Prize in Literature is just icing on the cake. This book brings together the best stories from the first half of her career, including my personal favorite “The Albanian Virgin.” Munro’s compassion and honesty will break your heart, and her artistry will leave you in awe. - Rico

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A Wilderness Station: Selected Stories, 1968-1994 (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781101970362
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Published: Vintage - September 15th, 2015

The blood of Iphigenia bought her father, Agememnon, passage to the Trojan War, but there are consequences when a man betrays his children and a king betrays his queen. Tóibín brings to life the pettily human and divinely mystic of Greek drama in a vivid novel about revenge, loyalties and intrigues. - Clara

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House of Names Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781501140228
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Published: Scribner Book Company - March 6th, 2018

This book reminds me of Jackie Collins back in the day, only in Singapore. Kwan describes the paradox of a culture where people with more money than they know what to do with save the tiniest amount of leftovers but then drop millions on a diamond necklace. Once you get passed their designer clothes, the characters are just as naked as the rest of us. - Karena

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780345803788
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Published: Anchor Books - May 20th, 2014

I just finished this book, and all I can say is "WOW". The closer you get to the end, the faster you will be turning the pages. Captivating and thought provoking I loved it!!!

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$17.00
ISBN: 9780735210387
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - October 3rd, 2017

In a far dystopic future that includes desert villages and a city seething with corruption, the main character, Onyesonwu (“Who Fears Death”) fights on in spite of persecution and hardship. The author builds a beautifully nuanced world filled with real people of diverse perspectives who must face the same dangers—both outside and within—to survive. - Jocelyn

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780756406691
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Published: Daw Books - June 7th, 2011

“Mother died today. Or maybe it was yesterday.” It’s one of the most famous openings in world literature, kicking off one very strange (pun intended) and compelling read. Mersault’s life of detached mundanity, and the eventual tragedy he makes of it, is like a train wreck—you can’t look away. I’ve read this book five times and I can’t wait to read it again. - Rico

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The Stranger (Vintage International) Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9780679720201
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Published: Vintage - March 13th, 1989

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